Scott Ford wins 2nd term on Steamboat City Council
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs’ data-loving, Hawaiian shirt-wearing city councilman handily won a second term Tuesday night.
“I’m thankful for the confidence that the folks in Steamboat Springs have placed in me,” Councilman Scott Ford said Tuesday after election returns came in.
Ford won 78 percent of the vote in his race against challenger Peter Arnold for the council’s at-large seat.
“It’s humbling that there are almost 2,250 people that like Scott Ford,” Ford said after the first returns showed him leading. “I’m fairly secure in my self esteem, but that’s helpful.”
Ford, who launched the city’s Coffee with Council events that allow constituents to weigh in on anything on their minds, promised to remain accessible as a councilman.
He also vowed to continue wearing his signature Hawaiian shirts on the dais.
“Council has got some really important issues in the coming years, and I’m glad I’m going to play a role in shaping those,” he said.
Ford, who was first elected to council in 2013, tipped his hat to his opponent for jumping into the race and being civically involved.
Arnold was also complimentary of his opponent, saying Tuesday night that he looks forward to seeing Ford continue to serve admirably.
“My intent was to push the conversation on certain topics and to get involved, and I think on that note I was successful,” Arnold said. “My goal is to also stay involved and continue serving on the board of adjustment.”
Arnold said he thinks that by running, he helped start a conversation about the impact nightly vacation rentals are having on the city’s housing supply.
After hearing he had lost the election, Arnold continued to focus on the housing issue and told stories of people who were negatively impacted by vacation rentals.
“I think the effect it’s had has been ignored,” Arnold said.
The race between Arnold and Ford was the only contested council race in this election.
Incumbent council member Kathi Meyer will serve in the District 2 seat, incumbent Lisel Petis will serve in the District 1 seat, and former councilwoman Sonja Macys will start serving again in District 3.
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