Five candidates vying for three open seats on EPRD board

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen residents will choose among five candidates for three seats up for election on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board in the May 6 election.

Park board member Peter Lindquist is the only incumbent among the candidates, which include new and familiar faces. Evergreen native John Ellis is joining Lindquist in the race, along with 12-year resident Peg Linn, Tim Kimber and Monty Estis, who are relatively new to the area.

Board members Mark Footer and Kit Darrow decided not to seek re-election this year.

Here’s an overview of the candidates and their goals:

• Ellis is director of community relations at Evergreen National Bank and an active member of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

Ellis said his longtime presence in the community would be an asset on the EPRD board.

“I’ve always been so involved with the community,” said Ellis. “I know so many businesses … I feel like I can have some impact.”

• Estis is a systems analyst in the IT area who has lived in Evergreen for the past two years. He is an avid outdoors person who bikes, hikes, plays volleyball and has a background as a gymnastics instructor.

Although Estis said that EPRD officials and staff are doing a fairly good job of managing the district, he sees issues that need addressing and some room for improvement.

“I’m not seeking this position for a political foothold,” said Estis. “I’m primarily interested in recreation and want to help with that.”

• Lindquist is a career banker who currently serves as a principal with PL2 Inc. and has lived in Evergreen since 1989. He also holds a law degree.

Lindquist has served on the board since 2011 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy.

“I want to continue to bring my financial experience to the board … and to continue the work I have started,” Lindquist said of his reasons for seeking re-election.

Lindquist said he also wants to make Evergreen parks accessible to as many people as possible while working with other board members and park staff.

• Linn works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and serves as a volunteer at the Evergreen Nature Center as a member of Evergreen Audubon. She has lived in Evergreen for the past 12 years.

Although she is still working for the EPA on Superfund sites, Linn said she is planning to retire by April, which will allow her time to serve on the board.

“I think serving on the park board would be in line with my background.” Linn said. “I have watched some of the issues that have surfaced (at Evergreen Lake),” she added.

• Kimber has an extensive professional background in health and fitness. For 20 years Kimber served as vice president and co-owner of Gold’s Gym Enterprises, managing daily operations and more than 100 employees at the corporate office in California.

Kimber also has co-authored books on physical training and bodybuilding and has worked as an actor and music producer.

He has lived in Evergreen for the past two years after moving to the area from Los Angeles.

Kimber said he can bring his background to the park board while working with other members and park district staff.

“I love health and fitness, and love being part of the team,” he said.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.