Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lawyer to challenge for City Council

Amanda Breen making her first run for public office

Express Staff Writer

Amanda Breen

Ketchum resident Amanda Breen is one of seven candidates running for two open seats on the City Council.
Breen said she decided to run for council late in the summer after receiving encouragement from current council members and local business owners.
“I am running because I want to represent younger families and professionals like me who are trying to have great opportunities and kids,” Breen said. “I am concerned that if our economy doesn’t move forward and attract new businesses—whether they’re tourism or non-tourism related—that there will be fewer opportunities for people like my family to make a life here.”
Breen has lived in Ketchum since 1998 after graduating from Stanford University. She is the principal attorney at Amanda Breen Law and has two law degrees from University of Utah College of Law and University College London Faculty of Laws.
She said she plans to use her background in business and as an attorney to help the City Council.

I can get into the numbers to make sure the money is being spent efficiently.”
Amanda Breen

“As an attorney and businesswoman, I get it when it comes to financial management,” she said. “The City Council is the steward of our taxpayer money and we will go through the budget with a fine-tooth comb every year. I can get into the numbers to make sure the money is being spent efficiently and to the best benefit of the taxpayer.”
Breen said one of her long-term goals is to improve Ketchum’s tourism base.
“Long-term, we need to focus on our tourism base and our tourism infrastructure because as much as I want to bring businesses here, clearly they go hand-in-hand,” she said. “We all came here because it’s such an amazing place to be outdoors and have this great ski mountain. If we don’t continue to grow our tourism economy, the other parts are not going to come either.”
If Breen is elected, she plans on giving attention to small start-up businesses in Ketchum, which she says operate under the radar.
In a news release, Breen said, “These young entrepreneurs have chosen to start their companies here, even though they face location and air travel challenge. They know what a creative and inspiring place we live in. We should recognize these new companies and work with them to achieve success for them and for our economy as a whole.”
Breen told the Mountain Express that her platform is centered on improving Ketchum’s economy.
“The main part of my platform is to promote economic development here through working with partners,” she said. “As a City Council member, I can coordinate with our partners like the local economic development organizations here, as well as the incredible entrepreneurs and business professionals, to create a more focused attempt at having more business here.”
The city election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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