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Avon Town Council candidate: Burch will represent diversity

Avon Town Council candidate Megan Burch
Astrid Carraro |

Avon Town Council Candidate Profiles

Learn more about the rest of the Avon Town Council candidates throughout this week on page A2. Profiles will be published in alphabetical order. The schedule of profiles is as follows:

Thursday: Matt Gennett and Angelo Loria

Friday: John Minervini and Scott Prince

Saturday: Sarah Smith Hymes and Charlie Wolf

AVON — Megan Burch grew up in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and found a similar feeling of community here. She purchased a house in Avon 12 years ago with her husband, Tim, an entrepreneur.

“When he started his small business, there was no question that it would be here in Avon as well,” she said. “We both enjoy living, working and playing here in town.”

Burch was inspired to run for the Avon Town Council by developments such as the trail system in the West Avon Preserve, the new lineup of events in Nottingham Park and the improvements in East and West Avon.

“I want to keep this forward momentum going in a thoughtful and fiscally responsible way,” she said. “There will be some tough decisions to make while prioritizing the projects in the town’s future to ensure positive progress continues within current funding limitations. Partnerships will need to continue to be developed to ensure the best utilization of the stage and bring in revenue to the town and the businesses in Avon.”

Burch says a new perspective is needed on the town council.

“The Avon Town Council must be able to make decisions taking into account the diverse neighborhoods, work backgrounds, economic status and demographics of all those it represents,” she said. “From being part of opening and becoming director of the county’s first domestic violence shelter in 2002, to working in the for-profit industry, to my current role at Eagle County (where she works in economic services), I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the variety of needs of our community.”

Burch studied political science as an undergrad and earned a master’s degree in conflict resolution at American University.

“Interning for Congressman Bobby Scott in Richmond, Virginia, I learned how politicians can be a positive and helpful resource to local citizens,” she said. “I want the Avon Town Council to follow that model of being public servants for our community members. … I will continue to reach out to our entire population and make local government accessible and approachable.”

Burch also says work needs to be done to ensure the safety of the town’s pedestrians, bikers and drivers.

“I am not motivated by personal gain or creating business for myself but (am) driven by the desire to serve my community,” she said.

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