Oakley mayoral election spotlight
Ryan Summerlin October 23, 2013
Oakley incumbent Mayor Blake Frazier is up for re-election this year, and Wade Woolstenhulme will challenge his seat. The Park Record reached out to both candidates to ask them a series of questions leading up to the election.
Frazier did not respond to interview requests by The Park Record, but in a June interview said that the primary issues of significance for Oakley were "controlled growth, commercial development, maintaining the rural lifestyle, water, sewer and roads."
The following series of questions were asked to mayoral challenger Wade Woolstenhulme:
Why are you running for mayor of Oakley?
Woolstenhulme, an Oakley native who has lived there his whole life, said, "I wanted to make sure that someone was in [office] that would maintain the values of our small community and try to ride that tightrope of staying the way we were while maintaining the growth that needs to take place."
Woolstenhulme added, "We all need to take our turn serving."
What are you doing now and why do you feel you are qualified?
Woolstenhulme is currently South Summit Middle School’s principal, and said he has served in education for 25 years, having started as a history and physical education teacher. He said he has schooling in political science as well.
He also mentioned he has served as a wrestling head coach for 14 years and on the Executive Board of the Utah High School Rodeo Association for 12 years, which he served as president of for one year.
"The struggle will be getting to know the ins and outs of running a community," Woolstenhulme said. "I think I’m capable of figuring all that stuff out. I don’t really have an agenda."
What issues are important to you and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
Woolstenhulme said he wants to continue to maintain facilities such as the recreation center, the indoor/outdoor arena and the baseball and softball fields. He said those facilities "serve our community and the communities of the whole valley."
He added he "hates raising taxes in any situation" and wants to encourage more Oakley residents to get involved in the community.
"We can always do more to involve more of the community," Woolstenhulme said. "If we’re going to survive, everyone’s got to be involved – it can’t all be just paid employees."
What is your approach to growth and development and how would you attract business and/or tourism?
Woolstenhulme said he would like the least amount of impact on Oakley as far as future growth and development is considered. He doesn’t want to "turn it into a big city," and that it should stay acceptable for people to "herd cows down the road and have horses in their backyards."
"If people have property, within reason, they need to be able to do what they need to do with it," Woolstenhulme said. "We need to maintain the good rural atmosphere, because that’s usually what people come up here for."
He added that there is property at the old rodeo arena that has a proposal for development that he would like to see, but said he would handle issues "one situation at a time."