Four candidates seek three seats in Hayden

Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Hayden Town Board in today's election.


— Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Hayden Town Board in today's election.

Newcomers Andrea Hayden and Joe Schminkey will appear on the ballot today with incumbents Tim Frentress and Chencho Salazar.

Mayor Chuck Grobe is uncontested in this election.

At a March 27 candidate forum, the four candidates demonstrated they shared more similar opinions than dissenting arguments.

Frentress and Salazar have said they want to finish what they started with the board.

Projects in the works, such as the aging water treatment plant, the development of Dry Creek Park and paving a few more streets, deserve attention, they said.

Hayden and Schminkey said they recognize the need to follow through with those projects, but point out the importance of bringing new development to Hayden while maintaining its quality of life.

Both candidates own businesses in Hayden, something they said gives them firsthand experience with the dilemmas business owners face.

The four candidates said they would use their position on the board to help bring new business and new families to Hayden.

All four candidates acknowledge the town must be able to support the demands of new development, whether through impact fees or requiring developers and business owners to pay their own way.

Trustees Frentress and Salazar, if elected, would add another eight years to a combined 24 years of experience on the town board.

Salazar, who served on the board from 1982 to 1992 and earned reelection in 1998, said this election would likely be his last.

Frentress served a four-year term, took two years off, and then served a second four-year term.


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