Summit County Councilor says he will run for mayor
Roger Armstrong is first to declare in Park City’s mayoral race
May 18, 2017
Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong announced Thursday that he intends to run for mayor of Park City. Armstrong is the first to publically declare an interest in the city's top post. Incumbent Mayor Jack Thomas has, so far, declined to say whether he will seek another term.
Armstrong was first elected to the County Council in 2012 and, last November, ran unopposed for a second term. He and his wife Beth, the executive director of the People's Health Clinic, live in the Aspen Springs neighborhood of Park City.
Armstrong emphasized that he is not running against City Hall saying he believes Thomas's reticence to declare is based on concerns about who would file to take his place.
"I have the deepest regard for Jack Thomas and think he has been an excellent mayor. I suspect that Mayor Thomas has some life adventures calling to him but is waiting to see who declares their candidacy before making his final decision. I hope that my decision to run offers him some comfort concerning his possible successor and keeping his legacy moving forward," Armstrong explained in a prepared statement.
He added that his interest in the city position does not mean he is unhappy on the county board.
"I really wrestled with it. I love my colleagues on the county council. I think we have made tremendous strides on issues like affordable housing, transportation and growth. We have been pushing hard and things are finally being implemented. I genuinely love what I do," he said.
"But," he added, "I live n Park City and the city really guides what happens in my backyard. I don't want to see it harmed. I want to protect it."
Armstrong who has three and a half years remaining on his current county council term said he is attracted to the mayor's role "because it has more of a leadership aspect." He said it would also offer the opportunity to "take a more public stance on the issues."
In a press release announcing his intention to be a candidate, Armstrong reiterated his commitment to the community.
"I live in Park City and this is an important opportunity to serve my community, and I want to offer my services and expertise to help retain the remarkable qualities that attracted us to this amazing place."
The release also underscores his experience with the council working on regional issues including the Mountain Accord initiative, the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance and Council of Governments.
Armstrong's professional background includes 22 years as a lawyer in the motion picture industry. According to the release, he previously on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute.