Kevin Kaminski confirms Steamboat City Council run
August 9, 2011
Steamboat Springs — B&K Distributing co-owner Kevin Kaminski has entered the Steamboat Springs City Council race.
Kaminski said Tuesday morning that he will run for the at-large seat, which carries a two-year term.
"I just want to continue to do my part for Steamboat Springs, which is always going to be my hometown," Kaminski said.
If elected in November, this would be Kaminski's second time on City Council. He was voted to represent District 3 for a four-year term in November 2005, but he resigned in August 2006 because he moved out of the district.
By running for the at-large seat, he said he wanted to fulfill the commitment he made in 2005.
"If I move, I can't get kicked out," Kaminski said. "This would just give me the ability to fulfill that term."
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He said diversifying the economy and economic stability are his top priorities.
The City Council is composed of seven seats. There is one at-large seat and two four-year positions in each of the three districts. One seat in each of the districts is up for election this fall.
John Fielding said last month that he plans to seek election but hasn't decided whether to run for the four-year District 1 seat or the two-year at-large seat. If he runs in District 1, he would oppose incumbent Scott Myller, who has said he will seek re-election to represent the area that includes western Steamboat and Old Town. The other District 1 seat is held by Cari Hermacinski, whose term does not expire until 2013.
Rich Levy also confirmed last month that he has pulled a candidate packet and intends to run for a council seat. Like Fielding, Levy would need to decide whether to run for the District 1 seat or the at-large seat.
District 2 council member Meg Bentley and District 3 council member Jon Quinn have said they won't seek another term.
City Council member Bart Kounovsky has filed paperwork to run for the District 2 seat, City Clerk Julie Franklin said Tuesday. Kounovsky was appointed to the council in September 2010 to fill the at-large seat held at the time by Jim Engelken.
Potential council candidates must be at least 18 by Election Day, Nov. 1, and must have lived in the district they seek to represent for at least 12 consecutive months. They have until 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 to get the signatures of 25 registered voters in their district, or all of Steamboat if they're running for the at-large seat. For more information, call Franklin at 970-871-8248.