Council race sees variety of candidates
10 residents running for open seats
Steamboat Springs — From a 26-year-old radio personality who grew up near Aspen to a 76-year-old tree-trimmer who fought in World War II, the race for City Council this year will bring an eclectic mix of faces and views to the Steamboat voting public.
The ballot will be jam-packed with potential City Council members come election day, with a total of 10 candidates running for the four open spots in the city. Monday marked the final day for interested people to pull petitions and to return them to the city clerk.
“I’m excited that a lot of people in the community have stepped forward and said they would like to serve on City Council. It’s always great that the electors have the opportunity to choose who they would like to serve them,” City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble said.
While some of the candidates pulled papers early in the process and then mulled over the decision of whether to run, one candidate decided on Monday to complete the process of getting his signatures all in one day.
Harry Thompson, a local realtor, made a last-minute push to get onto the ballot, both pulling petition papers and returning them on Monday. Thompson could not be reached for comment Monday.
All of the candidates have already had their petitions certified by the city clerk and will be able to start running for their respective seats.
The races this year will have a lot of new faces, with City Council President Kevin Bennett and Councilman Jim Engelken deciding not to run again.
The candidates come from many different walks of life, with some newcomers claiming to be able to better represent Steamboat than those on the current council and incumbents touting the benefits of experience.
Current Council President Pro Tem Kathy Connell and Councilman Ken Brenner are attempting to win new terms in November. Connell is in District III and Brenner is hoping to switch from the at-large spot to the District II seat vacated by Engelken.
Without Bennett, an eight-year mainstay on the council, in the District I race, two newcomers Nancy Kramer and Omar Campbell will vie for the four-year seat.
“That’s pretty much what democracy is,” said Matt Jacquart, a 26-year-old production director and radio announcer on KFMU running in District III. “Everybody has their ideas. Everybody thinks they know how this city should be run. Now it’s going to be up to the voters.”
Jacquart, who sat in on last week’s nearly six-and-a-half hour council meeting after being on the air at 6 a.m. that morning, said he is counting on younger voters to get to the polls and push him to victory.
The city clerk will hold an informational meeting for candidates Sept. 6 to help them figure out how to accept and spend money under the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
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