Kremmling town board elections 2008 – Questions for the candidates
March 21, 2008
Ken BentlerKen Bentler is an incumbent candidate who is just completing his first four-year term as a Kremmling trustee. He is a six-year resident and owner of the Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill. He helps coach recreational pee wee wrestling, basketball and the Cattle Kings hockey program. He is a member of the committee to form a Kremmling Recreation District. He is married and has an 8-year-old son.Q. Why are you running for office?A. With my own business, home and family in Kremmling, I have a very valid interest in what goes on in this town. I became a trustee because I like being involved in this community. Being on the town board keeps me informed and involved. After serving for four years on the board and working for the towns improvement, I know what the current needs of this town are and what they are likely to be in the future.Q. If elected, what are the most important issues that you plan to work on as a Kremmling trustee?A. The most important issue facing this town is obviously its water system. We need to install the new main transmission line this year and then work on the distribution system here in town. To do these repairs to our water system, we have to secure the funding. Well need to ensure we have the money in our budget to do that work while making sure we dont lose ground in other important areas such as maintaining our equipment to take care of our streets and parks.Q. In four years time, what do you plan to have accomplished as a trustee?A. Hopefully, we will have acquired all the funding to completely pay for our water distribution system. I also want to have helped prepare Kremmling to address its future growth in a positive, controlled manner. John Cowboy AdamsJohn Cowboy Adams is a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. He has lived in the Kremmling area for 34 years and within the town limits for the past 5-1/2 years. Now retired for two years, he worked as a mill hand at the Henderson Mill for 28-1/2 years. He has also been a local horseshoer for the past 30 years. He is married and three of his children and four of his five grandchildren have graduated from West Grand High School. Q. Why are you running for office?A. Theres an old cowboy expression about riding for the brand which means you will do anything to make it better. Thats the cowboy in me and what I want to do for Kremmling.As a trustee, I want to be someone that represents solely the people of Kremmling, and have no other interests or influences upon me. Everybody else on the board works for someone else or owns a business. But Im retired and just want to represent the people of Kremmling. I have the time. If the town is working on a project, I have the time to stand there and make sure that a good job is done.Q. If elected, what are the most important issues that you plan to work on as a Kremmling trustee?A. Our priority has to be to work on our water system until it is finished. But at the same time, we cant stop everyday life in this town to get it done. Repairing the water system means the streets are going to be torn up. Weve got to keep up with the streets and maintain them the best we can until they can be repaved. Weve got a full plate of things to be done in this town.Q. In four years time, what do you plan to have accomplished as a trustee?A. The number-one thing I want to accomplish is to make sure that we have a dependable water system for this town.As for the rest of the decisions Ill be making as a trustee, Ill be asking first whether it is good for the town and the majority of the people in it. My philosophy is that if it aint right fix it; if its not broke dont fix it; and if theres a contract with the town to do a job, make sure that its done right the first time.My goal is to protect the lifestyle that the people of Kremmling enjoy, which is why they are here. I want to make sure this remains a good place to live and raise our number-one product which is our children.Isaac SchonlauIsaac Schonlau is a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. He was born and raised in Kremmling, graduating from West Grand High School. He has been a full-time employee of Mountain Parks Electric for the past seven years with three previous years of part-time work with that company. He is married and has a 4-year-old daughter.Q. Why are you running for office?A. I want to make a difference. I also think I have different views on whats being done in this town and have a different approach to how things can be handled.Q. If elected, what are the most important issues that you plan to work on as a Kremmling trustee?A. I think the biggest issue is the towns water system. Its falling apart. This needs to be taken care of very soon.Another important issue is the towns streets and roads. Street repairs have to be next on our list of priorities.Both the water system and street repairs are going to be expensive. Not knowing all the details yet, as a trustee Ill work to see how the towns finances can be used to get this work done.I think the trustees, mayor and town staff have done a good job making the towns appearance look good for visitors. This is an ongoing job. Kremmling needs to put its best foot forward.Q. In four years time, what do you plan to have accomplished as a trustee?A. As a trustee, I want to see the towns water system fixed by the end of those four years.Also during those four years, Ill listen to what my constituents want and vote the way they want.
Erik WoogErik Woog is a first-time candidate for the Kremmling Town Board. He moved to Kremmling at age 12 and later graduated from West Grand High School. He is the owner of Alpine Motor Sports which he opened in 1991. He is married and has a 3-1/2 year-old son.Q. Why are you running for office?A. Part of the reason is that I was asked to participate by several prominent citizens over the past few elections. After years of consideration, I believe I have something to offer as a trustee in terms of perspective and direction. Im also at the point in my life where I can apply an appropriate amount of time to the position of trustee to be able to dedicate myself seriously to it.Q. If elected, what are the most important issues that you plan to work on as a Kremmling trustee?A. I do not have any personal agenda aside from wanting to preserve the quality of life here in Kremmling for my son to enjoy as I have. We do have important issues facing the town such as our water system and the airport, and the people are concerned about them.These issues will require decisions, but they have to be decisions based upon careful consideration with logic applied. As a board, we must never lose sight of our goal which is to make decisions that are best for everyone. As a trustee, I will look at all the facts before making a decision. And when I make a decision, I will own that decision.In making those decisions, the board has to be strong and calculating. In the end, we have to be able to stand before our fellow townspeople and explain why a decision was best for them.I would not be afraid to table any issue to gain more time to consider all the facts. We do not want to make decisions too hastily. We may want to talk to our constituents about an issue before making a decision. Our job is to make the right decision for this town.Q. In four years time, what do you plan to have accomplished as a trustee?A. Im not looking to leave a mark or gain a feather in my cap after serving four years as a trustee. But I hope I can look back and know that I made decisions that affected a positive direction. I would also like to know that I did right by the people of this town.