Mayor rules out bid in the county |

Mayor rules out bid in the county

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Democrats in Summit County asked Park City Mayor Dana Williams to campaign in November against Republican state Rep. Mel Brown, of Coalville.

Williams said he turned down the requests. When he finishes his second term as mayor Williams said he is considering moving to China to teach English and music to high-school students.

Williams sings and plays guitar in the Motherlode Canyon Band, a musical group based in Park City.

The mayor says he will also not run for a seat on the new five-member Summit County Council, which is slated to form in 2009.

He was elected to serve his second four-year mayoral term in 2005.

Williams came to political prominence as the head of Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth in the 1990s when the group led the opposition to what became the Empire Pass development in Deer Valley.

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He lived in Southern California and was recognized as one of the best farmers in Summit County when he lived on the East Side.

Williams won the 2001 campaign in a bitterly disputed election against Fred Jones. He won re-election in 2005 without opposition.

Since being in office, the greening of City Hall has been one of his priorities.

The filing window to run for office in Summit County is open March 7-17.

Western Summit County resident Claudia McMullin, who is a member of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission, says she is considering running in November for a seat on the Summit County Council.

McMullin works as an attorney in Park City.

Meanwhile, freshman County Commissioner Sally Elliott, a Park City Democrat, declared that she will also campaign for a seat on the Summit County Council.

Voters chose to change the three-person Summit County Commission to a five-member board with a hired executive in a hotly contested referendum race in 2006. Voters will pick the first council members this year.

For more information, call Summit County Clerk Kent Jones. From the West Side his number is 615-3203. From North Summit, the number is 336-3203. People in South Summit can call 783-4451, extension 3203. Additional information is available on the County Clerk’s section of Summit County’s Web site,