OWN board hopefuls can meet with committee

       A nominating committee has been organized for the upcoming Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) election. Now all that's needed are candidates for the committee to interview.
       The annual election will be Thursday, Jan. 11, during the OWN meeting at the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St.
       Open seats exist for At-Large 1, District 1 and District 6. These positions, each for three years, will be available because of terms running out.
       Board candidates and voters need to be at least 18 years old and live or own property in the older Westside's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) strategy area, for which OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group.
       Anyone interested in serving on the OWN board should phone OWN President Welling Clark at 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org. According to Clark, he will then work with the hopeful to set up an interview with the nominating committee, which consists of a board-approved person from each of the six OWN districts.
       Prospective candidates are asked to call before New Year's.
       Candidates are not required to meet with the committee. All the nominating committee can do is make a recommendation on candidates it interviews. In the Jan. 11 election, anyone who lives on the Westside or owns residential property there can be a candidate or vote.
       Of the current office-holders, only Jim Fenimore (District 1) has said he will definitely run again. Phil Miceli (District 6) does not plan to seek a second term, and Dave Hughes (At-Large) remained undecided at press time.
       The District 1 and 6 boundaries are:
       1 - South of Highway 24 between 31st and 8th streets; north of Lower Gold Camp Road and Rio Grande Street (generally known as the Midland area).
       6 - North of Manitou Blvd, south of Uintah Street and west of I-25 down to Highway 24 (generally known as the Near Westside).
       If no one from Districts 1 or 6 runs for the board, a person from elsewhere in the CDBG area can be appointed. For example, this has been the case with the Midland area for at least three years.
       The board has nine members in all - three at-large and six district reps.
       OWN issues in the past year have included a proposed historic overlay, Highway 24 expansionn plans and Territory Days impacts on residents.

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