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Hayden Town Board election Tuesday

Nick Foster

Hayden residents will go to the polls Tuesday to select three trustees for the Hayden Town Board from four candidates.

The four candidates are incumbents Ken Gibbon, Lorraine Johnson and Richard “Festus” Hagins and challenger Richard Bush, a member of the Recreation Board.

Mayor Chuck Grobe is running uncontested for his third consecutive term.

Here is a closer look at the Hayden candidates:

Richard Bush

Years in Hayden: 14

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Experience: Recreation Board 2004, Volunteer builder and maintainer of Hayden’s cross-country ski trail 2004, Youth Soccer Program 1996-2004.

On the issues:

Should the town annex 670 acres for The Villages at Hayden? I need more information.

Would you like a golf course in Hayden? Yes.

Do you like the plans for The Villages at Hayden? I need to study the plans.

Rate the most important issues facing Hayden in order: (1) Water storage, infrastructure and conservation (2) Creating jobs (3) Bettering town communication with other governments and residents (4) Road and sidewalk improvements (5) Recreation.

Ken Gibbon

Years in Hayden: 14

Experience: Town Board 1994-2004, Routt County Planning Commission three years.

On the issues:

Should the town annex 670 acres for The Villages at Hayden? No. It should develop in town first.

Would you like a golf course in Hayden? I need more information.

Do you like the plans for The Villages at Hayden? There’s not enough information yet.

Rate the most important issues facing Hayden in order: (1) Growth planning (2) Water storage, infrastructure and conservation (3) Road and sidewalk improvements (4) Creating jobs (5) Recreation.

Richard “Festus” Hagins

Years in Hayden: 14

Experience: Mayor 1996-1998, Town Board 1992-1994, 2000-2004, Planning Commission 1994-1996, Recreation Board 2000-2004, Yampa Valley Economic Development Council 1992-1994, 1996-1998, 2000-2004.

On the issues:

Should the town annex 670 acres for The Villages at Hayden? Yes. Then the town could have control over development.

Would you like a golf course in Hayden? Yes.

Do you like the plans for The Villages at Hayden? No, but I like the concept.

Rate the most important issues facing Hayden in order: (1) Growth planning (2) Water infrastructure, conservation and storage. (3) Recreation (4) Road and sidewalk improvements (5) Creating jobs.

Lorraine Johnson

Years in Hayden: 32

Experience: Town Board and Planning Commission liaison 2000-2004.

On the issues:

Should the town annex 670 acres for The Villages at Hayden? The town should study the impacts before making a decision.

Would you like a golf course in Hayden? Yes.

Do you like the plans for The Villages at Hayden? Yes. You have to start somewhere.

Rate the most important issues facing Hayden in order: (1) Water storage, infrastructure and conservation (2) Creating jobs (3) Growth planning (4) Road and sidewalk improvements (5) Recreation.