Steamboat Springs City Council election could feature 10 candidates
August 21, 2015
Steamboat Springs — There could be twice as many candidates running for the Steamboat Springs City Council this year than there were in the last council election.
The field of potential candidates doubled this week to 10 with the addition of a local school board member, a high school teacher, a planning commissioner, a construction company owner and the former owner of a downtown fly fishing shop.
If all of the candidates successfully return petitions, there will be four candidates running in District 1, two in District 2, one in District 3 and three at large.
If no more petitions go out, Heather McLaughlin Sloop is poised to run uncontested for the district 3 seat.
Most of the new potential candidates are circulating petitions for the open District 1 seat, which had no candidates at the start of the week.
All prospective candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to gather the 25 necessary signatures of their constituents and return their petitions to City Hall.
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Candidates wanting to make a last-minute effort to get on the ballot can email Deputy City Clerk Sabrina James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last time four council seats were available, only five candidates ran, resulting in a single contested race.
Eight candidates ran for four open seats in 2011.
After the filing deadline, Steamboat Today will profile and feature all the candidates
Following are the community members who are circulating petitions ahead of Monday’s filing deadline.
Rich Levy, Steamboat Springs planning commissioner, massage therapist
Patrick Slowey, history teacher at Steamboat Springs High School
Tim Kirkpatrick, businessman, former owner of Steamboat Flyfisher
Robin Crossan, Steamboat Springs School Board member
Michael Buccino, interior designer, owner of Steamboat Interiors
Jason Lacy, Steamboat Springs Planning Commission chairman, partner at Steamboat Lawyers Group,
Heather McLaughlin-Sloop, community affairs and regulatory manager at Southwestern Energy
Chuck McConnell, retired chemical engineer
Kathi Meyer, Yampa Valley Housing Authority board president, Steamboat Springs Planning commissioner, retired commercial real estate lender
Mark Traum, owner of Sleeping Giant Construction Solutions