Q&A with Tim Redmond, Hayden mayor candidate
Bio: I was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I went to East High and studied at Cheyney State. I am owner of Redmond Mechanical Services. I have coached youth football, basketball and baseball. I am serving my third term on council.
He is listed on the ballot as Joseph Timothy Redmond.
Q. What is the biggest challenge the town of Hayden faces?
A. I think you might be surprised by my answer. What comes to the top of my mind is identity. What kind of town do you want to live in? I want to live in a town where you are heard and respected — town that remembers and honors its seniors — a welcoming town for new business and people. I feel Hayden is at a crossroads. I believe we have a great opportunity to decide our direction. Hayden is growing. I want everybody to benefit. I want everyone to take ownership. Twenty-five years ago I made Hayden home. I started a business and raised a family. Life in Hayden has been good to me and my family. It has been an honor to serve you. It would be an honor to be you mayor.
Q. How does the town leverage the momentum of the Hayden School District, which is embarking on a $61 million project for a new building to house all of their schools?
A. The way forward is clear. It is going to take cooperation between the schools, town and the others stakeholders. I hope to save the gym and auditorium. These are resources the community could use. The new school complex will provide a modern and safe facility. One of the first things people do is checkout the school system. I have always supported Hayden schools. I am proud to say my son is a Hayden grad. The class size and individual attention were great. I believe the town and schools are working well together. I see many possibilities. The important fact is we are taking care of our children. They are our future.
Q. Economic development has been a priority for Hayden in recent years. What can the town do to foster new businesses and support existing businesses?
A. I want to build a town with good-paying jobs. Good paying jobs require training. I would like to work with business and Babson Carpenter School — have economic development recruit business and Babson Carpenter School do the training. The town is open to work with new and existing business.
Q. With the affordable housing crisis in Steamboat Springs, what can the town do to make Hayden a more desirable community for those seeking affordable housing?
A. Hayden will never compete with Steamboat. We offer different lifestyles. Life is a little slower here. What Hayden offers is quiet, safe and family friendly. Everybody watches out for each other. What we have is priceless. If you miss small town life, you will love Hayden.
Q. Is there any other issue you would like to discuss?
A. Experience with town government. This is why I want to be your mayor. There will be three new town board member this term — all bright, smart people who care about their town. I know it took most of my first term to come up to speed. I would be there for my fellow board members and you.
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