The town is currently accepting letters of intent from interested candidates, but as of Wednesday, April 20, the Mountain Village Town Clerk’s office had only received one letter of intent. Candidates have until May 13 to submit the appropriate election paperwork, which includes a candidate affidavit and biographical information form, in addition to a letter of intent.
Chris Cox, the president at Mountain Village’s Wells Fargo bank, will be seeking reelection. Cox was appointed to the position in 2009 following the departure of past council member Nick Ball.
Current council member David Schillaci has not yet submitted the appropriate paperwork, but in a phone conversation this week Schillaci said he was “90 percent sure” that he too would seek reelection as well. Schillaci was also appointed to his seat after past council member David Schroeder stepped down, following his move to Telluride.
The other two open seats are being vacated by Dan Garner and Jonathan Greenspan, two long-time public servants whose eight-year (two-term) term limits are up.
According to Mountain Village’s Mayor Bob Delves, any council members elected to Town Council this summer will have the benefit of stepping into a town government with a strong history of service and civility.
“My observation, especially when looking around at other councils in other communities, is that it’s remarkable how competent, positive and cooperative our Town Council has been, at least in the six years I’ve been involved. We’ve been blessed with people who run because they want to be public servants and want what’s best for the community, and not because they have other agendas,” says Delves of his experience in Mountain Village’s town government.
Mountain Village’s town government has been hard at work in recent months, having embarked upon the path to create the town’s first Comprehensive Plan. The Town Council has stood front-and-center at recent months’ planning discussions, working towards the acceptance of a final draft of the Comprehensive Plan, a document that has been in the works for close to the past three years.
Despite recent contentiousness surrounding certain aspects of the Comp Plan (namely, hot bed and affordable housing development off of the Village Bypass ski run,) councilman Schillaci echoes Delves’ sentiments that overall, Mountain Village’s town government functions with integrity and respect.
“It’s been a good experience,” he says of his tenure with council. “This is a group that tries to work together to find compromises. While some might say it’s best to stick to your side on all issues, I think this group has proven that the best outcomes evolve out of compromise.”
While Senior Deputy Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick reports that Town Hall has not received any indications that other candidates are preparing to submit letters of intent to run in the upcoming election, she says it’s normal for potential candidates to wait until the eleventh hour to announce their candidacy.
“Everyone waited until the last minute in the last election as well,” she reports.
Interested candidates can find all the information they need on the Town of Mountain Village’s website (www.townofmountainvillage.com./juneelections), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 369-6406.