Lift One corridor plan was approved, Torre and Ann Mullins are headed to a runoff in the mayoral race and Skippy Mesirow and Rachel Richards won terms on Aspen City Council in Tuesday’s election.
A record number of voters — nearly 3,100 — cast ballots in the March 5 election, which was the first time in Aspen history the vote took place in the high-season month.
The mayoral runoff will take place on April 2. City election rules require a runoff if no mayoral candidate clears a majority. To win a city council seat without going to a runoff, a candidate must clear 45 percent, plus one vote, of total votes.
Voters approved the Lift One corridor project, which was one of the most contested land use referendums in Aspen history, by 26 votes (1555 yes to 1529 no)
The plan will allow the construction of two hotels on South Aspen Street at the base of Aspen Mountain, a new Lift 1A chair reaching Dean Street, a ski history museum and other amenities. The campaign against the proposal focused on a lack of affordable housing, opposition to a $4.36 million taxpayer subsidy and an up-zoning of land that is currently part of the ski area required for the Gorsuch Haus.
Torre was first place in the mayoral race with 1281 votes, good for 41 percent. Mullins followed with 940 votes and 30 percent, and will face Torre in the April 2 runoff. Adam Frisch collected 838 votes and Cale Mitchell got 83 votes.
Richards came in first place in the council race, clearing the 45 percent threshold with 1729 votes
Mesirow was next with 1433 votes, also passing the threshold. Myrin followed with 1215 votes. Linda Manning, the city clerk who threw her hat in the ring for elected office, came in last place with 1076 votes.
The new council won’t be sworn in until June. The lag time is because the current council was elected with a May vote and is entitled to serve out the term to which they were elected, which runs through June. In future cycles, the new council will be sworn in in April.
|Ann Mullins||940||30 percent|
|Adam Frisch||838||27 percent|
|Cale Mitchell||83||3 percent|
|Rachel Richards||1729||64 percent|
|Skippy Mesirow||1433||52 percent|
|Bert Myrin||1215||44 percent|
|Linda Manning||1076||40 percent|