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Basalt Elections

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

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. 

Town Hall Candidate Forum - Basalt

Mar 17, 2016
Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio News

News Director Carolyn Sackariason moderates the two hour, live broadcast of APR's Town Hall Candidate Forum with five candidates running for three open Basalt Town Council seats and two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat.

Auden Schendler

Mar 11, 2016
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Name and age? Auden Schendler, 45

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I came here because I wanted to be in the mountains. I stay here because of the community, the beauty, the small town-ness, my work and because my family loves it here.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Herschel Ross

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Herschel Ross, 73

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I started a second dental practice here in ’93. I found that when I had built both it and the Snowmass Village practices up to where I could sell one that it was Basalt where I wanted to live and work.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Jacque Whitsitt

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age?  Jacque Whitsitt, 62

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here?  Basalt was my husband’s childhood vacationland. His family traveled from Kansas City to spend many summers riding horses and recreating in Emma. No arm twisting was needed when he suggested that we leave corporate jobs in Denver to relocate here.  The rural, laid back nature of the midvalley is still what keeps us here.  Living on the river in Basalt is a dream come true.

For a full list of questions and answers, click here.

Jennifer Riffle

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Jennifer Riffle, 37

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Affordable housing, small-town character and temperate climate brought me to Basalt and keeps me here. I’m invested in Basalt with my service-based business (estate manager/chef), homeownership, my husband’s business (owner’s representative for construction management; Rocky Mountain Institute is one of his projects) and it’s heaven.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Katie Schwoerer

Mar 11, 2016

Name? Katie Schwoerer (no age given)

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Basalt is my home because I enjoy the town’s historic, small-town character; the readily accessible recreational opportunities of the mountains, rivers and trails; and, the passionate, intelligent residents who care about preserving  our exceptional town and valley.

For a full list of questions and answers, click here.

Leroy Duroux

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Leroy Duroux, 66 

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I was born in Aspen and my family moved to Basalt in 1963. My wife Janice was also born in the Basalt area. We raised two children — Amy French and Darren Duroux. We have family members who settled here 100-plus years ago and we have not found a more desirable place to live.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Rick Stevens

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Rick Stevens, 64

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here?  We came to Basalt after 11 years in Aspen in 1987 because the community offered a chance to stay in the valley and raise a family. Basalt was affordable, friendly and unified. It was also promising to young families, it had good schools that were getting better and it’s close to the mountains.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Rob Leavitt

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age?  Rob Leavitt, 51

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I moved to Basalt from Aspen after my second daughter was born. Though I was initially anxious about the move, I quickly came to love living in the midvalley and would never trade the quality of life we have here.

For the full list of questions and answers, click here.