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election 2017

This week, the votes are in. The Aspen School District Board of Education gets a new member, tax questions supporting Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County historical societies are shot down by voters, but taxes on tobacco and pot to help fund public health initiatives pass.

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Turnout is expected to be low for the Nov. 7 election. That’s largely because there is no statewide ballot question to help generate excitement for or against an issue.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) wants to make up for diminishing revenue by tinkering with property taxes. Voters have the final say this November.

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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.