Vail council candidates set |

Vail council candidates set

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Nine candidates are officially competing for the town of Vail’s four open council seats, Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson confirmed Friday.

The candidates include everyone from natives to incumbents to a former Vail mayor to an Indianapolis 500 winner.

Three of the four incumbents whose seats are opening up are running again – Mark Gordon, Kevin Foley and Kim Newbury. Challengers include Millennium Bank vice president Scott Proper; Vail native and Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier; former Vail councilman and mayor Ludwig Kurz; Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa owner Michael Charles; Kerry Donovan, the daughter of former council members John and Diana Donovan; and Susie Tjossem, who runs the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.

The election is Nov. 3.

A group of Vail business people called Vail Citizens for Action released a list of priorities they think candidates should consider, such as town salary reductions, an increased lodging tax and prioritized capital projects. Some candidates have aligned their priorities with some on the list of ideas, known as “the white paper,” while others have listed several other priorities that aren’t on the list.

Candidates are facing an upcoming year of unknowns – the town had record revenues in 2008, but saw huge declines in 2009. The 2010 budget, which hasn’t been approved yet, is tight, and town officials say 2011 could be even tighter.

While candidates agree the economy is likely the largest problem the town faces, some say problems like employee housing and development haven’t gone away.

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