Steamboat City Council races begin

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Just out of the starting gate, the Steamboat Springs City Council race looks as if it could be an interesting one with a variety of choices.

Tuesday was the first day City Council candidates could pick up nomination petitions, which are required to run for elected office. Five nomination petitions were picked up for four open seats. To get on the ballot, candidates have to return the petitions with 25 signatures by Aug. 22.

Two current council members -- Nancy Kramer and Steve Ivancie -- will run against each other. Kramer and Ivancie picked up nomination petitions for the District I seat.

Ivancie has served two, two-year terms on the council in the at-large seat. Kramer has served one, four-year term on the council in the District I seat.

Councilwoman Kathy Connell, who is term-limited in her District III seat, pulled a nomination petition for the open, at-large seat. At Tuesday night's council meeting, Connell said that even though she picked up the nomination form, she still is contemplating whether she should run.

"I want to make sure I have the time to serve," she said.

If Connell does run, she would find competition from Stuart Lynn, who used the council's weekly public comment forum to announce his candidacy. At that time, he asked council members to sign his petition. Lynn has lived full time in Steamboat Springs for 15 years and is a construction worker.

Lynn, who has come before the council in the past few months to complain about tickets he received for violating the bear ordinance and the plight of soon-to-be dislocated Westland mobile-home owners, said it was time to take action.

"It's either put up or shut up," Lynn said.

Kevin Kaminski, who is one of the owners of B&K Distributing, is running for the District III seat, City Clerk Julie Jordan said. So far, he is unopposed.

No candidates have come forward for the open District II seat. Councilman Loui Ant--onucci, who holds the position, said he is unsure whether he is going to run for a second term. In the 2003 election, there were three candidates from District II.

Council candidates can pick up nomination petitions until the Aug. 22 due date.

Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens and 18 or older on the day of the election. Candidates must have lived in the city for 12 months preceding Election Day and live in the districts they want to represent.

Interest candidates must gather 25 signatures from residents within their districts before their names are placed on the ballot. The at-large candidates can gather names from anyone who is a city resident.

Council elections, which are nonpartisan, include everyone's name on the ballot who has turned in a nomination petition.

In November, city residents will vote on all seats, regardless of which district they live in.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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