Snowmass Village town council/mayoral candidates debated on Thursday night. Click "listen" below for the edited or raw versions of the forum.
Meet the candidates:
Born in Durham, North Carolina, Bill Boineau grew up during what he calls “interesting times.”
“My parents exposed us to many current events of the time, from the segregation and desegregation of schools and the 1960s Civil Rights movement, where I watched as authorities tear-gassed demonstrators.”
Growing up on a 120-acre farm with horses, cows and other farm animals taught Boineau the value of hard work. While a student at the University of South Carolina, he majored in Business Administration and also developed his photography skills, stringing for both Associated Press and UPI. During a year off from school, he worked on Hilton Head Island. That winter, more than 30 years ago, Boineau moved to Snowmass Village where he fell in love with the area and met his future wife, Deidre.
Currently, he is property manager of the Pines Homeowners Association and has a computer technical support company. A 24-year volunteer of the Snowmass Wildcat Protection District (and current president of the board of directors), Boineau also helps bury people at the Hidden Valley cemetery.
Boineau has served on the Town Council for 14 years, the past six years as mayor (he is now term-limited) and another eight years as a councilman. The vice-chair of RFTA, Boineau volunteered on the Snowmass Planning Commission for four years and served on the Liquor Licensing Board for four years.
“I am running at this time for a council seat because I would like to maintain my involvement in helping to direct and mold Snowmass Village into a sustainable community and the first-class resort we all strive to achieve and maintain,” he said.
Bill Madsen was born and raised in Aspen. Madsen moved to Snowmass 15 years ago and started a family. His three kids attend or attended Aspen district schools. He also coached ski racing for Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club and Aspen High School. Madsen also coached Aspen Junior Hockey.
Helping to restructure the Colorado High School Ski League and developing a scoring system to improve the efficiency of high school racing are among his accomplishments while a member of its board of directors.
Madsen has been the director of operations for the NASTAR ski racing program for 25 years and is the owner of Motion Marketing LLC. Bill said he is running for Town Council because he would like to be directly involved with the future of Snowmass Village and wants to bring a pragmatic approach to the process.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 923-6278.
Town Council candidate Bob Sirkus and his wife Adriane have lived in Snowmass Village for 15 years. The Sirkus’ have two children and five grandchildren. Bob was a partner in a glass manufacturing business for 29 years and retired as vice president and CFO.
A member of the Snowmass Village Planning Commission for six years, Sirkus said, “I have studied the Town’s Land-Use Code and Comprehensive Plan and listened to the people of Snowmass about how it affects their lives and livelihoods.”
As chairman of the planning commission, “I have attended many meetings and made site visits to homes and businesses to listen, observe and find solutions that work,” he said. Sirkus added, “As a member of the Town Council, I would be honored to continue to listen and build consensus on the broad range of Town issues, doing my best to represent the residents of Snowmass.”
For more, facebook.com/bobsirkus
Snowmass Village Mayoral Candidates
Markey Butler and her husband, Jerry, established roots in Snowmass Village during the 1980s as part-time residents. Sixteen years ago, they made Snowmass their permanent home. The couple has two grown daughters, Deanna and Amy, and two four-legged children, Nina and a newly adopted golden retriever, Bodie.
Butler served three years on the Snowmass Planning Commission. During her tenure as Chair, she was elected to serve on the Town Council, an office she has held for the past six years.
Butler said she is “committed to honesty, respect for all, integrity, inclusiveness, transparency and a commitment to service above self.” Her strategic vision for town includes “moving forward” on Base Village; economic viability for local businesses and preservation of the town’s iconic community treasures including skiing, Krabloonik, the Snowmass Village Rodeo and the Ice Age Discovery.
She also hopes to further the goal of aging well in this community. A registered nurse, Butler serves as the founder and current Executive Director of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, a non-profit agency providing in-home care and hospice care to many community residents. Butler has more than 35 years of executive level experience at hospitals, nursing homes and home health and hospice organizations.
For more, www.markeybutler4snowmass.com, email Butlermrky@aol.com, (970) 923-4036 or check out her Facebook page, Markey Butler.
Jason Haber, 43, first came to the Roaring Fork Valley 21 years ago to ski-bum for a season after graduating college. He has lived in Snowmass Village since 2005, and served four years as the Town's Economic Resources Director.
He has served on the Town Council since 2010. Haber brings nearly 20 years of experience in local government leadership and environmental advocacy. He has served on the boards of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, Aspen TREE, CORE, and the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery nonprofit.
He and his wife, Katharine, are raising two young boys, and Haber is a volunteer coach for Aspen Junior Hockey.
Haber is currently the Grants and Community Programs Director for CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency. Haber is running for Mayor because he believes he has the experience and community-minded approach needed to bring a new council together, and build a collaborative, high functioning team committed to moving Snowmass Village forward.
For more, check out his Facebook page at Haber for Mayor - Snowmass Village, contact him at (970) 319-1495 or email him at email@example.com.
Arnie Mordkin has lived in Snowmass Village since 1995. A member of the Snowmass Village Planning Commission from 1998-2000, Mordkin served as a councilman from 2000-10.
The father of three children, Mordkin’s youngest daughter, Brianna, was raised in Snowmass Village and attended preschool at the Little Red School House. She graduated from Aspen High School and will be completing her degree in Neuro-Science at CU-Boulder this December.
Since first moving to the Village, Mordkin has been in the private practice of law, except for a four-year stint as the Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 9th Judicial District, in charge of the Aspen office.
He believes the most important issues facing Snowmass Village include: Completion of Base Village, without allowing development that’s inconsistent with community needs and restoring integrity to town government by conducting the public's business in public.
Bringing back civility as opposed to hostility on council in the conduct of town business, avoiding arguments between councilpersons, planning the entrance to the village in such a way that enhances the activities already there and capitalizing on one of the world’s most important archeological finds are Mordkin’s other priorities.
For more, check out Mordkin’s website, snowmasslaw.com, call (970) 923-5984, 923-5797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.