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Torre wins Aspen mayoral election in runoff

Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times
Torre gives a thumbs up in City Hall Tuesday night after winning the Aspen mayoral position from the runoff election against Ann Mullins. Torre won 1,572 votes to Mullins' 1,184 votes.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times

Torre will be the new mayor of Aspen after winning the runoff election Tuesday night against his opponent, Ann Mullins, by 343 votes.

Torre received 1,527 and Mullins garnered 1,184. A total of 2,711 votes were counted.

“I’m very happy with the support of my community,” Torre said. “I’m excited to get to work.”

The two forced a runoff after they failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in the March 5 election. During that election, Mullins trailed Torre by 341 votes, with her getting 940 and him with 1,281.

Mullins currently is in the middle of her second term as a council member and will continue in that role. If she had been elected mayor, someone would have had to fill her vacancy either by appointment or another election.

With just around 6,000 registered voters in Aspen, the turnout for the April 2 election was 45 percent of the electorate.

Recent history shows that voter turnout decreases between 20 percent and 25 percent in Aspen’s runoff elections.

But in this April runoff election, it decreased roughly only 9 percent.

The March 5 election saw a record turnout with 3,243 people coming to the polls to elect two Aspen City Council members and a mayor and decide on the controversial Lift One development proposal at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Skippy Mesirow and Rachel Richards won seats on City Council, and Lift One passed by a narrow margin.

This was Torre’s sixth run at mayor in 18 years, and this time he was successful.

Torre also has served on City Council twice, with a total of eight years under his belt as an elected official in Aspen.

In the March 5 election, mayoral candidate Adam Frisch came in third with 838 and fourth place contender Cale Mitchell brought in 83 votes.

It’s unclear how many of those votes went to either runoff candidate, but Frisch threw his support toward Mullins in this last contest.

Throughout the campaigns for both elections, Torre raised just over $11,000 and Mullins inched over the $20,000 mark.


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