Here are our picks in the valleys only two
contested races this year.
For Ketchum City Council: Randy Hall and Sue Noel: Incumbents
Hall and Noel have earned their stripes, and we see no reason for a change in leadership.
Hall is running for his second term and Noel for her third. They are being challenged for
a seat by newcomer Maurice Charlat.
Hall came to the council after putting in time on the Planning and
Zoning Commission. He brought quiet leadership on housing and economic development. He has
a grip on the nitty-gritty details it takes to govern a city.
As a restaurant owner, Hall is intimately familiar with the ebb and
flow of the resort economya big plus. He supported the citys move to become
involved in the Highway 75 study and to look at effects of a five-lane highway on the
Noel has been an unflagging and vigorous council member She has
championed city involvement in generating community housing; and she advocates annexation
of McHanville to prevent development from hurting the city. She has supported city
beautification and wants to see power lines placed underground.
For City Council, Latham Williams: Of three candidates, including
long-time gadfly Milt Adam and new resident Nicholas Parker, Williams is most keyed into
issues facing Sun Valleygrowth, traffic, need to protect open space and develop
parks, resort marketing and lack of housing for key city workers. He is living, working
and raising a family in Sun Valley. He has been active in many local organizations. He
would make a fine addition to the council.