Cindy Matsumoto, pleased with progress, will seek second term
Cindy Matsumoto, a first-term member of the Park City Council, will seek re-election this year, saying she is pleased with the progress made over the past three-plus years and outlining what she sees as a community-based platform.
Matsumoto had previously said she was interested in another campaign, but she had not declared her intention to do so. Matsumoto is 63 years old and lives in Park Meadows. She has lived in Park City for 21 years. Matsumoto is the co-owner of Right at Home, a furnishings store on Bonanza Drive.
She is the first person to publicly declare themselves a candidate for one of the two City Council seats that are on the ballot this year. The other one is held by Alex Butwinski, another first-term member of the City Council. He has not yet said whether he will seek re-election. Nobody has emerged as a potential challenger for the City Council seats.
Matsumoto said City Hall has been successful during her first term. She said officials have made strides in waterworks projects and their attempt to create a regional system. She said the work is not glamorous, but it is important to the city.
She also said she sees the passage of a voter-approved increase in the sales taxes paid in Park City as a success of her first term. The City Council authorized the measure to be put on the ballot, and voters later agreed to the increase. The additional monies will pay for Main Street improvements, conservation purchases and infrastructure upgrades.
Matsumoto said her campaign will involve topics like planning for growth on a regional basis. She said doing so will enable Park City to preserve what Parkites like best about the community.
She said the future of the lower Park Avenue corridor will also be addressed during her campaign. There are discussions about a range of projects along that section of Park Avenue or on nearby streets, including housing and the expansion of the Park City Library Education Center. City Hall has land holdings that will be important as a long-range plan is developed for the corridor along lower Park Avenue.
Matsumoto said over the next four years she wants to see what she calls a "community campus" be developed in the neighborhood. She said she would like additional housing built that is sold at below the market rate, calling the housing affordable or attainable.
Matsumoto, meanwhile, said she wants City Hall to continue to pursue conservation purchases. She declined to discuss parcels of land she would like the municipal government to buy to protect them from development, however.
If more than four people mount campaigns for a City Council seat, a primary would be held to reduce the field to four on Election Day. The winners in November will be sworn into office in early 2014 for a four-year term. The filing window when candidates must formalize the campaigns runs from June 3 until June 7.
The mayor’s office is also on the ballot this year. Dana Williams, the three-term incumbent, will not seek re-election. Andy Beerman, a City Councilor, has launched a mayoral campaign, the only person to do so thus far. If more than two people seek the mayor’s office, a primary would be held to cut the field to two for Election Day.
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Sales-tax collections in Park City in July beat City Hall projections by a wide margin, providing a key data point that illustrates a nascent economic comeback of sorts from the spring business shutdowns.