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BOUNTIFUL

Davis County Mayor-

Kendalyn Harris

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

 

 

I am not in favor of ranked choice voting.

 

I hope to be elected because I have felt the satisfaction of being a change agent for my neighbors. It's invigorating to influence things to better our community. I am different because I bring competency and warmth. I want city hall to be a place where residents will be heard. 

The government definitely needs less power and control. 

I would not support forcing the vaccine on anyone or segregating people. 

I support fully funding law enforcement so they have the salary they need to support their families and the tools to do their job. 

I am not familiar with ERGs but it doesn't seem like an appropriate use of limited tax payer funds. 

I do believe the city council is working in the best interests of the residents. As you might expect, we have had extensive conversations about water, roads, snowplowing, power, and so many other things. These crucial functions are priority and it's evident to me that we want to stretch the funding to meet those needs. 

 

What is your opinion on these things? 

 

Thank you for caring about these important issues. 

Kendalyn

 

MORE ANSWERS TO FURTHER QUESTIONS

 

About the tax increase: I have been studying the budget now and am trying to avoid a tax increase or at least the minimal amount we actually need to get by. 

 

About the trails plan: There is a trail proposed that goes down the back of people's property at the bottom of the canyon by the ravine. I asked for a city ordinance saying the city will not take private property through eminent domain for trails. I wanted that safeguard in place for residents. 

 

Bob Lindsay who is running for mayor in Bountiful 

 

 

1. To be honest I haven't given much thought to Ranked Choice but would support any initiative that reduces political party control and favors people choices. It seems the rules for a 3-4 person race could produce different results than a race with 8-9 candidates. I would be interested in learning more and see how it works in other states.

 

 

2. As Mayor, I'm confident my professional experience and personal values bring new perspective towards more open city government, increased public involvement, and responsive to citizen concerns. Public service is an honor that should be passed on after two terms. I'm motivated by the stories of those who feel their voices are not heard. 

 

 

3. The role of Government is to serve the public. It is most effective when implementing policy and least effective when increasing taxes and spending other peoples money.

 

 

4. All citizens should vaccinate but the choice is theirs. Government should communicate current accurate information so citizens and businesses can make informed decisions.

 

 

5. Segregation is a slippery slope towards contention. Individuals can reduce risk by making informed decisions.

 

 

6. Bountiful police are top priority to ensure protection of the community. I would not reduce funding but will work to include technology upgrades and training to improve capability, reduce risks, increase community awareness, and ensure protection of the officers and community. Bountiful can take positive action now to apply lessons learned from around the country.

 

 

7. I support funding for ERGs and work to promote inclusion, diversity, and empowering employees.

 

 

8. The current city council is approving too many requests from the city staff to fund projects. The increased spending needs to be balanced against the current taxes rather than raise property tax and approve bonds. The increased spending looks good for all the new parks and trails but needs to be evaluated to ensure it is sustainable. The risk is a future of decaying parks and  infrastructure or more taxes to pay for it. Each dollar spent should consider those who are struggling to pay taxes not just those that can afford more taxes.

 

 

9. The only city initiative in 2020 was the Washington Park Bond. The city leaders created a situation for the public to either fund the bond (raise taxes) or reject having the property (no park). My choice was not considered which was to develop the park and pay for it with city funds. The money could be available provided the city balance their plans and not fund every project on the table.

 

 

I hope these answers provide confidence in voting Bob for Mayor. I need your support and would be willing to meet with you and your neighbors for a group discussion.

 

 

Randy Lewis

 

Don’t favor RCV in Utah at this time.

 

Service attracts me to being Mayor.

 

Government should have less power.

 

No forced vaccine, but get vaccine.

 

I am not for any segregation.

 

I love our police. 4th safest city utah.

 

We have a great city council.

 

We have never had a request forERG.

 

Thanks for your question!!

 

Randy Lewis

 

 

 

QUESTIONS 

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

 

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

 

wishes for the future of the city?

 

 

CENTERVILLE

Election candidates Centerville 

FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR

LAWRENCE WRIGHT

Phone:(801) 928-1816

Email: lwright.dr@gmail.com

Website 

Candidate Profile

CLARK WILKINSON

Phone: (801) 518-6979

Email: wilkandco@aol.com

Website

Candidate Profile

GEORGE MCEWAN

Phone: (801) 558-7970

Email: vote@mcewan.cc

Website 

Candidate Profile

 

 

FOR THE OFFICE OF CITY COUNCIL

LYNN KEDDINGTON

Phone: (801) 295-3872

Email: lpkeddi@msn.com

Website

Candidate Profile

ADAM ALBA

Phone: (801) 792-8785

Email: adam.alba@gmail.com

Website

Candidate Profile

SPENCER SUMMERHAYS

Phone: (801) 230-3335

Email: spencersummerhays@gmail.com

Candidate Profile

NANNETTE S. SMITH

Phone: (801) 960-2040

Email: nsmith@bigbitebreads.com

Website

Candidate Profile

COLSON MCCLOY

Phone: (801)664-3149

Email: colson.mccloy@gmail.com

GINA HIRST

Phone: (801) 232-4567

Email: ginahhirst@hotmail.com

Candidate Profile

STEPHANIE (MCINTYRE) IVIE

Phone: (385) 259-5965

Email: Stephanie4Centerville@gmail.com

Website

Candidate Profile

 

Lawrence Wright- Running for Mayor

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah? No

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different? I honestly love our community. Having served on the city council for 8 years and having a lifetime of service it is a natural fit to serve the community. I know the council members that remain on the council very well and this will help in leading the council to focus on the interests of our constituents. 

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 We have to remember what the relationship is between the people and the government. The government serves the people. Excessive government power leads to tyranny. 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?  I do not believe it is appropriate to force the vaccine on anyone. I do see the benefit of the vaccine but believe this is an individual choice. 

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?  I do not believe segregation is the answer. Those most vulnerable will be the ones at most risk. They know the risk and it is their decision. 

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?  We need to fund our police and preserve the rule of law. One of the challenges is finding the money to do this. I have some ideas. We will need to set priorities and funding the police is at the top of the list. 

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?  I have only briefly heard about this and will need to learn more about it. Right now and until I learn more about it, I cannot support it.  If it means to fund private companies with tax money - then I cannot support it. 

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?  This is a good question and as a constituent we need to assess this. There are differences of opinion and that can lead to discourse which is good. With that being said, it is my belief that the council should not get ahead of its constituents in an attempt to thwart public comment. Nor should they make decisions with preconceived bias without listening to the voices of the people. As mayor I will work hard to exhaust opportunities to engage public comment before decisions are made that effect the lives of our citizens. 

 

Mayor of Centerville George McEwan

1.       I have been pushing for two election cycles to get ranked choice voting into Centerville. It provides more choice to you as the voter and it also removes costs from cities. In our case, the primary we are about to have is ~18,000 this year which will remove a total of one mayoral candidate and three council candidates. Very expensive for such a small return.  It also breaks the stranglehold that incumbent candidates have on retaining office.

2.       I’ve served on the council now for six years. And as I have done so, I’ve noticed that the mayors I have worked with are not working well with the city councils. They often have an agenda that is counterproductive to the residents actual needs and this creates contention between the council and the mayor. In these little spats the community can pay the price and I don’t like that. I’m running because I want the council to know that it’s possible to collaborate and even have serious differences of opinion without being fractious.

3.       The tough one – the answer is it depends in which area of governance. I think there are many places where government should have no place or say in our lives but I also believe that because people aren’t always interested in a common good, government has a responsibility to protect and defend the rights of everyone. If you have a specific area of concern, I’ll certainly speak to it.

4.       No. This is an individual choice that people should be able to make. However, I am concerned that too many people are opting out and the pandemic will become worse as a result. The science is clear enough for my tastes to be very worried that mutations and variants will cross more frequently into vaccinated populations and we’ll pay dearly as a society for it. It will put us back to loaded ICU rooms and into the arena of what are preventable deaths.

5.       I see no way to enforce segregation, nor do I wish to have the government start policing people in this way. I would encourage people to help lower the risk to the community at large by getting vaccinated.

6.       Fund and Defend! I am a former military combat veteran and I know what it is to stand in the line of fire protecting others. The wages we pay officers for the risks we ask them to take daily is a constant problem for the city council. We need to continue to retain qualified personnel and ensure they have the best available training so they react and interact with everyone in an appropriate manner.

