Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Willich seeks re-election as Sun Valley mayor

Briscoe expected to announce candidacy today


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich is seeking another term.

Willich filed a declaration of candidacy with the city clerk's office on Monday, the first day that candidates may file.

Sun Valley Council President Dewayne Briscoe said he will announce his candidacy for mayor, likely today. He had not filed a declaration of candidacy as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Willich, a retired Boeing executive, said he was motivated to run for several reasons, not the least of which is the airport issue, which took a new turn last week.

The Federal Aviation Administration suspended work on a draft environmental impact statement for a replacement airport, leaving many to wonder what the future of air service to and from the valley will look like.

"I said, 'You know, I think we need a public official in Sun Valley that knows something about airplanes and airports,'" Willich said Monday.

He said he believes there is a solution to the valley's air transportation issues, and he wants to be among those who find it.

"I'd like to be part of a group that works on that," he said.

Bringing high-profile, national events to the area also is an economic development goal of his.

Willich was elected mayor in 2007, beating incumbent Jon Thorson.

"If I have a competitor, we'll crank up the machine," Willich said.

Stephen Poindexter has filed a declaration of candidacy for a Sun Valley City Council seat. Poindexter is a graveyard-shift front-desk clerk employed by Sun Valley Co. He ran for the City Council in 2009.

"I feel like I can make a difference," he said. "There needs to be fresh blood on the City Council."

He said he would bring new ideas to the council, including developing ways to increase late-night dining and entertainment options.

As of press time Tuesday, no other candidates had filed for Sun Valley public office.

Declarations of candidacy for office in all cities must be filed with the relevant city clerk's office by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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