Three hats back in the ring
Week two of election season in Vail saw three of the four incumbents on the Vail Town Council whose seats are up for grabs declare their intentions to run again.Bill Jewitt, Greg Moffet and Rod Slifer filed nominating petitions this week with the Vail Town Clerk’s Office, bringing the number of people to declare their candidacy to five.”There’s still some unfinished business, like the redevelopment of Lionshead and the conference center on our plate,” Bill Jewitt, councilman since 2001 and owner of Bart & Yeti’s bar and restaurant in Lionshead, said minutes after he filed Friday. “I’d like to be involved, too, with the revitalization of the business core.”Slifer, a former Vail mayor and co-partner of Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate, filed his petition Thursday. He said he decided the “fire in the belly” was still there, indeed, and he looks forward to running again.Like Jewitt, Slifer said there are important projects in the wings, including the streetscape project in Vail Village, and he feels it’s important to see they are completed.”In my mind, Vail is fabulous, and I want it to stay that way,” Slifer said. “It’s still the No. 1 ski resort, and I want to make it No. 1 in every way.”Moffet, owner of TIGA Advertising in Vail, filed his petition on Tuesday. He’d announced his candidacy two weeks earlier, however, saying he believes he represents a constituency “that otherwise doesn’t have a voice.” In his four years on the council, he’s been an outspoken supporter of building public facilities and affordable housing.”I’m proud of my record. I don’t know of very many votes I would go back and change,” he said earlier this month.The three incumbents join two newcomers in the race: Mark Gordon, 40, who works for Vail Resorts as a lead foreman at the company’s communications center in Lionshead; and Kent Logan, 59, a retired investment banker. They become official candidates only when the signatures of at least 10 Vail voters are certified by Lorelei Donaldson, the town clerk.Three other Vail residents have picked up nominating petitions, too. They include: Peter Cook, an East Vail resident and a member of the board of directors for the Vail Recreation District; Colleen McCarthy, 50, owner of the Baggage Cheque in Vail; and Chris McDonnell, 26, who works for Vail Resorts as a public safety officer at Bachelor Gulch. Three others apparently prefer to remain anonymous.The deadline to file a nominating petition for the Nov. 4 elections is Friday.Four of seven seats on the Town Council are up for grabs, with a fifth seat – that occupied by Vail Mayor Ludwig Kurz – coming available in a special election Jan. 27. Incumbent Councilman Chuck Ogilby has said he chooses not to run for re-election.Council members receive a salary of $500 a month; the mayor receives a salary of $1,000. The mayor and the mayor pro-tem are elected to two-year terms from among the council members at the first regular meeting after the election.Candidates for Vail Town Council must be:- U.S. citizens.- Registered to vote in Vail.- At least 21 years old.- Vail residents for two years immediately preceding the election.For more information, contact the Vail Town Clerk’s Office at 479-2136.Vail election informationImportant dates- Friday – Last day for candidates to file nominating petitions with the Town Clerk’s Office.- Oct. 5 – Last day a person can move into a municipal precinct and become a resident for the purpose of voting in the upcoming election.- Oct. 6 – Last day to register to vote as a Vail resident.- Oct. 14 – Last day for write-in candidates.- Oct. 23 – Early voting and absentee balloting begins.- Oct. 31 – Last day voters can request an absentee ballot, either in person or by mail.- Nov. 4 – Election Day. Polls at the Donovan Pavilion are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.To be eligible to vote in the Vail elections, a person must be:- A full-time resident with a current, legal address in the town of Vail for at least six months.- 18 years old or older.- A U.S. citizen.- Registered to vote in Eagle County.