Meet the candidates for the open City Council seat |

Meet the candidates for the open City Council seat

Five applicants are eligible for the open City Council seat representing District III, vacated last month by Kevin Kaminski. The former councilman moved out of the district, which includes neighborhoods in southeastern Steamboat Springs. Council members will interview the applicants at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting, and they may select and swear in a new council member immediately after the interviews.

Steve Hitchcock

Age: 46

Residence: Hunters Court

Occupation: Owner of Soda Creek Pizza Co. and self-employed business consultant

Community involvement: Current or former Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs member, Educational Excellence committee member, and SCORE volunteer counselor

Why he wants to serve on City Council: “Community service.”

Three most important issues facing Steamboat: “The regulation of growth and related issues such as housing and development; setting direction and resources for economic activity; and prioritizing community services and facilities.”

Karen Post

Age: 50

Residence: Stone Lane

Occupation: Self-employed psychotherapist

Community involvement: Breast Cancer Support Group, Advocates Against Battering & Abuse, Routt County Partners Organization, member of Steamboat Springs Middle School crisis support team, high school girls ice hockey coach

Why she wants to serve on City Council: “I love this valley and am interested in the direction that Steamboat is taking. : As I have watched Steamboat flourish over the past 15 years, I am concerned that we may be sacrificing the things that attracted us all to this valley in the name of growth.”

Three most important issues facing Steamboat: “To create and maintain a supply of permanently affordable housing so our businesses, schools, hospital and emergency departments can have a stable workforce; to promote a strong middle class and maintain their quality of life by offering diverse job opportunities, affordable housing, varied recreational outlets, and by preserving our environment and attending to the needs of our youth; to update, fund and enact the action items of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.”

Walter Magill

Age: 35

Residence: Brome Drive

Occupation: Principal of the development consulting firm Landmark Consultants

Community involvement: Coordinator of a Steamboat Running Series race, participant in Town Challenge race series

Why he wants to serve on City Council: “To provide a voice for young business owners and young families within the city : to assist in defining issues for the future of the community, helping the council in directing the city departments in their jobs and guiding the budgets to provide basic services to the citizens of the city of Steamboat Springs.”

Three most important issues facing Steamboat: “Dependency on sales tax for all funding. : It is my belief (Steamboat) needs to look at alternative funding sources, such as special-use districts or some form of property tax; affordable/employee housing; transportation along the U.S. Highway 40 corridor from 13th Street west and the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.”

Ellen Mulry Crain Hoj

Age: 48

Residence: Dougherty Road

Occupation: Owner of Steamboat Yacht Club, self-employed planner and landscape architect

Community involvement: Purchase of Development Rights committee, 1996; affordable housing committee, 1994-96; county representative for Awanas Children’s Program, 2005-06; historic preservation committee, 1995-96; Perry Mansfield Board of Directors, 1995-96.

Why she wants to serve on City Council: “You need someone like me that is trustworthy, honest, direct and has the experience I have. I am a service-oriented person who likes to help create dynamic, sustainable communities. I also know budgets with my not-for-profit, private sector and government background.”

Three most important issues facing Steamboat: “The economy and sustainable spending practices of the city and how ‘big ticket’ items are decided; base area redevelopment and Main Street initiatives need attention, participation and a few key strategic ‘deal-making’ (efforts) to get agreement from all the key partners; affordable, sustainable and attainable housing continue to be important, and projects in the city need to be completed in a timely manner.”

Benjamin Russell

Age: 30

Residence: Creekside Court

Occupation: Financial service representative for State Farm Insurance

Community Involvement: Member of Board of Directors for Kiwanis Steamboat Springs; Volunteer on Rotary Park boardwalk project; volunteer on local trail maintenance projects

Why he wants to serve on City Council: “To demonstrate my belief that everyone has the responsibility to actively participate in our democratic government. I feel invested in the future of Steamboat Springs as my home and want to devote time and energy to the issues that face our town, not just be a spectator.”

Three most important issues facing Steamboat: “Affordable housing; giving small businesses the opportunities to flourish, grow and continue in the tradition of TIC, ACZ, Smartwool, Bap, Moots, etc.; the strengthening of our downtown to include businesses and facilities that not only benefit our town as a whole, but help continue our sense of cohesion as a population.”

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