My program is simple and it all starts with investing in people. Happy residents, with a high quality of life and secure housing, are the foundation of a strong community. My goal is to use my extensive experience in multiple roles with the City of Breckenridge and Summit County, engaging and contributing to many local non-profit organizations and running a successful real estate business to strengthen our community. .
Giving back to this wonderful city is important to me. I have been a member of the Summit County Open Space Advisory Council since February 2013 and vice chair since 2019. I am grateful to be chair of the Breckenridge Events Committee since 2018. I have been fortunate to serve as a member of the Governor-appointed Commission of Nomination for the 5th Judicial District from 2016 to 2022. Being Chairman of the Isak Heartstone Troll Committee to get the troll out of the Wellington neighborhood has also been an empowering, fun and rewarding experience.
My wife, Barb, and I are passionate about our community, and we proudly support the Summit Foundation, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, SkatesGiving.com, Summit Youth Hockey, and many other local charities.
We founded SkatesGiving, which has raised nearly $100,000 over the past three years, to provide free hockey to kids under 8 in Summit County. It also provided scholarships and equipment for older children in the program.
Before coming to the mountains, I earned a degree in economics from the University of Virginia, then served in the US Air Force for five years, earning my evening MBA. I then spent six years doing business development in Northern Virginia, Tokyo, Japan and Seattle. Having lived in Pennsylvania, Germany, Virginia, New Mexico, Boston, DC, and Tokyo before moving to Summit County in 2005, I feel like I’m finally home. I hope to work on making this place a place where I want to live for the next 40 years.
I have been selling real estate in the mountains for 15 years. I have also created, owned and run a successful real estate brokerage firm for the past 13 years. In addition to real estate sales, we own and manage several long-term rentals in Summit County. My real estate expertise encompasses sales, development, long-term rentals, short-term rentals, and hundreds of hours appraising parcels for acquisition by Summit County and Breckenridge County Open Space Programs. I also have extensive experience working on limited labor projects, including the Smith Ranch project in Silverthorne.
When I’m not working, I’m a big fan of mountain biking in the Golden Horseshoe, riding around Mount Guyot, cross-country skiing from the Laurium, playing hockey, and hanging out at the Amazing Grace.
Priority #1: Housing
I hope to build on the work done by the current council to increase housing. There are other opportunities to stimulate and work with Vail Resorts, Breckenridge Grand Vacations, the State of Colorado and other parts of the private sector and the Summit County government to help us increase housing opportunities in the Upper Blue River Basin.
Priority n°2: Quality of life for residents and guests
Housing security and quality of life go hand in hand. Ensuring we have enough happy employees prevents burnout and leads to better service and a stronger community. Implementing creative and thoughtful management techniques for our open spaces and special events is key to improving our quality of life and the vibe we want in the city. We need to make sure to minimize traffic congestion on Main Street and overcrowding at the start of our trails. Focusing on our people and their quality of life is important to the success and soul of our city.
Priority #3: Childcare
The shortage of child care is undermining the strength of our community. Many future leaders and current employees leave our city when they cannot find daycare. We must build on the success of Lea’s Littles to rapidly increase childcare provision. At the same time, we must continue to increase our investment in our programs and our people at Little Red Schoolhouse, Carriage House, Timberline Learning Center and Mountain Top Explorium.
Todd Rankin is running for one of three open seats on Breckenridge City Council.