Economist Scott Ford plans run for Steamboat Springs City Council
August 12, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Local economist Scott Ford said that win, lose or draw, he plans to have fun during his first run for the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Ford on Monday became the first non-incumbent to file for the race.
He plans to run for the District 2 seat currently held by Kenny Reisman.
Ford said Monday he believes his economic background would be valuable on the council.
"I think I understand our economy well," he said. "I know where it’s been, where it’s at and where it’s going. I can ask the right questions."
Ford gained his economic experience tackling a variety of jobs in Steamboat.
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In the early 1990s, he managed the city’s visitor information center and served as an economic adviser for the Steamboat Springs Chamber and Resort Association.
More recently, he managed a small business incubator at Colorado Mountain College and was a data analyst for Yampa Valley Data Partners.
Today, he is the business manager for the Yampa Valley Voice and the principal partner in The Pinnacle Economic Research Group
"I bring a tremendous amount of energy to everything I do," he said. "I learn all the time."
Reisman, a small business owner who announced last month he plans to seek reelection, said his first four years in city politics have 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,"
Reisman first moved to Steamboat more than 20 years ago and has served as a teacher and a soccer coach.
He currently is the chief operating officer of Mindful Life, an organization that helps schools, businesses and children overcome stresses.
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.
In recent months, Reisman’s challenger hasn’t shyed away from voicing his opinion on city issues.
Ford was one of the most vocal opponents of the city’s plan to sell its downtown public safety center to local outdoor retailers BAP, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger for $2.1 million.
Ford and several other business leaders in the community signed a letter of opposition asking the city to not go forward with the sale before it had a concrete plan for a new police station.
The sale ultimately was canceled after the city discovered it would cost about $900,000 more than it originally estimated it would cost to temporarily house its police force at the Iron Horse Inn.
Ford said the proposed sale was one of the things that motivated him to run for City Council.
Ford has been writing a data column for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He said he is suspending the column at the paper’s request because of the run for council.
As of Monday afternoon, Ford and incumbent council member Walter Magill were the only candidates who have picked up the petitions needed to run for council.
Incumbent Kevin Kaminski also said he plans to run again.
That still leaves a wide open race for the District 1 seat currently held by Cari Hermacinski, who is term limited.
Candidates have until Aug. 26 to gather the signatures they need to get on the ballot.
To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com