Hayden to cancel November election for Town Council

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— The town of Hayden has just enough candidates for its Town Council to avoid an election in November.

Without a challenger, Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins will start a second term as mayor.

He said last month that he was ready to continue serving at a time when the town is expected to tackle a number of big issues, including a proposal for a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

“I'm looking forward to it,” Haskins said about a new term. “There's a lot to do.”

He will be joined by returning council members Bill Hayden and Richard “Festus” Hagins and newcomer Jim Folley.

Folley, who owns Hayden Mat and Frame on Jefferson Avenue, told the Steamboat Today last month that several of his friends in town encouraged him to run.

He added he disagreed with council's decision last year to prevent Kum & Go from moving to a new location downtown.

“I've been pro-growth for a number of years, and I've seen a lot of negativity toward growth as far as what our council has done in the past,” Folley said. “If I could voice my opinion as a Town Council member, maybe it would have a little more heat.”

Folley will replace council member Tom Rogalski, who decided last month not to seek re-election.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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