Courthouse campaigns have started
February 28, 2012
With the November Election filing window opening on March 9, residents are already beginning to make their bids for the three Summit County Council seats that are up for election.
Council members John Hanrahan and Sally Elliott said they will not run for re-election this year while Council member Claudia McMullin does intend to seek a second term.
So far, three Democratic candidates have announced they will run for County Council including a former school board member Kim Carson, East Side Planning Commissioner Sean Wharton and BOSAC Chair Max Greenhalgh.
On the Republican side of the ticket, Summit County Party Chair Henry Glasheen said he has had 10 people tell him they may run for County Council but he does not plan on announcing any candidates until the filing window opens.
"I have six people who are anxiously seeking a Council seat and about four others who want to run if no one else does because they are unhappy with how things currently are being run," Glasheen said. "I think the large amount of people who are running shows how frustrated they are."
Max Greenhalgh, chair of the Basin Open Space Committee, said he is considering running for County Council but has not made a final decision yet.
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"My primary objective in running is to highlight the virtues of the current General Plan and Development Code," Greenhalgh said. "If the county had followed them we would not be in the CORE debacle we are now."
Greenhalgh added that his planning background will help him preserve and enhance the lifestyle of Summit County residents. As chair of BOSAC, Greenhalgh said he helped preserve over 5,000 acres of open space.
Eastern Summit County Planning Commissioner Sean Wharton said he wants to run for County Council to continue with his public service and to be able to make final decisions instead of just forwarding recommendations from the planning commission.
"I graduated from Park City High School in 1983 and have owned businesses and worked in the West and East sides of the county," Wharton said. "I know how the business communities feel on both sides. I have been on the planning commission for two years and think they deserve a council member who appreciates their hard work and will closely examine their recommendations."
Wharton ran four years ago for Sally Elliott’s seat but said that this time she will be endorsing him.
Former Park City School Board Member Kim Carson also announced her intent to run as a Democrat for the County Council. A Park City resident for 24 years and a school board member for eight, Carson said the skills she has developed while on the school board will serve her well as a council member.
"I didn’t leave the school board with the intent to run for the Council," she said. ‘But I have a sound and reasonable voice and think I can contribute to policy and the facilitation, negotiation and development of new plans and issues. Currently, the Development Plan is having unattended consequences so we will need to make sure the new one is working well."
Carson added that she wants to make sure the County’s budget process is clear and the Council communicates well with their constitutions.
McMullin said she is running again to complete some unfinished business, like amending CORE rezone and making sure affordable housing and growth in the County is well thought out and controlled. McMullin added that she wants to see senior citizen housing needs addressed and to help the new Councilors become accustomed to the job.
"As a result of the 2012 elections, we will have at least two and possibly three new County Councilors. This job is very challenging and the learning curve incredibly steep. I believe that my experience in the job and knowledge of the issues is important to retain. Plus, I have more to give, like the job, and believe I’ve done a good job," McMullin said.
The filing window for the 2012 General Election is March 9 through March 15 at 5 p.m. Open positions that will appear on the ballot in Summit County include: three Summit County Council seats, three School Board seats in each district, the Summit County Justice Court position, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Senate Seat 19, House Seat 53, House Seat 54, House Seat 28, State Treasurer, Auditor and Attorney General.
The Summit County Neighborhood Caucuses will be held on March 13 for the Democratic Party and March 15 for the Republican Party. Locations and times will be available at a later date.