Gabrielle Lee Caruso brings diverse background to campaign |

Gabrielle Lee Caruso brings diverse background to campaign

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Gabrielle Lee Caruso last week rounded out the field seeking a spot on the Park City Council, deciding to seek elected office after having served on City Hall’s open-space committee and being involved in an array of other groups.

Caruso was one of the Parkites who sought an appointment to the City Council to succeed the late Candy Erickson.

In her application for the appointment, submitted in April, Caruso outlined her background and briefly described what could be seen as a political platform. She has lived in Park City since 2003 and also lived in the city from 1996 until 1999, the application says.

"I appreciate and support the direction that Park City leaders have taken us, and I’d like to see it continued," Caruso said in the application.

She described herself as a supporter of what she called responsible planning as well as land conservation and cleaner-burning energies, sometimes known as renewable energies.

The application said she supports the underlying idea of work force housing.

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" . . . I believe that those working in Park City should be able to live here, and that diversity is an extremely important component of what makes Park City the town that it is," she said in the application.

Meanwhile, the application indicated Caruso has knowledge of City Hall’s Land Management Code, which governs development inside the city, and understands Park City’s conservation goals given her service on the open-space committee.

The application listed a series of public-service positions Caruso holds or has held. They include volunteering for the Park City Education Foundation, including serving as a lobbyist in an effort against a state-mandated redistribution of funds that could have cost the Park City School District.

" . . . I was taught at a very young age that you must do more than live in your community – you must be of service to it. I would be honored to serve my community by sitting on the City Council," Caruso said in the application.

She has also served on the board of directors of the Park City Chamber/Bureau and once was involved with the Park City Women’s Business Network, the application said.

Caruso serves on a state panel known as the Utah Career Service Review Board, which she described as serving as the appeal body for employment terminations and employee grievances. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. appointed Caruso to the board.

The application said Caruso visited Park City for the first time in 1985 for a ski trip and continued to return on vacations. She lives in Park Meadows.

Caruso’s application indicated she worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office. In that role, she met with legislators from rural counties, she said.

"I understand that those living outside of Park City may have views and (beliefs) different than my own, but it is important to Park City’s future to maintain communication with others throughout the state," she said in the application.