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Two candidates running for Parachute mayor

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

John Loschke has served 12 years as the mayor of Parachute. That’s it for Loschke. He’s hit his term limit as the mayor, and his spot is open. There are two candidates running for the seat.Both Roy McClung and Judith Hayward have a long history in Parachute and a dedication to the town government. Both are current members of the board of trustees.The mayoral race is the only one in Parachute. There are only two people running for three board of trustee seats.Roy McClungAge: 35Occupation: Operations supervisor at Sol Vay ChemicalFamily: Wife, Carol, and five kids (four at home) – Lohgan, 7; Tyler, 9; Dailey, 12; Balton, 13; Victor, 20How long have you lived in Parachute? I grew up here. I’m a fourth-generation native.Why are you running for mayor? The current Mayor Loschke got me involved with the board of trustees. I thought, “Why not?” I’ve seen about everything this valley can throw at us, I might as well help us get through this gas boom.Previous experience: Three years on the planning and zoning committee and two years on the board of trustees.What are your goals for the town? I’d like to see us benefit as much as we can from this boom with the natural gas. I think we need to get new facilities now so we can be prepared for the next downturn. We also need better Interstate access.Any changes you would like to see? I think everything is in good shape with the town. There are a lot of changes right now and the town’s going to have to change, too. We need to work on the infrastructure. Right now we’ve got a really great staff.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? It’s two-fold – the gas industry boom and the traffic problem with the Interstate. And they’re related; as long as the gas boom is here, we’re going to have problems with traffic.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Oh yeah. Absolutely.What qualities do you feel you will bring to the town as an elected official? Working for a big comp like Sol Vay, I have a lot of business experience. We deal with multi-billion dollar budgets regularly. I take everything with pretty level-headed approach.Favorite pizza topping? MushroomsHobbies? Horses, the kids’ 4-H clubs. I like to take the kids hunting, fishing and camping. Time with the family is important.Favorite TV show/movie/book/ author? Author: Louis L’Amour, a western novelist. TV show: “CSI”Judith HaywardAge: Is that important? I am 64.Occupation: Retired. Former national economic development fundraiser and executive director of nonprofits. Community organizer for the American Heart AssociationFamily: Widow. My husband, Lee, died. Two sons, Scott and Dan, and four granddaughters. Three sisters, two brothers, mother and stepfatherHow long have you lived in Parachute? 22 years in the area, 10 of those in town.Why are you running for Mayor? I ran for mayor four years ago, and I really want to do this job. I’ve been on the town council, and I believe I’m a good leader. I’ve been term-limited off of the Colorado Mountain College board and have resigned from other organizations, so I have the time.Previous experience: 19 years as a trustee on the CMC board, seven years on the town planning and zoning committee. I’ve organized hundreds of professional boards.What are your goals for the town? I have a vision for the town, but my vision needs to be melded with the fellow council people and also with the citizens. I want to schedule meetings with council people or with anybody interested. One person doesn’t make a change or a difference, it’s people working together. We need to create a means of communications – a monthly newsletter. I plan to be a visible mayor and talk with people and listen to them.Any changes you would like to see? I do know transportation in town is a problem. We just have so many vehicles, and we have so many blockages on the roads. The town does have adequate water resources, but we need to make sure that we protect those right now.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? Transportation – traffic on our streets. A lot of people I talk to are collecting signatures on petitions. They’re worried about muddy streets. It’s a little issue, but it still takes some effort. We need to find the money to keep streets up and plan to build a new town hall.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? I’ve resigned from a number of organizations and committees to free up some time. I will find the time.What qualities do you feel you will bring to the town as an elected official? I have organized and served on a number of boards. I know how to listen to people. People like to work with me. I have no agenda and no conflict of interest, and I really, really care about this town.Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni and veggiesHobbies? I love doing woodworking. I’m an aspiring writer and love to read. I like taking long walks with my dog, Red. I really like to walk around town with Red.Favorite TV show/movie/book/ author? TV show: “The West Wing” and “Commander and Chief.” Movie: “Dances with Wolves.” Author: My husband, LeeContact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext. 529ahmiller@postindependent.com


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