Council hopefuls make it official

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— Former Councilman Ken Brenner emerged Monday as the seventh and final candidate for the Steamboat Springs City Council, filing for the District II seat.

Monday was the last day residents could turn in candidate affidavits and the required 25 signatures from district constituents to run for City Council.

The District I and II seats are the only ones being contested in the November election. Incumbent Paul Strong is running uncontested in District III and incumbent Steve Ivancie does not have a challenger for the at-large seat.

In District I, former city employee Sue Dellinger will run against incumbent Bud Romberg.

Brenner, who served on the council for four years, will run against Planning Commission Chair Kathi Meyer and Marcus Williams for the District II seat. Meyer and Williams announced their candidacies more than a month ago.

It will be the second time Brenner has run for the District II seat. He lost to Loui Antonucci in 2001.

In the two years that he has been off the council, Brenner has been involved in the Routt County Planning Commission and the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update. He also has spoke out against a proposed water consolidation going before the voters and for obtaining recreational water rights.

"I realized that I still cared about what happens in our community. I still follow things in the community and I haven't lost a sense of involvement," he said.

Meyer, who ran for the at-large position in 2001 and lost to Ivancie by 41 votes, said she was glad to see competition in the District II race and said it should spark good discussion about community issues.

"There are three really different people with really different backgrounds. That is what we need for discussion," she said.

When Meyer ran against Ivancie last election, they had similar views on affordable housing, working with constituents and the belief that the city needs to manage growth.

Later in the race, they differed on the role of the business community, with Meyer in favor of the proposed transportation tax.

"My sense, the differences will be evident from day one," Meyer said about this year's race.

Williams could not be reached for comment.

Strong is glad to not have to raise money or run ads in his bid for City Council, but he wishes there was more participation.

"I do think it is unfortunate we don't have more people interested in serving our community," he said. "It is unfortunate when we don't have an opportunity to make choices."

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