David Ure (R) – Summit County Council Seat E
David Ure (Republican)
Summit County Council Seat E
Question 1: What are your qualifications to run for a seat on the county council and why do you want to serve?
I have been a public servant since 1993 when I was first elected to District 53 of the Utah House of Representatives. While there, I served as Chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee, a joint legislative committee that oversees agency rulemaking. I currently serve on the Summit County Council and have been successful in moving the County toward a more fiscally responsible and streamlined government. I would like the opportunity to serve again to finish the tough policy choices Council is currently facing. For instance, the proposed Uinta Express Pipeline, the merging of two major ski resorts, the hiring of a new County Manager, and major development issues need to be addressed now and in the near future. I would like the opportunity to serve in County Council again to continue to tackle these issues head on.
Question 2: Now that the economy is recovering, are there cuts in staff, projects or services that you would reinstate? Would you recommend lowering taxes? Please be specific.
I would not recommend reinstating staff or projects. I believe the last tax increase in 2013 was not necessary. The economy was improving at that time, and almost to the point where we were three years earlier.
Question 3: Are you satisfied with the county’s current council/manager form of government, why or why not and what would make it better?
I think the new form of government has worked very well over the past five years. Our County Manager has been able to oversee staff, allowing Council the opportunity to focus on policy. Having these defined roles enables Summit County to work in a more efficient manner and better serve its citizens.
I look forward to a new manager coming into the County and am hopeful that individual can foster effective collaboration between incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county.
Question 4: If you could introduce one specific new policy that would help improve Summit County citizens’ quality of life, what would it be?
We in Summit County are fortunate to experience a higher quality of life than most other areas in the country. This is why so many people from other areas move here every year. I think the best thing we could do to ensure this quality of life continues is to address transportation and traffic issues that are beginning to plague the county. Smart traffic and transportation planning, particularly in the Snyderville Basin, needs to be addressed before more growth occurs.
Question 5: Currently there are four council members from West side of Summit County and only one from the East side. Do you believe the needs of the citizens on the East Side are different from those on the West Side and are they being addressed?
As the only Council Member from the East Side of the County and the only council member actually born and raised in Summit County, yes I do think we have different needs. The council members from the West Side of the county have been very sensitive to the needs and desires of the East Side. They have asked specific questions about the culture of the East Side and have worked hard for economic improvements there.
Question 6: Please differentiate your platform from your opponent’s.
I am a lifelong Summit County resident who has worked to address the needs of our residents. I have years of experience working with constituents and have built valuable relationships that allow me to work effectively to address issues.
My opponent, although a good person, lacks the experience and knowledge I have to continue to work for Summit County in the most efficient way possible. There is no learning curve for me.
As a rancher I can relate to the needs of those on the East Side of the county while still offering my many years of state Legislature experience to benefit the more populated West Side of the county. I hope to serve another term to finish the many pressing issues we currently face in Council.
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