Friday, September 16, 2005

Burke to announce candidacy for Hailey City Council today

Express Staff Writer

Hailey City Councilwoman Martha Burke will officially announce her candidacy today for re-election to council Seat 1.

At the noon kickoff for Burke's campaign, held at the Hailey home she has lived in since moving to the town in 1974, Burke will discuss her vision for Hailey's future.

"I wanted to kind of explain why I'm running," she said.

Burke said entering public office had been quite an eye-opener for her. Before becoming city councilwoman, Burke said she was unaware of the full range of what elected officials are required to consider.

"It was certainly a wake-up call. When you sit on the public side you don't understand the legal parameters you must operate by."

Burke cites a desire to help maintain the city's attractiveness and charm as one of the key reasons she entered public service—"keeping that small town grace and sensibility," as she called it.

Burke entered public service on Aug 9, 1993, when she was nominated to the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission by then Mayor Keith Roark.

Burke has served on the City Council since January 1994. She was re-elected in November 2001 to another four-year term.

Today marks the first day candidates for public office in Idaho municipalities can officially file for candidacy. The deadline for filing is Sept. 30.

If you go

The kickoff for Hailey City Councilwoman Martha Burke's re-election campaign is at noon today at Burke's residence at 203 E. Bullion Street, Hailey. Refreshments will be provided.

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