Steamboat Springs Routt County Democrats say it was not an easy decision, but in the end, they chose Steve Ivancie to fill a vacancy on the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
“It’s an honor, but it's a big responsibility, as well,” said Ivancie, a former Steamboat Springs City Council member. “I’m ready to go to work.”
A six-member panel on Saturday morning interviewed Ivancie, Ken Brenner and Robert Grover to fill a vacancy created by Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who was elected last month to serve the new House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties.
“We are fortunate and challenged to have such excellent candidates,” said Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the Routt County Democratic Party.
After the interviews Saturday, each of the Democrats on the committee discussed the candidates and then voted. Five supported Ivancie and one supported Brenner, also a former Steamboat City Council member who has served on numerous boards during the past 15 years. The selection process was open to the public.
Although she did not vote for Ivancie, committee member Marlyn Myers said she felt he was “right on the money” when it came to understanding what challenges Routt County faces.
“I think I'm impressed more than anything else with his work effort,” Myers said.
Committee member Paul Bonnifield said Ivancie is the type of person who can walk into a coffee shop and have conversations with residents to find out what the issues were in the county. Bonnifield also said it was important to choose someone who would appeal to independent voters.
“We need someone who can talk to them, and they have to be in the middle,” Bonnifield said.
Carson said she made her decision after looking at how successful Ivancie and Brenner have been in winning votes in previous elections.
With the new full-time gig, Ivancie said he would step down from his job of project manager for Jake's Drafting Service. Ivancie said he hopes to be able to continue volunteering as a ski patroller at Steamboat Ski Area.
Ivancie and Brenner said they plan to run for election when the commissioner term expires in November 2014.
“I still have the fire in the belly for public service, and campaigning, although its a chore, it’s a necessary one,” Ivancie said.
Ivancie left the Routt County Courthouse on Saturday holding a thick packet of materials that the commissioners will taken action on starting Monday.
“I’m going to spend the next two days going over the packet and studying the things I’m going to be voting on,” Ivancie said.
He will be sworn in at noon Monday.
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