Avon council race revs up | VailDaily.com

Avon council race revs up

Matt Zalaznick

Four spots on the seven-member Avon Town Council are up for grabs in November, and a small batch of incumbents and politically-ambitious residents are already gearing up to make a run for them.

Avon residents who’d like to run for Town Council can now pick up a nominating petition at Avon Town Hall. To become an official candidate, the potential candidate must gather signatures from 10 Avon voters and return the petition to the Town Clerk by Aug. 26.

The four seats to be contested currently belong to Mayor Judy Yoder, Councilwoman Debbie Buckley, Councilman Mac McDevitt and recently appointed Councilman Brian Sipes.

Yoder, a longtime Avon resident who has been on the council for 10 years, is barred from running for reelection by term limits. Buckley and McDevitt, who will finish their first four-year terms in November, have both picked up petitions, Town Clerk Patty McKenny says.

“I think I probably will run,” Buckley says. “It’s a big decision. I’d like to think about it for another week.”

Sipes, a longtime member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, has been on the council since June, when fellow-members appointed him to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Rick Cuny, who resigned when he and his family moved from Avon to Edwards.

By law, appointed council members must run to retain their seats in the next election that takes place. Sipes says he’ll definitely make a bid to keep his seat.

“It takes about six months to get used to this,” Sipes says. “I’ll just be hitting my stride in November.”

Bob Angel, a sales consultant for the Vail Daily, Avon resident Rene Martinez and Avon Planning and Zoning Commissioner Ron Wolfe were the only other potential candidates who had picked up applications as of Tuesday afternoon, McKenny says.

All three say they plan to be on the ballot in November.

Wolfe says he looks forward to tackling the issues of Avon’s future with a fresh focus.

“I feel the Town Council is going to play a big role in the future of the town and the valley,” Wolfe says. “There are enough issues ahead that new thoughts and ideas on council are appropriate.”

No candidates have returned their petitions yet.

Angel and Martinez were among the seven residents – including Sipes – who council members interviewed to replace Cuny.

The council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for a work session in the afternoon and a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Each candidate is elected at-large to serve a four-year term. Council members are paid a stipend of $500 per month.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens who have lived in Avon for at least one year before the election, are 18-years-old by Election Day, Nov. 5, and are registered voters.

For more information, call McKenny at the Clerk’s Office at 748-4035.

Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.

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