Planning official joins race

Commission chairwoman running for City Council

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— The race is on.

Kathi Meyer, the chairwoman of the city's Planning Commission, turned in 25 signatures Monday to run for the at-large position on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Meyer was the first candidate to turn in her signatures for the election in November.

"I'm raring to go," Meyer said Monday after she turned in her signatures.

Meyer had considered running in District II but decided this weekend to go for the at-large spot instead. That position asks for a two-year commitment to the council.

Meyer has worked on the Planning Commission for four years and has lived in Steamboat for six years. She and her husband have owned property in town since 1981.

Meyer has been very active in nordic combined World Cup events, serving as the competition secretary at the World Cup last winter. She will also be the competition secretary in next year's Olympic Games for the nordic combined events, supervising more than 40 people.

Meyer, who retired from a 25-year career in financial management and banking, is on the Regional Affordable Living Foundation board and serves as treasurer of the nonprofit organization. She said she hopes to follow the model of departing Councilman Jim Engelken, also a RALF board member, as a strong voice for housing on the council.

"With Jim Engelken leaving the council, I think it is important to continue his voice in the areas of affordable housing and transportation in our community," Meyer said.

Meyer said she thinks her financial background can help her shepherd the city through tight economic times.

"Maintaining a responsible economic footing will be a major challenge for the next council," she said.

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