Open Letter


My name is Neil Bradshaw and I announced my candidacy for Mayor of Ketchum in June. Since then, I have knocked on many doors and met with many residents and stakeholders in our community. I have enjoyed these conversations and have found it to be one of the most rewarding parts of my campaign so far – connecting with people, sharing ideas, having a laugh and swapping stories.

Many of these conversations resonate, but three themes stand out to me:

Residents and stakeholders have many great ideas for our city’s future on a number of issues, but our community doesn’t feel that those ideas are being heard or encouraged by City Hall.

People are worried about our housing situation and they fear that without a solution, it will be challenging for young families to live here, difficult for businesses to find employees and that year-round vibrancy will continue to decline.

Most of us believe that life-balance is important. Our community doesn’t just want “more,” and we certainly don’t want excess or waste. We do want to feel safe and connected, and we do want to have time to pursue passions and be with our friends and family.

I believe that most of us choose to live here because we are seeking the rhythm and balance of life in a mountain town. The rhythm that comes from our seasons and creates periods of intense activity, as well as times to breathe and be still – the balance that comes from having more time to connect with family and friends, the arts, and the outdoors.

I believe recognizing, preserving, and protecting the rhythm and balance of life in a mountain town is important not only to our citizens but to our city’s success as a mountain resort destination for our visitors.

My vision for Ketchum is a town where City Hall partners with our community, engaging our rich reservoir of expertise and ideas to solve our challenges. That is why I am running for mayor. Ketchum citizens deserve a City Hall that listens to good ideas, works for the community and helps create a future we all want.

I look forward to speaking with as many of you as I can during the remaining months of my campaign and continuing a genuine discussion about issues that are important to you and our community.