7.       I can’t say as that I’ve given it much thought before. Based on my personal experience  ERGs in the IT world function much like old styled guilds where you can learn from others deep technical skills to help you advance your career. They are places to network and grow opportunities, so I’ve found them to be helpful. However, I’ve never participated in one that was employer sponsored. You want to be in an ERG, it’s at lunch or after work hours.  I don’t think I would be inclined to sponsor one.

8.       We have a very small progressive faction that exists in the current mayor and Councilwoman Fillmore. The agenda of changing Centerville to match what is going on outside our town in terms of housing density is something the majority of the council is not in support of. I would say in general the council because of its diverse makeup of people in terms of age, gender, length of time in Centerville, income, education, and physical home locations in town give us a fairly broad view of what is going on.  I don’t think there is any part of Centerville’s population that isn’t represented on the council. And we try hard as a group to accommodate as many differing viewpoints as possible.

 

CLINTON

 

LANE ADAMS

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 No

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 Desire to keep Clinton a wonderful place to raise a family. My ability to visualize and make decisions that will still be considered good decision in 20 or 50 years.

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

Less federal and state. Futher more, State and Federal goverment needs  to leave control at the local level.

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

AGAINST

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

AGAINST

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

Full funding with out question.

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)? No, tax money should not be used for those activities.

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

YES, very much so.

 

9. I am in support of voter ID, if it is mail in, they should provide the last 4 of social security number, other effective means.

 

FARMINGTON

 

Mayor for Farminton Bryce Davidson 

 

Hi Linda, Thanks for reaching out. I am a firm believer in the constitution, and that it protects individuals' personal liberty from being infringed upon by the government. 

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

A) I do support rank choice voting.

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

A) I am attracted to this role because I can make a difference. I am passionate about Farmington and the role that the city can have for good. We can make proactive choices that will benefit residents for years to come. 

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

A) The government needs more accountability and less control over the lives of individuals.

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

A) I am adamantly against the government forcing its will and agenda on people. The experts should plead their case with science and facts.

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

A) Segragagtion based on belief or choice is as dangerous. It is as anti-constitution as you can get.

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

A) Law enforcement is essential to a law-abiding society. We need to provide funding for better training and we will get better results.

 

7. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

A) The city is made up of five council members and one mayor. This is a tough question, some of them do however, others do not. But as an aggregate, I would say yes most of the time.

 

8. What do you believe in Voter ID? If so, what form? 

A) ID is required for everything nowadays, except for the very thing that keeps or constitutions and governments in tack. It should not be a big ask for people to provide ID to vote. As for the type of ID, it needs to be legally recognized.

 

 

Mayor for Farmington Brett Anderson

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

This is an issue that is getting more and more attention.  I am still learning about this option.  I understand the logic that the proponents of ranked voting are resorting to, but I also understand the need to protect the sanctity of the ballot.  Admittedly, I would like to research this issue more to better understand the pros and cons of the proposal.  Though some may not like this answer, I don’t necessarily want to be an “early adopter” of any novel and unproven methods that impact or may impact the vote.  I would be curious to see how it worked or didn’t work in different cities.  Then, once we have the information, we need to hear from the members of our community.  It is their vote after all.  It is our duty to ensure that their vote is properly made and properly counted.  Right now I am in learning mode on this issue.

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

The role of the mayor is to steer in the ship in the direction that the community wants.  It is not for the mayor to impose the mayor’s opinions on the community, but to try to reflect the consensus of the community.  The mayor needs to be approachable and good at listening.  The city council votes on the issues, but the mayor plays a role in steering the conversation.  The mayor has to represent the community in its interactions with other communities.  This requires negotiation experience.  The mayor serves as an ambassador to the other cities and to the state legislators.  The mayor interacts with and sets the tone for the City employees, to ensure that they are working for the people.  The mayor is the frontline auditor of the City’s finances.  The mayor may need to fight for the City.  Right now, UDOT has sued Farmington over the West Davis Corridor.  The mayor needs to be the voice for the people when there is conflict, and there is and will be conflict.  This requires experience in the trenches. 

 

To sum it up,  what makes me different is that I have real life and meaningful experience in every aspect of what the mayor does and needs to do.  I am familiar with the issues facing our City.   I’ve had nearly 6 years on city council learning to listen and make decision.  I am not perfect and do not profess to be flawless, but I try in every instance to make what I believe is the best decision for the people. I have spent the last 20 years representing clients and negotiating solutions, whether in friendly or adversarial situations.  I manage all of the employees at the law firm.  I am holding and have held significant church leadership positions.  In short, I have experience dealing with people and their diverse interests and pursuits.  My undergraduate degree was in finance.  I understand numbers, budgets, pro formas, revenues, expenses, etc.  I am, by profession, one who represents my clients in substantial disputes that have gone all the way to the Utah Supreme Court.  I can effectively represent our City.  I’m not afraid of confrontation.  I can protect our City. 

 

I believe all of the candidates are good people.  They love their families.  They are devoted spouses.  They are kind and caring.  They want to listen.  They love Farmington.  I believe I have those personality traits as well.  Where I differ is real world experience to do what the mayor needs to do for our City.

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control? Less power, less control.  Individual liberty is what makes our country strong.  Sometimes I feel the government wants to regulate more and more of our lives, so that it can then tax us more and more on the things it is regulating.  It needs the taxes because it is growing.  Maybe if it stopped growing, it wouldn’t need to tax as much and if it doesn’t need to tax as much, maybe it can stop regulating everything we do.

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 I believe it should be a voluntary choice. I generally oppose efforts by the government to compel people to do things.  Now, of course, there are exceptions, e.g., requiring all drivers to maintain insurance and things like that.

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

This one is complicated because it is circumstantial.  I respect individual rights, property rights and other constitutional rights.  If, for example, a business owners does not want to provide services to a class of people, that business owner should have some rights to decide so long as those rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of others.  Just like a person may choose to not get vaccinated, which should be their right, the private business owner should have the right to decide with whom he/she wants to conduct business.  But, if the government proposes to segregate people based off of vaccination status, that seems less defendable.  The government does not have constitutional rights.  The government exists to protect the constitutional rights of the people.  So, if the government proposes to force people to share and bear their vaccination status, that crosses the line for me.  I’m still studying this issue, but it seems to present a classic case of individual liberties against the government’s desire to control behavior as a way to address a putative public health crisis.

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

Easy answer—defend and support our law enforcement.  Feel free to call our Police Chief or our Fire Chief if you want to know my voting record on our first responders.

 

7. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

I sure hope so.  We can do more to hear what our citizens are saying.  For example, I believe the current notice requirements are insufficient and do not adequately inform the citizens of what the City is doing.  We need to have a better way of getting the information out more timely and to more people.

 

8. What do you believe in Voter ID ? If so, what form? 

 If I need ID to board a plane or drive a car, it doesn’t seem incongruous to ask for ID to vote.  The ID should be reliable so that the city, county, or state can reliably verify that the voter is who they purport to be.  We are all required to pay taxes and have SS# to verify that we are paying our respective tax assessments.  We have driver’s licenses, passports, social security numbers, and other governmental licenses and permits.  I can’t imagine it’s too difficult to agree on the forms of ID that will allow the vote to take place reliably and with confidence.

 

9.  Do you believe in a vote audit?

 I don’t see the downside to a proper vote audit.  Now days, people are very concerned about the integrity of the vote.  The last presidential election demonstrated this fact.  Taking steps to ensure the integrity of the voting system should not be eschewed, but welcomed. 

 

 

Mayor for Farmington Rebecca Wayment

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

Honestly, I have not done enough research on the issue to really have an opinion yet. I can see pro's and con's. We have some cities in the state that are implementing rank choice voting with this election (Farmington is not), so I look forward to seeing how that plays out. There are so many people out there that feel their voices are not heard during election time. It will be interesting to see if this helps with that issue or creates bigger, unintended issues with election results.  

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

 I have served in local government for 14 years now. I have a Masters degree in Public Administration and like to use my experience and education  to benefit my community. I am a mother of 5 daughters and believe in setting a positive example for women who want to get involved in leadership positions. We have NOT had a woman Mayor yet in Farmington. That's very sad to me.  I was a planning commissioner in Centerville for 4 years, then served on the planning commission in Farmington for 5 years (2yrs as chairwoman). Then I was elected to the City Council and have served 4 years. I absolutely love Farmington!! My seat is up this year and I opted for the Mayor's seat instead because I believe I have the experience, time and passion to be successful and bring great things to Farmington. Let me speak about my differences by doing a comparison with my opponents. 

