The Park Record Editorial
July 14, 2007
At the risk of being redundant, it is vital to remind residents that Monday at 5 p.m. is the last opportunity to run for their city or town councils next November.
So far, six people have filed to run for the three seats that will be up for re-election on the Park City Council, a healthy number for a relatively non-controversial election year.
But, as of Friday, on the East Side of the county where three council members on most of five town boards are nearing the end of their four-year terms, very few citizens have stepped forward. In fact, if no one shows up to join the races on Monday, some towns like Coalville and Henefer may have to actively draft candidates. With only one business day left to file, no one had shown any interest in the council seats in Coalville or Henefer. And in Kamas only two incumbents had signed up for the three seats that will be on the ballot.
It is impossible to understate the importance of these local elections, especially on the East Side where several towns have experienced more growth in the last five years then in the previous 100. Those town councils, whose biggest concerns used to be patching roads, fixing streetlights and putting on a summer parade, are now being asked to plan subdivisions, devise trail systems and generally take on responsibilities formerly shouldered by full-fledged municipalities.
In recent years, Park City, Kamas, Coalville, Henefer, Oakley and Francis have benefited from the leadership of a number of bright, committed public servants. On their watch citizens have enjoyed the perks of living in a rural setting and the reliable amenities of a well-organized city. The challenge for future councilors will be to ensure the rural ambience, so important to their constitutents, is not overrun by new growth. And yet, they will also have to nurture enough economic development to finance infrastructure and amenities for new residents.
No one has ever said that holding local public office is easy or profitable. It is, however, a chance to leave a lasting legacy on the community.
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To be eligible to run for a town council post, a person must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, which is Nov. 6, 2007, a U.S. citizen, a resident of their town for at least 12 consecutive months before Election Day and a registered voter.
For more information about the Park City council seats, call Cindy LoPiccolo, City Hall’s election official, at 615-5026. For information about running in Coalville, Kamas, Oakley, Henefer or Francis call the Summit County clerk’s office, 435-615-3204.