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Steamboat City Council incumbents consider re-election plans

Scott Franz

The Steamboat Springs City Council deliberates during a meeting.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council will likely welcome at least three brand new members in November.

The race for the final seat up for grabs could feature Council President Bart Kounovsky, councilwoman Sonja Macys and any other community members who decide to run.

Kounovsky said this week he won’t run for re-election in his current district 2 seat, but he is considering a run for the one at-large seat that carries a shorter two-year term.

Macys said if she decides to run again, she is more likely to also seek the at-large seat instead of her current seat.

The incumbents have several more weeks to finalize their plans.

Kounovsky, who has served almost five years on the council, said if he runs again, it will be to see projects — including the construction of a new police station — through to completion.

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“That would be my major thing to get across the finish line,” Kounovsky said.

Macys also feels there is unfinished business on the council she might want to stick around for.

She was elected to the council in 2011.

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

So far, one new candidate has taken a step to enter the race.

City Clerk Julie Franklin said she has received a candidate affidavit from Heather McLaughlin-Sloop, who intends to run for the District 3 seat currently held by Macys.

Sloop is a community affairs and regulatory manager at Southwestern Energy.

She also serves on the board of directors for the Community Agriculture Alliance.

The petitions that need to be circulated to become a city council candidate can be released starting Aug. 4 and are due back by Aug. 24.

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