declare mayoral candidacies
election heats up
Express Staff Writer
November mayoral election is beginning to pick up steam. Last week two
city residents—Mickey Garcia and Janet Dunbar—filed completed
petitions for the seat with City Clerk Sandy Cady.
mayoral race has been the subject of speculation for over a month.
Councilman Maurice Charlat ended speculation on his behalf Friday when he
said in an interview that he would not run for the office.
Hutchinson, who was appointed to the post last month following the death
of Mayor Guy Coles, has not yet said he will seek the seat. However, last
week he issued a questionnaire, letter and biography to city residents in
which he said he is "considering" a candidacy.
began consideration first after being approached by many people I respect
and trust, and later after being asked to replace Mayor (Guy) Coles under
tragic circumstances," Hutchinson wrote in the letter.
found dead at his Ketchum home late in August.
widely believed that local leadership needs to manage growth within the
framework and history of the community," Hutchinson wrote. "I do
believe that my 16-year record with the city clearly supports that notion.
in an effort to come to a final decision, I thought it best to ask the
people most impacted, the citizens of Ketchum."
44, said that of the 134 responses he has received, 70 urged him to run
and 43 were negative.
has lived in Ketchum since 1977 and has been an employer here for 22
years. She owns the Dunbar Interiors interior design company, located on
on the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission for three and a half years,
from 1995 to 1998. During that time, she helped draft the city’s new
comprehensive plan and ordinances, and helped review many new buildings,
including the Thunder Spring resort.
whole goal in this is to give this city back to the people," she
said. "I think we need to bring that community spirit back. I think
it’s been diluted and lost. We have very bright, talented people in
Ketchum. I think we have more people who care than are being
specific issues, Dunbar said she is driven to get people involved in their
city and to restore a sense of community.
would probably put more out to referendum than this town has ever
seen," she said.
she’s "very" opposed to raising taxes. She’s for affordable
housing. And she advocates planning 20 years down the road for growth.
is one of Ketchum’s more colorful personalities, and in the past several
years has amassed an impressive attendance record at Ketchum City Council
and Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission meetings.
has not held public office, operates a newspaper delivery service. He’s
lived in Ketchum full-time for 16 years.
He said he
views his primary opponent in the coming election to be Hutchinson.
consider my main opponent to be David Hutchinson, and although I think he’s
done a lot for the city, and he and I agree on a lot of key issues, I
think he’s got more conflicts of interest than Chateau has Viagra pills
and jelly beans," Garcia said.
always been politically aware," he added. "I’m issue-oriented.
I’ve paid attention. I know what the issues are."
platform is multifaceted and includes redirecting the city on several key
For one, he
said he would like to spur the city toward changing the way it conducts
its elections. Just last spring, the City Council voted to conduct
elections on a per-seat basis rather than in an at-large format. It was a
also outspoken on the issue of public transportation and Highway 75
construction. He’s against public transportation and for widening the
affordable housing. He’s pro street trees. He wants reform on the
P&Z. And he wants city meetings to be conducted as more of a dialogue.
said, "I’m probably the most accessible person running."
candidates have filed for Ketchum City Council seats yet, but several—Councilwoman
Chris Potters, P&Z commissioners Rod Sievers and Baird Gourlay and
Ketchum resident Anne Corrock—have said they intend to run.