Natalie BinderPosition: Mountain Village Town Council
What brought you here?
My family has roots in the area and I have been coming to Telluride/Mountain Village from an early age and always knew I would live here someday. I was fortunate to spend my summers here during college and then moved back shortly after graduation to work for The Peaks. I have the classic story of thinking I would only come out for a year and fourteen years later, I cannot imagine calling another community home.
What motivated you to run for Town Council?
I was motivated to run for council after a handful of friends and clients in Mountain Village encouraged me to become more involved and I felt I could provide a voice and perspective for people who live, work and vacation here. I moved from Telluride to the Mountain Village a little over two years ago and honestly wasn’t sure how the transition would be, but I immediately fell in love with the community and wanted to find a way to offer my experience to our unique community that is growing and evolving. I am excited to be apart of that future and the decisions that will shape what we become.
Describe one of your goals and objectives for Mountain Village.
One of my goals for the Mountain Village is to listen and learn from our community on what direction they would like to see and to work hard to implement the various visions that create a balance for residents, visitors and businesses.
What challenges you most about being an elected official?
It can be challenging to make decisions that appease everyone when you live in small tight knit community as you often have friendships on both sides of the equation. Although I know this will be the most challenging aspect, I will always listen to all sides of an issue and do my best to make decisions that are fair, balanced and transparent.
Name a random fact about yourself.
I moved to Telluride the day after I graduated high school and camped for the first week - which happened to fall over Bluegrass. It was an interesting introduction to living in a mountain town.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I love to ski, hike, bike, camp and have a hard time saying no to going out to eat with friends at any one of our amazing restaurants. I have the opportunity to travel to incredible destinations for work, so any free time I love to explore new places and meet new people.
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