2004.10.09: October 9, 2004: Headlines: Election2004 - Nicol: Sports: Track: Santa Cruz Sentinel: RPCV Kirby Nicol wants to sit on the Capitola City Council

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RPCV Kirby Nicol wants to sit on the Capitola City Council

RPCV Kirby Nicol wants to sit on the Capitola City Council

Kirby Nicol served in the Peace Corps, coached national track teams for Thailand, Tunisa and the Philippines, went to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, heads up the Wharf to Wharf race and has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate brokerage business. Now he wants to sit on the City Council.

RPCV Kirby Nicol wants to sit on the Capitola City Council

Nicol wants one of two Capitola council posts

EDITORíS NOTE:Six candidates are vying for two seats on Capitola City Council, which will see its first change in nearly five years. Today, a profile of Kirby Nicol.

Sentinel staff writer

CAPITOLA ó Kirby Nicol served in the Peace Corps, coached national track teams for Thailand, Tunisa and the Philippines, went to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, heads up the Wharf to Wharf race and has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate brokerage business. Now he wants to sit on the City Council.

At 62, Nicol is the oldest person running for council. If elected, the Midwest native promises to use his experience to help manage the town of 10,000 people.

"I think there is a place in government for a person of my life experience, professional background and local commitment," he wrote in his campaign brochure, which asks voters to help him maintain Capitola as a "special place."

In a recent interview, Nicol noted his concern with the changes taking place on council.

"The city is facing a potential delicate situation in its leadership," he said. "Two people from the five-member board are not running. So, thereíll be two brand new people on the board.

"In two years, the rest of the council members will be out. So that means, in two years, weíll have a board with two veterans who have two years of experience and three brand-new people."

Nicol said people should vote for candidates with maturity, business sense, a commitment to the community and the ability to get things done.

"I think I can do it and I think Iíd be good at it," he said. "I donít have any ax to grind and no political agenda. Iím not in this for fame or glory. Itís another job and if Iím elected, Iíll do a good job."

Fellow candidate Tom Cunningham of Rosedale said he supports Nicol.

"Heís a real nice guy who will bring new blood to the council," said Cunningham, who has known Nicol for about 20 years. "Heís astute, a businessman and he will use his expertise to improve Capitolaís quality of life."

If elected, Nicol expects to continue directing the Wharf to Wharf race. He said in addition to practically running itself, the event has given him name recognition and introduced him to people from all walks of life countywide and beyond. He said he doesnít want to lose that.

Contact Ramona Turner at rturner@santacruzsentinel.com.

The Candidate

NAME: Kirby Nicol.

AGE: 62.

HOME: Capitola.

OCCUPATION: CEO of Capitola Realty Inc.; Wharf to Wharf 10K race director.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran unsuccessfully for the Soquel Union Elementary School District board.

EDUCATION: Bachelorís degree in English, secondary education, physical education from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Attended the University of Hawaii from the late í60s to early í70s.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Wharf to Wharf race 1973-1983, and race director 1983-2004; Peace Corps, 1968-1972; Soquel High School track coach, 1973-1975; Soquel Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, 1986; Soquel Union Elementary School District Site Selection Committee chairman, 1989; Santa Cruz County Sheriffís Lieutenant Promotion Review Board member, 1993; recipient of Santa Cruz Board of Realtors Distinguished Service Award, 1989; recipient of Rotary Paul Harris Award for Service to Humanity, 1996; National Road Race Director of the Year finalist, 2001-2002; Capitola Chamber of Commerce member, 1997-2004; Santa Cruz Track Club director, 1990-1994; Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League track and field official, 1973-2004; Olympic Games track and field coach, 1972; also past president or chairman of numerous homeowners associations.

PERSONAL: Single with two adult children.

KEY CAMPAIGN ISSUES: Maintaining a healthy budget, the environment and business; public safety; and encouraging public participation in government.


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