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Six vie for Avon Town Council

Veronica Whitney

AVON – Town voters in November will choose among six candidates to fill three open seats on the Avon Town Council.By Monday afternoon, the deadline to submit the nomination petitions, Avon Town Clerk Patty McKenny had confirmed Ron Moreno, Tamra Nottingham Underwood, Bob Trueblood, Kristi Ferraro, Amy Phillips and incumbent Peter Buckley as candidates. The candidates needed at least 10 signatures of Avon registered voters. On Nov. 2, Avon residents will elect three people to four-year terms on the seven-member Town Council. Aside from Buckley’s seat, Councilman Mike Brown has decided not to run for re-election, and Mayor Buz Reynolds is term-limited. He is running for Eagle County commissioner as an independent against incumbent Arn Menconi and former Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson.If elected, Underwood, 40, who has lived in Avon since she was 4, and whose great-grandfather was the town’s original homesteader, said she will insist on quality and sustainable growth.”I want Avon to grow in a positive direction,” said Underwood, a corporate attorney. “We need growth that is a benefit to the town and the valley as a whole. For example, the river is underutilized and the gateway to Beaver Creek, too.” To Ferraro, 43, a local attorney who volunteers her time with the Eagle County Charter Academy and The Children’s Garden early education program, the decisions the Town Council makes in the next few years will determine whether Avon can achieve its full potential as an attractive, livable and economically vibrant community.”I want to promote smart growth in Avon, so that we can develop Avon but still protect our valley’s positive attributes, including natural landscapes and vistas, open space, recreational opportunities and local character, ” said Ferraro, who has lived in Avon for four years. Ron Moreno, 31, who owns Vail Valley Adventure Camps in Eagle-Vail, said he is concerned with the high vacancy rates in Avon for commercial properties. “I want to make a difference in Avon, and working there gave me a good knowledge of how things are ran in government,” said Moreno, who worked for eight years for the town of Avon as a youth recreation coordinator. “Another concern is we need more affordable housing for sale, there’s lots for rent.Amy Phillips, 44, an advertising sales representative for Vail-Beaver Creek magazine, said Avon needs a better representative from the hospitality and retail merchant segment.”I provide a good balance for the growth that the community needs, as well as I’m a good representative of the year-round working population of Avon,” she said. Also, Phillips, a member of the Avon Comprehensive Plan Committee, said she wants to be on the Town Council to work on the plan’s implementation.Buckley ,48, said he is running again because he still has “plenty of fire in the belly.” “The town needs more fiscal conservatives, people who want to fight for and maintain a balance budget in the town of Avon,” Buckley said.Bob Trueblood couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.In 2002, 12 candidates ran for four seats on the Town Council. Council members adopt laws, ordinances, resolutions and rules. They are paid $6,000 per year and meet twice a month.The last day to register to vote in this election is Oct. 4. Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or Vail, ColoradoThree seats open for November electionAt a glanceThe candidates– Peter Buckley (incumbent) — Kristi Ferraro– Ron Moreno– Tamra Nottingham Underwood– Bob Trueblood– Amy Phillips Source: Town of Avon

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