Incumbents undecided about election


The four Steamboat Springs City Council members who are up for re-election in November said they are weighing whether to run again.

The terms for Nancy Kramer, District 1; Loui Antonucci, District 2; Kathy Connell, District 3; and Steve Ivancie, at large; expire in November.

If all four run again, two current council members would run against each other. Ivancie would run against Connell for the at-large position or run against Kramer for the District 1 seat.

Ivancie, who has served two terms in the at-large seat, said he is contemplating running again, but he is unsure for which seat -- another two-year at-large seat or the four-year District 1 seat.

"Obviously there is more to do. Some important issues are out there. As busy as we are, I am not quite sure I am ready to commit four years or two years," Ivancie said.

Two years ago, precinct boundaries were changed so Ivancie's home was moved from the District 2 to the District 1 area.

After serving two terms in the District 3 seat, Connell would not be eligible for another consecutive term. Under the city's bylaws, she could run for the at-large seat.

Connell, who once served two years as president, said she would consider vying for the at-large seat, even after serving eight years on the council and another year and a half on the city Planning Commission.

"I am wondering what it would be like to have a life after 9 1/2 years," Connell said. "At the same time, I am very concerned we don't go backward on things like the (urban renewal authority)."

Kramer also is considering whether she should run again.

"I am trying to pull the pieces together," Kramer said.

As a council representative on various committees and with her job as the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Kramer said time is a factor.

"If I run for re-election, I need to figure out what I am going to pass on to someone else so I am not carrying such a heavy load," Kramer said.

Antonucci also said he is seriously considering whether he will seek re-election to his District 2 seat.

No other residents have announced their candidacies for council, City Clerk Julie Jordan said.

Anyone older than 18 who has lived in Steamboat for 12 consecutive months is eligible to run for the council, Jordan said. Petitions will be available Aug. 2 and must have 25 signatures for candidates to be eligible to run. Candidates have until Aug. 22 to collect those signatures.

Jordan also said anyone who wants to announce their candidacy before then and start taking contributions needs to register with her.

The city charter allows for council members to serve two consecutive four-year terms and three consecutive two-year terms, depending on whether they represent a particular district or hold an at-large seat.


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