Council ballot taking shape

Hermacinski, Bentley announce intent to run for seats

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To run for council

If you will be 18 or older on Nov. 6 and have lived in Steamboat Springs for 12 consecutive months, you are eligible to run for City Council. If interested, pick up a candidate petition packet at City Hall, 137 10th St. The signatures of 25 registered voters - from the district the candidate is attempting to represent, or from anywhere in Steamboat if the candidate is pursuing an at-large seat - are needed to become a candidate for City Council.

Completed candidacy petitions must be submitted to City Clerk Julie Jordan by 5 p.m. Aug. 27.

— Steamboat Springs Planning Commission member Cari Hermacinski and longtime Steamboat resident Meg Bentley have announced their intent to run for the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Hermacinski, who has served on the Planning Commission for four years, will seek the City Council's at-large seat, currently held by Councilman Towny Anderson. While Anderson has picked up a candidacy petition packet at City Hall, he has not yet confirmed that he will run for re-election. Bentley hopes to run for a District 2 seat, one of which will be vacated by term-limited Councilman Ken Brenner. Councilman Loui Antonucci holds the other District 2 seat until November 2009.

All potential candidacies depend on verification of petition signatures.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said she will not verify petition signatures until the deadline for submittals, which is 5 p.m. Aug. 27. Jordan said Thursday that Hermacinski is the first candidate for any City Council race to submit a completed petition.

Five of the seven City Council seats will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

Former Steamboat Springs City Council President Kathy Connell has said she hopes to run for a District 3 seat, one of which will be vacated by term-limited Councilman Paul Strong. Councilwoman Karen Post plans to run for the other District 3 seat.

A total of 10 people, including Anderson, Post and current City Council President Susan Dellinger, have picked up petitions at City Hall as of Thursday afternoon. Former City Manager Paul Hughes is one of those, but Hughes has not yet confirmed his intent to run for City Council.

The City Council's seven total seats include two representatives each from District 1, District 2 and District 3, and one at-large seat. District 1 includes west Steamboat and much of Old Town. District 2 includes the mountain area, and District 3 includes south Steamboat.

While candidates must run for a seat in the district they live in, or the at-large seat, all Steamboat Springs voters will vote on all of the City Council races.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Richard Levy 7 years, 2 months ago

So why is it that Ken Brenner is term limited but not Kathy Connell who served 2 four year terms already?

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

I think it's because of newer laws since Connell left and Brenner had a term before, then wasn't on the Council. Got elected back to coucil a couple years later.

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