Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Two Old Town incumbents and only one seat.
Steve Ivancie and Nancy Kramer took a chance at re-election this year, with the possibility of losing their spots on the City Council.
The two have often been on the opposite sides of 4-3 council votes, with Ivancie landing in the minority.
Ivancie, however, did not fall short this time. He won the seat in a 1,850 to 1,474 vote and will serve four more years on council.
"I want to thank all of the volunteers, supporters and contributors who worked so hard to basically say the community comes first," Ivancie said after the results arrived.
Ivancie, 50, is a project manager for Jake's Drafting Service. He has twice held the two-year at-large position but decided this year to run for the four-year District 1 seat.
He has said his motivation to run was his desire to see the council put more consideration into tending to the needs of the people who live in Steamboat Springs. Ivancie advocated a balance between tourism and the needs of working families.
The No. 1 responsibility of council members is to provide basic services to the taxpayers, Ivancie has said.
He said his win was just the beginning when it came to a new council.
"This is a very vibrant, growing community," he said. "We've got a very bright future ahead of us."
Kramer, the District 1 in--cumbent, is the only woman who ran for a seat on the council this fall. She is 57 years old and the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. She supports the arts as well as cultural heritage tourism.
She had hoped to work more with the Yampa Valley Housing Authority as well as work through the urban renewal authority, which funds infrastructure improvements near Steamboat Ski Area's base.
Kramer declined to comment about the election Tuesday night. Ivancie, however, had something to say about his opponent.
"Nancy's a class lady," he said. "She's given a lot to this community, and she will continue to give a lot to this community."
Kramer and Ivancie have a history of voting opposite ways. Ivancie has lost votes on the urban renewal authority, the Steamboat Springs Airport and the local marketing district, which created a lodging tax for airline flight guarantees.
Ivancie raised and spent about half as much as his opponent. His contributions for the two filing dates up to Oct. 28 totaled $2,564, and his expenditures totaled $2,586. Kramer's contributions totaled $5,055, and she spent $5,045.
Ivancie said the race was "distinguished" because both candidates stuck to the issues, and he said both candidates truly understood the dedication it takes to serve on the council.
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