Hitt, Moffet, Rogers only three candidates currently vying for four open Vail Town Council seats
“I have three certified nomination petitions: Margaret Rogers, Farrow Hitt and Greg Moffet,” Vail Town Clerk Lorelei Donaldson told Real Vail this morning. “I have had four more petitions picked up but have not heard from anyone on whether they are returning them.”
If all four petitions are signed by a minimum of 10 registered Vail voters and certified, that means there will be seven candidates for the four open seats. Other candidates could also emerge in the next 24 hours. Donaldson is protecting the privacy of those who have picked up petitions but not yet returned them, in case they decide not to run.
Both Moffet and Hitt are former Vail Town Council members. Rogers is an incumbent. The seats for two other incumbents – Mayor Dick Cleveland and Andy Daly – are also up for grabs. And current council member Kim Newbury's seat is opening up because she is term-limited.
Moffet served on council from 1999 to 2007, and Hitt served from 2004 to 2009.
One of the biggest campaign issues over the next month is likely to be the fate of Vail Resorts' proposed Ever Vail project west of Lionshead.
The more than $1 billion retail, residential and hotel project, which would include a new gondola onto Vail Mountain and additional skier parking, has been in the works for more than five years.
According to the Vail Daily, Beaver Creek developer and Vail resident Harry Frampton, recently scolded the current town council for trying to extract too much from the ski company in order to approve the project.
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