Alex Butwinski, stressing continuity, will seek re-election
Alex Butwinski, a first-term member of the Park City Council, will seek re-election this year, saying he wants to continue the efforts from his first four years in office.
Butwinski holds one of two City Council seats on the ballot this year. Cindy Matsumoto, another first-term City Councilor, holds the other one. She is also seeking re-election.
Butwinski said lots was accomplished during his first term in office, but the work has not been completed.
"There’s a lot of things that need to be continued," Butwinski said, adding, "I don’t see any new specific challenges."
Butwinski said his platform will stress issues that have been addressed during his first term, essentially that City Hall must continue to press ahead with its current ideas.
"I think it’s what the citizens have supported, in terms of our vision," Butwinski said.
Butwinski is 65 years old and lives in Park Meadows. He has lived in Park City for 13 years. He manages investment properties, but he considers himself mostly retired. He closely watched City Hall for a time prior to his first campaign, attending many City Council meetings as an interested citizen.
Butwinski said his broad platform will include planks like continuing Park City’s efforts to evolve as a resort community, providing economic opportunities, preserving the environment and ensuring the government is responsive and effective. He said he wants City Hall to be fiscally sound.
His economic plank includes advancing the ideas for a major redevelopment of the Bonanza Park district, something that is under discussion. He said he wants the district to someday offer a mix of residential and commercial properties, including retailers, office space and places for incubator businesses.
"It’s an opportunity for the city to collaborate with a developer," he said, describing a vision of Bonanza Park being "a community within our community."
He would like Bonanza Park redeveloped in a manner that would make it easy for people to walk to their destinations or take a bus. He would like people living there to have the option of not owning a vehicle.
Butwinski wants the environment preserved, saying City Hall should continue to monitor air quality. He said he wants the municipal government’s open space program continued and sees City Hall seeking conservation purchases that either border the city limits or border acreage that is already under city ownership.
He said he wants to recognize the importance of Main Street, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Butwinski also said he has built relations with legislators who represent Park City at the Statehouse.
Butwinski and others who will seek office this year cannot formalize their campaigns until early in the summer. The filing window runs from June 3 until June 7.
If more than four people mount City Council campaigns, a primary would be held to reduce the field to four candidates for Election Day. The winners will be sworn into office in early January.
The mayor’s office is also on the ballot this year. The incumbent, Dana Williams, is not seeking a fourth term. City Councilman Andy Beerman has said he will campaign for the city’s highest office, the only person to date to publicly declare intentions to mount a mayoral campaign.
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