Council candidates face issues
July 17, 2009
Experienced and first-time candidates for City Council are bringing varied backgrounds to their platforms, in preparation for a primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Four additional candidates filed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of candidates to six. A primary election will limit the number of candidates to four for the Nov. 3 election.
Cindy Matsumoto has lived in Park City for 17 years and is a co-owner of Right at Home. She has served on the Historical Society Board for 11 years, and served as president for four years, including during the planning stages of the Park City Museum expansion.
From this public service experience, Matsumoto prioritizes preserving Park City’s historic district because "it makes us different than other ski towns."
Other issues she will consider in her platform are stimulating the economy, securing open space, curbing growth and traffic and believes now is "a good time to step up our green movements in town."
"I think it’s going to be a challenging time, but an exciting time," she said.
As a business woman and Park Meadows homeowner, Matsumoto said she feels that she can represent a significant segment of the Park City community. She and her husband have two daughters who live in Old Town and who Matsumoto believes keep her connected her with the views of younger Parkites.
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"I’m not going anywhere. I’m not retiring any place else. This is home for me and my family so we feel very close to Park City," Matsumoto said.
Like so many Parkites, Martin Fox was drawn to Park City in 1985 for the skiing. He lived here off and on, finishing college at Cornell University and returning to Park City permanently in 2002. Over the years he has held various jobs, often more than one at a time, including everything from ski instructing and bartending to commuting to the East Coast to run Fortune 500 companies.
"I know what it’s like to work three jobs in this town to try to pay the rent," Fox said.
After a two-year retirement after his daughter Hillary was born, Fox started the Center for Global Leadership in 2006. The non-profit organization is designed to provide inspired youth with the business, leadership and the emotional intelligence to contribute to the greater global good. Rather than giving aid, Fox wants his students to "invest in something that builds local sustainability." In the winter Fox still instructs at Deer Valley.
Fox describes himself as a "moderate" and said that from his business experience, he knows how to "get people from absolutely different points of view to the table to get people to discuss and figure out an outcome," to problems; outcomes which, he said, are often superior to any solution people come to on their own.
Fox said he thinks the biggest issue facing Park City is what he calls "Walk, Bike, Ride," and includes making alternative transportation safe and available to everyone in town.
"Every person that gets on the bus, that doesn’t take a car, I just want to cheer," Fox said. "But for people to do that, it needs to be safe and convenient at the same time."
He also believes workers should be able to have access to affordable housing close to their work and believes the solution is mixed-income housing. The third issue Fox mentioned is smart, controlled growth. Fox has drawn on his experience with the Vision Park City process to understand the issues that are important to Park City.
His additional public leadership experience includes serving as the current chair for Cornell-Utah’s Alumni Admissions Network and on Park City’s Police Review Advisory Board. In the past Fox was on the National Multi Housing Council Board, which exposed him to new ideas for mixed-income housing.
Mark Blue is seeking a seat on City Council for the fourth time, with previous campaigns in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
He did not wish to speak to the media and plans to reveal his campaign platform on Aug. 1.
Jack Martin Thomas was out of town and could not be reached for comment. Thomas was nominated via a nomination petition, which was submitted by Mary Wintzer, who could also not be reached for comment.
Poling location update: The city would like to note that the poling locations at McPolin Elementary School and Treasure Mountain International School have been moved to the lobby of the Eccles Center at Park City High School.