 

Brett Anderson has several impressive endorsements. He’s a very likable guy. I haven’t listed my endorsements, maybe I should? I just feel like endorsements don't mean a lot in local elections, but rather my relationship with the voters. Brett and I have now served together in the city for 9 years. We have agreed on many things and disagreed on many things as well. He is smart, level headed and thoughtful when it comes to applying policy. Brett is a very busy man. He runs his own law firm and serves as a local eclessitical leader. He misses a lot of meetings and more importantly, he misses a lot of events. The Mayor is the face and representative of the city. I'm not sure how he intends to find the time to do what is needed as Mayor as well as continue working and serving the way he has. I (and other representatives from the city) have had to step in at the last minute for Brett on several occasions when he missed events due to his schedule. I have a much more open and flexible schedule and will be able to commit the time needed to be the best ambassador of Farmington. 

Brett is also backed 100% by Mayor Talbot and has some very deep pockets and intense campaign supporters and has the Mayor calling in favors to support him. Mayor Talbot had a vision for the city that he's worked on executing over the past 8 years. Brett has been the Mayor Pro Tempore and supported Mayor Talbot vision nearly 100%. A vote for Brett will mean a continuation of what Farmington has had over the past 8 years. Some people are happy with that and some aren't.

 

Bryce Davidson is a very brave guy! I'm impressed with someone who feels comfortable and confident to jump into a CEO position in a company with little or no experience. I think he's got some really big ideas for the city, however, he lacks experience and understanding of how the city actually works. Voting for him will mean that the City Manager and Council will be running the show until he can get up to speed on the job. It could take at least 18 months. I anticipate a learning curve for myself - and I've had extensive city experience. 

I am unsure of how Bryce is collaborating and working with lots of different stakeholders.  The Mayor can set direction and policy within the city, but only with the consent and support of the Council. The Mayor actually doesn't get a vote on matters, so if there is no - or a poor - relationship with Council, it doesn't matter what the Mayor wants. Being able to work, collaborate, and find better solutions by listening to all sides is one of my strengths.

 

I have a really good relationship with the City Council members, City Manager, department heads and city employees. My campaign is supported by Councilwoman Amy Shumway and Councilman Shawn Beus (Councilman Scott Isaacson is staying neutral.) I have also worked hard to develop great relationships (and have campaign support) with everyone who is running for City Council this election - so if we have some new faces, I already know them well and we can hit the ground running. 

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 

 I am an elected leader by the people. When the government starts taking control away from the people, that's a really big problem. If I'm unwilling to listen to my constituents and work in their best interest, then I'm not doing my job very well and only serving my self-interest. 

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 

No one should ever be forced to do something they're uncomfortable with. We live in the land of the free and appreciate/value freedom of choice. Forcing the vaccine is not the answer for handling Covd-19.

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

 

Again, a completely wrong way of handling the pandemic. If 2020 taught us anything, it should be the danger of finding ways to divide us along any issue. Divided leads to less civility and kindness. We  need more civility and kindness. If history has taught us anything...segregation is WRONG on every level.  

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

 

I absolutely stand behind our law enforcement. Farmington has some of the very best officers in the state, and I appreciate all they do for our community. I haven't sat in a budget meeting yet where there hasn't been increased funding for officers and training. I would continue to support that. 

 

7. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

 

I believe most elected officials at the local level get involved for either 2 reasons: 1) there is an issue they want resolved or 2) they just want to serve and make a difference. The ones who are single issue candidates only last one term. They get in, realize it's really a thankless job, and get out quickly. The ones who are service minded listen better to those who elect them, work on the bigger picture and long-term planning for their community and are forward thinking. I've tried very hard to represent those voices that are not always heard in council meetings. I welcome and enjoy public comment on any issue. The more I can see and understand all sides, the better decisions I can make. Sometimes, I've made decisions that are in favor of the long-term success of the community, even though not supported by a handful of residents. Making tough decisions is a part of the job. 

 

8. What do you believe in Voter ID ? If so, what form? 

 

When I was old enough to vote (back in the olden days), I was required to show my drivers license and go to my local polling station which was normally the elementary school down the street. This was before the days of mail-in ballots.  The way that society has evolved over the last few decades, we've made some improvements to the election process - and we've made it easy to both vote and create voter fraud. I do think there is merit to the arguments that a voter ID should be required when voting, but unsure what form. Not everyone has drivers licences. Not everyone has ID cards. Some want to stay off registries. I think this is a good/healthy debate and something to address - especially on the national level where the stakes are much higher and fraud is much more evident. 

 

I hope this helps you understand where I stand on these issues. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

 

KAYSVILLE

 

Nate Jackson 

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

I’m not sure how I feel about it and open to hearing pros and/or cons. I can say that I don’t like a scenario where votes aren’t counted. I would like to know your thoughts on this. 

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

    It’s be honest, I’ve worked for Congress for the past approx 10 years and I never planned to run for office myself. It’s after years of watching elected officials whether they are mayors, council members, or commissioners, etc., make decisions that are reckless or harmful without proper debate or feedback from the public, I have realized that experience does matter. I have a lot of experience working with the public. I am conservative at heart and yet practical and open for good and honest debate. 

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 

I believe government at its best is small, flexible, and efficient. 

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 

I am absolutely against forcing the COVID vaccine on citizens. Furthermore, the vaccine is still technically in the experimental phase and any government that attempts to force its citizens or residents to get the vaccine is blatantly overstepping our constitutional rights. 

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

 

I’m absolutely against doing this. That’s a very dangerous road for a government or citizenry to go down, far more dangerous than the actual virus. 

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

 

I support good and proper law enforcement and support funding our law enforcement. Defunding law enforcement will only lead to more violence and destruction in our community. 

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

 

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

I’m not familiar with ERG’s. I would like to know your opinion on this. 

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

 

wishes for the future of the city?

 

I believe it’s very important for the city council to listen to their constituents and communicate openly with them. 

 

Kaysville City Council Candidate, David Moore’s Answers:

 

I am in favor of Ranked Choice Voting, but Kaysville voted and decided not to adopt the measure. Ultimately it can be helpful with allowing individuals to vote based on their personal beliefs rather than who is electable and can save the taxpayers money by having only one election day rather than a primary vote and a general election vote. Maybe in years to come we can adopt it, and learn from the mistakes we are seeing other cities do in this cycle!

 

On my website, I describe who I am and why I'm best for the role, but I'm happy to give you the short and sweet version. I have lived here in Kaysville since 2005, and am proud to have raised my son with my wife of 18 years. I owned my own catering business, and after 9 successful years I sold that business to spend time with my family. This business experience is going to be key to help Kaysville pay for the infrastructure improvements and growth the city will need to make to keep pace with our growing population - we can't just rely on the taxes of homeowners that make up nearly 80% of our budget! With the population increase and the 5000 jobs coming to the Hill Base we need to make sure we have local businesses that can flourish right here in Kaysville, and I'm excited to coordinate with community leaders, businesses, and the experts in our city departments to make that happen.

 

Ultimately, my view on government is not about more or less control, it's about serving the people. I think collaboration with residents is key to making sure our elected officials represent the will of the people, and the only way we can do that is with transparency and accessibility. This is why I have my personal cell phone number and email on everything I share publicly - my website, my literature, and social media. I want to work with my constituents to help make the city government work smarter for you!

 

Mandated vaccinations are not an issue that would ever come before the city council, nor would it be federally possible I have a feeling. Ultimately, the concern is going to come down to how businesses operate moving forward. As a private business, one will be able to dictate who is welcome in their store, and I am not in favor of placing government in between the consumer and a place of business. I have a feeling a business here in Kaysville would not be competitive if they institute a vaccination requirement to enter a store, so the market would solve that question independently.

 

I am obviously not in favor of segregation by any measure. I am obviously very much in favor of following the science, and while every medical decision must be made between a patient and their doctor, the overwhelming consensus is that the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe symptoms with COVID-19. With the presence of the delta variant, businesses will need to make that decision, but as previously stated I have a feeling the market will provide solutions for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

 

The question of funding law enforcement is a great question. I think our first responders have done a phenomenal job, especially with the added pressure from the previous year they have faced. With the changes in the first responder model from Davis County Kaysville is facing, we need to make sure we are supporting law enforcement and our first responders moving forward, and I am committed to making sure Kaysville is a safe place for all of us.

 

With your question of Employee Resource Groups, I would need to know the context in which a business would come to the city to request funding for an ERG. Primarily, expenditures by businesses should be funded by those companies, but if it followed their best practices and would be beneficial to the company I would be interested in at least hearing their request.

 

 

Jay Welk: 

 

Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah? Why or why not? 

 

Jay is currently a caucus delegate and says they have been using RCV for the past two years. He’s not an advocate for it, but doesn’t see the downside. 

