Candidates

On April 5, 2022, Blue River voters will have the opportunity to vote for three open Trustee seats.  Below are the candidates and their information.  There will be a Candidates Forum held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  Residents may submit their questions for the forum using the form below or by emailing Town Manager/Clerk Michelle Eddy, michelle@townofblueriver.org.

 

Town of Blue River Ballot.  Vote three (3) for four-year terms.

  • Noah Hopkins
  • Heather Demovic
  • Ted Pilling
  • Bruce Queen
  • Ted Slaughter

Candidate Forum

Hi there, 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Mar 22, 2022 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Blue River Candidates Forum

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Noah Hopkins

How long have you you lived in Blue River? 4 years in Blue River, 13 years in Summit County.

Educational Background: B.S. Environmental Geography, Texas State University; B.S. Cultural Anthropology, Texas State University; Level 3 Certified Instructor & Rocky Mountain Trainer PSIA-AASI.

Previous Participation on Town Boards or Committees: Citizen Advisory Committee, Blue River

Why are you interested in serving on the Blue River Town Board of Trustees?  My interest in serving is rooted in a belief that public service and civic duty are important.  Citizen contribution is essential to a thriving and healthy community.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Town?  Fortunately, I do not see current challenges to the town's welfare as "big challenges."  Certainly, broader questions about the role of Short Term Rentals in our county, as a whole, are present.  But, more importantly, I think we have some key opportunities to shape our future growth in a way that sustains a high quality-of-life and a vibrant neighborly community.

Anything else? Like many of our neighbors, I enjoy recreating in the natural beauty we are surrounded with in Blue River.  I have extensive experience in leadership and committee positions, both in the private and public sectors, and would be pleased to serve our town by fulfilling present and future needs through transparent, sensible, and responsive municipal governance.

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Heather Demovic

How long have you lived in Blue River? 15 years

Educational Background: Accounting Degree; Courses in Real Estate; Bias; Diversity

Previous Participation on Town Boards or Committees: No

Why are you interested in serving on the Blue River Board of Trustees? I try to keep up with current happenings in Blue River through attending meetings and viewing Town website and social media.  Many neighbors, full-time residents, second homeowners and short-term rental homeowners have shared concerns regarding direction of the Town or issues these neighbors would like addressed.  I want to be part of the conversation strengthening/continuing to support our residential community.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Town?  Increased traffic, noise, trash.  Blue River is not a tourist destination.  However, the town is impacted by close proximity to these destination.  Loss of local residential community.

Anything else?

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Ted Pilling

How long have you lived in Blue River?  Fifteen plus (15+) years

Educational Background: Degreed in Acct'ing & Mgmt; Advanced MBA Level Studies in Mgmt. of Mgrs. & Leadership Development.

Previous Participation on Town Boards or Committees: Planning & Zoning Commission; Board of Trustees 

Why are you interested in serving on the Blue River Town Board of Trustees?  I have served as a Trustee of the Town of Blue River for the past six (6) years (2 appointed; 4 elected).  I would like to continue in that role so that my voice, in representation of residents across the Town, continues to influence discussions leading to decisions that effect the quality of life for us all.  Important and critical issues facing the Town in the near term include CDOT's proposed " Chain Up/By-pass Station" on south Hwy 9; traffic & speed control on both Hwy 9 as well as residential streets & roads; possible future land acquisitions & annexations and, somewhat controversially, upcoming discussion that may or may not result in changes to present Ordinances regarding Short Term Rentals within the town.  Going forward in the years to come, there will be more issues facing the Town of equal importance to be discussed, debated and decided.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Town?  If the residents of Blue River want and expect Blue River to be the "residential community of choice in Summit County" we must  assure all decisions made by the Board of Trustees are in complete alignment and in support of the Town's Mission State. IE: "The ToBR endeavors to nurture our serene mountain community by conserving our natural residential environment, promoting unity with our neighbors and surroundings, channeling the voice of our residents and enhancing  the quality of life for all."

Anything else? Very simply stated: I commit to fully support the Mission Statement of the Town of Blue River!  And I ask for your help, your support and your vote to do.

Hello to all residents of Blue River !

My name is Ted Pilling and I am a candidate for re-election to the Board of Trustees in the upcoming April 5, 2022 election.

