Why I’m Running

Why I’m Running 2018-09-23T21:25:00+00:00

We need to make smart decisions

I love Summit County. From the Summit County Fair, to the Kamas Fourth of July Parade, to summer activities, to winter sports, there is no better place to be. Yet, I look around and question a number of choices Summit County leaders have made. I wonder how those choices are going to impact my family. Likewise, I wonder how those same changes will impact other families.

Are we spending wisely or are we over-extending ourselves? Are we limiting growth or are we actually creating it? Are we providing affordable home options or are we just trying to do something that sounds good?

I want to take a logical and long-term approach Summit County. I want changes to happen slowly. I want to think about long-term consequences.

I want Summit County to evolve, but I want it to evolve slowly. We don’t need to change quickly because we feel the pressure of one of the biggest booms in human history. We don’t need to look 30 years into the future, assume massive growth is coming, and create policies that ensure that growth. We need to decide what we want our communities to look like in 5, 10, and 20 years and ensure that happens.

You deserve a choice

We need to have a discussion during this election — not just about national or state politics — but about what is happening in Summit County. What do we like and what should we change? All seven Summit County candidates were running unopposed this year. That doesn’t provide an opportunity to have a community discussion. By running, I hope we can further solidify what we are trying to achieve.

You may not agree with every position I have, but I hope that by running I provide an opportunity for conversation.

Communication

We have smart people in Summit County. If we bring the community into decisions early, we’ll have better outcomes. Unfortunately, people are often blindsided by events (i.e., changes to Kilby Rd). Often people find out about things too late to make a difference. I want to take what I have learned as creator of the Park Rag to notify people of issues that they may care about.  I want to be your representative. I want to inform you early and make sure your input is heard.

I believe I know how to do that. I believe that will lead to a better Summit County.

I want to change things

Please read my take on issues like development, affordable housing, and the transportation. I believe Summit County sometimes takes an inconsistent viewpoint on issues. Those contradictory stances leads to a sub optimal experience for locals. Often times our leaders act as if we can have it all, without compromise. That’s never true. I have a different take on many of these issues.

This is my passion

I love local government. I enjoy understanding how it works. Through filming years of County Council meetings I have learned a lot. Through writing about Summit County and Park City issues for six years, I’ve considered what is working and what is not.

This is what I do. This is what I care about. It’s how I choose to spend my time.

I want to bring that passion to the County Council.

Thanks for reading this far. We can have a better Summit County. I’d love to be part of that. More importantly, I’d love for all of us to be part of that.