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Kaminski breezes past Fielding and Levin for at-large City Council seat

Jack Weinstein

Kevin Kaminski

— Kevin Kaminski is returning to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Kaminski easily defeated John Fielding and Daryl Levin in the race for the council's lone at-large seat. Kaminski received 60 percent of the vote, while 22 percent of voters supported Fielding and 18 percent voted for Levin.

After being elected to represent District 3 for a four-year term in November 2005, Kaminski resigned in August 2006 because he moved out of the district.

Kaminski, 42, said he was "nervous, anxious and excited" to get back on the City Council.

"It's not like it's going to be an easy job," he said. "We have a tough job ahead of us."

Kaminski replaces Bart Kounovsky, who ran unopposed for the District 2 seat, which includes the area between downtown and the mountain. Council member Meg Bentley chose not to seek re-election for her District 2 seat. The at-large seat has a two-year term.

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Fielding, a design-build contractor, is a 1972 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School. The 58-year-old Orem, Utah, native, returned to Steamboat in 2002.

"I knew I was a long shot because I'm relatively unknown and I was running against two very, very well-known contenders," he said. "It was a good place to start and in the future I'm sure I'll be running again."

Fielding also ran for the District 5 seat on the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. He was defeated by fellow Steamboat Springs resident Ken Brenner.

Levin, a San Bernardino, Calif., native, moved to the Yampa Valley in 1974. A trained chef who used to own Chelsea's Restaurant in Oak Creek, Levin now co-owns D&C Medical Marijuana & Therapeutic Massage.

The 59-year-old said he hoped the City Council would get back to the basics and not just worry about promoting large projects and big business.

"We have a lot of work to do to maintain our status as a world-class ski resort," he said. "The people on City Council, that's not their ambition. That's not what they're looking toward. I'm a little disappointed in that."

Kaminski, who runs B&K Distributing with his brother and has spent all but two years of his life in Steamboat, praised Fielding and Levin for running campaigns based on issues, not dollars. He noted that the candidates agreed on many issues.

Fielding said he hoped Kaminski would work to improve opportunities for business owners in Steamboat. Kaminski said he would.

"My main thing is knocking down the roadblocks to business that are slowing down the economy," he said.

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