Steamboat council members weigh re-election bids

Myller, Kounovsky plan to run; Quinn leaning against another term

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Bart Kounovsky

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Jon Quinn

— Two Steamboat Springs City Council members have confirmed they will seek re-election in November, and another two said they likely wouldn’t.

Scott Myller and Bart Kounovsky said Wednesday that they would run, Meg Bentley said she would not, and Jon Quinn said he was “strongly leaning toward not running again.”

“But I’m not quite ready to write that in stone yet,” said Quinn, who represents District 3, which includes southern Steamboat. “I’m 90 percent sure that it’s time to hang up my hat for a while and just be Jon.”

He has until Aug. 2, when City Council candidates can start circulating petitions, to decide.

Myller, who represents District 1, which includes western Steamboat and Old Town, said he would seek a second term. And Kounovsky, appointed in September to the at-large seat vacated by Jim Engelken, said he would seek election but hadn’t determined whether to run for the two-year at-large or four-year District 2 seat, which also is up for election.

Council member Bentley represents District 2, the area between downtown and the mountain, and said Wednesday that she does not plan to run for re-election. She said she always planned to serve one term.

“At this time, I am throwing my support behind Bart. I think he will do a fantastic job,” she said.

Kounovsky, CEO of Colorado Group Realty, said he would like to continue working on Steamboat’s economic development efforts, while assisting the city as it addresses budget constraints.

“I think with my financial background, I do bring a skill set that can help the city in these difficult financial times,” he said.

Myller, an architect, said he’s proud of the way the current City Council has weathered the economic recession. If re-elected, he’s also looking forward to continuing work on initiatives such as Bike Town USA.

“I got into government not to protect or preserve some historical idea of perfection,” he said. “Rather, I ran as a moderate to see our community grow and change in positive ways.”

Quinn, a self-described “political geek,” said serving on the City Council has been a fantastic way to give back to the community. But the co-owner of Northwest Data Services and father of 5- and 3-year-old daughters said leaning toward not seeking re-election would be the right thing to do for now.

“It’s a difficult decision for me because it’s a role I enjoy, but I’m feeling the tug of some other obligation,” Quinn said. “My most important role right now is that of a dad. Honestly, it’s a decision my wife and I have been weighing together, and I think that it’s important for me to let it go for a while.”

Terms expire in 2013 for City Council President Cari Hermacinski and council members Kenny Reisman and Walter Magill.

City Clerk Julie Franklin said petition circulation for the council begins Aug. 2. She said potential candidates would have until Aug. 22 to get signatures of 25 registered voters in their district or all of Steamboat for the at-large seat.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 2 years, 9 months ago

Well, no one that doesn't support MMJ dispensaries should bother to run. The MMJ issue is going to be too big and is going to win too big (demographics and historical voting patterns) for any ant-MMJ dispensary candidates to be anything other than roadkill.

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