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Election 2018: Get to know the Winter Park Town Council candidates

Candidate previews continue with the town of Winter Park. The town has four council vacancies to decide with the terms of councilors Nick Kutrumbos, Chuck Banks, Barbara Atwater and Chris Seemann all expiring. Kutrumbos, Banks and Seemann are all running for reelection in a field that includes Art Ferrari, Heather Green, Stewart Goldenberg and Kyle Jenkins.

The three candidates that receive the highest number of votes will earn four-year terms, while the candidate receiving the fourth highest total will be elected on a two-year term.

The election will be held April 3 at the Winter Park Town Hall, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stewart Goldenberg

Age: 62

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I have a diverse background. I spent several years ski bumming in Aspen, Jackson Hole, Snowbird, and Mammoth. I have Masters Degrees in Engineering from both University of Michigan and UCLA. I worked for large aerospace companies for years and then started a software company. I have been skiing Winter Park for 30 years now. We bought a condo in Winter Park 19 years ago. I semi-retired about 17 years ago. When our daughter started college and our son stared high school we moved to Winter Park full time and I started my Farmers Insurance business 14 years ago. I am active in the community with volunteering for almost all the music festivals, and events at the Winter Park Competition Center where I have been coaching the All Mountain Program on Saturdays for over 10 years. I joined the Rotary club when we first moved here. I am now on the board of both the Rotary Club and the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation.

Why did you choose to run for election?

Winter Park has been discovered. We must be thoughtful in the direction we want to move in the future and I want to contribute to its future direction.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

I believe we have two big issues. One is housing for the seasonal worker who wants to stay year-round, and the other is our seasonal economy. We are a fantastic tourist destination, but I believe it is important to expand our reach to small business that is not tourist related. Examples can be small high tech and/or manufacturing companies who are can contribute to our local economy year-round.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

I will work with the town and developers to build more subsidized housing. I will work to bring high speed internet to the town and get funding for the last mile. I will also work with the chamber to market our adventure town to companies that are not tourist related.

Why should people vote for you?

I have been around the block and have seen Winter Park through it's trials and tribulations. Winter Park has been discovered. We are growing fast and I want to be part of the decision makers that bring thoughtful development to our valley.

Charles "Chuck" A. Banks

Age: 74

Please provide a short background on yourself.

Graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis Tenn. Served eight years as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves. Practiced Optometry in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. Married to Nancy, a retired Masters trained nurse for 48 years. We built and moved full time into a home in Winter Park in 2004 after owning first a condo and then a town home in Grand county since 1980.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I have been a Winter Park Town Councilor for the last four years. The Council and Town Staff have brought about significant changes in the quest to make Winter Park a place where families, singles, and retirees can call home. We've increased the number of affordable homes, have an award winning year round transit system, have a park and performance venue that is the envy of other mountain towns, helped Winter Park Resort regain the Ski Train, and are seeing great planned development from one end of Main street to the other. This has all been accomplished in a fiscally responsible manner. I would like to be a part of the great future of Winter Park by returning to the Council for another term.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

We still face a shortage of affordable work force housing. Only 22 percent of our work force is able to live in Winter Park. We would like to have at least 30 percent able to be part of our community. While the Lift transit system is working well, it needs to expand to a more regional system so residents can travel to medical facilities and government services that are not presently served. We need more full time residents to provide a more stable economy for our local businesses.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

I have been the Winter Park representative on the TAC (transit advisory committee) since it was created three years ago, and will continue to listen to Winter Park residents and help to make improvements in the system. As a member of the Housing Commission I can help make decisions on adding to our work force housing supply.

Why should people vote for you?

I spent 2 years on the Winter Park Planning Commission, 6 years as a Board member of Winter Park Water & Sanitation District, and the last 4 years as a Town Councilor. I 've listened to and understand the needs and desires of the community. Having operated a successful business, I understand the need to be fiscally responsible and use debt wisely. I want Winter Park to stay on the incredibly positive path that it has travelled the last four years.

Chris Seemann

Age: 54

Please provide a short background on yourself.

