Eric Buck: Burke for Breck council
I recently met Mark Burke, a candidate for Breckenridge Town Council, at a “meet & greet” kicking off his campaign. While I had not met Mark previously, I was immediately impressed with his credentials. Mark spent 21 years with Johnson & Wales University before retiring as the school’s president and moving full time to Breckenridge. Mark has been active in the community as both a local businessman and community volunteer. Besides owning Burke and Riley’s and operating The Clubhouse Restaurant at the Breckenridge Golf Course and Nordic Center, Mark was one of the original campaigners and fundraisers for the turf project at Summit High School and was a member of the “Capital Campaign Cabinet” – the team responsible for raising the money to build the new CMC campus now located in Breckenridge. Mark serves on the Breckenridge Police Citizens Advisory Board and The Breckenridge Restaurant Association Board and has been a fund raiser for such organizations as the Little Red School House, Carriage House Childcare, The Summit Tigers American Legion Baseball program and The Summit Foundation among others.I also like his approach to town issues. Mark has expressed a willingness to make sure Breckenridge isn’t Vail Resorts’ doormat and will insist that there be a balance between Vail development and the desire of the town and its citizens to maintain the character of Breckenridge. Mark also seems to have a sense for the line between what should be controlled/mandated by the town and what should be left to personal choice. Perhaps most impressive was Mark’s admission that he didn’t have all the answers but would be sure to ask all the questions to get him to decisions that would be best for the town.I encourage everyone to take advantage of the many campaign appearances planned between now and the April 6 election to meet Mark. I believe that after you meet and talk with him, you too will support his quest to serve on the Breckenridge Town Council.
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