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    Aaron Qualls

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City Council

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City Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes

2019 Election Information

Current Councilmembers

ShannonWilliamsonShannon Williamson

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2017 (4-year term)

Shannon joined the Sandpoint community in 2011 after visiting the area regularly since 2004. Shannon was drawn to Sandpoint’s unique character, scenic beauty, diverse recreational opportunities and its close-knit, family friendly nature. As a mother of two young children, Shannon is thrilled to be raising her kids in Sandpoint.

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology in 1996 and her Ph.D in Marine Science in 2003. She worked as the Director of Environmental Virology for the J. Craig Venter Research Institute while serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego before moving to North Idaho. Shannon joined Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper as their Executive Director in 2011.

Shannon is an avid sports and outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys swimming and playing with her kids at City Beach in the summer, skiing with her kids on Schweitzer Mountain in the winter and cheering her kids on throughout the year at soccer, basketball, and baseball games.

She currently serves as City Council President.

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ThomasEddyThomas Eddy

Elected 2011, Re-elected 2015 (4-year term)

Tom arrived in Sandpoint with his family in 2008 and has been amazed by its character, outdoor recreation, and sense of community. His experiences in Vail, Colorado, over the previous eighteen years make him appreciate all that Sandpoint has to offer and emboldened him to help preserve the quality that makes it so special.  He adores this town and hopes to make it a place of opportunity to which our children will want to return. Tom brings small business experience to his Council position and will make responsible decisions for our residents. You may find Tom and his family skiing on Schweitzer, enjoying the lake, or exploring the back roads and trails of their new home.

Tom graduated from The Colorado College in 1995 with a B.A. in English and is currently the Snow Safety Supervisor for Schweitzer Mountain Ski Patrol.

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BillAitkenBill Aitken

Appointed 2013, Elected 2015 (4-year term)

Bill was born and raised in a small town in Southern California.   He and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in several resort towns, like Bar Harbor, ME, and Park City, UT.  When their 2 children, Cassidy and Jake, became school age, they knew they needed to relocate to a small town and put down roots.  After researching numerous resort towns throughout the west, they crossed the Long Bridge and knew they had found the place.

Bill is the owner of Aitken Construction & Development, LLC, a small firm with an office in downtown Sandpoint.  Bill is a licensed contractor, but his company’s primary focus is lighting design, energy efficient retrofits, and project management.  Prior to his current position, Bill spent 20 years working in the non-profit industry for various YMCAs and other organizations. Councilman Aitken was appointed on December 4, 2013, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Councilman Aaron Qualls. The combination of his background and strong sense of community will help Bill make informed and educated decisions for the future of Sandpoint.

When they aren’t busy with Cassidy’s Strikers games or Jake’s lacrosse and football games, the Aitken family enjoys spending time together skiing, playing on the lake and traveling.

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John DarlingJohn Darling

Elected 2017 (4-year term)

John Darling is a 3rd generation native to Sandpoint Idaho. After graduating high school in 1993, he enlisted into the US Navy. While stationed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton WA, John sailed abroad visiting many countries along the way. After marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family, he decided to move his family back to Sandpoint where he was raised. John joined his family business where he now is an owner and oversees the flooring department at Sandpoint Furniture Carpet One Floor and Home. John now has three wonderful children that attend local public schools and universities. John enjoys giving back to our community by coaching youth sports and participating in local nonprofit organizations and projects.  John has served as a previous public official when he was elected as a council member for the city of Ponderay. After serving 7 years on council, his family decided to relocate and build a new home in Sandpoint. During his involvement as a former council member, he worked collectively with other local agencies on multi jurisdiction projects. John and his family enjoy all that North Idaho has to offer and are proud to call Sandpoint Home.

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DebFragosoDeb Ruehle

Appointed 2014, Elected 2015 (4-year term)

Deb was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and arrived in Sandpoint in April of 2004. She has two sons, both born at BGH. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado. She spent a short time as a Level III Adaptive Ski Instructor and a research assistant before earning her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1995 from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She believes one of the most important things she ever learned was from the director of her PT program at Emory, who said, “We must all learn to disagree agreeably,” or no forward progress will ever be made. Deb has traveled to every state in the union except Alaska, following her athletic and academic dreams, and has lived in nine of them, from cities as big as Los Angles, California, to tiny Fayetteville, West Virginia. Deb fell in love with Sandpoint’s small town character and its big heart, with its diverse and eclectic inclusion of all persons, and decided there would be no place better to raise a family. Deb is an involved community member and volunteer, participating with many nonprofit organizations: Team Autism 24/7 RAAM crew, 24 Hours for Hank Cystinosis Project, Independence Alpine Ski Racing Team, Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Sandpoint Nordic Club, Sandpoint Community Review participant 2013. Deb was also a member of the Sandpoint Planning and Zoning Commission for three years. Deb acknowledges that, when you are a therapist, you get to know people, and, when you travel a lot, you get to know places and the things that make them livable with longevity. She feels these experiences, along with her knowledge regarding judicial procedures and the City’s new comprehensive plan, acquired during her time as a P&Z Commissioner, allow her to make a meaningful and thoughtful contribution back to the community of Sandpoint.

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Joel AispuroJoel Aispuro

Elected 2017 (4-year term)

In 1987, Joel Aispuro and his family moved from the Big City to Sandpoint, Idaho and Joel has lived here since, helping run the family business.

In the years of living and working in Sandpoint, Joel has developed a warm relationship with the people of this wonderful City.  Joel and his wife are raising their family here. Joel’s love of the City of Sandpoint and its residents have given him a deep desire to serve his community and to help Sandpoint thrive and continue to be the charming city he grew up in.

When Joel is not working at the family restaurant, you will find him along with his wife and three children enjoying walks downtown, hiking in our wilderness, swimming in our lake and volunteering in and coaching various youth sports.

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