Erickson ‘stunned’ with big win |

Erickson ‘stunned’ with big win

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The week after walloping the field to win a third term, Park City Councilwoman Candy Erickson said on Thursday she does not currently have further political aspirations.

In an interview, though, she did not rule out running for office again, either for the City Council or another political position. She refused to discuss higher positions like the mayor’s office or the Statehouse, however.

Erickson, a moderate who lives in Park Meadows, finished first in the September primary as well. In almost eight years of service, she has been one of the most popular elected officials in Summit County, drawing a wide base of support with her centrist positions.

"I think I have name recognition. People know me. I’ve been here a long time," Erickson said after the City Councilors, acting as City Hall’s Board of Canvassers, finalized the results from Election Day.

She said she visited all the city’s neighborhoods, campaigning door to door as the vote neared. Erickson won in each of the city’s three Consolidated Districts, which election officials use to split the city’s balloting, and she was especially strong in her home district, where she won 24.9 percent of the votes.

"I couldn’t be happier. I’m stunned," Erickson said.

Erickson’s eight years on the City Council is the longest uninterrupted streak of the current five elected officials. If she serves the next full term, she will have been a City Councilor for 12 years.

Erickson’s role on the City Council is wide, with she being assigned to monitor critical issues like City Hall’s relationship with the Statehouse and the federal government.

The next municipal election is scheduled in 2009, when the mayor’s office and two City Council seats are on the ballot. Dana Williams, the incumbent mayor, has not publicized whether he will seek a third term.

Williams has proven one of the most popular elected officials in Park City’s modern era, including an unopposed run for re-election in 2005. It is unlikely Erickson would challenge Williams if he bids for another term. If he does not, supporters would probably try to draft Erickson as a candidate.

The Election Day results, when three City Council seats were on the ballot, were:

Erickson, 1,227 votes, 18.25 percent

Liza Simpson, 903 votes, 13.43 percent

Joe Kernan, an incumbent, 868 votes, 12.91 percent

Dennis Wong, 817 votes, 12.15 percent

Bruce Taylor, 804 votes, 11.96 percent

Kacy Quinley, 354 votes, 5.26 percent

Simpson will be sworn into office in January, and Erickson and Kernan will also take their oaths of office again then. The terms end in early 2012.

Citywide turnout was 29.37 percent, with the percentage being greatest in Park Meadows-Quarry Mountain and lowest in Old Town and Deer Valley. A $15 million walking and bicycling bond, which was approved, probably influenced many people in Park Meadows to vote.

The bond appeared to be especially popular in Park Meadows as Election Day approached.

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