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Guest Editorial

As an established advocate of renewable power generation, I see our energy future tied directly to our personal health, our environmental health, our region’s economic competitiveness and our long-term county-wide sustainability.

Pursuing sustainability is not really a choice if we intend to pass along a healthy and vibrant community to our heirs. How we get there is. With this election, we have the opportunity to affirmatively put in place a truly talented and experienced County Council that would share the ability to think strategically and see the likely long-term effects of actions we take now.

In John Hanrahan, we have an articulate and tireless health advocate who has built and run a large international health organization under tight budgetary constraints. His affiliation with the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment gives him immediate access to the best community-oriented health science to help guide our new council in its deliberations on growth and resource management.

In Claudia McMullin, we have a proven and stalwart defender of smart growth principals who, as an attorney, knows the latitude and limitations of existing planning code and proposed changes. She will take this to the Council in helping guide our county’s growth and development to maximize the efficient use of our area resources and existing infrastructure while minimizing our long-term impacts.

In Chris Robinson, we have embodied in one remarkable person a balance of development and conservation who can bring the best principles and practices of each side to the other. He is also a valuable link between east and west, rancher and urbanite, Utah heritage and globalism. His ranch is host to new anemometers to test the viability of wind as a local energy resource and a potential additional revenue source to our farmers and ranchers.

And in Sally Elliott we have a proven commissioner who can help us in our transition to this new form of government with the relationships and institutional knowledge to accelerate the new Council members along their respective learning curves on the apparati of county government and their delivery of services. She has been instrumental in getting air-quality monitors in place and in coordinating the county’s involvement in wind testing.

Each of them understands sustainability from these unique points of view, and together, I believe they can help lead us to being a model county for the state and the country as we take on these big and critically interlinked challenges of energy, environment, health and economic viability.

Please join me in casting votes for each of these high-quality people!

Alexander Lofft is a board member of Recycle Utah, member of the Environmental Issues Committee of the Board of Realtors, Utah’s first commercial EcoBroker® and founder of which ran a successful petition to scrap three new coal-fired power plants in the region. He remains involved in renewable energy solutions.

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