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Vail council field filling out

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Buddy Lazier has announced he’ll be entering a different kind of race this year – the Vail Town Council race.

Indianapolis 500 winner and Vail native Lazier has confirmed his candidacy for one of the four open seats on the Vail Town Council this November. Vail Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson confirmed Lazier had returned his nominating petition to the town Friday afternoon, although she isn’t certifying his petition with the county until Monday.

There are four seats up in the Nov. 3 Vail election, a majority of the council seats. Incumbents Mark Gordon and Kim Newbury are running again. Scott Proper, vice president of Millennium Bank in Vail, is also running. Michael Charles, owner of Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa in Eagle-Vail, has picked up a nominating petition but has not yet returned it to the town, meaning he is not yet an official candidate, Donaldson said.

Lazier said he decided to run because he loves Vail, a place he’s called home his entire life.

Lazier, 41, was born in Vail and has always lived here. He was always home in Vail at least Mondays through Thursday throughout his 25-year career as an Indy Car driver, he said.

Lazier races part-time now, and still plans on racing in the Indianapolis 500 throughout the next few years, he said. He won the race in 1996.

“At this period in time, I have the time and I want to contribute,” Lazier said. “I’ve weighed the time that it takes to do it right, and by running, I’m making a commitment that I’m willing and able to put in the heavy hours.”

His campaign mission is straightforward – he was born and raised here and is raising his two children here, and wants to give back, he said. He’s still catching up on some of the issues facing the town, but said he thinks his background can help the town as it enters the next phase.

Lazier and his father, Bob Lazier, own the Tivoli Lodge in Vail, and Indy Car racing for 25 years means he knows about marketing, he said.

“I bring a strong background of service to a lot of our guests,” Lazier said.

Lazier said he agrees with the Vail Citizens for Action group’s thoughts that the town is heading back toward its traditional tourism industry focus, rather than the redevelopment focus that has dominated in recent years. That group, made up of Vail business people, released a list of issues it wants candidates to seriously consider this year.

The economy is the main issue that Vail Citizens for Action as well as the Town Council candidates say will dominate this election.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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