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Packed House For Ketchum's Pizza And Politics

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By Brittany Cooper

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Ketchum voters will see familiar faces on this year's ballot. Mayor Randy Hall is seeking re–election, while City Councilwoman Nina Jonas has thrown her hat in the ring for mayor.

Standing room only. That was the scene Wednesday night at Pizza and Politics.

Whether it was the pizza or chance to meet potential leaders, the community of Ketchum showed plenty of interest in local government.
Area citizens asked the mayoral candidates a range of questions from affordable housing to parking meters.

Mayor Randy Hall states, "we've cut the budget and saved over $9 million in six years for the taxpayers and we've been able to take that money and leverage it towards projects that the community wants ...we've built a Ketchum Town Square, that's a huge cultural, accomplishment for us. Before we didn't know where we could organize, we didn't have a heart of downtown, but now we do."

"I brought a lot of initiatives forward, I did a broadband initiative to get modern businesses here, also I worked really hard on the river park at Sun Peak, and getting more funding for the Arts Commission and also creating a new Events Commission," adds City Councilwoman Nina Jonas.

Each have visions for the community.

Hall adds, "we're doing things like putting a public hot pool in and lastly, we're working with the College of Southern Idaho to bring a culinary institute into Ketchum."

"I think it's time for us to look at location independent businesses in a way that we could get better jobs into our community so we can get more full–time residents," adds Jonas.

Pizza and Politics is organized and sponsored by the Idaho Mountain Express.

Six challengers are vying for two city council seats while Baird Gourlay is seeking re-election. Meanwhile, Nina Jonas is not running again as she is putting her efforts on her mayoral campaign.

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