Suarez tops Vail Rec District board of directors voting |

Suarez tops Vail Rec District board of directors voting

Bill Suarez.

Vail Recreation District board of directors

Bill J. Suarez: 187 votes

Roland J. Kjesbo: 124 votes

Rodney Johnson: 109 votes

Stephen Connolly: 50

Brian Rodine: 45

VAIL — Two open seats on the Vail Recreation District’s board of directors will be filled by Bill J. Suarez and Roland J. Kjesbo after the special district’s polling place election held Tuesday.

“I ran for the VRD board because after living in Vail for 40 years, I wanted to give back to the community that had given so much to me,” Suarez said in a questionnaire sent to candidates. “And with my passion for the outdoors and sports, I felt the VRD was the best place to get involved.”

Five candidates were in the running for two four-year terms. Suarez led the voting with 187, and Kjesbo secured the second seat with 124 votes. Rodney Johnson (109 votes), Stephen “Cone” Connolly (50) and Brian Rodine (45) rounded out the candidates.

“Through the years, my sons, Tyler and Jens, and I have enjoyed many of the wonderful programs VRD has offered,” Kjesbo said in the questionnaire. “I want to assure high quality and consistency with these products in the future.”

The two new board members will join Tom Saalfeld, board chair; Kevin Foley; and Kim Rediker on the five-member board of directors.

The board meets at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Vail Town Council chambers to discuss issues that could impact the VRD and the people of the district.

The Vail Recreation District provides outlets for competition, sports classes, camps for youth, guided activities as well as venues including the Vail Golf Club, Dobson Ice Arena and more.

For more information about the Vail Rec District, visit

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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