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Buckley opposes any new taxes

Veronica Whitney
Preston Utley/Vail Daily Avon town council candidate Pete Buckley stands on his deck in Woodridge on Sunday.

AVON – “I don’t quit when things get tough!” said Peter Buckley’s election flyer four years ago. After four years on the Avon Town Council, Buckley’s new campaign flyer has changed to: “Proven determination, proven accountability.””People already know I don’t quit when things get tough. I’m running now on my track record of proven accountability and proven determination,” said Buckley, an incumbent and one of six candidates vying for three seats at the Avon Town Council.Buckley, 48, whose wife, Debbie, has been on the Town Council since 1998, said he wants to run again because he feels he’s been effective on council.”I’ve done some things and accomplished some things that I think favored the voters in Avon,” said Buckley, who has lived in Avon for eight years. “Debbie and I don’t have any kids, so we like working through some of the town’s issues.”Buckley came on board on council in 2000, two years into Debbie’s first term as a councilwoman.

“Debbie doesn’t like to talk about politics in the house, so if we have to talk about town issues we take a walk around the block in Wildridge,” Buckley said.”Debbie should be the next mayor of Avon so she doesn’t vote always against me,” he joked. “We disagree on many issues.”One of the issues the Buckleys don’t disagree on is taxes. “We’re both conservatives. In the past four years, I have fought for a balance budget and to prevent any new taxes,” said Buckley, who calls himself the most fiscally conservative on council. “You have to think about the town’s money as your money.”His commitment to the town, Buckley said, was tested in 2003, when he faced computer fraud charges. The District Attorney’s Office eventually dropped the charges against Buckley although the civil lawsuit Buckley brought against Vail Resorts in relation to the case hasn’t been resolved yet.”During all the time the case was going on, I showed up to work, I voted and I did my job,” Buckley said.

Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone said he’s looking forward to continuing to work with Buckley.”(Peter) has served the town of Avon well,” Stone said. “It’s very helpful that Pete has developed a good relationship with me as a county commissioner. I talk to Pete more than any council member about issues that are before the town and the county, and we look for ways to work with each other.”Also, Pete speaks his mind, which many people find abrasive, but that’s a good thing today as an elected official,” Stone added.What you first learn when getting on the Town Council is that it takes four votes to get anything done, Buckley said.”And it all starts with a conversation,” he said. “You got to have the idea and the energy and the argument to convince your peers. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it is very, very difficult. It’s good when you win an argument and you either get new legislation or a new program started.”When it’s no fun is when you go down in flames,” he added.

Buckley, who makes $6,000 as a councilman, said he plans to spend between $500 and $1,200 for his campaign this year.”I haven’t accepted any money from any company, and I don’t intend to,” he said. “It sends the wrong signal to the voters.”It’s not the money that keeps you going,” he added. “It’s the desire to make a difference in the town of Avon. I still have fire in my belly to work on council. In four years on the Avon Town Council, I’ve missed only one meeting because I was in Washington, D.C. on business.” Buckley’s attendance record was confirmed by Patty McKenny, Avon town clerk.Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado

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