Routt County Democrats to interview commissioner candidates Saturday |

Routt County Democrats to interview commissioner candidates Saturday

Robert Grover

— A committee of local Democrats on Saturday is expected to choose the next member of the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Three Steamboat Springs men — Robert Grover, Steve Ivancie and Ken Brenner — have applied for the position that was vacated by Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who was elected last month to serve the new House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties. Her resignation took effect Wednesday.

The Routt County Democratic Party has been tasked with appointing a replacement. Party Chairwoman Catherine Carson said the applications were reviewed Friday and all candidates were chosen to have interviews Saturday.

The six-member vacancy committee will convene at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room. The interviews, deliberations and vote are open to the public, though there is no public comment period.

"We feel very strongly that it's important to be open and transparent to the public," Carson said.

The committee is expected to deliberate after the interviews and then vote.

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Grover will be interviewed at 9:15 a.m., Ivancie at 10:15 a.m. and Brenner at 11:15 a.m.

According to his application, Grover has lived here for 10 years. He is a licensed attorney who has started several businesses, including an oil and gas exploration and production company. He states his legal experience has focused in the areas of business, real estate and energy development.

Grover serves as the board president for the Routt County Council on Aging and Horizons Specialized Services.

In his application, Grover wrote that the three most important issues facing Routt County are maintaining current services, confronting the challenges related to energy exploration and encouraging green energy development.

Ivancie and Brenner have served as members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Ivancie is a project manager for Jake’s Drafting Service, and he helps clients obtain building and development permits. He has served on various committees and boards and is board president of the Yampa Valley Autism Program.

Ivancie also can be found on the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area, where this will be his 18th season working as a ski patroller.

In his application, Ivancie wrote the three most important issues facing Routt County are expanding transportation and communication infrastructure to help businesses, responsible energy development and mitigating the long-term impacts of drought.

Brenner is a third-generation Routt County native who works professionally in sports medicine and has served on numerous boards and committees. Brenner has coached a variety of sports, including track and field, and has been a ski racing official for 30 years. He is a Colorado Mountain College trustee and a board member for the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

Brenner already has committed to running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners in 2014.

In his application, Brenner wrote that the three most important issues facing Routt County are energy exploration, economic development and jobs, and cooperative land-use planning.

Carson said the person who is chosen will be sworn in at noon Monday.

"We want this person to get to work," she said.

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