Three locals vying to fill seven months on Breck Town Council
BRECKENRIDGE – Three citizens have expressed an interest in filling a seat on the Breckenridge Town Council left vacant when councilmember Dave Hinton resigned July 8.
Hinton, president of Similasan Corp., a homeopathic medicine company based in Breckenridge, is moving to Highlands Ranch on the Front Range to be closer to his company’s distribution base.
The council has 60 days to appoint a replacement.
The three interested in the seat are town Open Space Advisory Commission and county Open Space Advisory Council (OSAC) member Turk Montepare, former town councilmember Greg Abernathy and Peter Davis of the Highlands.
None has officially submitted his candidacy, said Town Clerk Mary Jean Loufek.
Although the town council will consider anyone who applies, those who have attended meetings and have a general knowledge of the council’s activities will likely stand a better chance of appointment.
The council has been busy with the Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peaks 7 and 8 development, Main Street redevelopment, the arts district, Highway 9 improvements and water issues.
“This is not trivial,” said Mayor Sam Mamula. “We want to make sure these last months (until the seat is up for election) are as productive as they have been.”
Davis said he decided to try for the seat after friends suggested he do so. The Highlands resident has lived in Summit County for almost four years after having worked as an attorney in the San Francisco area for 27 years.
“I came up on a vacation, got involved in some real estate things, and was doing so much up here in terms of real estate, I decided to move up here,” he said. “There are people like Turk and Greg who have spent more time in town, but you don’t need to have been in town long to know of current events. My interest is one of being someone who offers a fair and balanced view of things. It’s important for people of various backgrounds to be on council, to bring different viewpoints to it.”
Davis is a real estate broker at Summit County Investments, a board member on the Highlands Homeowners Association and has developed Kenington Townhomes on County Road 450, Wildflower condos in Illinois Gulch, and is currently developing Timber Creek Estates in Blue River.
Both Montepare and Abernathy say they are interested only in fulfilling the last months of Hinton’s term, and are not interested in running for his seat in April.
“In terms of making a smooth transition to the next election, I might be helpful,” Montepare said. “I would like to see a lot of people running in April. With Warrior’s Mark (annexed to the town) I’d like to see good participation. We need more people stepping up to the plate.”
Montepare is checking with the county’s legal staff to determine if he can complete Hinton’s term. OSAC bylaws say those seated on that board cannot be elected officials – and Montepare, who has been instrumental in several major open space land deals while on the two open space boards, does not want to forfeit or jeopardize that seat.
Montepare worked in town as a contractor and developer from 1974 to 1989 and now is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bunchman Real Estate in Breckenridge. He has been with OSAC and the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Council since their inceptions.
Abernathy, too, said he is interested in issues facing the town today – notably the ski area development, as it was getting its start when he served on town council from 1992 to 1996. But he wants to let others have a chance, and thus, seriously doubts he’d run for office in April.
“The way it works best is to have many people involved,” he said. “Just give them your input and move on. I don’t see us at any particular crossroads right now, but we have to stay with some of these things (that are underway) and see them completed.”
Abernathy and his wife, Kim, own Lone Star Sports in Breckenridge.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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