Meet Ed Simon,
Express Staff Writer
had been Ketchumís mayor-elect barely a day when he began trying to mend
mayor-elect, Ed Simon, celebrates his win with friends on Nov. 6. From
left to right are Shirley Held, Tom Held, Simon, Susan Springer, Marty
Mathews, Pam Ritzau, Tom Harned and Kirsten Ritzau. Express photo by
hopping a plane to Europe, Simon said he called or e-mailed several city
employees and officials, including Fire Chief Tom Johnson and Police Chief
Cal Nevland, who endorsed David Hutchinson for the Nov. 6 mayoral
far as Iím concerned, we all have to work together," he said.
"There are no ifs, ands or buts,"
won the cityís top job by a substantial margin. Simon got 518 votes, or
49 percent; to Hutchinsonís 313, or 30 percent. Mickey Garcia received
77 votes. Janet Dunbar got 72, and Chase Hamilton got 62.
become mayor of Ketchum on Jan. 7, when he is sworn in at Ketchum City
Hall. It will be the second bout of public service for the long-time
after only 10 months as a councilman, Simon and two other council members
were recalled by citizens regarding police department personnel matters.
But that didnít keep Simon down. He was soundly defeated for a city
council seat in 1995, but tossed his hat in the ring again this fall.
after the recall, I was always involved," he said. "Iíve never
been afraid to be before the firing squad. If you have a commitment, you
take your chances. Involvement is just in my nature."
Simon said he was a little surprised by the margin of victory he achieved
against his fellow mayoral candidates Nov. 6.
an idea that I had a shot, but I never expected 1,050 voters (at the
polls), and I was surprised with the number that I did receive," he
win culminated a month-long advertising dialogue, primarily between
himself and incumbent Mayor Hutchinson. But Simon said his campaign was
meant to target issues, not personalities.
said he is ready to move in to the mayorís office, and is anxious to
begin attempting to build consensus.
Iím trying to do is get people involved and bring people together, to
come up with solutions to some of the problems we can try to mitigate
together," he said.
first things he said he will do when he takes office in January is put
together a town meeting to gauge and record citizensí thoughts on
people are interested in pursuing it further, perhaps we can form some
public committees," he said. "When people are involved in the
process, I think theyíll be happier with the results, because theyíve
had a roll with coming to that result."
his active roll in politics throughout the past decade, Simon didnít
come to Ketchum to participate in local government. Rather, his early
years in the Wood River Valley began, like many valley residents, as a ski
finishing law school in New York, Ketchumís mayor-elect trailed a friend
to Sun Valley in the fall of 1975.
came here just to ski for a winter, and I got 110 days in that winter. I
lived in Bellevue and came up (to Ketchum) twice a day," he said.
for a year and a half, until a winter drought set in, and then left the
area for another year and a half. He returned for good in October, 1978,
and established his law practice in the spring of 1979.
established the practice out of necessity, because I ran out of
money," he said.
He put an
ad in the Idaho Mountain Express and "prayed the telephone would ring
after the paper was published."
It did. But
the law practice wasnít Simonís only job during his early, lean years
in Sun Valley.
always had three jobs, two jobs besides lawyer, and that was probably for
a couple of years, so I know what itís like to have three jobs."
around a lot, too.
lived in five different places for the first several years, so I learned
how difficult housing was, even then. Though the price was inexpensive,
that wasnít the issue. The issue was having (a supply of) long-term
feel I identify with people who are looking for decent jobs, people who
are looking for decent housing."
heís learned a lot about the city heís called home for 25 years while
campaigning this fall, too.
have been really encouraged by a lot of the new residents," he said.
"These people who are willing to get involved and have the time and
the energy to participate. I want to include them with the older residents
who have the tradition and the history.
want Ketchum to become a community of the new residents and the old
residents, the us and the them. I want it to be our community."