Friday, August 30, 2013

Councilwoman Jonas to run for Ketchum mayor

Incumbent Randy Hall, Mickey Garcia also file

Express Staff Writer

(top) Nina Jonas (middle) Randy Hall (bottom) Mickey Garcia

    Incumbent Ketchum City Council member Nina Jonas has announced her candidacy for mayor. Jonas, whose seat on the council is also up for election, will not run for City Council again after serving one term.
     Incumbent Mayor Randy Hall has also filed paperwork to seek re-election. Ketchum resident Mickey Garcia has also thrown his hat into the race.
     Jonas said she made a firm decision to run for the position over the weekend after careful consideration and encouragement from her family.
     “I think I can bring a fresh personality to the environment. I can try to build some stronger relationships with the city of Sun Valley and build more collaborative relationships with the county,” Jonas said.
     She added that one of her major goals in running for mayor is to elicit more community involvement with the city government.
     “I’m always trying to get more participation from the citizens,” Jonas said. “I think it’s harder to make solid decisions without community participation. I don’t really know what’s happened and why participation has dwindled, but I’d like to focus on trying to get more people to come out.

I don’t really know what’s happened and why participation has dwindled, but I’d like to focus on trying to get more people to come out.”
Nina Jonas

     “There’s a ton of talent in this community. After people have had successes somewhere else and see the community prosper, they want to come back and help. We have fantastic resources of intellect.”
     Hall said he is happy Jonas has decided to run.
      “I think it is great that she is running,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to put it out there and run for office.”
     Jonas outlined the city’s challenges and her plans.
     She said, “I think the biggest long-term challenge is how to attract and retain younger residents. Another big challenge is energy security and water security because we need to deal with that pretty soon.    
    “Water is blue gold. It’s a big issue in the West, and currently all we’re trying to do is buy water rights. I think we need to get a little more comprehensive and concerned about where the water is going.”
     During her interview, Jonas also addressed her plans to make living in Ketchum appealing for potential new residents.
     She said, “I just want to do things for our community that are good for our product and build up our product up so it’s immediately good for our citizens and then the marketing alliance can market that.
     “I want transparency and collaboration with the community. I want us to think about our natural resources, energy and water security so we can take care of those things and build a product for our community that is marketable.”
Eric Avissar:

Key dates

  • Aug. 26: First day candidates could file declaration of candidacy.
  • Sept. 6: Deadline for candidates to file declaration of candidacy.
  • Sept. 20: Deadline to withdraw.
  • Oct. 8: Deadline for write-in candidates to file declaration of intent.
  • Nov. 5: Election Day. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.




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