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Vote for no more than three candidates. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected or four-year terms. The candidate receiving the third-highest number of votes will be elected for a two-year term.Gunnison City is managed by a Council/Manager form of government. There are five elected councilors chosen at-large throughout the City. The City of Gunnison is a Home Rule Municipality, and all elections are nonpartisan.A City Counselor's job is to represent the constituents and make legislative and policy decisions for the good of the city. The City Council directly appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and the Municipal Judge and appoints the City Clerk and Finance Director with the recommendation of the City Manager. City Councilors must be available for regular and special session meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. City Councilors serve on various boards, commissions, and committees. Salary: Council $625/month and Mayor $750/month

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  • Boe Freeburn
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    Josh Lambert
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    Mallory Logan
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  • Diego Plata
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    Steve Schechter
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Biographical Information

Discuss your top priorities for your term as a City Council member and why.

What do you think the Council has done well? What do you think needs improvement?

What experience and personal characteristics would you bring to the role of Council member and why are they important?

How do you see contributing to the relationship with other jurisdictions/agencies to solve ongoing problems?

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Background Many years working in the IT field and now pursuing a Film studies degree
Contact e-mail josh@jcycle.com
Contact phone 303-883-4983
I enjoy hearing people's ideas and want to be able to bring ideas and concerns to the City. I love Gunnison and the vibe it has, and want to continue making it a place that people love. I wish for affordable housing to be a priority along with community growth. It is important that the people who help this community thrive can actually afford to live here.
I think the Council has done a good job reaching out to the community on gathering input on the direction the city should go in overall. Everything can use improvement. What that is and how much is needed, I will have to see when I get there.
I have a great deal of experience working with people and fixing problems. With my IT background, I am well versed in thinking outside the box and making things working again. I am a jack of all trades and can bring some expertises that others on the council may not have. I am involved in the Western Colorado University community as a student and worker and think the College and City have much to offer each other.
I enjoying working with people to solve problems and developing compromising solutions. I am a very friendly person and get along with pretty much anyone. Having a good relationship with other organizations/people is always important.
Background I found and fell in love with the Gunnison Valley in 2004 as a freshman at Western. As I finished my undergraduate degree and started my family, I knew that I wanted to make Gunnison my forever home. I waitressed at quite a few local favorites to make ends meet, and eventually worked my way from intern to owner at local design shop RoShamBo. It has been a joy to be a downtown small business owner, and to raise my son (now in 6th grade) in such a unique and community-centric place. I ran and was elected to my first council term in May of 2007 and would be elated to continue to serve my Gunnison friends and neighbors for as long as they will allow me!
Contact e-mail mlogan@gunnisonco.gov
Contact phone 970-308-3849
I will use council’s community-driven strategic plan as guidance in the implementation of important and complex policies. I will practice transparency and clear communication in my interactions with staff and citizens, and will seek out all opinions as we make much-needed improvements to our infrastructure, address housing issues, improve our economic vitality and quality of life, and explore the delicate balance of maintaining the Spirit of Gunnison and our core values in the face of growth.
We have spent the last few years laying a lot of exciting groundwork. From high level planning such as Council's 2017 Strategic Plan, the Wastewater Treatment Plant overhaul, Gunnison Rising’s revisioning, to the City of Gunnison 2030 Comprehensive Plan (to be adopted December 2019), down to nitty gritty plans for projects such as the Lazy K Park and Affordable Housing Project, IOOF Park Plan, and various amendments to our LDC and building codes, we have put in a lot of community-driven work, and now it’s time for action! To put it another way, council has focused a lot on planning the last 2.5 years, and we owe it to the community to move some dirt and make things happen.
