5 vie for 3 spots on Fruita City Council

There will be some competition for the three Fruita City Council seats up for election this spring.

Incumbents Bruce Bonar and Lori Buck and candidates Bob Fuller, Victoria Gunyan and Brandon Schuette turned in their nomination petitions to the City Clerk’s Office and will compete for the seats currently held by Bonar, Buck and term-limited Councilman Nick Kohls. Mayor Ken Henry will be unopposed in his bid for re-election.

Four other residents took out petitions — three for the council seats and one for the mayor’s post — but didn’t return them, City Clerk Margaret Steelman said.

Bonar, a 16-year resident of Fruita, is a trainee biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said he decided to try to defend his seat because he played a role in creating or approving the city’s Community Plan, land-use code and Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan.

“Having set us on this path, I want to be there to make sure we implement these plans the way the people who drafted them had envisioned them,” Bonar said.

Buck, a fourth-generation resident of the Grand Valley, works part-time for Bighorn Consulting Engineers, her family’s heating- and cooling-system-design business.

“I think we’re going into some exciting times as soon as we come out of this economic downturn,” Buck said of her decision to seek re-election. “Fruita is on the verge of some really great things, and I want to be a part of making sure they all happen.”

Fuller, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2008, is the chief financial officer for local developer Blue Star Industries and has been a member of the Fruita Planning Commission for the last two years. He has lived in Fruita for five years.

Serving on that board “helped me to realize there are continuing to be opportunities for somebody with my background and expertise to add some value” to the council, Fuller said.

Gunyan and her husband have lived in Fruita for a little more than a year and own Gunyan Family Chiropractic. She said she wants to assist Fruita businesses and believes the city has as much to offer in terms of outdoor recreation as Moab, Utah.

Schuette, who has worked for Halliburton Energy Services for two and a half years, said he ran for council because he wants to get more involved in the community.

“I figured the best way to get involved is to be the one that makes the decisions,” said Schuette, who has lived in Fruita for 18 months.

The mayor serves a two-year term and is eligible to serve up to three terms. Council members serve four-year terms and can serve twice.

Ballots will be mailed out to voters beginning March 12. The municipal election is April 6.


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