Steamboat Springs The upcoming Steamboat Springs School Board election will feature two competitive races and, for the first time in at least a decade, an empty race in one of the districts.
No candidates filed for the District 3 seat held by Denise Connelly, who is term limited after serving the board for eight years.
It means the School Board will have to appoint a new member for the third time in less than a year.
All the action in the November election will be in Districts 1 and 2 where four candidates are running.
The race in District 1 features businessman Roger Good and physical therapy clinic owner Tony Rosso.
Both have extensive backgrounds in education.
After he earned his Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University while employed with a Fortune 500 company, Good was recruited to serve on the advisory board for CSU's college of business.
In Steamboat, he has been involved for the past six years with the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board.
He started as a member of the group's technology commission that vetted grant requests.
“When you look at Steamboat being accredited with distinction, there are a lot of positive things going on, and I'd like to lend my efforts to help Steamboat get to the next level,” he said.
Good and his wife, Laurie, moved to Steamboat in 2002 with their daughter, Erica. Erica is a sophomore at Steamboat High School.
Like Good, Tony Rosso also is passionate about education.
Rosso owns Forever Fit, a physical therapy clinic in Steamboat.
He coached college football for 15 years as well as health and recreation classes.
He said he has taught all grade levels from kindergarten through college.
“I think I have a lot to offer fiscally for the School Board,” he said, noting his experience running businesses. “Not only that, but I have the background in education.”
Rosso also served as the athletic director for the Hayden School District for one year.
A 2004 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and a South Routt school teacher are running in District 2.
Randy Homan teaches business education, wood shop and personal finance classes at Soroco High School, but he's very much invested in the Steamboat district, where his children have attended school.
“I feel my experience will really help the Steamboat school district navigate all the tough decisions that need to be made to help Routt County children succeed,” Homan said.
Homan, who moved to Steamboat three years ago, has been an educator for 18 years, serving as a teacher and an assistant principal of an elementary school in North Carolina.
Here in Steamboat, he works part time at Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare and enjoys BMX racing, skiing, tubing and fly-fishing.
He will face Joey Andrew, a Steamboat native.
“With the fourth generation of Andrews going through the school system now, I thought it was time an Andrew got back on the School Board,” Andrew said. “I like the direction the School Board is going, and it needs more representation from the second district. I would like to provide the extra voice.”
After he graduated from Steamboat Springs High School, Andrew earned his undergraduate degree in international studies from the University of Denver.
He then studied abroad and worked for a public relations firm in Vienna that worked to represent countries that were trying to join the European Union.
Now, he's the distribution manager of Steamboat's Raindrop Water and the daily operations manager for EZ Storage.
To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com
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