With 2.5 years of experience on council under my belt, I am just getting started! I am up to speed on the many balls the City has in the air, and have pushed the City in the areas of environmental sustainability, infrastructure stewardship, and economic health to name a few specifics. As a downtown business owner, I am out and about every day to address concerns and questions from fellow business owners and residents. As a young mother who had to rely on government services as I worked to support my family, I am keenly aware of the struggle and needs of low income families in the City. I am invested in our community, I am ready to learn, ready to listen, I’m ready to set aside my assumptions for the greater good, and I will continue to work hard for our collective well-being.
Our Public Works Department is the perfect example of working together to solve ongoing problems. As a team, they are constantly looking to involve our other municipalities and the County when projects go to bid, and are big time grant-winners!. Another great example is the Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, on which I sit. The committee includes representatives from every land-user group in the valley, from Gunnison Stockgrower’s Association to the USFS. The STOR committee brings these user groups together to explore funding for projects to improve the sustainability of our public lands. AND, since I’ve been on council, we’ve begun having quarterly elected official dinners with Mt. CB, Town of CB, City of Gunnison and Gunnison County to be sure we’re working together to the best of our ability (and sometimes really hashing things out, if you’ve been keeping up with the reports in the paper!).
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Background Graduate in General Studies, University of Iowa, 1977. A resident of Gunnison County since 1977.
Contact phone 970-641-3567
My top priority as a Gunnison City Council member is to move city policies quickly to address and prepare for climate change and to address our collective carbon problems. We need to bring our electrical system to 100% renewable energy, with a much larger portion coming from local clean energy, providing well-paying, local jobs. Our transportation and housing sectors are Gunnison’s largest carbon contributors and must be cleaned up through energy efficiency, moving residential heating and transportation to electric, where we can self-generate most of our energy needs with zero carbon emissions. Changing city policies to make local renewable energy our main energy supply should do wonders for a community that is concerned about our valley’s “Prosperity.” We send millions of dollars out of the valley every month to pay for imported electricity, natural gas and transportation petroleum. Local clean energy production creates jobs and keeps this money at home.
The current council has done a good job in starting to address our crumbling infrastructure and our housing needs. The wastewater plant renovations, city street repairs, traffic calming measures on Highways 50 and 135, and building more affordable workforce housing is a good start. We now need to be looking further down the road building a renewable energy infrastructure into our local electrical grid that allows citizens to be part of the solution with roof-top solar and battery systems that are fully integrated into the grid. The City needs to move forward to encourage “distributed energy resources” in a city smart grid. This means paying local producers and battery owners fairly for the energy they produce or store for the community. The City needs to promote electric vehicle infrastructure for the needs of tourists and citizens. More local clean energy can drive our transportation and home heating systems, keeping more energy dollars local and providing local jobs.
I am interested in and have studied extensively the topics outlined below. I attend many meetings and offer my opinions. I am willing to listen.

I designed and built some of the County’s most energy efficient solar homes over the last thirty years. I know energy efficiency, building science and solar energy.

After working as a High Country Conservation Advocates board member promoting elections in the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, I was appointed to UGRWCD by our District court judge. At the water district I helped in the purchase and remodel the District’s offices. I was chair of the Lake San Cristobal Water Activity Enterprise that built an outlet works providing 900 acre feet of water to Lake City, Hinsdale County and the water district. The project came in on time and on budget.

I was elected to the Gunnison County Electric Association board of directors.. I took over eighty hours of class instruction in electrical markets, transmission and distribution.
Colorado has made it a top priority to decarbonize our transportation system and make it fully electric. The City needs to work on this in cooperation with Gunnison County Electric Association. GCEA has an EV education and promotion campaign. Then, of course, we need cooperate with Gunnison County and WCU to help move local electric transportation forward.

We need to work with WCU and Gunnison County who want to build large PV arrays on campus and on County buildings. The City’s contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) makes these large projects too expensive to be economically feasible. City Council and staff need to pressure MEAN so that we can have economical, robust, clean, local energy projects that provide a majority of our energy needs. With state, county and university cooperation there is no reason the City cannot have fossil fuel energy independence and a prosperous low carbon economy.