3 Steamboat Springs City Council members to seek re-election in November

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Walter Magill

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Kenny Reisman

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Kevin Kaminski

— All three Steamboat Springs City Council members who are eligible to seek re-election in November will try to win another term to tackle some unfinished business on the dais.

Come Aug. 6, Walter Magill, Kenny Reisman and Kevin Kaminski said they will start circulating nominating petitions for their current seats along with any other residents who want a chance to serve the city.

“I feel there are a few things undone that I would like to see accomplished in the next four years,” Magill said Wednesday as he ticked off a list that included the redevelopment of Yampa Street, the construction of a new police station and improvements to the amenities at Howelsen Hill.

Many of the projects he listed have received much attention from the current council but haven't come to fruition.

“We have a lot of loose ends. I'm not sorry about them because it's better to take the time to listen to the public and not rush them,” he said.

Magill, an engineer and surveyor who first was elected in 2007 to serve half of a term in District 3, added that the knowledge he has gained while serving for six years on the council “is a good foundation moving ahead.”

Reisman, a small-business owner who serves in District 2, said his first four years in city politics has taught him a lot, and he's excited to run for his second term.

“It's been a great experience so far for me,” he said. “It's been kind of challenging at times, and to keep the ship in the right direction has been rewarding,”

He said he especially wants to continue serving as a steward of the city's budget.

“To look out for people's money is a project that doesn't end,” he said.

Kaminski, the co-owner of B&K distributing, said he's heard from constituents who like where the city is headed, and he wants to continue his work on the council.

“My main goal is to just try to bring common sense to the process,” he said. “I want to try to take that government mentality away from it and try to get us back to common sense so we can move things forward.”

Kaminski plans to run again for the open at-large seat, which carries a two year term.

The District 1 seat held by Cari Hermacinski also will be in play in November, but the incumbent won't be on the ballot because she is term limited.

There also was some question as to whether Magill would be eligible to run again.

City Attorney Tony Lettunich confirmed Wednesday that a Colorado Attorney General's opinion on the term limit rules will allow a council member like Magill, who first was elected to serve out a two-year term in 2007 and re-elected in 2009, to legally run a third time.

Regardless of whether they earn another term, the three incumbents in the coming weeks are poised to play a pivotal role in deciding several things that will have a big impact on the city.

They include the adoption of rules that will govern recreational marijuana use here, the future use of Steamboat's lodging tax and the potential suspension of the city's affordable housing rules.

City Clerk Julie Franklin said nominating petitions for the council seats can start to be circulated Aug. 6 and must be returned by Aug. 26.

With all three districts and the at-large seat on the table, the race has much room for potential challengers.

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

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