 

What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

Jay has worked with DSD as a teacher, coach, and most recently in district leadership for many years (a close friend of the superintendent) and feels that he could bring a new approach to the city leadership by listening to the citizens and incorporating a “let’s build this together” attitude to planning and zoning practices. He would advocate strategic audits before changing the master plan.

 

Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control? 

 

LESS! He feels that the power should be local and feels concerned about the state’s overreach in some instances. He says the Constitution is the glue that holds us together, and it all needs to come back to that. 

 

Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens? Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? 

 

Nothing should be mandatory, always against segregation. 

 

Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option? 

 

Public Safety is his number one issue and would always make sure they have the funds they need to protect citizens. 

 

If presented with a request would you or would you not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

Definitely not. That sounds like a social or political cause, and should not come from taxpayer pockets.

 

 

Davis County- Angela Hronek

response:

 

1. I am in favor of alternative voting methods. I was contacted recently by Ammon Gruwell about voting reform, and had an opportunity to learn more about different voting methods. It looks very promising to me, and I would be interested in further investigation https://www.utahcer.org/learn

 

 

2. I wanted to run for city council simply because I want to serve and improve my community. I have concerns for current and future residents, and want to be sure everyone can have access to what makes Layton an amazing place to live. I’m different because I’m a complete outsider. I’ve never been on a planning commission, I have no “friends” at the city, I’m not formally affiliated with any political party. This means I am ONLY beholden to the citizens I would vow to represent. No one has skin in this game except myself, which puts me in the best position to listen to residents and do what is best for them.

 

 

3. I believe our government is here to serve the people, and that decisions should be made from the bottom up. I am generally in favor of limiting government involvement in people’s personal lives and decisions, but understand that a city government has responsibilities to provide safety and some resources for the good of the general public. That is the balancing act of any public servant- the push and pull of individual liberty and the public good.

 

 

4. I think this vaccine should be treated like all others in the past. Everyone gets to choose for themselves to be vaccinated or not (although some are unable due to health or other reasons). State and federal governments can encourage people, but no one should be forced to make medical decisions.

 

 

5. This is a great example of the push and pull between individual freedom and the public good. I would never say I was in favor of segregation. I am in favor of people governing themselves and I also respect the right of businesses to refuse service. I guess that’s part of limiting government control, allowing businesses to decide who is allowed in their establishment.

 

 

6. I would work to ensure our police force was adequately funded and using those funds appropriately. We have an amazing police force in Layton. They truly do phenomenal work. I would never vote to reduce their pay. With that said, I do believe that it would be my responsibility as a council woman to audit our police force should issues ever arise. Form what I’ve seen, I don’t see that needing to happen.

 

 

7. It seems to me that funding an ERG would be the responsibility of the individual business, and would not in the scope of what a city should fund.

 

 

8. I believe some members work hard to represent constituents and others could be doing much more. I have some ideas to help all city council members better represent the people of Layton. You can read about them here: https://www.angieforlayton.com/involving-residents-in-decision-making

 

 

Thank you for reaching out and your thoughtful questions. I did my best to answer them candidly and honestly as possible! 

 

Kaysville City Council- Andre Lortz Answers:

Wow – this is a list of questions.  I will try to respond as succinctly and clearly as possible.

 

 1 I am concerned about Ranked Choice Voting.  I have not yet seen the claimed benefits, but watched the poor execution in other states where it has not been administered very well.  I have to say that I am still learning and have not found reason to support the concept yet or to reject it.  I will be watching how other communities in Utah implement RCV and whether it helps or hurts the process.

 2 I was attracted to serve on City Council by invitation of others.  I personally dislike politicians and the political process.  I see it as mostly a popularity contest that doesn’t really review the true experience or skills of the candidates.  My father-in-law (Clair Snow) lived in Kaysville for 50+ years and served 8 years on City Council.  He loved this city (which he passed on to his daughter – my wife and have come to adopt myself).  I thought serving and giving back was a way to honor his memory and share my skills with my community.  I don’t have political ambitions, but do like to give back since I feel that I have been abundantly blessed in my life.  Prior to this service, I served 8 years on the Weber State University Alumni Board of Directors.  So this isn’t my first time in trying to give back to the communities that have helped me in my life.

 3 I believe government should have as little power as is necessary to perform the responsibilities delegated to it.  I believe city government is to help protect our residents general welfare, provide for essential services and help facilitate the enjoyment of life and property.

 4 I believe in the freedom to choose – especially with medical issues.  I believe in vaccines, but respect those (including my own mother) who don’t want to use them.

 5 I don’t believe in segregation based on vaccination, however, this is a tricky  and not a simple issue.  Many countries require vaccinations (not just for Covid-19) to allow entry into their country.  I believe in respecting the rule of law even if I disagree with the law (unless and until it is changed with or without my involvement).  We have many laws which restrict people from activities based upon personal choices and we don’t politicize them like Covid-19 has been.

 6 For Kaysville Police, I would not defund them.  If they were acting in an unprofessional manner (which I have never witnessed in our police force), I would work for reform, but not defunding.  The defund the police movement has inflicted much harm upon the very people it is meant to protect and help. I have not seen a positive outcome from trying to defund police departments.

 7 I am not sure I understand the question.  Would I support government funding a private employee group?  If Kaysville employees wanted to have an ERG (which we do have an employee relations committee in the city), I would/have support(ed) them being able to express suggestions to improve the work environment of the city.  I believe in an inclusive work environment where people are judged by their actions/results and not by other characteristics.  Please clarify the question.

 8 I can only speak for myself.  I do listen to the feedback of residents. However, I have to filter out emotions and bias from the feedback to understand the underlying desire of residents.  I would say that the current city council works very hard to listen to all points of view when making decisions (we engaged a firm to perform a statistically valid survey versus just taking open feedback that may be biased based upon participation).  More so than previous councils (in my opinion).  Individual residents may disagree based on whether or not I (we) agree with them or not.  It is guaranteed that no matter what decision is made some residents will respect it and others vehemently disagree (and perhaps feel ignored).

 

9 This is multi-faceted, but I will try to outline both amendments (for ease – I support the rights outlined in the constitution and will try to clarify my view on the individual rights in these 2 amendments below):

 a Amendment 1 – no establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof – I completely support that government should not direct or prefer any religious group or belief nor should they prohibit anyone from living their belief (so long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others)

 b Amendment 1 – free speech/press – completely support.  I do, however, feel great concern with what is presented as free speech that invokes hate or harm to others.  I dislike press (or social media) portrayed as independent and objective that really has an ulterior motive and mispresents facts to push their point of view on the ignorant.

 c Amendment 1 – right to peaceably assemble and petition government – completely support peaceable assembly.  This does not provide for rioting, violence, damage to property or other unlawful activities.  It also does not provide for actions that lead to these activities.  Whenever, the exercise of a right infringes on the rights of others, then a line has been crossed that violates the constitution.

 d Amendment 2 – well regulated militia – I believe this authorizes the states and federal government to operate military units, but only if they are well regulated (controlled and abide by the constitution).

 e Amendment 2 – right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed – As with many aspects of our constitution, this was meant to be a balancing right to offset the right of government to have a militia.  An armed citizenry is able to defend themselves from enemies both from outside our country/community and from within.  This right, however, must have some limitations as I outline above.  Whenever this right is abused to infringe on the rights of others, then restrictions are appropriate to protect rights of all citizens.

 10 This is a very tricky question.  I believe that Kaysville has had very subjective planning and zoning guidelines that have been interpreted very differently depending on who is serving in office.  I don’t believe that guiding principles have been clearly understood or used to apply the General Plan.  I have attempted to outline certain principles that guide me in how I use the General Plan to guide my decisions on planning and zoning.  We have had many examples of this in city council meetings over the past 18 months that anyone can review to understand the principles I try to use.  Unfortunately, this is a very strong emotional driver for many people and they view decisions only from a personal perspective.  I attempt to remove my own emotion and view as objectively as possible these decisions and weigh what is best overall for our city – even if sometimes it is in disagreement with some residents.  For a councilmember, this is a no win decision.  You will alienate about 50% of people and validate 50% of people in most planning and zoning decisions.  I believe Kaysville would be well served to establish long term principles to guide planning and zoning that are consistently applied.  I am working to do this as we modify the general plan.

 

Kaysville City Mayor- Tami Tran Answers:

 1 Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah? Why or why not?

