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Avon council race set

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” The race for three open spots on the Avon Town Council this November will include two current council members, a former mayor and a few relative newcomers to small-town government.

Incumbents Kristi Ferraro and Amy Phillips, who were elected in 2004, will be seeking reelection. Tamra Nottingham Underwood, whose seat is also open, won’t be running for another term.

Also in the mix are former Avon mayor and independent county commissioner candidate Buz Reynolds; Karri Willemssen, who ran for Town Council in 2006 but wasn’t elected; Sharon Peach; and Philip Matsen.

Monday was the deadline for potential candidates to turn in their nomination petitions.

Ferraro says the town has made a lot of progress since she’s been on the council. One of her goals when she was first elected was to help create a more vibrant, enticing downtown, and now, with the construction of a new Main Street just around the corner, she’s starting to see that happen.

Ferraro, a lawyer, said the council is made up of a diverse and sharp group of people, and she’s able to bring legal expertise to the table.

“I just feel like it’s a real exciting and pivotal time in the town of Avon,” Ferraro said. “We’ve accomplished a lot in the past four years, and I just really would like to see those things through.”

Reynolds, who was on the council from 1996 to 2004, says he has a wealth of institutional knowledge that would be a big benefit to the town. Before serving on the council, he had been on the planning and zoning commission for 13 years.

“I have a lot of history in this town ” more than most of the people working here,” Reynolds said. “Being able to give some historical perspective to things, I think I might be an asset.”

These days, Reynolds is concerned with how Avon is developing, and he wants to make sure it doesn’t get out of control. “The town is still developing, but it’s more like urbanization instead of a small cozy town,” Reynolds said.

Matsen says he’s a builder and runs a small general contracting business. In his line of work, he gets an inside look at what’s going on in town.

“I’m in the community all day, everyday, I see everything that goes on, and I’d like to start helping make some decisions around town to benefit everyone,” Matsen said.

Running for and serving on the council would be an educational experience, but also an enjoyable one, Matsen said.

Peach is a anesthesiologist at the Vail Valley Medical Center, and lives in Wildridge with her husband and two daughters. She says she’ll bring thoughtfulness, integrity and honesty to the town council.

“I just wanted to run because I feel that participation in our democracy and government is not optional ” I really do believe that,” Peach said.

Phillips, Willemssen and Underwood couldn’t be reached by phone Monday.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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