Our View: Wanted: A slew of good candidates

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Editorial Board, June 2009 to September 2009

  • Suzanne Schlicht, general manager
  • Brent Boyer, editor
  • Mike Lawrence, city editor
  • Tom Ross, reporter
  • Grant Fenton, community representative
  • Paul Strong, community representative

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— Residents always are better served by contested elections, which offer not only choice, but also specific attention to issues important in our community. As this year's local election cycle begins, we hope there are residents who answer the call to public service and step forward with bids for elected office.

Tuesday marks the first day potential Steamboat Springs City Council candidates can pick up nomination petitions. Several candidates - incumbents and challengers - already have announced their intention to run. We hope more follow their lead.

Four City Council seats are up for election this fall, including those held by term-limited councilmen Loui Antonucci and Steve Ivancie. The seats of council members Cari Hermacinski and Walter Magill also are up. Both have announced their plans to seek re-election, though it is unclear whether Hermacinski will seek a two-year at-large seat or the four-year District 1 seat. Magill holds the District 3 seat.

Local businessman Kenny Reisman has said he will run for Antonucci's District 2 seat, and on Thursday, former councilman Kevin Bennett gave a strong indication that he will vie for Ivancie's District 1 seat.

Seven City Council members will take their seats in Centennial Hall in November, during what continues to be a critical period for Steamboat's future. Huge issues including annexation, infrastructure, major capital investments paid for with tax dollars, and managing tight finances while providing vital city services are on the City Council's plate. These are decisions that affect the daily lives and long-term livelihoods of residents.

Interested City Council candidates can pick up a nomination petition beginning Tuesday at City Hall. The petitions are due at 5 p.m. Aug. 24. Candidates must be 18 or older on Election Day, and they must be residents of the city for the 12 consecutive months preceding the election.

City government won't be the only one getting attention this fall. Two of the Steamboat Springs School Board's five seats are up for election. School Board member Denise Connelly plans to seek re-election for her District 3 seat. School Board member John DeVincentis has said he won't seek re-election in District 1.

Helping provide a superb education for our children ought to be enough incentive for service, but it also is worth noting that local taxpayers provide significant funding to the Steamboat Springs School District - making its governance an issue that affects us all.

Potential Steamboat Springs School Board candidates can pick up nomination petitions beginning Wednesday. Completed petitions must bear the signatures of 50 eligible voters who live within the school district's boundaries. Candidates must be registered Routt County voters for 12 consecutive months before the election. Nomination petitions are due by 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

We also hope for contested races in the Hayden and South Routt school districts, each of which have four seats up for election. Like many school districts across the county, each has struggled to offer voters contested board elections in recent years.

There are few positions less appreciated than that of City Council member and School Board member, but they rank among the most important roles in any community. We urge residents to consider stepping forward and playing a significant part in our democratic process and the future of Routt County.

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