As I learn more about RCV...I'm opposed to it. The intent to streamline voting to make the process efficient seems contrary to the principle behind a voting decision. The process should be transparent, simple and and effective rather than efficient. Due Process can seem tiresome, but that's the reason for it. To allow due diligence and complete transparency. For a popular candidate RCV can seem like an easy win, but as you probably already know, it's not that simple.

 

2.What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

In my spare time, I'm the COO of a family of companies that my husband and I built from the ground up. Our companies provided Cyber Security, Software Engineering and IT Support Services for the Department of Defense. Our primary customers are the US Air Force, Army and Navy. We've hired hundreds of employees who work across the country from Maryland to Oahu on various DOD bases.  I'm a strategist and planner. I still sign every check and balance our multi million dollar budgets. The way money is spent and earned is personal to me because this is our money. I approach spending in Kaysville the same way. Always asking myself...can it be done simpler, can we cross train city staff, what can be done to save money and how can money be spent strategically. As a COO, I work with Senior Level Corporate Leaders and Mostly deal with Corporate Owners. I enjoy creating teaming relationships, collaborating with other companies and bring leadership as well as experience to Kaysville. About 20 years ago, I was appointed as a Planning Commissioner in Kaysville. Our kids were in elementary school and my work as a Planning Commissioner took a lot of time. I wanted to focus on our family and focus on creating our company so I took a break from Kaysville City Service. Several years ago, I circled back as a volunteer for Kaysville Gives. There was an appointment opening on City Council, I applied and was not chosen, so I applied to be a Planning Commissioner again, I wasn't chosen....after the 3rd application to Planning Commission I was appointed and have loved it.  Several years later, I ran for City Council because my experiences lent itself as more of an advocate and voice for the city.   I studied Political Science at BYU and have always loved our Constitution. I was adopted from Seoul Korea and became a Naturalized US Citizen in 1979.    What makes me different is in addition to corporate experience and leadership, I'm willing to not only do the job but learn the job.  Serving as Mayor in Kaysville may not seem like a big deal to people, it's not something that one can learn in a 60 minute orientation training.   Kaysville is a sophisticated, complex, hometown. We've got big decisions to make. These decisions require relationships within the city departments, with current council members, with the community with the County Commissioners, with our State Legislatures and with business partners.   I'm different because I didn't just wake up and decided "I might as well run for office" My decision to get involved with Kaysville City has been a 20 plus year plan as I've taken the time to learn about the city, serve as an appointed representative, run for office and now am prepared, having done the work to learn the job, to serve as Mayor.   

 3. Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control?

By now you probably can guess I'm in favor of less government. People need to govern themselves, Government provides the organizational framework for due process and communication.

 4. Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens? 

I am against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines. 

 5.  Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? 

I am against segregation of any kind and especially against segregation on vaccination status. 

 6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

Absolutely against the defunding of law enforcement. 

7. If presented with a request would you or would you not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

I would not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG. I absolutely support inclusion and team building. The movement to group people with common interests in this way, in my opinion encourages discrimination, isolation, and perpetuates division. One of the main reasons I decided to announce my run for Mayor early was to unite our community and create harmony.  In Kaysville there was this feeling of division. Today it feels as if everyone is sighing with relief. We don't have to fight, we don't have to choose a side to support. We are one city, one community and one big family here in Kaysville.

 8. Do you believe members of the city counsel are currently representing constituents wishes for the future of the city?

This would depend on who you ask....I believe as council members we really are doing our best to make decisions that benefit our city. Sometimes the decisions seem to favor a neighborhood over another. Everything I've seen from council today leads me to believe that the people who are serving really do want to make the best decisions. Based upon the community outreach over the last 4 years regarding the General Plan...the data show that Kaysville residents understand growth happens. Its up to the City Council to communicate how we move forward and choose our future, rather than react to the future we're trying to avoid.

 9. What are your views on the 1st and 2nd amendments to The U.S. Constitution?

I uphold and sustain the Constitution. Free speech and the right to bear arms being the most essential. As a family we love to target shoot, I'm a conceal and carry holder and a registered gun owner for most of my adult life. 

 10. Do you approve of the current zoning and city planning practices in Kaysville? Why or why not?

Current Zoning is tricky because we're in the process of updating the general plan. It's almost done. The consultant company that was hired by the city has collected data from the open houses, email surveys, council meetings, and all the ways in which we've tried to get the public to engage and provided feedback.   It's important to finalize the general plan and stick to it. We need to let everyone know what is appropriate and where.  The current zoning practices follow due process, we can always be better at remaining consistent.   We want to keep Kaysville our Hometown, which to me means preserving the traditions, embracing the values and and listening to our citizens. 

 

Kaysville City Council- Perry Oaks Answers:

 

 1 Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah? Why or why not?

I honestly have never looked into this matter until today.  I’ve read the stated pros and cons to the matter and probably lean against it, but probably need to read some more.

 2 What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

I have always taken an interest in national and world politics, due to attending high school in Northern Virginia and being close to the nation’s capitol during multiple tours during my Air Force career.  We moved so often that it was difficult to be involved in local efforts and weren’t allowed to participate in local politics while on active duty either.  I had thought to run a couple of years ago, but missed the cut-off to register.  I mainly want to be elected because I believe I can offer sound judgement to the city.  I don’t have any axe to grind due to dissatisfaction, but have a lifetime of being required to make decisions, and feel as if I’ve done a good job making those decisions.  I am different because I have lived all over the country (world) and have a wide range of experience is different communities.  That’s a perspective the other candidates don’t have.

 3 Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control?

I am a believer in as little government control as possible.

 4 Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens? 

I am against mandatory vaccines, not just for COVID-19, but other vaccinations as well.  I am a believer in vaccinations, and have been vaccinated myself; however, I don’t believe there is enough evidence out there that would require someone who had had COVID-19 to not get a vaccination.  I will also add that I am not a proponent of our youth needing to be vaccinated.

 5 Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? 

Against.  I worry that not being vaccinated is becoming the Gold Star for the American population.

 6 Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

I would alway fund law enforcement.  I disagree with the narrative out there that our law enforcement is full of racist individuals who target African Americans. The statistics just don’t support that narrative.

 

 7 If presented with a request would you or would you not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

Until this question, I had not previously heard of ERG.  I’m not sure I have any ability to give a thoughtful response either.  With what little I have researched, I believe they are employee-led groups, so I’m not sure an outside group would be needed to be brought in, but I would listen to any proposal and hopefully be open minded about it.  What I could never support, though, is to bring in trainers who teach that because of my race I am inherently racist.  

 8 Do you believe members of the city counsel are currently representing constituents wishes for the future of the city?

I really don’t know whether they are or not.  I hope so; however, I do not believe they did so with regards to the Fiber proposal.  I have had fiber before and loved it; but do not believe a city should be involved in what is a commercial decision and it bothered me that they were willing to take out a $35M bond to help alleviate a company’s risk

 9 What are your views on the 1st and 2nd amendments to The U.S. Constitution?

I agree with both of these amendments as they are written.  We could probably have a great conversation on how both amendments are under attack in our country right now

 10 Do you approve of the current zoning and city planning practices in Kaysville? Why or why not?

I am a newbie at the zoning practices in the city and learning about what they are planning…so I don’t have a fully formed opinion yet, but will be more than happy to express my opinion when I have more understanding.  I m is that sounds vague and I wish I knew more.

 

I understand they have been working on a new plan for a long time and have not finalized it yet.

 

 

Kaysville City Council- Abbi Hunt Answers:

 

I am going to attempt to answer your questions below. There are some areas where I don't have a lot of expertise and will need to do more research, but I am going to give each one my best shot right now so that you aren't having to wait for me to answer. I also would love to hear your perspective on all of these issues as well if you have time. 

1. I am not a huge expert on this one. From what I have been able to look up I think there needs to be more information on how this would work here before it is considered here in Utah. 

2. I have been on the Planning Commission here in Kaysville for about a year and a half. I have loved being on the planning commission. As I have worked there I have seen that there is a need in our city for responsible growth. We need to make sure that as we are dealing with the growth that is coming that we look forward to the future so that we can grow intelligently. We don't want to lose our small-town feel, and I don't think we have to, but growth is inevitable (and sometimes even required by the state). It is working on this and other issues with planning that have attracted me to this role. I think we need to work harder to be transparent and communicate more with citizens on issues that come before city council. We need to take a good look at our city infrastructure and plan out the necessary improvements and make sure that all the infrastructure we have is safe and reliable. I also believe we need to always be vigilant about fiscal responsibility to make sure money is being used appropriately and efficiently. I am a mother of 3 young kids and I want to raise them here in Kaysville because it is such a special place. My main goals mentioned above were created in part to make sure that my children, and all of the other children in Kaysville will have the wonderful Kaysville we have now. 

