Avon candidates to air views Tuesday
To help voters decide, a forum will be held Tuesday, during which the candidates will answer questions on issues ranging from Avon’s role in regional cooperation, the gondola proposed for Beaver Creek Mountain, water at the Village at Avon, budget woes and the difficulty guests have in walking from lodges on the west side of Avon to shops on the east side of town.
“The most important thing they’ll have in the next four years is the budget,” says Avon Mayor Judy Yoder, who is prevented from running for election by term-limits. “While the budget is always important when you’re in a growth mode and you have a lot more flexibility, if things continue to stay the way they are now, the budget will probably be the biggest decision they’ll have to make.”
The town is facing an approximately $700,000 budget shortfall for 2002, and council members now assembling a budget for 2003 will likely have to make extensive spending cuts.
The dozen candidates for Avon Town Council are, in alphabetical order:
– Bob Angel, a sales associate with the Vail Daily.
– Bobby Bank, who runs Vail Brochure Delivery.
– Tab Bonidy, an architect.
– Incumbent Town Councilwoman Debbie Buckley, a Web site designer.
– Rene Martinez, a maintenance engineer for the town of Vail.
– Mike McClinton, an Avon Planning and Zoning Commissioner and internal auditor for Vail Resorts.
– Incumbent Town Councilman Mac McDevitt, a semi-retired consultant.
– Steve Miller, a former Avon town councilman and a cellular infrastructure consultant.
– Ron Neville, general manager of Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch property management.
– Incumbent Town Councilman Brian Sipes, an architect.
– Albert “Chico” Thuon, a ski instructor and river guide.
– Ron Wolfe, a retired chemical engineer and an Avon planning and zoning commissioner.
Because Yoder cannot run for reelection, council members will chose a new mayor when the new council members take their seats following the election.