As many of you may know, I was appointed to the Board in 2016 to fulfill and complete the remaining two (2) year term of a former Trustee who resigned for personal reasons.  Upon completion of that appointment, I was formally elected to a four (4) year term in 2018 which expires this April.  As a result, I have decided to and I am now running for re-election to the Board.

I am a retired, senior executive of a multi-national organization and have been a full-time resident of Blue River for over 16 years.  I believe my management background and direct awareness, understanding and involvement with issues facing the Town will allow me to continue to bring a mature perspective to the discussions and decisions made that will and do effect all of our lives.

I firmly believe we have the opportunity before us to make Blue River “The Residential Community of Choice in Summit County” and commit to render any and all my decisions in full alignment with the Town’s Mission Statement.  IE: “The Town of Blue River endeavors to nurture our serene mountain community by conserving our natural residential environment, promoting unity with our neighbors and surroundings, channeling the voice of our residents, and enhancing the quality of life for all.”. 

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed to all registered voters within the Town on March 18th.  I humbly ask for your consideration and vote for re-election.  

Kind regards, Ted Pilling

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Bruce Queen

Bruce was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas where he attended Bryan Adams HS graduating in 1967. 

Attended the University of Arkansas on a track scholarship majoring in Education with minors in History, Studio Art and Science graduating in 1971.

The U of A in those days was one of only three land grant colleges left in the country requiring all eligible male students to take ROTC.  Four years later as a Distinguished ROTC graduate, Bruce was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1971.

During his 26 year Air Force career he had assignments to the Philippines, Germany, Honduras and Saudi Arabia not to mention temporary duty in the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Panama plus others.  Mrs. Queen is quick to point out that they moved 18 times in 26 years. 

His significant awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (Desert Storm), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, AF Meritorious Service Medal and AF Commendation Medal among others.  He retired in 1998 at the rank of Colonel.

Following his Air Force career Bruce worked for Northrop Grumman for 15 years before retiring and moving to Blue River fulltime. 

In addition to his under graduate degree, Bruce has a graduate degree in Public Administration from Troy University.  His military education includes Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff Course, Air War College and the Joint Warfare Course in Poole England.

He is an active volunteer with the Summit Historical Society, The Backstage Theater and a supporter of the National Repertoire Orchestra.

Bruce has been married to the former Sally A. Crannell for 53years.  They have two children and four grandchildren.

A Blue River home owner since 2000 and fulltime resident since 2015 he looks forward to the opportunity to serve the Blue River Community.

How ling have you lived in Blue River? 6 years

Educational Background: BA in Education from University of Arkansas.  MA in Public Administration from Troy University.

Previous Participation on Town Boards or Committee: Citizen Advisory Committee since 2018

Why are your interested in serving on the Blue River Town Board of Trustees?  I am interested in taking up the challenge of serving on the Board  as Blue River faces on going growth and changing community makeup.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Town?  We face changes in infrastructure that need to be addressed as we try to manage town growth.  Blue River is going to change; we need to ensure that change is smart change.  A good example is the surge in traffic moving to the trail heads and the impact on the streets.

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Ted Slaughter

How long have you lived in Blue River: Full time resident since 96'. but I've been big-wheeling up and down Wilderness Rd since the mid 70's.

Educations Background: Some college.  A lot of military education.

Previous Participation on Town Boards or Committees: 

Why are your interested in serving on the Blue River Town Board of Trustees?  I feel there are conversations currently going on around Blue River of which I'd like to be a part.  These topics will have lasting impacts on myself, my family, my neighbors and this town.  A history of service compels me to strive, if elected, for thorough, well thought out solutions to issues currently faced by our community and the Board of Trustees.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Town?

a. Short term rentals

b. Open space and trails

c. Planning and Zoning

d. Wildfire mitigation

e. CDOT Chain-up station

Anything else? I am a combat veteran and served in the U.S. Army/Army Nat'l Guard for 21 years.  Locally, I have served as a volunteer for RWB Fire Protection District, training officer for the Summit County Water Rescue Team and for the Summit City Library encouraging kids to participate in the summer reading program.  I currently serve as the Vice President of a veterans 501C-19 organization which provides help in a myriad of ways to vets struggling with any number of life issues.  I also am a certified Peer Support Counselor with emphasis on Verterans, Law Enforcement and Firefighters.

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