3. I think in general the government should have less power/control.

4/5. I believe that whether someone wants to get the covid vaccine is entirely between a person and their doctor. I do not support discriminating against people for not getting the vaccine. 

6. I love our Kaysville police. They do a great job here and I think they do an amazing job in community outreach. I love seeing the pictures they post of their visits to the neighborhood lemonade stands. I made a point when I decided to run to call and speak with Chief Oberg about what he sees our force facing in the future, and how things are going with the force. I would be proud to work with our police to make sure that they have everything that they need and to defend them if necessary. 

7. This is another one where I am not an expert. From what I can tell, I can't think of a scenario in which it would be appropriate to use city funds for a company for an ERG or otherwise.

8. I think there needs to be better and more communication with Kaysville residents. I think that often people can resolve their disagreements with good communication. One of the things I have loved about being on the planning commission is working on the general plan. We have worked hard to get statistically valid results on what Kaysville residents want for the future of Kaysville so that we can turn it into the next general plan that will help govern both the planning commission and the city council when it comes to planning. These are the kinds of things we need to keep doing in the future to be worthy of the trust of Kaysville citizens.

 

 

LAYTON

 

Davis County, Layton council response from Scott Carter:

 

Here are my brief answers to your questions. If you want more detail please let me know.

 

 

1. Ranked Choice Voting. I think it is a concept worth exploring. Several cities across the state have been using this and it would be nice to use them as test sites and see what they think. 

 

 

2. I worked for Layton City for many years. I was appointed to the Council and served for 10 months. I love this City and think my history and knowledge can be an asset in decision making for the next four years.

 

 

3. Power. The power lies within the people. As an elected official I would represent them. I will work to get their opinions and vote accordingly. 

 

 

4. COVID Vaccinations. Forcing no, encouraging yes.

 

 

5. Vaccination Status. This question is not detailed enough for me to fully understand. However, I think private establishments have the right to set their own rules. They need to be obeyed. Separation and masking at large events is probably a smart choice due to the new COVID variants. 

 

 

6. Law enforcement. Our law enforcement is extremely important. They need to receive a competitive salary and be properly trained and be properly equipped. 

 

 

7. ERG. As I understand ERG's, they provide a wide range of opportunities for young employees to learn the ropes or to teach acceptance of the disadvantaged by race or disabilities. Such programs may qualify for CDBG funding from the city. This could be researched through the C&ED department at the city. 

 

 

8. Representation. I think the current Council tries their best to represent their constituents. As noted above, I think I can add a new yet seasoned element to that representation. 

 

 

I hope this  answers your questions. If I have missed something, please let me know. Thanks. 

 

Scott 

 

 

Jesse Barocio:

 

Thanks for the questions. Please let me know if you have any more!

 

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah? I do think we should look into alternate voting methods for certain raises, but I'm not sure if RCV is the right one. I recently learned about the Approval Voting method which many county clerks in Utah support over RCV.

 

 

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different? I am concerned about Layton's future. We chose to raise our family here because of the good quality of life and good people. I'm concerned if we continue to grow in an uncontrolled way my kids won't be able to make the same decision for their kids.

 

 

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control? I would say less. Sometimes we hear that the more localized government makes the best decisions. I believe that. And I think the most local government is the family and individual. 

 

 

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens? It shouldn't be forced. I am vaccinated, and that was my personal decision. It may not be the same choice everybody else makes and that's ok.

 

 

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status? Against.

 

 

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option? No. My sister is a police officer in West Jordan and I have a huge respect for law enforcement. They are very professional, very well trained, and we are lucky to have men and women who are willing to do that job.

 

 

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a 

 

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)? I don't believe in government funding of initiatives at private companies.

 

 

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

 

wishes for the future of the city? For the most part, yes. It is a difficult job to balance the residents' wishes with the realities of our future. For example, many residents would prefer we immediately stop all growth. The reality is the city can't do that. They can do better at managing it and being transparent about it. Not everyone will be happy with every decision, but I think many of our councilors do make the best decisions they can.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Jesse

 

 

Davis County- Tom Cavanaugh response

 

1.       Ranked Choice Voting – To be honest I have done some research on it and like it as an option. I think it will better represent the choice of voters and allow people to vote for people instead of voting against candidates. I am still looking for the hook. There are several cities in Utah who are using rank choice voting I will be interested in seeing how that turns out. So to answer your question I am cautiously in favor of it.

2.       What attracts me to this role- I have worked in and around municipal government for over 35 years. I have never served in an elected position. What attracts me to the position is my belief that we cannot sit on the sidelines and hope that things work out. I could live anywhere in the country I want and do my job. I chose Layton for what it is a welcoming friendly community and an ideal place to raise a family. Two of my children live in Layton and are raising four of my grandchildren here. I want to preserve Layton and ensure it remains a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. For my children and grandchildren.

What makes me different? Is my experience. I have worked with hundreds of municipal governments throughout the united states and Canada. I have firsthand experience in things that have worked and things that have not worked. (I learn from my mistakes.) I have testified before state legislative committees to protect the communities I worked for or lived in. Layton is facing issues now where the lobbyists are convincing legislatures to put laws in place that helps large companies and limits the rights of local citizens. If we don’t act now we will continue to be stepped on by these organizations. Right now it is property developers who have gotten laws passed that prevent cities from forcing them to install proper drainage when they build houses. Leaving many people in Layton with flooded basements and saving the developer a lot of money. In California they are trying to pass a law that prevents cities from enforcing zoning requirements. That would allow a person to purchase the house next door to you and knock it down. Then build a multi unite apartment/condo building right next door. What do you think that would do to your property values? I know how to fight this because of my public safety experience I know how to make sure our first responders have the tools they need to be safe and to safely do their jobs.

3.       Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?:- I worry about government over legislation. As mentioned above I think the state is grabbing the power for municipalities to self-govern. Even at a municipal level I think there is a tendency for passing laws that are un-necessary. This country was founded on the principal of small government and local control. The founders of this country had just finished a hard fought war to get out from under the control of a monarchy infringed on the rights of the people for the “pursuit of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  To answer your question directly the government does not need more power/control.

4.       Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens? – this is a tough question. I support everyone’s right to choose for themselves but I do not support the choices of others to put people at risk. My wife and I chose to get the vaccine because of our ages and health concerns we felt it was the right thing for us. One of my sons and his wife have chosen not to get the vaccine and that is their right to decide. They chose not to because they are still building their family and do not feel there is enough testing been done to ensure it will not cause issues with having more children. Imagine the guilt of getting the vaccine and then having a child with special needs? How would you know for sure if it is because of your choice to have the vaccine or not. 

So I feel it is up to each citizen to make the choice for themselves but they also must understand that whatever they chose to do they are responsible for the consequences.

5.       Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status? – I am opposed to this this would certainly give the government to much power over the citizens. I do not trust that the government would use this as a stepping stone to segregate people for other reasons. I am nervous about people who have chosen not to get vaccinated and if it presents a risk to others who have been vaccinated. On Friday I went into a business and after talking to the cashier for a few minutes she told me she was not vaccinated and then a few hours later I had someone come into my home on business and after about 20 minutes of getting there told me he was not vaccinated and would not be. I’m not sure how to handle people out in public but branding them or segregating them as non-vaccinated is not the answer. If I am worried about people coming into my home who are not vaccinated I should feel free to ask them before I let them in.

6.       Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option? – as a former police officer this is something I have paid close attention to. Defunding the police department would have exactly the opposite effect on police departments that people who are calling for this are calling for. What I am in favor of is “Smart Funding” the police department. If you defund the police they still have to do their job so the money cut will come from overtime and training. Since most departments conduct training in overtime that is a double hit. Police need more training and they need the tools to do smart policing that protects all involved. The citizens and the police. Layton is fortunate in that they already have a tool for smart policing. All citizens of Layton are able to register for Smart 911. That allows you to put information about your home and the people and pets that live there . It is your choice what you share and is only available to the department if you call 9-1-1 from one of the registered phone numbers. For example people with mental health issues. I have seen calls come in for someone experiencing a violent outburst. Loud noises triggered the individual having that information the police were able to calm the individual down by avoiding loud noises. It also provides an extra measure of safety for victims of domestic abuse, or for children. By including a picture of your child in our profile if our child ever goes missing that picture can be in every patrol car within a few seconds of calling 911. First responders need ongoing training on how to respond to people from different cultures and how to recognize bias in their own treatment of individuals. I have pointed such behaviors out to officers who were not even aware they were doing it.

