Big expectations

Ray Beck running for Craig City Council

City Council candidate Ray Beck has big expectations for Craig.

"In the next five years you won't recognize this town. With new businesses we will increase the tax base," he said. "I'm excited about the future of Craig and would like to be part of that as an effective councilman."

The Craig City Council will be taking on at least two new councilors after the upcoming April 3 election.

Five candidates, including incumbent Joe Herod, have finished the required paperwork to get their names on the ballot.

Beck is a 56-year-old meter technician for Yampa Valley Electric Association, a company he has been with for 35 years.

He has been a member of the Craig Planning and Zoning Committee since June 2003, and he contributed to the city's new Land Use Code.

Beck chaired the Friends of the National Rifle Association local chapter in 1996 and 1997. He was a regional councilor for the "Refuse to be a Victim" program offered by the Friends of the NRA.

Beck has been an active member of Club 20 for the past year, and he sold real estate in Craig for three and a half years.

He is married to Dixie and has four children and four grandchildren.

Beck has never ran for an elected office.

He is planning a trip to Washington, D.C. in April where he will visit the White House and the House and Senate chambers.

"Knowing all levels of government can help at the city level," Beck said. "State issues can affect city issues, as with the smoking ban."

Beck said he appreciates the duties and responsibilities of the members of the city council, and if elected will make himself very accessible to the public.

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