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Vail Daily letter: Chaney for Vail council

Dear Vail neighbors,

Please join me in selecting Sounia Nejad Chaney for the Vail Town Council!

I had the privilege of working her on the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy PTA while she served as the president for two years. Together we worked on a major grassroots effort that involved the Eagle County Public Schools, and weekly organization of the speakers series. She was term-limited, which is a loss for us at the school but a great opportunity for the town of Vail to utilize her extensive experience, background and leadership skills.

In addition to being an active parent, Sounia runs a technical consulting firm with her husband, she teaches skiing at Lionshead, and works at the Vail Interfaith Chapel.

Since moving to Vail, her community involvement has been extensive. Among the many community activities that she has supported with her time, energy and creativity are the Gifted Education Team of Eagle County, Red Sandstone Elementary School reading program, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Birds of Prey Talon Crew, Burton U.S. Open, Tough Mudder race medical service, Nor Am races as gate judge, and she also heads a Vail Town Series race team!

She has tremendous amount of leadership experience which includes serving on local, national and international boards such as the American Heart Association. She has been involved in emergency medicine as a EMT, ambulance driver and ski patrol. And, she has worked in the hospitality field in a hotel and restaurant setting as server, concierge and events staff.

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Her formal education consists of learning how to speak English as a teen after migrated from Iran, completing undergraduate degree in business and marketing while working full-time, and receiving a master's in information systems from George Washington University later in life as a business professional. She is also a proud graduate of the Leadership Fairfax program which educates, prepares, inspires and connects leaders to serve and strengthen their communities.

Her excitement about the Vail is contagious! Personally, her constant rave about the different activities at Vail encouraged me to sell my house downvalley and buy in Vail so that I could be closer to all the fun!

Therefore, I believe Sounia will bring unsurpassed passion and dedication to the Vail Town Council!

So, please vote for her — you will not be disappointed! Early voting starts Oct. 24.

Judi Leseur

Vail