Vail Town Council seats up for grabs
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –Aspiring Vail Town Council members can pick up candidate materials starting Monday for the four open seats up for election in November.
Kim Newbury, Mark Gordon, Kevin Foley and Farrow Hitt’s terms are up, and Gordon is the only member who has announced he’ll be running again. Newbury said she expects to decide by next week, while Hitt said he will not be running again “as it stands now.” Foley is on vacation this week and could not be reached.
Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson said Gordon is the only candidate officially running so far.
“I consider persons who give me a completed nomination petition potential candidates until I certify the nomination petition and a candidate affidavit form, then they are official candidates,” Donaldson said.
Gordon said the theme of this election will be to enhance Vail’s sense of community.
“We as a town need to be looking at the big picture and preparing ourselves for the next economic boom,” Gordon said via e-mail. “We need to use our present economic situation as a time to retool and readjust and build community.”
Hitt echoed that theme, saying he’d support a candidate who is community-oriented and dedicated to “working towards community goals.”
Hitt said there’s a long list of common goals and interest the community shares with the resort and would want a candidate who is sensitive to the town’s needs first and foremost.
“I am sensitive to the delicate balance created when the town’s goals and objectives do not align (with the resort’s),” Hitt said. “Understanding this, I would personally prefer a candidate that weighs community interest over the resort aspect of our wonderful town.”
Hitt said he’d support any incumbent who chooses to run because the council has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and understanding that isn’t quickly absorbed by a new member, he said.
“The learning curve can take some time,” Hitt said.
Nominating petitions are available at the Vail Municipal Building starting Monday.
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org