Moved to Winter Park in 1981 at 17 years old to compete in Freestyle Skiing. I competed Aerials on the US Ski Team from 1985 – 1989. Retired from skiing and met my wife Sue working at the WP Ski Resort. Sue and I have raised three great sons in the Fraser Valley.

I have continually coached Aerials at the Winter Park Ski area since 1984, I was the General Manager of the Vintage Hotel 1990 – 1996. Sue and I bought and ran the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop 1996 thru 2011.

Since 2011, I have worked for the US Ski team as an Acrobatic coach and Technical Advisor.

I served on the board for Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District 1996 – 2004

I served on the board for The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce 1990 – 1996

I have served on Grand County Water & Sanitation District board 1994 – Present

I have served on the Winter Park Town Council 1996 – Present

I was most recently appointed to the Board of the Directors for the US Ski Team in 2016

Why did you choose to run for election?

I am choosing to run for re-election as I feel they are still a few critical projects and issues facing the town of Winter Park. I would like to see more of these projects through.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

I am very concerned about affordable / attainable housing in the Winter Park / Fraser area. During these periods of growth, if you don't maintain a good mix of full time residents and guests, you can lose what makes your community great.

I am also super interested in Parks, Trails and Rivers. I think we need to maintain or add connectivity to the National Forests to keep the high quality of life we have here in Winter Park. I also think we need to continue to keep our streams and rivers healthy through River management programs.

My last concern unfortunately is becoming more and more of an issue in our community. I would like to see Winter Park / Fraser and the County take a more active role as it relates to Mental Health issues people are struggling with. I think a Detox center, Suicide prevention programs, Addiction support / rehabilitation and sober living are all critical to our communities future well being.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

Any one who has lived in Winter Park / Fraser for more than a couple years knows what I am about. I am not afraid to express my opinions in public meetings. If I can get the Winter Park Town council to think outside the box or to start working on a new issue or project, I will keep pushing until we get the project completed or issue resolved.

Why should people vote for you?

If the voters want someone to sit quietly at meetings and not participate, I am not your guy.

If the voters want someone who constantly questions what we are doing and why, or someone who is always trying to solve issues with new ideas, I am the person to vote for.

Kyle Allen Jenkins

Age: 25

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I grew up in Shreveport Louisiana with my mom as an only child until I was 16 at which time I moved to Greenville South Carolina where my Dad lived, there I was the oldest out of my 5 siblings, a change that took some getting used to. It was in South Carolina that I graduated High School and attended Greenville Technical College. After school in South Carolina I worked mostly in sales, selling everything from Gym memberships and personal training to cars. A few months after turning 21 I moved to Winter Park Colorado following a friend who had moved here some months before. I originally came here planning on staying one season but fell in love with the area. Since moving to Winter Park I have mostly worked for Vacation Rental and Property management companies while trying to do my part being involved in the community by volunteering during the summer months to be as useful as possible at events I could be a part of.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I chose to run for this town council seat in order to be a voice of working people within the town that doesn't represent real estate interest, developer interest, or any other big moneyed interest. I believe the working people of this town are its most important part yet they are the most disconnected from the workings of our local government and I'd like to see that changed, I want to be the connection between the towns working people and businesses and local government.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

I believe the biggest issue facing our community is our growth, how it is planned, what is planned, and what that means for the future make-up of our community and economic stability when the next inevitable national economic downturn occurs.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

As an elected official I can work to change the things I think hurt our town the most; things like having the highest sales tax in the state at an aggregate rate of 11.20 percent, growth in the town that leaves a disproportionate amount of room for the very wealthy and 2nd homeowners, and a lack of working together as well as we should with our neighbors in Fraser. I also believe that through my personal relationships with the people and business owners of this town I can get more citizens involved in the community and end the sense of a disconnect many locals feel with their local government.

Why should people vote for you?

People should vote for me if they would like to have someone on the Town Council that knows the people of this town, knows the experience of a working person in this town, and is willing to put the time and energy into listening to working people and our local businesses to make the best decisions for our community as we move forward into our future.