 

7.      If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

-          Being completely honest I did not know what this was until I read your question. So I quickly looked it up to learn more. That is how I would treat any such request if I do not know I would research it from reliable resources to learn more. Admittedly I do not know everything but I do know how to find out about everything. Based on the little bit I read I would wonder why anyone would not support this. But to make a decision about providing funding I would have to learn a lot more about it.

 

8.      Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s wishes for the future of the city? – If you asked me this question three years ago I would have said absolutely not. But since the last election that has changed a lot. There is always room for improvement and as long as the current members of the council do not remain in place to long I think it will continue to improve. I am opposed to career politicians for that very reason.

 

 

Bettina

 

 

My philosophy with leading has always been an inclusive one where I can see and hear all sides of a situation and bring people together, hence, my campaign slogan of connecting people and building bridges. I decided to run for this position because there were two open seats and only one candidate with one business day left to file. When I learned that the only woman currently sitting on the council was retiring, I was further compelled to move forward with the campaign. I think Layton is a great city and is a lot more diverse than what is represented in much of the government and commissions/committees. I was born and raised here and with my professional and volunteer experience, I believe I would be an excellent representative for our city. 

 

 

Regarding potential election reform, I am not opposed to Ranked Choice or Approval Voting. I have done some research on it and I can see pros and cons to these alternatives. I think it is worthwhile to review the results from the pilots that have been conducted in some of the other cities in Utah and see what benefits, if any, there may be for our city.

 

 

As a City Council member, my main concern is for the citizens of Layton and what will help make our city better. There are, however, some things that are not in the purview of the Council. Questions about government control are very broad. I would be interested to know if there are specific issues you are concerned with in regard to government control that could negatively impact Layton. Regarding COVID-19 vaccination, I cannot see any reason why people would be "forced" to receive the vaccine, nor can I see any steps ever being taken to segregate people based on vaccination status. 

 

 

I am a firm supporter of our public safety departments and want to ensure they have the tools and support they need to perform their job at the highest level and I want to improve the relationships between the Departments and the community in which they serve.I was the first candidate to meet with Police Chief Swanson, FOP President Smith and Fire Chief Ward. As a City Council member, I will support efforts, initiatives, and budget decisions that enable our public safety officers to support our community. I will also advocate for the health and well-being of the officers by supporting anonymous referrals to mental health providers, when desired. It is also my endeavor to foster positive interactions between the public safety officers and the community; to connect people and build bridges for our community to flourish together.  

 

Regarding your question about ERG, I am unsure how the City Council has any effect in this area. Perhaps you can provide context around that question. I applaud any person who chooses to be a public servant and I have no reason to believe that any of the current council members want anything less than the best for our city.

 

 

Thank you again for your questions. I hope to earn your vote.

 

 

 

CLEARFIELD

 

Election candidates for Clearfield Utah 

Candidates for the Office of Mayor

Mark R. Shepherd

725 North 100 West

Clearfield UT 84015

email: mark@mypieceofutah.com

 

 

Candidates for the Office of City Council

Tim Roper

422 North 360 West

Clearfield UT 84015

email: Roper4CLFD@gmail.com

Website

Karece Thompson

546 East 450 South; Apt. Q

Clearfield UT 84015

No

(No available contact information)

 

SYRACUSE

 

Mike Gailey, Mayor Syracuse City

 

1 Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

I am not.  I believe a race goes to he or she that crosses the line first.

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

I was born and raised in Syracuse.  I know it’s history and my family part of the City’s heritage.  I am a retired dentist and have the time to spend helping to guide the City into an economy that is not based in farming.  I love the City and its residents.  Especially those that are new.

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

I believe the City needs only the power to provide a safe environment for families and business to grow.  I believe the best government to be that agency that simply removes worry providing needed service quietly and then backs away; remaining in the wings.

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

Because of my medical background, I understand the benefit to society to reach the point of herd immunity regarding Covid-19.  I would encourage all to be vaccinated apart from those who at the recommendation of their physician say the risk is too great.  We are all mandated to wear seatbelts when in an automobile.  Mandating vaccination is probably not the same; but I would say it’s close.  I, however would not support a vaccination mandate at this time.

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

No.

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

Yes, and have done so in the past.

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

Yes, and I have done so in the past within the City.  I believe that business, however, should not come to a government agency looking for funding to be used within their own company for ERGs.  We have funded businesses using CARES ACT money for Covid-19 related expenses.  I believe this to be a unique time.

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituents wishes for the future of the city?

Four of the five members of our City Council do represent the constituent majority.  The minority voice is represented by one.  This group opposes what they refer to as “high density” housing.  This council member in my opinion misrepresents the intents of the City with half-truths and lies.  This council member is known to flip-flow on issues depending on which way the wind blows from the small group of residents.

 

I hope this is helpful to you.  I’m thrilled that some of your family has joined us in Syracuse.

 

 

Mike Gailey, Mayor

Syracuse City

 

 

AARON JOHNSON

 

Thank you for reaching out and I will do my best to answer your questions. 

 

1. I have looked into RCV a little but not extensively and I am not impressed by it. The fact a candidate could lose a narrow election even though they won the majority but didn't achieve 50% on the first count seems wrong.  We all get one vote, not one plus a maybe. 

 

2. I am all for election audits of any and all elections. If the election was fair and legal there is nothing to worry about in my opinion. Audits also build trust in the election system if done correctly and expose wrongdoing if any. 

 

3. I think voter ID is important. You can't rent a car, cash a check, or board a plane without an ID. The same should be for voting. I personally have never met anyone that doesn't have a form of identification and couldn't produce it when asked. I am all for in-person voting, paper ballots and hand counting these items create a document trail that just builds trust in the system. 

 

4. I think we should try to handle things at the lowest level possible. If one thing the military has taught me is that the higher a problem is escalated the worse the fix becomes. However, not all problems that impact a local area can be fixed at that level. It is hard to give a one size fits all answer to general questions as it can pertain to so many different aspects. 

 

5. I can see the argument to where some people would say yes. I am not one of those people, every person should be allowed to make their own decisions. We should be giving the information/recommendations and be allowed to weigh the risk for ourselves and our families. 

 

6. I am surprised this is the first time I have been asked this with the current state of the world. To answer your questions, NO I think these Items are a personal choice and should not be forced onto people. I will not support any mandate for business closure or mask mandate. 

 

7. No one should be coerced into receiving an injection of any kind. Instead, we should be promoting informed consent not bribing people with incentives. Forcing someone to be injected with anything is a direct violation of someone's bodily autonomy, and that person should defend themselves accordingly.  

 

8. I would need a little more direction in this question. Land use issues can encompass a wide range of items that can be highly controversial.

 

9-14. I think the best way to answer this would be I read the amendments as they are written. I think if more people did this instead of trying to interpret them to fit something they are not we would as a country would be in a lot better place. 

 

Hopefully, I was able to answer your questions if you would like to discuss further it might be best to meet in person. 

 

V/r 

Aaron 

 

 

TAD PURSER

 

Thanks Michael,  I will try to be brief.

 

I love the idea of Ranked Choice Voting

 

I simply have to admit I have no opinion on auditing recent Utah elections however I do strongly believe elections are a states right as long as there is no discrimination.

 

I strongly agree with having to provide some form of voter ID. I am okay with some machines as long as they are FULLY vetted. Okay also with mail in as long as it is controlled

 

I am all for states rights until the gravity of their precedent affects others in significant ways.

 

You cannot force a person to take bad medicine but people should strongly consider vaccinations when they are proven. It is a slippery slope to give the federal government so much power however, people have the right to swing their fists only up to the point where another's face begins it you catch my meaning.

 

I like the idea of land use voting referendums if all were equally informed on all issues. Is this not why we elect leaders?

 

I support the 1st amendment. I even believe that amendment protects what some would call hate speech. Don't get me wrong, I disagree with hate speech but who decides what hate speech really is?

 

We have the right to yell fire but not in a crowded movie house. sorry more supreme court thoughts.

 

I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, I just am and always have been.

 

Also a strong supporter of the 4th. In fact, stronger on this than many would tolerate.

 

10th, again, I am a huge supporter of States Rights.

 

16th, yes the government can levy and collect taxes,

 

17th, I'd like to see a shorter term here.

 

thanks

 

 

Jordan Savage, candidate for Syracuse city council:

 

 

That is a good list of questions, let's see if I can make my way through them:

 

ELECTION INTEGRITY:

 

1. What is your position on ranked choice voting (RCV)?  

 

This is a viable method of voting but like all methods has some inherent risk, with some unintended consequences in some corner case situations.  Currently it is not the method being utilized in Syracuse.

