Candidates emerge for Steamboat Springs City Council’s District 3 seat
August 15, 2011
City Council candidates
■ District 1
Scott Myller, incumbent
■ District 2
Bart Kounovsky, at-large incumbent
■ District 3
For more information about running for the Steamboat Springs City Council, call City Clerk Julie Franklin at 970-871-8248 or stop by City Hall, 137 10th St., to pick up a petition.
■ Referendum 2B
Shall the city of Steamboat Springs sales and use taxes be increased $1,300,000 annually in the first full calendar year, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter by increasing the sales tax rate by 0.25% from 4.5% to 4.75%, to be levied on and after January 1, 2012, and to expire on December 31, 2016, and shall revenues generated from that increased tax rate be dedicated for use by the local marketing district to support guarantees to commercial air carriers to provide non-stop service to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, and shall the proceeds of such tax and investment income thereon constitute voter approved revenue changes pursuant to Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution?
■ Referendum 2C
Shall the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, ban, effective January 1, 2012, the cultivation, manufacture and sale of medical marijuana, including the operations of medical marijuana centers, optional premise cultivation operations, and the manufacture of medical marijuana-infused products, unless such person does so as a patient or primary caregiver as authorized by Art. XVIII, Sec. 14 of the Colorado Constitution and pursuant to regulations enacted by the City; further authorizing the City to codify this ban in the Municipal Code?
Steamboat Springs — After a lack of interest in the Steamboat Springs City Council's third district seat during the first two weeks of the petition circulation period, two candidates emerged Monday.
Yampatika Executive Director Sonja Macys and Prudential Steamboat Realty Broker Associate Dave Moloney confirmed they would seek the four-year seat. District 3 represents southern Steamboat.
Both candidates cited the importance of public service and a desire to give back to the community.
"I've been a resident of the Yampa Valley for the last 23 years. I really have a desire to serve this community," Moloney said. "In these challenging times, I think we need to promote, protect and enhance the assets so we can offer world-class recreational opportunities for visitors and economic vitality for our residents."
One of those opportunities is the continuation of the Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative, Moloney said. He said he would like to pursue other opportunities to encourage visitors to come to Steamboat.
Moloney, an Oakland, N.J., native, was a computer programmer before moving to Steamboat and starting his real estate career. He hopes to bring his technology experience to City Council.
Macys, who leads the nonprofit that provides outdoor education for youths and adults, said she's thought about running for City Council for a while. She said it's the right time in her career and for her family. She also said she has support from the Yampatika staff and board of directors as well as members of the community.
A Richmond, Va., native, her career has included land-use planning and legislative work, mostly at the federal level, in addition to environmental education. If elected, Macys said she would bring nonprofit experience to City Council, something she said has been missing recently.
"What I'd like to see is more community participation, more community process in government," she said. "My career has been about engaging people in the dialogue in their communities about the environment. Engaging people is really important to me."
The City Council comprises seven seats. There is one two-year, at-large seat, and there are two four-year seats in each of the three districts. One seat in each of the districts is up for election Nov. 1.
Macys and Moloney join an already crowded field for City Council.
Rich Levy is challenging incumbent City Council member Scott Myller, who is seeking his second term, for the District 1 seat, which includes western Steamboat and Old Town. Bart Kounovsky, who was appointed in September to fill the at-large seat vacated by Jim Engelken, is running for his first full term in District 2, the area between downtown and the mountain.
Council members Meg Bentley, District 2, and Jon Quinn, District 3, have said they won't seek re-election.
Residents John Fielding, Kevin Kaminski and Daryl Levin are vying for the two-year, at-large seat.
City Clerk Julie Franklin said in an email that all candidates, with the exception of Macys who just picked up information about running for City Council on Monday, have turned in an affidavit with their intentions to seek office.
Franklin has said candidates are required to get the signatures of 25 registered voters in their districts, or the city for the at-large seat. She said only Kounovsky, Levin and Moloney have turned in petitions.
Potential council candidates must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and must have lived in the district they seek to represent for at least 12 consecutive months. Candidates have until 5:30 p.m. Monday to turn in their petitions with signatures.
Steamboat residents also will consider two questions in November. One will ask voters whether to ban all medical marijuana businesses within city limits. The other will ask voters to consider whether to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax increase to generate $1.3 million to supplement the winter air service program that helps bring ski season flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com