Richard Levy: Personality can bring openness to community
I am Richard Levy, and I am a candidate to represent District 1 on our city council.
I’m running because I love my long participation for our community. My first city appointment was to the Affordable Housing Working Group in 2005. I then moved up the responsibility ladder to the URA Advisory Committee as a community representative.
In 2007, I was appointed to my current position to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. I enjoy working with people of varied perspectives to come to the best solution. I think my personality can bring the openness our community is looking for in a city council member.
Before being appointed to city positions, I had been actively involved with issues that have challenged Steamboat Springs since 1999. My involvement began with volunteer organizations. My participation began with the Trappers Lake Sierra Club and focused on the environment.
We hosted nature films, lead outings and brought interesting speakers to Steamboat. The Community Alliance of the Yampa advocated for protecting community values. We fought to adopt a big box ordinance, brought workforce housing to the attention of our leaders, negotiated to improve the Steamboat 700 proposal and brought in speakers for topics such as smart growth and renewable energy. We sponsored the New Pioneers events, celebrating innovation and stewardship within our community.
I have enjoyed my time on these varied groups. I love discussing our challenges and coming to consensus on the appropriate solutions.
I have had the opportunity to work with many good people in Steamboat. I ran for council in 1997 against Kathy Connell and lost. Kathy served two terms and lead city council as president. She currently chairs the Colorado Transportation Committee. We have remained in touch.
When she found out I was running again she had this to say, “…I have not always agreed with Rich’s decisions, but respect him highly for his hard work, dedication and earnest desire to do what is best for the community. We need diversity on city council coupled with dedication of the time necessary to serve. I think Rich will offer an important voice that is willing to work with the rest of council to assure good, fair governance.”
I moved here from New Jersey in 1993 to volunteer for the summer as a ranger in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. That turned into a paid seasonal position, and I am still here.
I built my own home through the USDA’s “Self-Help Housing.” My partner, Sarah, and I have been together for eight years. I am still a wilderness ranger in the summer, and I am a massage therapist in the winter.
I am deeply invested in the public process. Through my service I have learned to listen and appreciate differing views and to deliberate in an effective and civil manner. I think I can bring a unique, experienced voice to the decision-making process for our community.
As a low-income, seasonal worker, I know the effort it takes to make a home in Steamboat Springs. I will do my best to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to become a part of this community.
We need a slate of city council members that are willing to do the hard work to come to solutions to our most pressing problems and to create a vision for our community going forward. I am willing to do that work.
To learn more about specific issues visit richardlevyforcouncil.com.
I hope I can gain your support.
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