Connie Imig, co-owner of Spaaah Shop and Day Spa, said the economic health of the community and the acquisition of more open space are her top two priorities when she announced her candidacy for City Council on Thursday.
I am a huge advocate for a healthy environment and particularly for renewable energy, Imig, 62, said after announcing her decision outside the Open Shutter Gallery. But then Im all about economic development in a healthy way.
Imig has sat on the open-space advisory board for the city of Durango for almost six years. During her board service, the city acquired nearly 1,300 acres of open space an accomplishment for which Imig is proud.
She has sat on a variety of other city boards, including the Regional Housing Alliance board, which works toward providing affordable housing for residents who live in Durango and want to stay.
The candidate has served on the executive board of the Southwest Conservation Corps for three years, and she currently serves on the SWCCs Four Corners board.
Imig said she is a big supporter of small businesses. She and her husband, Richard Imig, purchased Spaaah Shop and Day Spa in November 2010.
Although building her new business was her primary focus, the candidate said a diverse group of bipartisan supporters convinced her to run for City Council.
Connie Imig, a registered independent, said its nice to be nonpartisan in a nonpartisan race, and she said she has support from leaders in both parties.
I think that is very appropriate for a nonpartisan race, said Richard Imig, a local accountant. She has a talent for bringing people together to solve problems.
Connie Imig is the fourth candidate to vie for one of two open seats in the April 5 city election. Anita Sweetie Marbury, Dick White, and Emil Wanatka also have announced candidacies.
Outgoing council members Joe Colgan and Mayor Michael Rendon are not running.
Imig, originally from Harrisburg, Ill., graduated from college in Southern Florida and has lived in Durango for six years.
After three years as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, the candidate spent her time as a ceramic mosaic tile artist and board member at the Durango Arts Center.
She has four sons, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.
This is really exciting, Imig said. I believe in serving the community, and its a great opportunity to give back.