Three in the running for Silt mayor
SILT – The biggest candidate race in the April municipal elections is probably the run for mayor in the town of Silt. Three candidates, including a longtime incumbent mayor, are seeking the mayor’s position in the April 4 election. In the race are John Evans, mayor for the past five years; Dave Moore, a trustee for the past two years; and Ron Morgan, the chairman for the Planning and Zoning Commission for the past year. Mail-in ballots have been sent out to registered voters in the town. For questions about the election, contact Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre at 876-2353.
Age: 61Occupation: Facilities manager for Alpine BankFamily: Wife, SvetlanaHow long have you lived in Silt? Since 1979.Why are you running for mayor? Because I feel I have more to offer the town of Silt and I have the energy. The transformation of Silt in the last 15 years has been considerable, and I want the transformation and preparation for growth carried on.Previous experience? The last five years as mayor, previous five years as a town trustee and one year on the Planning and Zoning Commission.If elected, what are your goals for the town? I’d like to continue in the direction we’ve been going and the trend the town has taken in the last 10 years I’ve been on the board. We’ve been growing, and we need to be prepared for the growth that’s upon us. We need to maintain the trend the town has set in preparing for growth. I think we’re set very, very well.Any changes you’d like to see? Of course I want to see change, but as far as anything bad going on, there’s nothing. I’m very happy with the preparatory work we’ve done in the last 10 years preparing for growth. We’ve done a great job, and Silt is on the cusp. Of course, if I could wave a magic wand over Silt, there are definitely things I would change. But the real story about Silt’s town government is that we’re knowledgeable – and we’re prepared.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? Lack of commercial and retail businesses.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Absolutely. I have just as much time as I’ve had for the last 10 years.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? My strongest quality is a long-term horizon. And I’m always speaking of creating a community in our subdivisions. I’ve worked diligently to create subdivisions that are for people, not automobiles. The new subdivisions are centered around cars and garages in front. We need a sense of community and homes with front porches to bring people to the front of the houses again.Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.Hobbies? I like to work with my hands – it doesn’t matter what medium.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? I like the History Channel.
Age: 65Occupation: General contractorFamily: Wife, Sherree; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and John; and son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Kelly.How long have you lived in Silt? 31 years.Why are you running for mayor? I feel basically that it’s time for a change – new blood, new ideas and new ambition. I feel I can do an excellent job.Previous experience? I’ve served two years as town trustee and on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I’m chairman of the Senior Housing Authority and a board member for the Salvation Army in the Glenwood Springs area.If elected, what are your goals for the town? I’d like to see Silt developed into a quaint western town, preserving all the antiquity, history, folklore and maintaining the pristine and country living part of it. I’d like to make it a town that is the envy of western Colorado.Any changes you’d like to see? Sidewalks in certain places added; plant trees downtown and take out the obnoxious lights in some areas.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? As far as I’m concerned, it’s the MiraLoma subdivision, also known as the Iron Horse subdivision. It’s a much-needed subdivision that would benefit the town; however the principal owners are the same owners as Stillwater (Ranch). I feel there are a lot of problems that go with it, but if we can iron them out, we certainly welcome them into town. I also want to see some commercial come in because we’ve got the housetops to justify it. I’d like to see Ferguson Crossing come in as it’s the next largest commercial development.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? I’ve given 100 percent and I’ve never missed a board meeting since I’ve been a trustee. I’m self-employed and manage my own time – that’s one of the benefits of being self-employed.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? I feel I have a real good handle on business contracts, negotiation, budgeting and all the elements of running a business as I have for the past 45 years.Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni and anchovies.Hobbies? I like to play on the computer, read and play Spades on the Internet.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? The Denver Nuggets on TV. And I like to read things that challenge my spiritual inner man – I find it most fascinating.
Age: 64Occupation: Real estate appraiser and investment consultantFamily: Wife, Rhonda, two daughters, Kamehl and Candice, and two sons, Paul and Chuck.How long have you lived in Silt? Since late November 1999.Why are you running for mayor? I love Silt and the community, and I think we need to look at Silt a little differently than we have been. We need to concentrate on some commercial and retail development, because we’ve been concentrating on residential. We need to better balance development in Silt. As mayor, I can hopefully add some direction.Previous experience? Right now, I’ve been chairman of the Planning and Zoning commission for one year and served on the P&Z board for one year.If elected, what are your goals for the town? I have several. The primary being to develop a better balance between residential, commercial and retail development. I’d like to see more citizen involvement in town government and committees, and there’s a need for a greater presence of homeowners and residents in the community than we’ve seen in the past.Any changes you’d like to see? More community involvement. We don’t have a large tax base, so we need to draw on the expertise of the community. I’d like to see a better entry into Silt, which would give us a little better presence and beautification than it has right now.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? Lack of commercial and retail growth and an overabundance of residential growth that doesn’t really pay for itself.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? I’m self-employed and have the opportunity to govern my own work hours and set my schedule accordingly. I have more than ample time.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? I have a broad base of experience in multi-level management and financial planning experience, all of which I think would help in my efforts to seek a different direction for Silt.Favorite pizza topping? Supreme – with everything on it.Hobby? I like to deep sea fish, hunt and play with my grandchildren.Favorite TV show/movie/book/ author? I enjoy all types of music and programs – TV and movies – as long as it’s entertaining.
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