Steamboat Springs City Council forum to decide ballot order
City officials also will speak at candidate meeting
August 29, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The order Steamboat Springs City Council candidates will appear on the November ballot will be determined Thursday during an information forum at Centennial Hall.
The forum, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. It will include short presentations from City Council President Cari Hermacinski, City Manager Jon Roberts and City Clerk Julie Franklin. The forum will conclude with the drawing of candidates' names out a hat to determined the ballot order.
Franklin said the forum didn't include time for candidates to introduce themselves or to answer questions from the public.
Franklin said the public wasn't restricted from talking to candidates before or after.
The City Council comprises seven seats including a two-year, at-large seat and two four-year seats in three districts. One seat in each of the districts is up for election Nov. 1, as is the at-large seat.
There are eight candidates for the four seats. Terms expire in 2013 for Hermacinski and council members Kenny Reisman and Walter Magill.
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Rich Levy will challenge City Council member Scott Myller for the District 1 seat, which includes western Steamboat and Old Town.
City Council member Bart Kounovsky, who was appointed in September to fill the at-large seat vacated by Jim Engelken, is running unopposed for the District 2 seat, which includes the area between downtown and the mountain. District 2 council member Meg Bentley isn't seeking re-election.
City Council member Jon Quinn, who represents District 3, also isn't seeking re-election for the seat that includes southern Steamboat. Sonja Macys and Dave Moloney will square off for the seat.
John Fielding, Kevin Kaminski and Daryl Levin are vying for the at-large seat.
Hermacinski's presentation will address the City Council's role in the community. She said it would include how they operate as part-time legislators on a policy board within a city manager form of government.
"I thought it was interesting as a candidate," she said about the information forum adding that it also was an opportunity for City Council candidates to meet Roberts, Franklin and other city staff members.
Roberts said he would give a short synopsis of the current status of the city during his presentation. He also plans to describe how city staff supports the City Council.
Franklin said she would provide information about the election process before determining the ballot order for candidates.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland has said ballots would be mailed to country residents starting Oct. 11.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com