Marti ProhaskaPosition: Mayor
What brought you here?
I moved to Mountain Village in 1992 with my parents, Jim & Sheila Wells, when I was 12. I went to High School in Telluride, and after college graduation returned to work for the Ski Patrol and eventually bought a house in the Meadows.
What motivated you to run for Town Council?
I feel I bring a unique perspective, having grown up not just in Telluride but Mountain Village specifically. I am raising my own school-aged daughters here and want them to feel engaged in and inspired by their community, and a good way to do that is through civic service.
My last four years of service as a Mountain Village town council member has provided me with the contextual knowledge and material understanding our government will need as we enter a dynamic period in our community’s history.
I am a longtime local, business owner, mom, and volunteer who knows what it is like to hustle to make a life here. This background positions me as an approachable and devoted elected official who has built trust among my neighbors, colleagues, and Town of Mountain Village staff. I believe that history will continue to add value in guiding Mountain Village into the next four years and I am be excited to continue that for our community.
Describe one of your goals or objectives for Mountain Village.
I would like to see our community be a leader in sustainability. I’d like to see us continually exploring opportunities to support green business initiatives as well as promote community-wide culture shifts that will position us to be prepared for the new future of eco-tourism.
What challenges you most about being an elected official?
Honestly? Organizing my time! I work full-time, am a volunteer advocate for the SMRC, sit on the MV Green Team and Eco-Action and Telluride Historical Museum boards… and I’m a mom. I strive to find balance in all these endeavors but find I am most productive when busy.
Name a random fact about yourself.
I worked for a ski patrol in France the winter before I ran for office.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Skiing with my husband, hiking with my kids and trail running with my dog.
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