Arn Menconi is a long-haired, snowboarding liberal Democrat on the three member Board of Commissioners of Eagle County, Colorado. He squeaked into office last year, defeating the Republican candidate by only 39 votes.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorism attack, local governments around the country passed well-meaning but meaningless resolutions supporting and condemning various things. The resolution taken up by the Eagle County board supported the war in Afghanistan, and Mernconi refused to vote for it because he is an ardent pacifist. He is now the target of a recall petition effort spearheaded by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter.

In 1993, he founded the Snowboard Outreach Society (http://www.sosoutreach.org/), a non-profit organization which helps at-risk children by steering their energies towards snowboarding.

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,53%257E223561,00.html?search=filter

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