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For the week of October 1 - 7, 2003


Three more join Sun Valley Council races

Renick to seek re-election;
Adam to challenge

Express Staff Writer

Three Sun Valley residents last week added their names to a list of candidates for two City Council seats that will be contested in the Nov. 4 city election.

Lud Renick, an incumbent who currently holds Seat 2 on the council, is seeking re-election. Sun Valley Village resident Milton Adam will challenge Renick for the seat.

Meanwhile, financial consultant Matthew Colesworthy is seeking election to Seat 1 on the council, which is being vacated by Council President Latham Williams. Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commissioner Blair Boand earlier declared his candidacy for Seat 1 on Aug. 29.

At the Friday, Sept. 26, filing deadline to enlist as a candidate in the city elections, a total of six candidates had filed the proper documentation to enter three separate races.

In addition to the two City Council races, Williams and retired ophthalmologist Jon Thorson will square off in an election of a new Sun Valley mayor.

Mayor David Wilson announced in September that he will not seek re-election. He formalized that decision by not submitting his name and paperwork before the Aug. 26 filing deadline.

Sun Valley employs a system of designated seats on the City Council, with voters every other year choosing two separate candidates seeking to fill specific numbered seats on the four-person panel.

Terms for council members and the mayor last for four years.

Renick was elected to the council in November 1999, when he ran unopposed for Seat 2. During the last year, he has voted to support new zoning regulations for the city’s Commercial Core district, as well as a new "Hillside Development Ordinance" to limit construction on steep slopes.

Adam said he has "the knowledge, technical expertise and understanding, and enthusiasm to put forth to the ongoing task of managing and applying the city’s resources for the benefit of all the people of Sun Valley."

Adam noted that he believes Sun Valley will face numerous challenges in the next four years, particularly managing growth, traffic and future developments put forth by Sun Valley Co.

Colesworthy, an Elkhorn resident, is an assistant vice president of investments at A.G. Edwards in Ketchum and a 10-year volunteer fireman for the Ketchum Fire Department.

He said he would like to bring "a businessman’s perspective" to the council. He added that he also believes the city must look ahead to manage growth. "We have an opportunity to guide the growth of Sun Valley, and I really want to be a part of that."



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