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 resolution
s 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
, 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.