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For the week of  October 31 - November 6, 2001

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Ketchumís 3 candidates for Seat 1 head into their final campaign week


By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer

Though the races for Ketchum City Council seats havenít been as politically charged as the cityís mayoral race, there have not been a shortage of issues tossed around.

Bidding for Seat 1 are three long-time Ketchum residents: Baird Gourlay, Anne Corrock and Millie Wiggins.

The seat became vacant when David Hutchinson, who held it previously, was appointed mayor early this fall.

"Donít let Ketchum lose its way. Vote for Baird Gourlay," Gourlay chuckled early this week.

Gourlay has served on the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission for two and a half years, and he said this experience is one of the most significant issues voters should consider when voting on Tuesday.

"The biggest issue, I think, for me is that 70 percent of all city council meetings are P&Z issues, and that two and a half years of experience working with the ordinances and working with the public is preeminent," he said.

As a P&Z commissioner, Gourlay said he helped work to strengthen city design ordinances and write the cityís new comprehensive plan.

"Itís just constantly trying to be a guardian for the community," he said. "The only way to do that is to try and second guess what a developer might do with our laws, and to try to make them stronger."

Corrock summarized her campaign by encouraging citizens to vote Nov. 6.

"Your vote does count," she said. "Be informed on the candidates and exercise your freedom of choice."

Corrock said parking, traffic and city infrastructure are three issues sheís been asked about the most as a candidate.

"Those are the issues that need to be addressed as a priority," she said.

Wiggins continued to build her platform around preservation of Ketchumís open space and enforcing the cityís comprehensive plan.

"Iím for the city acquiring open space to be used for parking and parks," she said. "I have your interest at heart and will try to keep lines of communication open between the city and the public."

Aside from discussing issues, Wiggins said she has enjoyed her candidacy as an opportunity to reinforce connections with the people of Ketchum.

"Iíve had a wonderful time being a first-time candidate," she said. "Iíve really enjoyed talking to so many people who live in Ketchum, and I hope we have a great turnout on Nov. 6."

"Itís your town," she said.


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