Half of Aspen’s active registered voters participated in Tuesday’s election, which City Clerk Kathryn Koch said is about an average turnout for an Aspen municipal vote. When counting all registered voters in the city, turnout was 34.7 percent.
An active registered voter is someone who voted in the last presidential election, or who has had official election correspondence with the county, such as updating their registration information. There are 4,432 active voters in Aspen, and 6,401 registered voters, according to numbers released on election night. Voters cast 2,221 ballots in the election, where Art Daily and Ann Mullins won council seats and Torre and Steve Skadron advanced to a June 4 runoff in the mayoral race.
Skadron, who came in first place with 516 votes or 23.2 percent, said he plans to “recharge a little bit” before starting his runoff campaign in earnest. But he said his basic strategy will be the same, so expect to see Skadron walking the neighborhoods and knocking on voters’ doors.
He added that he has a little over $2,000 left in campaign funds, so he plans to raise some more money and launch another advertising campaign a bit closer to the runoff election.
Torre, who was the second-place finisher with 463 votes or 20.8 percent, said he has no plans to slow down his campaigning, and that he was out on the streets Wednesday waving “Elect Torre” signs.
“I’m not taking any days off,” he said. “This election is very important to me.”
While 979 voters cast their ballots for Torre or Skadron, the other four candidates — Derek Johnson, Adam Frisch, Maurice Emmer and LJ Erspamer — collected a total of 1,242 votes.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association President Debbie Braun said the chamber plans to organize a televised debate between Skadron and Torre on GrassRoots TV in the upcoming weeks. While the candidates most closely aligned with the chamber of commerce did not make the runoff, Braun said she’s excited to further vet both Skadron and Torre, and that there are a lot of votes up for grabs.
“Steve and Torre bring a lot of great energy to the table,” Braun said. “In our instance, we are going to find the most common ground we can.”