Brandon Gee covers government and politics for the Pilot & Today. He started working for the newspaper in June 2007, after his graduation from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing with a minor in political science. Brandon did summer internships at the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., and The Wall Street Journal. He spent a semester abroad in London, where he interned with Moneywise magazine.
Brandon is from Evansville, Ind. and is a huge fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University basketball. When not at work, he can be found on Mount Werner enjoying his first season on the slopes.
Let's Vote committee required to collect 829 signatures by Nov. 12 to force referendum of annexation
The committee that hopes to bring the city of Steamboat Springs' annexation of Steamboat 700 to referendum submitted its first collection of signatures Tuesday. City Clerk Julie Franklin confirmed Wednesday that the committee, known as Let's Vote, has submitted 14 petitions, which the group says contain more than 600 signatures.
Economic development, growth issues on council's priority list
Cari Hermacinski is making no secret of her aspirations to be the next president of the Steamboat Springs City Council. Hermacinski won re-election Tuesday against former City Council President Kevin Bennett. Kenny Reisman and Jim Engelken, who also is a former councilman, won their races and will be the only new members to join the body when it meets Tuesday for the first time since the election and begins to chart a course for the next two years.
Routt County's first election conducted exclusively with mail ballots isn't likely to be its last. That means an all-mail-ballot format may continue to be used in August primary and November odd-year elections in Routt County.
Walter Magill, a 39-year-old engineer and surveyor, will return to the Steamboat Springs City Council. Magill was first elected to the council in 2007 to finish a vacated term. Magill did not face an opponent in the District 3 race and will serve for four years. He received 2,293 votes.
Small-business owner, soccer coach wins City Council seat
Kenny Reisman beat Ken Solomon for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council in Tuesday's election. He won with 56.3 percent of the vote, 1,776 to 1,379.
Council president pro tem easily defeats Bennett
In what turned out to be the most lopsided race of the 2009 election, Cari Hermacinski defeated Kevin Bennett for a District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. She won with 63.6 percent of the vote, 2,066 to 1,184.
Cari Hermacinski has retained her seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Joining her will be newcomer Kenny Reisman and former council member Jim Engelken. All three won their contested races Tuesday night. Brian Kelly won the contested Steamboat Springs School Board race.
Voter turnout surges in recent days; ballots accepted until 7 p.m. today
Voter turnout through Monday surged by about 1,000 votes since late last week. More than 4,000 Routt County residents now have voted in the 2009 election.
Hermacinski's fundraising prowess continues in October
Coucilwoman Cari Hermacinski continued to raise money at a breakneck pace last month and reported about $8,500 in fundraising in her bid for re-election in the second of three campaign finance filings this election cycle.
Site at base area sits vacant as council tables redevelopment plans
From landscaping and a playground, to an ice skating rink and tethered balloon rides, there has been no shortage of ideas thrown out for using the site of the demolished Ski Time Square commercial area.