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Councilwoman Macys won’t run again in November

Sonja Macys

— Steamboat Springs City Councilwoman Sonja Macys, who often bucked the council majority on big decisions and made sustainability and government transparency staples of her council career, said Monday she will not seek a second term in November.

Asked why she has decided not to run, Macys said she didn’t want to discuss her reasoning at this time.

“I wanted to make the announcement early so there’s an opportunity for good people, and people of integrity, to come forward and run for the position I would have run for,” Macys said.

Macys said she wants to see contested races.

Her announcement ensures that there will be at least three new council members on the dais in November.

Macys was considering running for an at-large seat on the council because it carried a shorter two-year term than her current seat in District 3.

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Council President Bart Kounovsky is still considering running for the at-large seat for the same reason.

Kounovsky said Monday he hasn’t decided yet whether he will run again.

Council President Pro-Tem Scott Myller and councilman Kenny Reisman are term-limited and cannot run for another term on the council.

Community members who are interested in running for one of the four seats up for election in the fall can start circulating petitions and gathering the necessary signatures Tuesday.

The petitions are due back to the city by Aug. 24.

So far, two new candidates have taken steps to run for council.

Heather McLaughlin-Sloop, a community affairs and regulatory manager at Southwestern Energy, plans to run for the District 3 seat currently held by Macys.

And Jason Lacy, chairman of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and a partner at Steamboat Lawyers Group, plans to run for the District 2 seat currently held by Kounovsky.

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