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Four candidates vie 
for 2 SV seats

Express Staff Writer

Linda O’Shea

The incumbents for the two Sun Valley City Council seats up for election Nov. 6 will be facing competition from two newcomers.

Linda O’Shea, who has held council seat 4 for the last six years, will be opposed by Ketchum architect and Sun Valley resident Ann Agnew.

Kevin Laird, who has held council seat 3 for 12 years, will be opposed by newspaper columnist Sue Bailey.

Kevin Laird

"I chose to run because I believe everyone should be challenged in the democratic process," Agnew said.

Her campaign slogan is "Committed to serve, committed to preserve."

She said she wanted to preserve the character of Sun Valley, particularly by preserving open space in the city. As for serving, she said she already has Sun Valley residents discussing campaign issues with her.

O’Shea gave one reason why she was running again ¾ commitment.

"There are some goals and plans the city hasn’t gotten to yet, and I want to be part of them," she said.

She singled out the city’s plan to develop its five-acre parcel adjacent to the Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church into a performing arts center.

Ann Agnew

O’Shea has been working "to identify workable models in other communities," which the city can use to develop its own center.

Sue Bailey said she made her decision to run after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

"I decided this is no time to be complacent," she said. "I thought Kevin Laird needed an opponent, because we need choices in a democracy.

"Everyone likes to complain, but no one wants to serve," she said.

Sue Bailey

Bailey said she’d bring a different perspective to the council.

"I am not in the building and construction business, and I live in a condominium," she said.

"No one on the city council lives in a condo, and the city is full of condominiums," she said.

Laird said he was running because he is "the best possible choice for the position," because he likes the challenge of being a councilman, and because he believes in community service.

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