Andy Beerman starts City Council re-election bid
June 3, 2015
Editor’s note, Thursday, June 3: This story has been updated and expanded since its original posting on Wednesday.
Park City Councilman Andy Beerman on Wednesday started a re-election campaign, saying he will seek a second term promoting a broad platform focused on preserving the natural environment and the integrity of the community.
Beerman is 45 years old and has been a Park City resident since 1995. He lives in Old Town. Beerman and his wife are the principal owners and managers of the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street.
The details of Beerman’s platform will involve topics like preserving open space, ensuring Park City is a diverse community and widening City Hall’s use of renewable energies. He also wants to ensure development in Park City is "additive" to the community, saying planned projects along lower Park Avenue and in Bonanza Park could present opportunities for affordable housing of some sort and locally owned businesses.
"I’d like to see vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods . . . that aren’t tourist based," Beerman said.
He said there are housing opportunities on lower Park Avenue and in Bonanza Park. City Hall is considering housing projects on land it controls along lower Park Avenue and officials see the privately held Bonanza Park as a place where there could be possibilities as well.
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"I want to see additional housing options . . . I want projects that people are going to live in," Beerman said, describing a disinterest in rental units and vacation homes in those locations.
He said he wants Park City to keep its town character by retaining diversity among its full-time residents. He wants a population that includes families and millennials alongside retirees.
"How do we keep the integrity of our community," he said, adding, "I think we need to keep people in Park City."
Beerman said some of the successes of his first term include helping to secure land for conservation purposes, such as the Clark Ranch, Toll Canyon and Stoneridge.
He said City Hall continues to progress toward making Park City a "more sustainable community," pointing to the municipal government’s commitment to renewable energies and efficiencies.
He acknowledged two disappointments from his first term. The outcome of the development dispute that led to an approval of the Park City Film Studios at Quinn’s Junction is one. He did not provide details.
Beerman also said he is disappointed that some opportunities for City Hall to partner with landowners in Bonanza Park may have been lost since agreements were not reached prior to Park City’s strong exit from the recession.
It is Beerman’s third campaign in four years. He won the City Council seat in 2011, took office in early 2012 and then unsuccessfully competed for the mayor’s office in 2013. Beerman came to political prominence as the president of the Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents the interests of businesses in the Main Street core.
The filing window closes on Monday at 5 p.m. A candidate for the City Council must be a Park City resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election and at least 18 years old by the time of the election. They also must be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter in Park City.
A primary would be held in August if more than six people run. The primary would reduce the field to six for Election Day in November.