Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Longtime resident Kevin Kaminski will represent District 3 on the Steamboat Springs City Council after defeating Dick Curtis in Tuesday's election.
Kaminski, president of B&K Distributing, received 1,898 votes, and Curtis, a rental property owner and manager, received 1,376.
"It was educational," Kam-inski said about the election and campaigning process. "It saddens me with the amount of negativity equated to City Council. I'm happy I won, and I'm glad people believe in me. The work is just beginning."
This will be Kaminski's first stint as an elected official. Curtis has been on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission since 1999.
"I'm happy we both ran a clean race," Kaminski said.
Before the election, Kam-inski said he ran for City Council as a way to serve the community where he grew up and where he and his wife are raising their two young children. Kaminski's was salutatorian of the Class of 1987 at Steamboat Springs High School.
Maintaining Steamboat's sense of community is a top concern, Kaminski said. He has attended past City Council meetings and said he was well informed about the issues and wants action to replace all the meetings and conversations.
"I hope something gets done," he said. "We've got to get things done. It's paralysis by analysis. The biggest thing I've learned is government does not move at the speed of life."
Like most City Council candidates, addressing the need for affordable housing was a top priority for Kaminski. He also said he thought Steamboat Springs needed a strong, diverse economy.
Kaminski joins at-large winner Towny Anderson as the new members of the city council.
"We are still seven citizens of Steamboat Springs," Kaminski said about the new council. "We just happen to stick our necks out and make a decision."
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