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Kane Wins Basalt Mayoral Election, Town Council Seats Waiting For Official Results

Apr 9, 2020

"The issues that are before us as a community are totally different than they were back in December and January when I first entered the race," Bill Kane, Basalt's new mayor, said. With the spread of COVID-19, he said the town must do everything they can to support the Valley's economy.
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Results from Basalt's Tuesday election are in...mostly. Bill Kane won the mayoral election by 381 votes and the town clerk is waiting to announce the winners of the council race. 

Basalt town clerk Pam Schilling said there are 56 ballots that are either remaining to come in from overseas or need signature verification. Once those are in on or before April 15, town officials will announce the new council members. 

Glenn Drummond and David Knight are in the lead by over 65 votes. Elyse Hottel is third with 506 votes, though Dieter Schindler has 502 votes. Those 56 remaining ballots could change who gets to sit on Basalt's town council for the next four years. 

Basalt voters casted their ballots in Tuesday's election to vote for their next town mayor and three new council members. Bill Kane won the mayoral election by nearly 400 votes.
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Kane, who previously was Basalt's town manager between 2009-2012, said he will take office at the end of April during a scary time for the economy due to the spread of COVID-19.

"The issues that are before us as a community are totally different than they were back in December and January when I first entered the race," Kane said. "Now we have to find a way to help our business and families bridge between here to hopefully brighter future."

He said his first orders of business will be getting familiar with his new role as mayor and working together with council to establish how they will help the town's economy once the pandemic is over. 

"It's going to take a lot of work to help create that bridge. We're going to have to give people all the support we can," Kane said. 

Kane will be sworn in as mayor on April 28 for a four-year term. 

Vote Breakdown For Council Race:

  • Glenn Drummond: 581
  • David Knight: 575
  • Elyse Hottel: 506
  • Dieter Schindler: 502
  • Jennifer Riffle: 463
  • Tiffany Haddad: 405

Vote Breakdown For Mayoral Race:

  • Bill Kane: 652
  • Bill Infante: 271
  • Rob Leavitt: 219

Editor's Note: Molly Dove is reporting for Aspen Public Radio remotely from Wisconsin