Avon Town Council candidate: Gennett runs for re-election
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:
Friday: John Minervini and Scott Prince
Saturday: Sarah Smith Hymes and Charlie Wolf
AVON — Councilman Matt Gennett and his wife, Michelle, have called Avon home for more than 10 years and consider themselves fortunate to be raising their two children here.
Gennett has an education in community planning and development and has worked for three different Colorado municipalities. He first ran for council in 2012.
“I ran because I wanted to make sure that families and locals struggling to find a way to enjoy a decent quality of life in our community have a voice in the decision-making process,” he said. “Today, I remain dedicated to that same cause and am working to ensure that the trend toward exclusivity and ‘world-class resort’ amenities does not drive out the very people that make our town an amazing place to live.”
Gennett feels the town is at a critical crossroads right now.
“We need leaders who can be fiscally responsible with capital improvement projects while making sure that existing infrastructure such as roads and sidewalks, and amenities like the rec center, are properly maintained and operated,” Gennett said. “Avon does need some upgrades, such as the long overdue improvements to the pedestrian mall, to remain competitive in the tourism market, but not at the cost of driving out locals. Small businesses must have an opportunity to become successful here without having to face rent rates that drive them out of town.”
Gennett says if elected, his priority will be to make the town the best place to live, work, play and raise a family in the valley.
“As I hope I’ve been able to demonstrate over the past few months, I am an independent thinker dedicated to making a positive difference on the council for the betterment of everyone who lives in Avon,” he said. “We are definitely a resort gateway community, but we are a community first and foremost. Our greatest assets are not the mountains, the park or the lake, but the people who live, work and play in Avon. Our visitors are obviously tremendously important too, but without the community who come together to make this place great every day of the year, there would be no reason to come here … Avon is truly the heart of the Vail Valley and is still the place where diverse arrays of real people who work and live in this valley choose to call home.”