Friday, November 2, 2007

Lucky to have Kemp on ballot

Three months ago, I wrote questioning the Ketchum City Council for having a two-day meeting in Hagerman. The location of the meeting made it effectively, although not technically, a closed meeting. I encouraged someone to run for City Council who would allow more public dialogue in the governmental process, someone who would stand for an open and transparent government.

We are lucky enough today to have Curtis Kemp among the choice of six to fill two open City Council seats. Curtis is a solid man of strong principles with a quiet, no-need-for-the-spotlight demeanor. He is an architect and part-time artist with a penchant for creative thinking and a critical eye for design—a nice talent to have as the town evaluates forthcoming hotel projects and plans for a town plaza and streetscape improvements.

Curtis has a consistent record of participation in our community, from the Historical Society, to the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, to his current post on the Planning & Zoning Commission. As a 38-year resident, he clearly understands the issues the city faces, and has a balanced perspective between our small town traditions and the need to revitalize Ketchum's economy.

I endorse Curtis Kemp for Ketchum Council and I encourage every resident to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Local elections have been won and lost by as few as five or seven votes. Unlike the national arena, every vote counts in a local election. Please vote for Curtis Kemp. And please participate in the public discourse to reinvigorate Ketchum.

Pam Colesworthy


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