Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Candidates abound in south valley

4 running for mayor in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Hailey Mayor Rick Davis will be challenged by three contenders for his office in the Nov. 8 election, including City Council Chair Fritz Haemmerle, who has served alongside Davis for three years on the council. Planning and Zoning Commissioners Mark Johnstone and Geoffrey Moore are also running for mayor.

Haemmerle will leave vacant his Hailey City Council seat during his run for mayor. Patrick Cooley, Robert E. Wiederrick and Peter A. Lobb will vie for that vacant seat.

Cooley served for five years on the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission before going to work for the city of Ketchum. Wiedderick made a name for himself in Hailey politics by challenging the city's development impact fees two years ago. Lobb, who works for a landscaping company, has attended almost all of the city's public meetings for several years and is always ready with comments on city policy.

Carol P. Brown, a U.S Forest Service employee, will run unopposed for her seat on the council.

In Bellevue, five people will vie for three council seats.

Incumbents Dave Hattula and Janet Duffy will run against Amber Avila, Shaun Mahoney and Tammy E. Schofield Eaton.

The three candidates who get the most votes will take their seats on the council in January.

Mahoney and Eaton are veteran council members who have decided to try to return to public office.

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