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Home rule charter commission: At-large candidates

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1) Who are you?I have been a full time resident in Eagle County since 1977. In 1984 I created the first disabled skiing program in Eagle County, which has grown to be nationally recognized and now serves adaptive needs for guests from all over the world. It was a great honor to be awarded the Horn Blower (citizen of the year) award by the Vail Valley Foundation for work supporting the needs of the adaptive community. I continue to work with our local chapter of Special Olympics, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, and Small Champions. This work with our communitys local nonprofits has benefited me in my current scope of managing Vail Resorts philanthropy efforts. My interests and experiences are varied and range from ranch work and open space conservation projects, to the cultural arts, all of which reflects my appreciation of all the many amenities that are available to us in our community. 2) Why do you want this job?I care about the future and vision of our community and am enthusiastic about working with others that share my passion. I hope to live here for many more years, and I want to be part of solutions that improve the quality of our lives for generations.3) What would you like a draft charter to look like when the commission has done its work?A document that is equitable and flexible, something that will be a reflection of the values of the citizens of Eagle County. It needs to be the product of public input, incorporating the wisdom and intellect of the residents of our entire county. We need to incorporate quantifiable data to design a draft charter that mirrors the concerns and needs of our community. The issue of expanding the number of county commissioners from three to five seems to be the most pressing concern, and I think its important to be mindful that it is certainly not the only issue the home rule commission will examine. I am confident that throughout the public hearing process we will get the input from the citizens of Eagle County to help draft a charter we can all be proud of.

1) Who are you?Mike Mathias, Vail, retired military, holds a masters degree in government from Harvard.2) Why do you want this job? As with most people I talk with about home rule, I am only 50-50 on approving the concept. I like guaranteeing a commissioner from the Basalt-El Jebel region and perhaps more commissioners will help minimize the near-constant snip and snap among the commissioners, past and present. Such animus is classless and reflects so poorly on them. But there is no causal relationship changing the number three to the number five. You could just as easily get five dumb commissioners, with a price tag of possibly $150,000 more every year, and with no noticeable improvements in county governance. 3) What would you like a draft charter to look like when the commission has done its work?To me the home rule charter would need to be fair, full of common sense, clean and a good value for our tax dollars. The positives need to far outweigh the negatives.

1) Who are you? David Mott, Wolcott, semi-retired. I work seasonally for Worldwide Flight Services at Eagle County Regional Airport.Why do you want this job? 2) Having been an Eagle County resident since 1972, and having served as a county commissioner in the early 1980s, I would like to contribute my input to the Home Rule Charter Committee effort. I believe I can be objective and thoughtful in creating a charter for the best interests of the people of Eagle County.3) What would you like a draft charter to look like when the commission has done its work? Although I would be open to other committee members ideas, I lean toward a five-member county commission, elected by five separate districts within the county on a non-partisan basis. I believe electing the county commissioners by district rather than at large will provide better representation and reflect the broader perspective of our diverse population. I also believe that the ideological hang-ups of political parties get in the way of solving problems at the local level, and therefore would prefer that commissioner candidates run as individuals without party affiliation, as do our municipal trustees.

1) Who are you?Rohn K. Robbins, Edwards attorney, legal columnist, radio show host. Edwards resident.2) Why do you want this job?By training and on account of personal interest in the workings of government, I would like to be involved in helping transition Eagle County to a more modern and effective method of governance. I am not a zealot in favor of one agenda or another, but see my role as conscientiously questioning, listening, and leaving no issue of county government as off limits. I believe I would be a voice of reason and pragmatism and am not afraid to run counter-current to the prevailing thinking of the commission if I believe that the county would be best served otherwise. I believe my proven leadership skills will assist in guiding the commission to a reasonable, simple and understandable solution to the issues it is charged to consider.3) What would you like a draft charter to look like when the commission has done its work?This is a question that cannot, conscientiously, be answered yet. The office of the commission is, first, to educate itself regarding county operations and policies and, second, after becoming fully conversant in how the county runs, to determine what, in its estimation, would be in the best interests of the citizenry and in hopes of modernizing county operations. While expansion of the county commissioners from three to five has certainly been a driving force behind the call for the commission’s review, it is not the only issue on the table. Other issues which are equally on the table are making county offices non-party affiliated, making positions such as county coroner non-elective, finding ways to make county government more fiscally accountable, and discovering means by which to effect economic savings to county taxpayers.Vail, Colorado

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