Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Loui Antonucci will retain his District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council after winning a close race with Warren Harner.
Antonucci, a partner in Old Town Realty and a construction manager, received 1,591 votes. Harner, an airline pilot and federal law enforcement officer with Transportation Security Administration received 1,317 votes. Charles McConnell, a retired energy executive, received 414 votes.
"I knew it would be a wide-open campaign," Antonucci said about his and the other City Council races Tuesday. "I wasn't going to run again, honestly. I had had it, but there are a couple big projects I was sitting on that I didn't want to give up."
Antonucci, who has experience in the construction and real estate businesses, said the city had made strides in increasing the number of affordable housing units during his previous term on the City Council. Creating a community where those who work here can afford to live here is a priority for Antonucci, a City Council member from 1989 to 1993 and from 2001 to the present.
"If you can make a difference in people's lives and make sure these people have a job and a home, that's important," Antonucci said.
"As I walked around and knocked on people's doors, people were really concerned about the economy more than I thought."
Harner and McConnell were critical of the City Council's actions in recent years. Harner noted the tight race and said voters agreed.
"Very honestly, what has happened here is our community has spoken to the fact they don't like the direction the council is going," Harner said.
Harner added that the outcome of the District 2 race likely would have been different if McConnell had not been on the ballot.
"It was instrumental- in my particular race," he said. Harner said he planned to continue being active and interested in city government.
The voter turnout impressed and pleased Antonucci.
"One of the wonderful things about this town is we have a smart, educated population that is really passionate about (local government)," he said.