Sievers and Potters
face off for Ketchum Council
Express Staff Writer
for Ketchum City Council Seat 2 heated up earlier this month, with Rod
Sievers quickly and purposefully going after his goal of unseating
eight-year incumbent Christina Potters.
bring a lot to the table in my candidacy for city council, but the main
overriding values I bring are integrity, honesty and voting my own mind in
an effort to best serve the city of Ketchum," Sievers said.
strong speech and a determined demeanor, Sievers outlined during
candidates’ forums a goal of bringing more fiscal responsibility and
accountability to the city.
light of the Sept. 11 tragedy and our projected known shortfalls in option
tax this year, I made a point that we really need to develop a hunker-down
budget that would reflect we don’t have the money in our budget we
thought we had," he said. "We have to do that."
the other hand, said her focus as a councilwoman is and will be on the
people of Ketchum.
21-year resident and eight years on the council and four years on the
P&Z, I have demonstrated my commitment to quality of life issues that
concern us all, and I feel honored by the trust that the community has
placed in me over the years, and I look forward to continuing in my
efforts on the community’s behalf," she said.
said residential neighborhood integrity, river access preservation and
affordable recreation for families are among the issues she most wants to
quality of life and our strong sense of community must not be allowed to
be compromised by the pressures of growth," she said. "Our
families and preserving our small-town character come first."
issues, she said the city obviously can’t and won’t spend more than it
candidates advocated expanding the valley’s public transportation system
and implementing more proactive solutions, such as parking meters, to help
solve the city’s traffic and parking issues.
affordable housing, Sievers said the city needs to examine every piece of
property it owns, including the city-owned Chamber of Commerce site, for
affordable housing suitability.
a lot of sentiment that Main Street is too valuable property for
affordable housing, and I happen to agree with that," he said.
"There’s also a lot of sentiment that the chamber doesn’t need to
be in the most expensive rent in town, and I happen to agree with