Airport Board Candidates in Monterey, Calif. Share Focus

They say they would like to see fares for flights to and from Monterey closer to the lower fares travelers generally pay when using Bay Area airports.

A manager of one of the Peninsula's biggest hotels, DeVoe says his primary interest in running for a full, four-year board term is "to retain the airline service we have and, of course, to expand the airline service."

DeVoe says the local hospitality industry loses some group business -- conferences, industry meetings and the like -- because organizers view the area as being somewhat inaccessible because of limited airline service.

"Retaining what we have is as important as expanding service," he said. The airport district should constantly be soliciting airlines and local travelers to use the Monterey airport, he says.

"I like the feel of our airport. It is a small, hometown airport. I want to retain that feeling. I'm not trying to create a San Jose International Airport," DeVoe said.

Sabo, who flew combat planes in the Vietnam War, believes the airport is being managed efficiently.

But he says there must be more active outreach to two of the airport's primary clients -- business tenants and general aviation fliers. "I don't know how often they actively solicit (their) input," he said.

Sabo says he would be an independent board member, who would seek to represent all airport users -- from traveling customers to business tenants.

A former transportation consultant, Sabo says he isn't interested in using the airport board as a runway for a political career. "I'm not a political animal, but I understand politics," he said.

Like other candidates, Sabo also says the airport needs to control noisy operations. "People who live nearby have to be served well," he said.

Sullivan, a former Army helicopter pilot, says he would bring "a fresh set of eyes" to the airport board.

"If any organization is more than three years old," he said, it probably needs some new oversight.

Sullivan says there are no specific airport issues on which he would focus. He says he would examine "the whole scene."

Like other novice candidates, this is Sullivan's first bid for public office. He said curiosity about the airport was a major factor in deciding to run, along with complaints from friends about the higher cost of flying out of Monterey compared to bigger airports in the region.

"Is it valid?" he said. "I don't know... There's definitely a perception it's cheaper to fly up north. (We) are going to need better service."

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