The 2021 Crested Butte News Candidates Forum was held Sunday, October, 17th and the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.
Two candidates, Ian Billick and Kent Cowherd are running for Mayor. Six candidates, Jasmine Whelan, Chris Haver, Shaun Horne, Beth Goldstone, Jason Macmillan, and Anna Claire Fenerty are running for four open seats on the Town Council.
The event was moderated by Dennis Hall and Chad Reich. Ballots are due by November 2nd.
Photo: From L to R: Mayoral Candidates Ian Billick and Kent Cowherd; Town Council Candidates Jasmine Whelan, Chris Haver, Shaun Horne, Beth Goldstone, Jason Macmillan, and Anna Claire Fenerty. Christopher Biddle/KBUT.
Listen to the full Candidates Forum. →
You can also download the entire file through Soundcloud.
Or listen to these selections.
We cut up the Forum into these eight sections, all about 10-15 minutes long, presented chronologically below.
The Crested Butte Fire Protection District and Crested Butte Search and Rescue want to borrow up to 25 million dollars for a new combined station in the North End of the Gunnison Valley. They rallied for support of ballot measure 6a, which would impose a tax of about $1.5 million a year for the new facility. Some members of the audience felt like the 30,000 square foot project is too big.
Former County Commissioner Jim Starr asked the candidates to talk about growth, and the best way to preserve Crested Butte’s unique culture and setting. The candidates’ focus ranged from transit, sustainable building, housing, county-wide collaboration, and more.
Short-term rentals are frequently blamed for housing shortages, and Crested Butte was a pioneer in taxing the industry to fund affordable housing. Ballot question 2D asks whether to increase that tax, and we get each candidate’s opinion. Plus, we talk about climate change, and how each candidate plans to help address it.