City Council candidacies almost set for election

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Candidates

District 1 (four years): Susan Dellinger (incumbent, council president), Scott Myller

District 2 (four years): Meg Page Bentley, Paul Hughes

District 3 (two years): Vince Arroyo, Walter Magill

District 3 (four years): Karen Post (incumbent), Jon Quinn

At-large (two years): Towny Anderson (incumbent), Cari Hermacinski, Dave McClure

Not up for election: Loui Antonucci (District 2), Steve Ivancie (District 1)

Leaving council: Ken Brenner (District 2, term-limited), Paul Strong (District 3, term-limited)

— Two of the 11 potential candidates vying for seats on the Steamboat Springs City Council have until Friday to either fix problems with their nominating petitions or be removed from the November ballot.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said the problems are simply technicalities and that each of the candidates has indicated his or her intention to make the necessary fixes.

"These are real simple cures," Jordan said. "They shouldn't have any problem at all."

Dave McClure, a retired university librarian from Tennessee, is short one valid signature on his nominating petition. McClure is running for the two-year, at-large council seat held by Towny Anderson. He will face Anderson and Planning Commission member Cari Hermacinski.

Walter Magill, a local engineer and surveyor, is short four valid signatures. Magill is running against Vince Arroyo for the two-year District 3 seat, to finish the term vacated by Kevin Kaminski in September 2006. The seat currently is held by Councilwoman Karen Post. Post is running for a full, four-year District 3 seat.

Nominating petitions for City Council must have 25 valid signatures from registered voters who live in the district the candidate hopes to represent, or anywhere in the city if the candidate is running for the at-large seat.

Jordan said Magill and McClure had signatures thrown out for reasons such as signers' addresses not matching their voter registration or signers' providing incomplete information.

"It's all technicalities," Jordan said. "I need the addresses to match. That's a statutory requirement."

Former City Manager Paul Hughes, a candidate for the four-year District 2 seat being vacated by term-limited Councilman Ken Brenner, incorrectly dated his signature on two nominating petition forms. Jordan said Hughes already has fixed his petition and expected McClure and Magill to follow suit soon.

"We are moving forward with 11 candidates," Jordan said.

Anderson and Council President Susan Dellinger, who will both be in races to hold on to their current council seats, said they are happy to see all of the council's elections contested.

"It's nice that people are willing to run," Dellinger said. "It's good to give people a choice."

Many council candidates have cited a need for city government to attend to the needs of Steamboat's working class as a reason for their candidacies. Anderson said the council has attended to issues facing the working class - noting the inclusionary zoning and affordable housing ordinances - but that it takes time to see changes.

"This council has taken on issues that simply were not addressed by previous councils for going on 20 years," Anderson said. "We are addressing them. But that change, unfortunately, is not going to be seen overnight."

Five of the City Council's seven seats are up for election this fall. 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.

Although 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 City Council races.

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