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Aspen Voters Give Thumbs-Up to Lift One Development


In the first-ever March general election, Aspen voters decided the mixed-use project known as Lift One was worthy of approval. But it was a squeaker, passing by just 26 votes. In other races, Rachel Richards and Skippy Mesirow are headed to the Aspen City Council. Torre and Ann Mullins will face off in a runoff election for mayor.

They garnered the most votes of four candidates but neither could claim the 50 percent required in the city's charter to win outright.

A record number of voters turned out Tuesday, with 3,200 casting ballots in the town's first-ever March election.

The Aspen City Clerk told the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent that those numbers translate to about 60 percent of Aspen's active, registered voters casting ballots Tuesday.

This election was the first in Aspen's history to be held in March, when there are lots of people in town. Previous elections were held in May, an often quiet month. Aspen voters resoundingly approved a ballot measure in November that called for moving the election to March.

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