Friday, August 19, 2005
City Councilman Loui Antonucci will have some competition in the District 2 race this fall.
Along with Antonucci, longtime Steamboat Springs Airport critic Warren Harner and retiree Charles McConnell have turned in petitions to run for the City Council seat.
After a few weeks of deciding whether to run for the seat, Antonucci said Friday that he would enter the race for the four-year District 2 seat. Antonucci first served in District 2 in the early 1990s. He was re-elected in 2001 against Ken Brenner, who won a seat on the council two years later.
Antonucci said he has rec--eived phone calls and lots of encouragement to run for the council a third time.
"It is my town. I am electable. If someone is going to do it, it might as well be me," he said.
He also expressed concerns about the potential for City Council policies to shift with the election and new council members.
"I have got to run, because people could do really radical things, like close down the airport," Antonucci said.
Running against Antonucci will be Harner, who has been a vocal proponent of closing the airport. He has pointed to safety concerns at the airport and asked the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate.
Harner is a commercial pilot for American Airlines, a retired naval officer and a former engineer for the Boeing Company.
Harner said he wants to see better balance between the needs of full-time residents and tourists. He said he supported giving priority to essential services such as police, ambulance personnel and the fire department and funding for senior and teen centers.
He also wants to develop career opportunities for youths.
McConnell hopes his business background will help the city's budgeting process. McConnell, who has lived in Steamboat for 2 1/2 years and visited the area since 1978, was CEO of Canal Inc. and Matrix Services Company, president of MAPCO Gas Products and vice president of North Pole Refining in Alaska.
"I was involved in budget development and administration of the budget from the word go," McConnell said about his business background. "I could help contribute a lot to the city.
McConnell also has served as president of Rotary clubs and worked with United Way in the previous communities in which he has lived. Now that he is retired and has the time, McConnell said he wanted to run for council.
Managing growth properly -- making sure the city has the infrastructure in place to support growth and provide clear architectural guidelines -- is another priority for McConnell.
"If we are going to grow and do it in a reasonable manner and meet the needs (of the community), it is going to take leadership," McConnell said.
All open seats have two or more candidates. Council incumbents Nancy Kramer and Steve Ivancie are running for a seat in District 1. Businessman Kevin Kaminski and Steamboat Springs Plan--ning Commissioner Dick Curtis are running for District 3. In the at-large position, Towny Anderson, Stuart Lynn and former councilman Bud Romberg have announced their candidacies.
Anyone older than 18 who has lived in Steamboat for 12 consecutive months is eligible to run for the council. Petitions must have 25 signatures. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to return those petitions to be placed on November's ballot.
Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens and live in the district they represent.
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