School Board member wants a City Council spot, too
July 8, 2011
A member of the Park City Board of Education filed campaign papers to compete for a Park City Council seat this fall, setting up a scenario that could have one person serving on both of the panels at the same time.
Anne Bransford, who is 54 years old and lives in Park Meadows, said she will not step down from the Board of Education if she is successful in her City Council bid. The Board of Education holds power over the business of the Park City School District. The School District is independent from City Hall and the County Courthouse.
Bransford has lived in the Park City area for 11 years and her family has had land holdings in Park City for five generations.
It would be extremely rare for someone to hold a City Council position while serving in another elected capacity such as on the Board of Education. Bransford said there could be better relations between City Hall and the School District if she wins a City Council seat.
City Hall and the School District work closely together on projects like partnerships involving the Police Department and the schools. There have long been cordial relations between the two.
"I feel the communication could be improved . . . between the city and the school," Bransford said, adding, "We’re all in this together."
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Bransford is in her first term on the Board of Education.
Bransford said she continues to craft a campaign platform for the City Council bid. Further developing the Park City economy will be an important topic, she said. Bransford said Park City High School graduates head to college and then many times do not return to Park City because of a lack of career opportunities in the city.
The Bransford family has land holdings in the Empire Pass area, but the family does not have plans to develop the acreage, she said.