The Park Record editorial, March 26-29, 2011 | ParkRecord.com

The Park Record editorial, March 26-29, 2011

Erickson leaves legacy of civic commitment

In a town known for an active and informed citizenry, Candy Erickson still stood above the rest.

During the time she lived in Park City she won three consecutive terms on the Park City Council. While local political jurisdictions are tough on incumbents, Erickson’s support among voters grew each Election Day, a testament to her deep understanding and close connections in the community.

After a long battle with colon cancer, Erickson died Thursday at her home in Park Meadows, surrounded by her family.

Despite her six-year illness, Erickson diligently carried out her duties at City Hall including playing an active role in the complex negotiations with the Military Installation Development Authority. Even in the last months of her illness, Erickson was closely following important city issues and offering her input. She also continued to serve on numerous volunteer boards and committees.

On Friday, Erickson’s City Council colleagues highlighted her fair-minded toughness and her willingness to mentor newly elected members of the council. They also noted that Erickson was popular among City Hall staffers who knew that she would give their concerns her full attention.

Erickson was known as a voice for working-class citizens in Park City. She was an ardent supporter of affordable housing as well as the city’s environmental efforts. She served on the board of Recycle Utah and was a longtime member of the Park City Women’s Business Network.

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These days, while many people shun politics because of its reputation for contentiousness and controversy, Park City should count itself as fortunate that people like Erickson are willing to serve. She set a high standard for her successor, one that will be hard to match.

Her efforts, from helping to prepare for the 2002 Olympics to steering the town through the perilous recession, improved the lives of everyone whether they were international dignitaries or seasonal employees.

To her heartbroken family we can only offer these small words of comfort: She will not be forgotten and we will do our best to live up to her legacy.

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