Two council seats contested

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— With just less than a week left for people to announce their candidacy for the Steamboat Springs City Council, just two of the four council seats up for election are being contested, and no one has officially announced candidacy for the at-large position.

Since Aug. 5, the city has been collecting candidate affidavits for the District I, District II, District III and at-large positions.

Residents have until Monday to turn in a candidate affidavit and gather the required 25 signatures from their respective constituencies to be named on the November ballot.

No one has turned in a candidate affidavit for the at-large position, but incumbent Councilman Steve Ivancie said he would be running for the two-year at-large seat.

Ivancie, who was moved from District II to District I in the city's recent redistricting, had been debating whether he should run for a four-year District I term or the shorter term of the at-large position.

Ivancie has yet to turn in a candidate affidavit.

On Monday, resident Susan Dellinger announced her candidacy for the District I position. She will be running against Bud Romberg, who ran uncontested in 1999.

Dellinger worked for almost 10 years as the city's GIS coordinator and left the position last year. That background will be useful on the council, she said.

She wants to prioritize the city's infrastructure needs and improve the communication between the council and the community.

"I can provide a voice for a group of folks that may not have a voice on council. Our district has working class folks," she said.

Kathi Meyer and Marcus Williams are running for the other contested position, the District II seat.

Meyer, who is the chairwoman of the city Planning Commission, is the only candidate to have turned in the 25 signatures that will put her on the ballot. Meyer ran against Ivancie in 2000 for that at-large position and lost by 41 votes.

District II Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner, who has another term of eligibility, said she would not run for the position this year.

Councilman Paul Strong is the only candidate running for the open District III position.

To run for City Council, candidates must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the municipality for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of the election and be a resident of the district they will represent.

In the general election, all city residents vote for a representative from each district and the at-large position.

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