2020 Frisco Town Council Election & Candidates

General Election Information

During the April 7, 2020 regular election, Frisco voters will be electing a mayor and three (3) Council members. The highest vote getting Mayor candidate will be elected to a four-year term. The three highest vote getting Council Member candidates will be elected to four-year terms. Town elections are non-partisan.

The Council is the legislative and governing body of the Town.

The Town of Frisco utilizes the “Council-Manager” form of government. The Council determines policies, enacts local legislation, adopts budgets, and appoints the Town Manager. The Town Manager executes the laws and administers the Town government.

The Town Clerk’s office operates under the provisions of the Frisco Town Charter and the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Mayor Candidate

Photo of Hunter Mortensen and dogHunter Mortensen

How long have you lived in Frisco: 1978
Prior Experience – Career Information: Professional Ski Patroller
Civic Engagement: Frisco Town Council: April 2014 – present; Mayor Pro Tem: May 2016 – present
Educational Background: B.A. English, Colorado State University

I ran for Frisco Town Council because it is my time to give back to the community in which I grew up. I now I find it to be the perfect time to run for Mayor to help continue a positive community and environment first philosophy. As a native of Frisco I bring a unique perspective that the Council has not had before. I not only remember where we have come from but I also represent the future of this community. As a council member I would have nothing to gain personally, my interests would be that of the town and its residents. The town is poised for important decisions in the coming years. With the foundation that the past councils have built, Frisco will be looking forward to a new set of challenges, growing tax revenue, infrastructure repairs and upgrades, town improvements to accommodate future growth, all while maintaining the spirit of the Town of Frisco and the reason why we all have chosen Frisco as home. As a working resident who has committed to my current job for the past decade and a half, I bring years of community involvement including sitting on the Board of Directors for the Summit County Rescue Group and as a founding board member of the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment 501c3. I have made a commitment to making Frisco home and look forward to the opportunity to help be an active part of its future.

Council Member Candidates

Portrait of Andrew AerensonAndrew Aerenson

How long have you lived in Frisco: 2015
Prior Experience – Career Information: Real estate/ business entrepreneur, real estate/business attorney; Business law college professor; Full-time ski instructor, Breckenridge Ski Resort; E&J Gallo Winery salesman – Summit County, Vail and Aspen
Civic Engagement: The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees; Rotary Club of Summit County; Summit County Board of Equalization; Red Cross Disaster Supervisor; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance; CMC Mountain Scholars mentor
Educational Background: Business Degree – Marketing major, University of Denver; Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

My wife Marci and I live in Frisco for the same reason we hear from so many other residents… We value community. Starting last summer, I have been meeting with many of Frisco’s residents, business owners and community leaders. What I heard again and again is that we want Frisco to remain a small town with a big sense of community (almost like a neighborhood). When addressing locals’ issues like housing, childcare and wages, or issues affecting both locals and tourists like short term rental regulations, events and recreational facilities, Council needs to focus on how these decisions impact the character of our Frisco community. Fundamentally, Council needs to identify and nurture the very best ideas and opportunities, plan ways to manage our popularity, integrate environmental thinking, and ensure that all residents share in the successes of our thriving town.

To effectively manage the issues in Frisco, we need a Council with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The perspective I offer comes from my years as an entrepreneur, businessman and real estate/business attorney. My professional expertise for 20+ years was advising and helping individuals, corporations and charitable organizations navigate the challenges of buying, selling, owning and managing businesses and real estate.

Family, friends and clients describe me as extremely reasonable, logical and respectful. Decisions only get made after exploring all sides of an issue. These are skills and perspectives that will serve Frisco Town Council and Frisco’s residents well as we continue to guide and preserve our spectacular mountain town community.

Jessica BurleyJessica Burley

How long have you lived in Frisco: 2011
Prior Experience – Career Information: Sustainability Officer, Town of Breckenridge (Present); Community Programs Manager, High Country Conservation Center; Adjunct of Sustainability Studies, Colorado Mountain College
Civic Engagement: Town Council:  April 2016 – present; Peak One Neighborhood HOA; NWCCOG’s Water Quantity and Quality Committee, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Mountain Towns 2030, Summit Climate Action Collaborative, Zero Waste Task Force, Town of Frisco Grants Committee
Educational Background: M.A. International Development, University of Denver; B.A. International Studies and Anthropology, Emory University

It didn’t take long to realize that Frisco was the community I wanted to settle down in and be a part of. After moving into the Peak One Neighborhood, I set out to become more involved in the community, and as a Town Council Member, my goal is to help guide the future of our small mountain town so it remains friendly and accommodating to the locals who give it so much character.

