Connolly running for Vail council seat |

Connolly running for Vail council seat

VAIL ” Stephen Connolly returned to live in Vail in 2000 after being gone for several years.

It was the small-town atmosphere and the sense that one person could make a difference that brought him back.

Now, Connolly, an East Vail resident, wants to make a difference as a Vail councilman. He is the first Vail resident to say he’s definitely running for Vail Town Council in November.

His reason is simple.

“I care about the town,” said Connolly, 49.

There will be five open seats in the election this November. Councilman Kent Logan says he won’t run again, and current council members Kevin Foley and Kim Newbury are eligible for re-election.

Connolly, who owns a sales and marketing consulting business, has served on the town’s Commission on Special Events since 2003. He’s attended recent Town Council meetings, too.

Connolly moved to Vail in 1986 and lived here for five years.

“I am the proverbial ski bum story,” he said. “I literally came here for one winter.”

Connolly said he isn’t displeased with the current Town Council.

“I’m happy with the direction they are going in,” he said.

Government needs to encourage mix of different kinds of employee housing, and the free market won’t take care of all of the town’s housing needs, he said.

Plus, the town of Vail should try to create housing for its own employees, he said.

Connolly said he’s in favor of redevelopment, as long as it’s done the right way. He was in favor of the Solaris project.

“I am for the redevelopment of Vail so long as we preserve the values that help make this place the special community that it is to live in and the world-class resort that it is to visit,” he said.

He’d like to see incentives for builders to incorporate green aspects into their buildings, he said. Incentives for building employee housing should be explored, too, he said.

As the election approaches, he’ll be listening to what residents have to say, he said.

“I’m in the phone book,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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