With the filing period for candidates having closed Friday, Ketchum City Council members Jim Slanetz and Michael David face challenges from former city Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Smith and frequent local candidate Mickey Garcia. In Sun Valley, Mayor Peter Hendricks and City Council members Michelle Griffith and Jane Conard will run uncontested.
Smith, now executive director of the nonprofit Sawtooth Botanical Garden, had announced her intention to run for City Council on Aug. 26.
Garcia’s filing for candidacy is no surprise to longtime Ketchum residents—he began running for office in 2001 and this will mark his 14th run for public office in Blaine County, or so he estimates. He is a retired veteran and longtime observant and critic of local governments.
Both elected in May 2012, Slanetz and David are familiar faces in Ketchum. Slanetz is former owner of the Board Bin and David works a variety of jobs, including as a journalist for a local website. He is a former executive director of the now-defunct Blaine County Community Drug Coalition.
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Hendricks was sworn into office in 2016 after receiving a resounding 68 percent of the vote. In the years preceding his mayoral victory, he worked as a financial broker.
Griffith is the longest-serving member on the City Council, having already served two terms in office. As executive director of ARCH Community Housing Trust, she oversees the refurbishment and construction of affordable properties in Blaine County, including low-income senior living centers in Hailey.
Conard was appointed to fill a spot on the City Council in 2015 and was subsequently elected in 2016. A health-care attorney and former vice chairwoman of Utah’s Health Advisory Council, she continues to practice law at EADR Solutions in Sun Valley and runs her own practice.
As the legislative bodies of city government, the Ketchum and Sun Valley city councils approve annual spending plans, set policies for zoning and land-use designations and create, revise or repeal ordinances.
The city elections are set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.