Dana Williams, former Park City mayor, launches bid to reclaim the office
He becomes the third prominent political figure to start campaign for the position
THE PARK RECORD
Former Park City Mayor Dana Williams on Tuesday started a campaign to reclaim the position, adding another formidable candidate to what could be a crowded contest for City Hall’s highest office.
Williams served three terms as the mayor ending in early 2014, covering 12 years that stretched through the 2002 Winter Olympics, the post-Games economic boom and then the recession. He won the 2001, 2005 and 2009 mayoral campaigns by significant margins, including an uncontested re-election in 2005. He did not seek a fourth term in 2013.
Williams rose to prominence as the leader of an influential development watchdog before winning the mayor’s office in his first-ever political campaign. In the three-plus years since he left office, Williams has pressed several issues at City Hall but has largely remained out of politics. He was notably involved in the dispute regarding Vail Resorts’ bid to trademark the name ‘Park City’ as it applies to a mountain resort. Williams was among the leaders of the opposition movement to the trademark. He also monitored the Mountain Accord efforts meant to craft a long-range vision for the Wasatch Mountain region.
Williams joins Park City Councilor Andy Beerman and Summit County Councilor Roger Armstrong as declared mayoral candidates. A primary election will be held if each of them files official campaign paperwork to reduce the field to two for Election Day.
The filing window opens on Thursday and closes on June 7.
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