Steamboat Springs City Council race is finalized
August 22, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The field for November's Steamboat Springs City Council election is complete.
City Clerk Julie Franklin accepted candidate petitions until 5:30 p.m. Monday, but there were no last-minute surprises. Even so, three of the four races this year are contested, and one of them features three candidates.
The City Council comprises seven seats: 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 this fall, as is the lone at-large seat.
Terms expire in 2013 for City Council President Cari Hermacinski and council members Kenny Reisman and Walter Magill.
The eight candidates for the four seats all had entered the fray by last week.
Steamboat Springs Planning Commission member and Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley Board of Directors member Rich Levy is challenging incumbent Scott Myller. Myller, an architect, is seeking his second term for the District 1 seat, which includes western Steamboat and Old Town.
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"I'd like to see the council be supportive of the community vision as it's been expressed in vision 2030, vision 2020 and as it's been expressed in the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan," Levy said.
"I got into government not to protect or preserve some historical idea of perfection," Myller said. "Rather, I ran as a moderate to see our community grow and change in positive ways."
Colorado Group Realty CEO Bart Kounovsky, who was appointed in September to fill the at-large seat vacated by Jim Engelken, is running for a full-term District 2 seat, which includes the area between downtown and the mountain. District 2 council member Meg Bentley won't seek re-election. No other candidates declared for the seat.
"I think with my financial background, I do bring a skill set that can help the city in these difficult financial times," Kounovsky said recently.
Council member Jon Quinn, who represents District 3, also isn't seeking re-election for the seat that includes southern Steamboat. Instead, Yampatika Executive Director Sonja Macys and Prudential Steamboat Realty broker associate Dave Moloney will square off for the District 3 seat.
"What I'd like to see is more community participation, more community process in government," Macys said. "My career has been about engaging people in the dialogue in their communities about the environment. Engaging people is really important to me."
"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."
The only three-way race is for the two-year at-large seat. Design-build contractor John Fielding, B&K Distributing co-owner Kevin Kaminski and D&C Medical Marijuana & Therapeutic Massage co-owner Daryl Levin all are vying for the seat.
"I would want to find a way to help guide the city policy through a review … to lessen the negative impact that our present regulations have on individuals and businesses," Fielding said recently. "Having recently completed a small cap startup, I'm keenly aware of the obstacles that have been inadvertently created by city administration probably to control rampant development in the past."
"I just want to continue to do my part for Steamboat Springs, which is always going to be my hometown," Kaminski said.
"I have some ideas that I would like to talk to the voters about, and I will later in campaigning, but right now it's all about the people," Levin said. "I'd like to see a vast turnout of people in the valley who want change. If you want the same people in there, don't vote for me."
Franklin said she would determine the ballot order at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 by drawing each of the candidates' names out of a hat. She will verify the ballot content Sept. 2 to send to Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland.
Weinland said ballots would be mailed to country residents starting Oct. 11. She said ballots for military members are mailed earlier and would go out Sept. 16. She said sample ballots would be available by Sept. 15.
Voters can turn in pro and con statements for tax issues to the appropriate political subdivision's designated election official by Sept. 16, Weinland said.
Weinland said registered voters have until Oct. 3 to become active and can do so by going to http://www.govotecolorado.com. Voters are inactive if they didn't cast a ballot in the 2010 general election or if they have moved since then and haven't updated their addresses.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com