Decision 2014: Lyons – Three candidates vie for two city council seats

November, 2014 Posted in News

Lyon voters will cast their ballots for two city councilors in a three-way race. Mayor Dan Burroughs is running unopposed. Running for the two council seats are Lloyd Valentine, Stanley Franklin and Troy Donohue. The seat vacated by Councilor Gary Alkire is not up for election until 2016 and will be filled by appointment.

Stanley Franklin

Stanley Franklin, 54, is a loader operator/mechanic for Conifer Canyon Resources. Born and raised in Lyons, he has three daughters.

“My family has been in this town over a hundred years,” he said.

Franklin is new to community involvement. He said he was motivated to run by the current state of the council and a desire to help the community.

“I think the council needs to start thinking about what the town needs,” Franklin said. “There is nothing in this town for kids to do. And we need to have more community activities so that people can meet their neighbors.”

Lloyd Valentine

Lloyd Valentine, 58, is married with three children and 11 grandchildren. He is a millwright at Freres Lumber Co., and has lived in Lyons for more than 30 years. For the past five seasons, he has been the Mehama Ball Park coach and assistant coach. He also brought Cub Scouts to Lyons in 1986.

Serving 20 years as a volunteer firefighter, Valentine is a member of the Lyons Fire District Budget Committee.

Valentine said key issues facing the city are: limited income to meet increasing costs for city operations; filling temporary positions with permanent personnel; and improving the city’s image.

Challenges include evaluating resources and expenses to determine the best use of taxpayer money; hiring and retaining qualified personnel, with limited resources; and finding common ground with council members and the public.

“I have a desire to better the community and want to get input from the community about what they would like to see,” Valentine said. “I’m willing to make changes, where needed, and am confident that I can make good decisions for the community.”

Troy Donohue 

Council candidate Troy Donohue did not respond to Our Town requests by press time. When his response is received it will be available on this page.

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