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Dana Strongin

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Anderson wins close race

The tightest race in City Council was for the shortest term.

Three candidates ran for the council’s two-year at-large seat. Towny Anderson defeated Bud Romberg by 143 votes, 1,618 to 1,475. Stuart Lynn received 265 votes.

Anderson, 54, is a consultant focused on historic preservation, historic property redevelopment and community development. He served as Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer and supports Main Street Steamboat Springs programs as well as cultural heritage tourism.

Anderson said his win was “unbelievable.”

“I think in many ways this was a referendum on how we grow as a community — as a community, or as a resort,” he said.

Anderson has said that the current City Council emphasizes the tourist economy too much. He said that besides financial capital, the city also has social and environmental capital. If city officials invest in Steamboat Springs, he said, tourism will flourish. The most important asset to promote tourism is the city’s downtown, he said. When proposals for the county courthouse were in question, Anderson supported keeping the courthouse downtown.

Anderson said he hoped to help the City Council take a different direction.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we can all work together. This is what makes us great as a community,” he said Tuesday.

Romberg, 70, is retired from teaching chemistry and physics at the high school and college levels. He served a term on the council from 1999 to 2003, but he lost his 2003 bid for re-election to Susan Dellinger by three votes. He ran this year, he has said, because he thought he had unfinished business from his previous term.

“I guess that’s what the people wanted,” Romberg said Tuesday after checking the votes. “I hope that they will be happy with what they got.”

Romberg has lived in Steamboat for nearly 40 years and has served on a variety of councils and boards, including the Steamboat Springs School Board, the city planning commission and the health and recreation association.

In the two filing dates up to Oct. 28, Romberg reported more total contributions — $9,473 — than any other candidate in this year’s campaign. His total expenditures were $9,366.

Anderson re—-ceived $5,219 in contributions through Oct. 28, and he spent $2,851. He said his campaign was focused on encouraging people to get out and vote.

Stuart Lynn, a 43-year-old who works in roofing, received the fewest votes. Lynn, who has lived in Steamboat for 22 years, has never held a government office.

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