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Preston Utley/Daily file photoContinuing construction " and projects not yet begun " is likely to be a top issue in the Vail Town Council race this fall.
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VAIL ” Presidential candidates are already campaigning hard for the 2008 elections. In Vail, a few residents are starting to think about ’07.

Term limits, plus one councilman’s decision not to run again, will mean there will be at least three new faces on the Vail Town Council in the fall.

Dick Cleveland, a council member from 2001-05, said he’s considering another run for council.



“I didn’t finish what I started out to do,” he said.

He said he would like to help guide the continuing redevelopment in Vail and try to get more affordable housing built. That includes making sure developers step up to provide affordable housing, he said.



Mark Cervantes said he’s also thinking about a council run.

“I’m going to consider it but it’s not something that I’ve decided,” he said, adding that he’s been asked to run by several community members.

The main issues in the election are going to be housing as well as making sure small businesses can succeed, he said.



Nino Licciardi said he’s also considering a run.

“It’s probably up to my wife,” he said.

The 25-year resident said he’s considering a campaign simply because he likes Vail.

“I’ll take care of general interests, not special interests,” he said.

Janet Testwuide, a 34-year resident, said she is also a potential candidate.

“I’m kicking it around,” she said. “After 34 years of standing on the sidelines, I think it’s time to throw your hat in the ring.”

She would advocate a step back from the widespread construction in Vail, she said.

“My platform would definitely be, ‘Let’s take a breather from development right now,'” she said.

Councilwoman Kim Newbury, whose term will expire in November, said it’s too early to say if she’s running again.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I will see as the time comes. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Town Council, and we’ve done good things.”

But Councilman Kent Logan, whose first term will also end in November, said he won’t run again.

“From the very beginning, I said I was going to be a one-term councilman,” he said. “It’s time for me to step aside and let younger people take over.”

Logan said he ran to help guide the large-scale redevelopment that has occurred in Vail over the last few years, and also to make sure the town was fiscally transparent and healthy.

“Both things are essentially accomplished,” he said.

Kevin Foley’s term will also expire. Foley could not be reached for comment. Mayor Rod Slifer and Councilman Greg Moffet will be term-limited this fall.

The last time five seats were up for election was 1999.

The Town Council candidates will become official after petitions are due on Oct. 5. The election is Nov. 6.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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