Nick Kutrumbos

Age: 34

Please provide a short background on yourself.

Born and raised in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley and currently the Owner-Operator of Deno's Mountain Bistro, the longest continuously running business in Winter Park; family operated for over 42 years. I am presently Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Winter Park and sit on various community boards, including the Grand Foundation, G.A.P. Fund for Youth, Winter Park Housing Assistance Fund and Winter Park Music Inc. Outside of my community and business commitments, I enjoy backcountry skiing, food and wine, surfing, hiking and traveling.

Why did you choose to run for election?

The spotlight is on the Town of Winter Park; this is a defining time, we need strong and experienced leadership. If elected, I look forward to a second term where many of our ongoing projects will come to fruition. It is essential that our upcoming community projects in Winter Park be completed responsibly, timely and within budget. Considering the current economic climate and the vision of previous Councils we face some of the most critical decisions in the history of the Town. These choices are complicated, will have significant capital expenditures and must guarantee a viable future for many generations to come.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

Listed by most critical:

-Shortage of workforce housing

-Healthy and controlled growth

-Negative environmental and climate impacts

-Lack of a sustainable year-round economy

-Outdated Town infrastructure and facilities

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

As an elected official, I have become familiar with the challenges that the Town faces. Due to the nature of my business (a restaurateur) and community work, I am readily available to residents, visitors, and stakeholders. Building positive relationships in the community is critical in solving issues in a timely matter. These valuable relationships forge transparency between constituents, the Town Council, and Town staff so that all opinions can be taken into consideration when making impactful choices.

Why should people vote for you?

I am proud to say that I have been part of some fantastic projects over the past four years. Some of these projects include the Hideaway Park Stage, Hideaway Station and The Lift Winter Park Public Transit. It's been rewarding to see what was once merely conversations become part of the fabric of our community. However, the reality is that we face many challenges to come. It will take experience, energy, new creative ideas, plus a positive mindset to guide our community through the difficult tasks to come.

Heather Green

Age: 49

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I grew up in Idaho and Alaska and attended college in Virginia. After graduation I moved to the west coast then relocated to Colorado in 1997 with my husband, a Colorado native. We have been living full time in Grand County since 2004.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I'm running to provide diversity to the town council and a fresh perspective on sustainable growth, development and housing.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

I see the biggest issues facing the community as continued long term growth, housing, connectivity to surrounding communities, and preservation of access to quality outdoor experiences.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

As an elected official, I will work with all businesses and residents to create policies that bring focus to long term sustained growth and economic diversity. I will also create an atmosphere that fosters creative, collaborative solutions to issues of housing, transportation and connectivity.

Why should people vote for you?

You should vote for me if you would like to see a focus on long term sustainable growth, housing, connectivity and continued access to our world class recreational amenities.

Arthur Ferrari

Age: 54

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I have lived in Winter Park for the past 25 years. I moved here from the east coast to relax a little after having worked 2 years as a Public Accountant and 5 years as an Information Technology Consultant right out of college. Since moving to Winter Park I have worked in the Lift Department and the IT Department for Winter Park Resort and currently work as a Freelance Photographer. I am also the Treasurer for the Grand County Blues Society, Chairman for Grand County Water and Sanitation District #1 (downtown Winter Park) and a Board Member for Hi Country Haus master association.

I love to ski and mountain bike.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I have been very community focused for the last 16 years or so. Joining Town Council will allow me to become even more involved.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

Development, transportation, affordable housing.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

First, listen to my constituents to determine what the community really wants. Second, work with the Community, other Town Council members and professional advisers to develop successful strategies for solving these issues.

Why should people vote for you?

I am a very levelheaded person with a well-rounded background. I have experience in accounting and Information technology as well as on the front lines at Winter Park Resort as a lift operator. I am currently self-employed with a very flexible schedule that can accommodate the time commitment of this position. I have proven community service with my involvement in the Grand County Blues Society, Grand County Water and Sanitation District #1 and Hi Country Haus Boards.

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