City Council field draws just two
July 2, 2009
Two Park City men on Wednesday submitted their names to campaign for a seat on the City Council, following through on their promises of the past two weeks that they will become candidates.
Alex Butwinski and John Stafsholt are the only people who had publicized their intent to campaign before the filing window opened. There are two City Council seats on the ballot. They are now held by Roger Harlan and Jim Hier. Both of the incumbents are retiring.
Butwinski lives in Park Meadows and is a retired management consultant. He closely monitors the goings-on at City Hall. Stafsholt lives in Old Town and is a software sales director for a computer-networking firm. He is a neighborhood activist as well, pressing for a stoppage on some demolitions in Old Town and following talks about the designs of buildings in the neighborhood.
If more than four people submit candidate papers, City Hall would hold a September primary to reduce the number to four for Election Day.
The City Council campaign has drawn only scattered talk in the months leading up the filing window. Not having an incumbent on the ballot, though, sometimes influences people to campaign who otherwise would not have.