As the Town looks toward future development, a focus should be on maintaining the organic nature of the community and its amenities. In addition, I believe we should seek to balance future development with meeting the needs of the local workforce and our natural environment. Frisco is special because of our amazing environment, and we should strive to have a mutually beneficial relationship with it. As our community continues to rank among the top mountain adventure towns in the west, we need to ensure we live up to our reputation. Since being in office, I have helped lead the adoption of the Climate Action Plan, 100 percent renewable energy goals, multi-modal community development, single use bag fee program, and zero energy ready home program. These are cutting edge policies that set the foundation for a more sustainable, healthy, and thriving community. We can no longer wait and see about the impacts of development on our small town, but rather we need to guide that development with smart decisions for Frisco’s future.

Portrait of Andy HeldAndy Held

How long have you lived in Frisco: 1987
Prior Experience – Career Information: Owner, Held Joinery
Civic Engagement: Frisco Planning Commission: June 2018 – present; Summit County Wildfire Council Representative; Make Frisco Arts Council Committee Member

My name is Andy Held, I am running for Frisco Town Council. A resident of Frisco for 33 years, I am a passionate, active citizen and business owner. I will champion the issues that matter most. Housing, short term rentals, infrastructure, sustainable smart design, support the arts and remain a diligent force to protect our town from wildfire. If the good people of Frisco see fit to elect me, it would be my honor to fervently serve their needs.

Portrait of Greg HessGreg Hess

How long have you lived in Frisco: 2013; 1992-1994
Prior Experience – Career Information: Owner, Hess Custom Homes; General Contractor
Civic Engagement: Former Board Member, Summit Youth Baseball and Softball; Former Board Member, Summit Xtreme Baseball; Former Board Member, Summit Tigers American Legion Baseball
Educational Background: B.A. Business Administration, Ohio State University

I have been working in the Town of Frisco for the past 28 years. I have built numerous homes and commercial buildings in Frisco and on Main Street. I have seen Frisco develop into a very unique family mountain town. I would very much like to be a part of keeping that uniqueness at the forefront of Frisco’s image. Town Council seemed to be the best choice. My background in running my own construction company will lend itself well in dealing with the Town’s future. Specifically – workforce housing, working with community development department, and maintaining fiscal responsibility of town items. My wife, Susie and I have a son and a daughter that have grown up in this special place. I would like to help maintain Frisco’s unique and special appeal for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

Rick IhnkenRick Ihnken

How long have you lived in Frisco: 1995
Prior Experience – Career Information: Station 3 Captain, West Metro Fire Rescue; Part-time ski patroller, Arapahoe Basin; Former Flight for Life Flight Paramedic
Civic Engagement: Frisco Town Council: May 2016 – present; Peak One Neighborhood HOA; Former Board Member for other HOA boards; Rotary Community Dinner Volunteer, High Country Conservation Zero Waste Warrior
Educational Background: Pursuing B.A. Fire Service Management, Columbia Southern University; Public Safety Leadership Development Program, University of Denver; Paramedic Training, Rutgers University; A.D. General Studies, Colorado Mountain College

I have served on the Frisco Town Council the past four years.  While on council we have updated the building code, hired two town managers, completed the BIG dig and tied the budget to our strategic plan.  Additionally, we have adopted and approved the 2019 Community Plan, Trails Master Plan and prioritized a Parks Improvement Plan.  We are working on phase two at the Marina and in the process of creating a master plan for the Peninsula Recreation Area.  I have worked to create partnerships with CDOT, community groups and other local municipalities.  One of my future goals is to identify dedicated funding for town programs, instead of using the general fund.

Three issues facing Frisco are: Housing, Exit 203 and infrastructure needs.  Workforce housing is a challenge in Summit County and in the Town of Frisco, 1,000 units are needed in the Ten-Mile Basin alone.  We are using the work of the Housing Taskforce to get something out of the ground on several sights.  Exit 203 is on the CDOT list of projects.  Silverthorne and Dillon have identified Exit 205 as their priority.  Frisco has partnered with Silverthorne, Dillon and Summit County to bring one voice to the table to get these projects started.  Infrastructure in Frisco needs to be evaluated, the Public Works team does a great job and deserve support through funding.  As we see a higher full-time and seasonal occupancy rate more strain will be placed on infrastructure.  We need to be forward thinking; growth will continue in Frisco I would like to be a steward for our community.