Ketchum mayoral candidate Spencer Cordovano “looks to the future” | Elections
Editor’s note: Four candidates are running for mayor of Ketchum in the November 2 election. This is the first in a four-part series highlighting each of the candidates. Stories about the other three candidates — David Barovetto, Perry Boyle and incumbent Neil Bradshaw — will follow in future editions.
Ketchum mayoral candidate Spencer Cordovano is very adamant when he says he is the right person for the job.
“I am running for mayor because I love this city, and we need a local at the helm,” he said in an interview last week.
Cordovano, 33, has lived in the Wood River Valley most of his life. His family moved to the area when he was 9 months old. He grew up snowboarding at Bald Mountain and graduated from Wood River High School in 2006. He has held many jobs in the valley, including positions with Allen & Co. investment bank. at its Sun Valley Annual Conference – Blaine County Search and Rescue, and Smith Optics, now based in Portland, Oregon
“I am a product of this community,” he said.
He attended Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada, where he competed in national snowboarding competitions and graduated with honors in environmental science and ecology. He became a member of the FIS World Junior Snowboard Team.
At 25, he started his own video business and now owns and operates F11 Films, a production company that does a range of projects, from lifestyle films to commercial video. His work, which has taken him all over the world, ranges from producing videos for the Visit Sun Valley marketing organization to filming heli-skiing in Alaska.
Cordovano has been considering running for mayor for a year and a half, he said. He believes he has the right skills for the job and to provide the “young leadership” that he thinks Ketchum needs. The younger generation is “much more creative” in finding solutions to problems, he said.
“I think that’s half the reason I have to run,” Cordovano said.
It operates on a platform that focuses on four areas: creative solutions, community, collaboration and culture.
Cordovano wants to listen and develop creative ideas to protect the environment, provide housing for the workforce, support small businesses, promote smart development and foster the culture of Ketchum ski resort, he said. he declares.
“Ketchum doesn’t need more banks, fancy hotels, holes in the ground or single-family homes in the heart of town,” he says on his campaign website.
His No.1 priority, Cordovano said, would be to support small businesses, including those not run by Ketchum voters.
While he wants to maintain and improve the culture of the small ski town of Ketchum, he doesn’t think all of the changes happening in the town are a bad thing. It is inspired by the city’s momentum and the arrival of new residents, he said, and does not focus on past mistakes of municipal government.
“I am only looking to the future,” he said.
Increasing workforce housing should also be a top priority, Cordovano said, noting that he believes the issue is related to his goal of supporting small businesses. Long-term rentals have been converted to short-term rentals and rents have skyrocketed, he noted. Some service companies have been unable to keep their doors open on their regular schedules due to staff shortages, which have been exacerbated by costs and the housing shortage.
Cordovano supports establishing a 25% tax on vacation rentals, such as those offered by Airbnb and VRBO, to encourage longer-term rentals. It supports a more aggressive use of the city’s housing replacement funds paid by some developers to compensate for the exclusion of housing from the workforce in their projects. It supports a developing initiative to gain state approval for a property transfer tax that could support local housing and infrastructure. It would aim to develop zoning that encourages secondary suites and multi-family housing projects, and would work with local developers to have projects built, he said.
“I can move a program forward,” he said, noting that he worked as the head of a homeowners association. “I will move the projects forward. “
Cordovano is supporting the Bluebird Village workforce housing project that is planned at the City Hall site on East Avenue, he said. The project is not perfect but is necessary, he noted.
As a younger and forward-thinking person who has studied environmental issues, Cordovano said he could integrate better environmental stewardship into city practices. He wants to promote more efficient use of water and environmentally friendly development, he said.
Other issues Cordovano wants to focus on include monitoring the potential sale of Sun Valley Resort, improving traffic on Main Street, ensuring street safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and finding new sources of funding. for the city to acquire the so-called “dog park”. —65 acres of Warm Springs Ranch that the city has an option to buy for $ 9 million.
Cordovano said he was a “mountain towns expert” with a modern skill set who knew officials at the city, county and state levels. If elected, he said, he will “work harder than any other candidate.”
“I put service above myself,” he said. “I don’t want to be mayor. I must be the mayor.