Avon council race under way
Ryan Summerlin September 24, 2012
AVON, Colorado – The next Avon Town Council will look significantly different than the current board.Two members – Amy Phillips and Kristi Ferarro – can’t run again because they’ve served the maximum of two consecutive terms, which means there will be two new members from a field of five incumbents, including incumbent Buz Reynolds, who is seeking a second term. The Vail Daily will publish candidate profiles between now and election Day, Nov. 6. We’ll also ask the candidates questions regularly. Matt GennettI want this job because I am able to make a positive difference for Avon as an elected leader and give back to the community which has provided me with so much. I firmly believe that my planning education, government experience, and strong inter-agency relationships will help the town of Avon achieve a sustainable and prosperous future.My wife and I are raising our two young sons in the Wildridge townhouse we bought eight years ago, and our eldest just started kindergarten. As a family with strong ties to the valley, we understand what people have been going through in recent years and we continue to live here because we love this place. Being on the Town Council is an excellent opportunity for me to employ my unique skill set and public sector experience to make Avon a better place to live and visit.If elected, I am very optimistic about the town’s future as we move ahead to 2015 and beyond. I intend to use my 12 years of professional planning experience with Eagle County, the town of Vail and the town of Avon to optimize Avon’s community development potential. We need to move past the lawsuits and personnel issues onward toward a strong position of integrity, professionalism and civility.John MinerviniFirst, I’m in my second term on the Avon Planning and Zoning Commission, where I endured the long and complicated Traer Creek hearings. I expect the Traer applications will continue, and my experience and firm grasp of the application will help town council resolve this matter. Second, I have a unique set of working skills which I want to use to benefit Avon. I have a Harvard BA (economics) and a Stanford MBA (finance); I am a retired VP of AutoZone, the country’s largest auto parts retailer. I will bring my strong financial and analytical skills onto the council to help improve Avon’s community development and financial future. Third, I live here! I care about our future. I’ll represent all of Avon’s diverse population. We are a close-knit residential, working community and an exciting tourist destination. We are well positioned for our businesses and organizations to grow. My vision is to improve home values, and I’ll support the many amenities that our town enjoys. Finally, I am deliberative, focused, efficient and dedicated. I had these characteristics in my business career. I have them as your P&Z commissioner. And I will have them as one of your hard-working Avon Town Council members. Buz ReynoldsI’m one of the oldest residents of Avon (in terms of length of residence). My father and I have put a serious amount of time into this town. There are a lot of complex issues facing the town right now; my experience can be an asset to the town council going forward.Jennie FancherI am running for Avon Town Council because I care about the town in which I live. I have lived in the Vail Valley since 1992, in Avon since 2000. The town is diverse, accessible, and will be growing tremendously in the future when The Village at Avon breaks ground and I would love to be a part of the process that helps Avon on its road to becoming the great mountain town it has the potential to be. There are many advantages to living and/or operating a business in Avon, not least of which is its position in the valley. Some thriving businesses opened in Avon this year, including Northside Coffee and Kitchen, and Walgreens will open in the near future. First-time homebuyers in Avon receive a generous transfer tax break from the town. In addition, Avon Elementary School was just named a national “Blue Ribbon School” for student achievement. There are a myriad of positive aspects related to living and working in Avon that can be touted.Serving on the Town Council is a great opportunity to be involved in the community. The motto of our town is “Heart of the Valley,” and I would like to see our heart pump loud and strong. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the process that can attain this goal?Jake WolfI am running for office to serve my community and give my generation a voice in our community. I am also dedicated to forging pathways to educational experiences for the youth of our town. Being on Avon Town Council will allow me to create such educational opportunities, while giving input from residents in my age group.