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Four vie for spots on the Gypsum Town Council

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GYPSUM — Voters here have a short list of candidates to select in the April 5 Gypsum Town Council election, with four candidates seeking three available seats. Here's a look at those candidates, thanks to their responses to emailed questions.

Beric Christianson

Occupation: Retired financial and retail real estate executive. Also, had positions as a chief financial officer, head of direct marketing and five years as a chemical engineer. Served in the United States Army. Discharged as a captain. Owned a home in Gypsum since 1998. Served on the Gypsum town council since 2012.

What made you decide to run for the Gypsum Town Council? Throughout the past four years, Gypsum has weathered the economic downturn and started to grow again. Gypsum is continuing to evolve and the town council will be instrumental in channeling that growth. I would like to continue my work on the council to help accomplish the town's growth goals.

What is the most critical issue facing Gypsum in the next four years? The most critical issue is how to meet the town's growth needs while living within the financial resources of the town. Based on the 2015 town survey, priorities include constructing new roundabouts, developing a defined downtown, attracting new retailers, businesses and a hotel and improving recreation opportunities.

Tom Edwards

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Occupation: Retired architect.

What made you decide to run for Gypsum Town Council? While serving on the council, I have worked to provide such amenities as the sports complex, amphitheater, rec center, library and shooting range, while providing necessary infrastructure and services. I want to help continue to build a community of families with increased job opportunities, additional recreational features and excellent services.

What is the most critical issue facing Gypsum in the next four years? Planning. As the town embarks on a revision of the master plan this year, I look forward to including what citizens desire in terms of roads, businesses, schools, housing, infrastructure and services. I want to see a plan that makes Gypsum an even better place to live, work and play.

Additional Comments: Gypsum is a great town with plenty of potential. Many positive changes have occurred since I moved here more than 20 years ago. More can occur with the judicious use of our taxes and imaginative ideas that create a welcoming atmosphere for families, businesses and the recreational opportunities we all love.

Chris Huffman

Occupation: Business owner and operator of Sagebrush Services Inc.

What made you decide to run for Gypsum Town Council? I've lived in Gypsum for the past 16 years and in Eagle County for more than 25 years. I believe it is important to be active and give back to the community, I have been an active participant in town activities in the past and serving on the town council is one of the best ways to give back to a community that has been so good to myself and my family.

What is the most critical issue facing Gypsum in the next four years? Tax dollars and planning our infrastructure to continue to be able to grow in the best way possible, to improve our community by planning for the future.

Additional Comments: I believe that Gypsum is one of the best family communities in Colorado.

Marisa Sato

Occupation: Showroom consultant, Ferguson Enterprises.

What made you decide to run for Gypsum Town Council? Gypsum is an amazing place to live and I really want to be more involved in giving back to this wonderful community. I have resided in the area for nine years and currently serve on the board for the Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, Gypsum Recreation Committee and the Gypsum Planning Commission.

What is the most critical issue facing Gypsum in the next four years? The most critical issue facing Gypsum is its long term plan for economic growth, development and sustainability. There is a housing shortage in the area. There are limited to no options for affordable housing for rent or purchase. Gypsum, at this time, does not offer any living areas designated for the aging members in our community. We will need to find a balance in providing opportunities for businesses and address housing needs.

Additional Comments: In my opinion Gypsum is the best and most responsibly-run town in Eagle County and I really would like to be a part of that. The town offers a number of community amenities that make it such a great place to live, work and play. We plan on staying here for the long run. Lets continue to create opportunities for future generations.