Main Street leader seeks City Council spot, pledges to represent all Parkites
July 1, 2011
Andy Beerman, the leader of the Main Street merchants and a figure in the lodging industry, will campaign this year for a spot on the Park City Council, saying his platform will be of interest to businesspeople and Parkites who do not have connections to Main Street.
Beerman is the president of the Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents the interests of Main Street and businesses nearby the street. He also has a substantial interest with his wife in the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street and co-owns with his wife the lodging firm that operates the inn.
Beerman is 41 years old and has lived in the Park City area since 1995. He lives in Old Town.
He pledged he will not champion Main Street over other commercial districts or neighborhoods if he is elected to the City Council. His platform is not Main Street-centric, but he said the businesses on the street want to attract more Parkites.
"I would like to think of myself as the Park City person on the City Council," he said. "I’m not running to represent any specific interest group."
He said, though, he supports an ambitious set of improvements the Historic Park City Alliance recently crafted. Main Street leaders could someday request City Hall funding for the improvements.
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Beerman’s campaign platform will include:
The overarching platform is similar to many City Council candidates over the past 20 years. He said the diverse topics the platform addresses are evidence he will not be focused on Main Street issues.
Beerman has spent several years as one of Main Street’s key leaders in the street’s talks with City Hall about budgetary and other issues.
"I think I have skills and a demeanor that could be able to add to the process," he said.
Beerman was among the Parkites who last spring unsuccessfully sought the appointment to succeed the late Candy Erickson on the City Council. In his application at that time, said he hoped to "contribute a moderate yet progressive voice to community affairs." He said in the application he had a basic understanding of City Hall issues and processes as well as being familiar with municipal staffers.
Beerman said this week he is able to build a consensus among competing interests, citing as an example his work with people who have places at the Treasure Mountain Inn as plans were being crafted for a major redevelopment of the property.
He said he would also bring City Council representation to what he sees as a new generation of Park City residents.
"I think we’re a growing interest in town . . . Diversity is good. Fresh ideas are good," Beerman said.