Guest editorial: No dissention between council candidates
October 11, 2016
I find myself most troubled that the Park Record county reporter manufactured a false narrative in last Saturday’s (online) edition (October 8th) with the headline, "Summit County Council Race Pits Planning Commissioners Against Each Other." It appeared a desperate attempt to mirror the conflict that is happening on the national level, in the presidential race for office. There is no dissension here; just two candidates running their respective campaigns.
Doug Clyde and I have always had a good relationship. As planning commissioners (he on the East Side and I on the Snyderville Basin), I have always felt there was a mutual respect between us; we both serve at the will of the County Council, in appointed and volunteer positions. We are also active members of Park City Rotary Club and enjoy our Tuesday club lunches each week. Never has there existed any sort of negative conflict between our two campaigns. Of course, we do have differences of opinions now and again, but nothing angry or combative. We both enjoy serving our community and are hopeful to continue our work at an elected level.
The Saturday that the article was published, I called Mr. Clyde to discuss it in detail, and I was grateful for the opportunity to relay to Mr. Clyde the real and actual conversation that took place between myself and the reporter. It did not include the misquotes and out-of-context language that were included in the article. I can now say, unequivocally, that we both feel hoodwinked, for lack of a better word, by the Park Record. Both Mr. Clyde and I are in agreement about the kind of campaign that each of us is running; one based on facts and qualifications and the desire to serve; not a campaign of finger-pointing and negativity.
Elections are about individuals identifying challenges and offering solutions to those challenges. At the local level, in particular, I do not believe that we should be pitted against one another. It has long been my contention that a run for County Council should be non-partisan. Unfortunately, that's not the case, and party affiliation is necessary in order to file to run. I am a Republican, albeit a moderate one.
And so, to answer the question of who I am voting for, it is not Donald Trump. I've never been much for straight-ticket voting, and this year, it seems especially crucial that I put in the thought behind my choice. It is my hope that you, the voters, will also be thoughtful as to who you think will best serve you, as you fill in the bubble next to your candidate's name, on your mail-in-ballot.