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2017 aspen election

Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein fought their way through a crowded field to be elected to Aspen City Council. Mullins was elected in the first round of voting. Hauenstein was elected Tuesday night by a narrow margin of just 29 votes in the runoff election.

Christin and Alycin Bektesh sat down to talk about sthe mood on election night, big decisions facing the council and what the new dynamic might bring.

      

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

  The runoff election for Aspen City Council between Torre and Ward Hauenstein is more like a “reset” than an extension of the May 2 election.

RTW: Election Results

May 4, 2017
Aspen Public Radio News

  Aspen’s election results were announced this week. It’s no surprise that Mayor Steve Skadron will retain his seat over challenger Lee Mulcahy, but no one knew what to expect from the crowded city council field.

Producer Christin Kay speaks with news director Carolyn Sackariason about the results.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron won reelection by a landslide last night. Incumbent councilmember Ann Mullins will also retain her seat. Candidates Torre and Ward Hauenstein will vie for the second open council seat in a runoff election.

It’s a two-man race for Mayor of Aspen this spring. Incumbent Steve Skadron is hoping for one more term. Challenging him for the seat is Lee Mulcahy.

Candidate Survey

Apr 12, 2017

  

Aspen’s spring elections are coming up on May 2, and eight candidates are running for office. We interviewed all of them and also requested that they fill out this survey. Hear and read their answers right here, on Aspen Public Radio.

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

Candidate expense reports were due this Tuesday for Aspen’s spring municipal election. City council candidate Ward Hauenstein has raised the most money, around $8,000. First time candidate Sue Tatem bottoms out the list with $186 in donations.

Torre and Skippy Mesirow are also top earners. The three candidates have spent much of their earnings on campaign flyers, yard signs and food at rallies. Mesirow also paid for professional video work for an online commercial.

Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Dear Citizens, I'm known for being a straight shooter and the voice of the common man. The bigger the government, the less the liberty — in the spirit of liberty of Hunter S. Thompson; Let's keep Aspen funky.

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Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Skadron has yet to answer our questionnaire.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: Daily has yet to answer our questionnaire.

Running For: City Council 

Candidate Statement: I am running for City Council because I love Aspen. I met my wife of 36 years in the Bell Mountain lift line. We have two children that were born here, went to school here and both learned to ski at age 3. We, along with a couple of friends, started the Aspen Gymnastics program. We have dedicated our lives and time to raising our girls in this community, endless white knuckle drives to the front range for hockey, gymnastics and soccer included. I have more time now.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: Dear Aspenites,

Over the past several years I have had the privilege to serve our community as a founder and two-term Chair of the Aspen Next Generation Advisory commission, current Chair of the Aspen Planning & Zoning commission, and helped launch critical community non-profits like the Aspen Mentorship Program, Aspen City of Wellbeing, and Aspen Entrepreneurs. These relevant experiences have shown me what is possible and motivated me to seek the opportunity to serve our community as your Council member.

Running for: City Council 

Candidate Statement:  These questions are over simplistic and too black & white. Each issue mentioned has an impact on another so ranking is difficult and potentially not meaningful. I support protecting our valleys, our rivers & steams, and our people, and I will do everything I can at the council table to accomplish that goal.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: I am running for office to reconnect our community to the policy making of the Council and represent the voice of the people. Please cast one of your votes for Torre for Council.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: My skills come mainly from my years as a university biology professor ... grant writing and federal grant reviewing, writing, research. I have lived in Aspen for 20 years.

A couple dozen feet made all the difference for a technicality that has caused Cale Mitchell to withdraw his name from the Aspen Mayoral race.