Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hailey citizens could see power shift

Candidates express different goals

Express Staff Writer

Hailey residents could see some changes in how the city conducts its affairs following the Tuesday, Nov. 8, city election. Funding goals, development fees and city staff process were all issues during the candidates' campaigns.

Incumbent Mayor Rick Davis is challenged by three contenders for his office: City Council Chair Fritz Haemmerle and Planning and Zoning Commissioners Mark Johnstone and Geoffrey Moore.

The challengers are running campaigns focused on avoiding litigation, holding developers more accountable, increasing public involvement on issues facing the city and making city staffers more friendly to businesses and residents.


Davis says he is the man with the most experience to continue carrying the city through challenging economic times.

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

Carol Brown is running unopposed to keep her seat.

Only Cooley has experience serving in public office (Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission). Weiderrick initiated an unsuccessful plan to end the city's development impact fees. Lobb serves on the city's Marijuana Community Oversight Committee and has attended most city meetings over the past three years as a citizen critic.

Registered voters can go to the ballot box on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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