 

2. What is your position on auditing our more recent elections within Utah?

 

I have been extremely impressed with the safeguards in place in Utah, Unlike some states Utah does a good job validating votes are cast by authorized people.  In fact, the integrity of our election process is of critical importance. To help ensure an accurate election, a pre-election, logic and accuracy test was conducted on July 14, 2021 at 10:00 am, for the Municipal Primary Election. During this test, pre-marked ballots were processed through the electronic tabulation equipment to verify equipment is programmed and functioning correctly. The test was open to the public and was conducted at the Davis County Administration Building located at 61 South Main Street, Farmington. The equipment passed with no issues. 

 

3. What is your position on voter ID and non-automated voting (in-person, paper ballots, hand counting)?

 

There is some inherent risk in all methods voting and counting.  These are no different.

 

PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT:

 

I will speak to city government here since this is the office I am running for.  The city government is in place to protect the rights of its citizens.  This includes setting up ordinances to control land use and mitigate nuisances as well as to build and manage the infrastructure and various services the city is tasked to provide by its citizens.  Part of this requires the balancing of budgets and collecting fees and taxes required to maintain the aforementioned infrastructure and services. 

 

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM & GOVERNING PHILOSOPHIES:

 

I have taken an oath of office to support and uphold the constitution and hold that oath with a reverent regard.  I support the constitution and its various amendments as they are currently interpreted by the Supreme Court.

 

Thanks,

Jordan

 

 

S. WEBER

 

Wayne Winsor- Mayor Candidate

 

We would like to state before you read that his answer is incorrect- AIM did not write these questions. These questions were compiled by several freedom groups in Utah and do not belong to one group or person.

 

Hello Wayne,

Would you please answer these questions and let me know your position on these?

 

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

 

9. Do you believe in Voter ID?  If so, what form(s)


HIS REPLY IS QUITE REVEALING

 

I understand these are questions from the Academic Integrity Movement and not of South Weber.  As such, I am focusing my efforts on answering the questions of those within my city at this time.

 

Regards,

 

Wayne Winsor

 

 

ROD WESTBROEK

 

1-I think the ranked choice voting would be an interesting thing to test.  I can see the potential to spend less on elections without necessarily changing the results of the race.  I could really get behind the process if the tests show promising results.  

 

2-I love South Weber and have lived here all my life.  I recently retired and have the time to commit to this great city that has done so much for me and my family.  My grandparents and my grandchildren lived/live in South Weber and I have a unique perspective of South Weber.  

 

3-In my opinion, we have the government power all backwards.  Federal government power should be limited to things like national defense, money system...those things that affect every state.  It is impossible for someone in a small state to affect the outcome of a national election, but we have greater control on local leaders.  Federal government should have less power, and local governments can be given their authority by the voters in that area.  

 

4-I am against forcing the vaccine on anyone.

 

5-I am against segregation based on any 'status'.

 

6-I absolutely support our law enforcement.  I'm sure there are some who aren't cut out for the job, but I personally don't know anyone in this category.

 

7-I don't believe tax dollars should ever be spent on ERG.  I am a fiscal conservative. 

 

8-I personally know our city council members and believe they do their best to represent their constituents while following the laws that govern them.  With so many voices in the city, it is difficult to make everyone happy, but everyone should feel that their voice is heard.  

 

9-I support the right to vote for every American citizen.  Whatever ID shows that the voter is a citizen, would be fine with me.  Just having a power bill in your name, isn't one I would accept.

 

Thanks for the opportunity to answer your questions

 

 

LANCE NELSON

 

1. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

I do not have a strong opinion about using Ranked Choice Voting in municipal elections.  There are at least two communities in Utah that have used it without much fuss.  The mayor would have no influence for or against Rank Choice Voting in larger state or national elections. I can see how many would seriously question the fairness in the outcome of such elections if their candidate was eliminated in what can be a complex process. I worry about the lack of trust many people already have for our election process.  Could Rank Choice voting further fan the flames of discontent?

 

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

I feel impressed that I should run.  I want to do some good for our community.  There are many phenomenal people that live in South Weber.  Some people are feeling there is a change in civility.  Whether accurate or not I hope to be a part of helping folks see and feel more kindness.  

 

3. Do you feel that government needs more power/control or less power/control?

Sure depends on the situation, but usually less , sometimes much less.  Health Care needs to be improved.  I believe that it is more difficult for doctors to take good care patients due to the health care acts that were passed some years ago.  We do need government but I believe those who are in positions of leadership should consider themselves servant leaders.

 

4. Are you for or against forcing the Covid-19 vaccine on all eligible citizens?

I am for COVID-19 vaccines.  I am for education and hope that people will have open minds as the scientific data continues to come forward.  I am not for forced vaccinations.

 

5. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

We should allow businesses and individuals to protect themselves in effective ways.  For example, people who do not believe they should be vaccinated may be kept from going on a cruise by the cruise line.  We do not want the government forcing more regulations on a business.  

 

6. Would you work to fund or defend our law enforcement if given the option?

Fund.  No doubt.  I believe in the rule of law.  I believe that most officers of the law are working for our protection.  They should be supported, respected, and appreciated.  My father is retired federal law enforcement.  

 

7. If presented with a request, would you or would you not provide funding to a

company for the implementation of ERG (Employee Resource Groups)?

I am working hard to get as much knowledge and information as I can about community government.  I have read about ERG’s and understand that they can be volunteer groups, professional development groups, affinity groups, or diversity groups.  These generally seem to be found in large businesses.  I do not see that ERG’s have application to our city government.  What are your thoughts on ERG’s?  Do you believe they divide or unify?

 

 

8. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituent’s

wishes for the future of the city?

I believe they are sure trying.  I hope that we may see a future of even greater agreement.  I hope that we may have even greater clarity on the constituents wishes and for the constituents to have greater clarity regarding every decision made by the city council.  I believe that when we disagree with someone it is human nature to suppose the worst about them and their motives.  I sure would like to see that not be the case in South Weber.

 

9. Do you believe in Voter ID?  If so, what form(s)

Yes.  I welcome your telling me more about what you would consider the best solution for Voter ID.  Apparently Driver’s License or State ID cards are still questionable to some.  

Thank you for your questions.  I look forward to your responses.  I need to go help my wife haul some stuff downstairs.

 

Have a great night,

 

Lance

 

 

NORTH SALT LAKE 

 

BRIAN HORROCKS

 

Wow.  Great questions!

1.  No, though it would have saved the city money not having a primary.  I’m uncomfortable with motivation of those pushing it. Also, the county is uncomfortable in certify the results as they can’t follow an audit trail.

2.  6 years on the planning commission and 14 years on the city council.  I’m willing to listen to and consider all sides.  I’m not sure I’m all that different from most people in our community, except that I’m willing to and have the time to serve.

3.  Much, much less, at least on the Federal level. 70% of Federal activity falls outside the constitution.  We need to always be questioning the role of government in a free society.  Local government works because it is closest to the people.  I am impressed with the work our city employees do each day.

4/5.  I decided to get vaccinated, but 100% support other’s right to choose for themselves.  I’m against any segregation.  I feel the same about gun rights.  I don’t own a gun but 100% support your right to have one.

6.  We are a nation of laws.  My brother is a police officer.  The only tax increase we’ve had during my time was to hire more police to cover some shifts where we did not have full coverage. Our police force is awesome, by the way.

7.  I’m not familiar with this, but generally speaking we shouldn’t use public funds for any private activities.

8.  Undoubtedly not always, and not of every citizen.  There have been several occasions where the rights of a property owner conflicted with the wishes of neighbors, or a special interest group wants the city to champion their cause.  Sometimes we vote for something that we’re not happy about because the law requires it and the city would be sued (and lose) if we rejected it.  Also, I always tried to understand the viewpoints of the other council members but we don’t always agree, hence the odd number of council members.   Occasionally, I can look back with perfect 20/20 hindsight and wish I would have voted differently.  It is challenging to plan the growth we’ve experienced while getting pressure from the state to grow more and the citizens to grow less.  Generally speaking, the city a great place to live and I’m proud of our accomplishments.

9.  I am traveling this weekend so I had to get a COVID test today.  I had to show ID to take the test.  It is insulting and racist to suggest that minority group cannot obtain ID.  It doesn’t make it harder to vote, but it does make it harder to cheat and that is why it’s an issue.

 

If I were to summarize my belief system, I will error on the side of freedom.  Thank you for being involved in this process.

 

Brian