Friday, August 21, 2009

Sun Valley gets 1st contender for council

Bob Youngman announces candidacy

Express Staff Writer

Bob Youngman

The first hopeful for Sun Valley's upcoming city election announced his candidacy on Tuesday.

Bob Youngman, 53, a resident of the New Villager condominiums, will run for one of two City Council seats up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

One of the seats is being vacated by David Chase, who said earlier this spring that he would not seek re-election.

Council President Nils Ribi will try to hold onto his seat, though he said last week that he has yet to begin campaigning.

Youngman said in a news release that he is running on a platform emphasizing "the continued independence of the city, protection of open space and a conservative fiscal policy."

Youngman was co-chairman of Save Sun Valley, an organization formed in opposition to the proposed merger of Sun Valley and Ketchum. The merger effort was called off in April by proponents Chase and Ketchum Councilman Charles Conn.

"I am convinced that small, local and flexible government is the best and most efficient model for the unique needs of the city of Sun Valley," Youngman said.

Youngman, who moved to Sun Valley with his wife, Betsy, in 2003, said he supports enhancement of the resort economy in the upper Wood River Valley and further development of surrounding outdoor activities.

Now retired, Youngman worked as a scientist in corporate research and development.

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