Park City candidate, residing just outside city limits, withdraws
June 10, 2015
One of the candidates in the Park City Council campaign withdrew from the contest on Wednesday based on a residency issue, City Hall’s election officer said.
Josh Hobson lives on Snows Lane on the edge of Thaynes Canyon. The address on Snows Lane where he lives is situated in a part of unincorporated Summit County just outside the Park City limits.
Someone must have been a Park City resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to an election to qualify to become a candidate. Hobson filed a candidacy withdrawal affidavit with the Park City recorder formally ending the campaign.
Marci Heil, the city recorder, said City Hall staffers discovered the address was outside the Park City limits and alerted Hobson.
"I’m a few hundred yards past where the city-county line is," Hobson, who is a renter, said, adding, "It’s disappointing and frustrating."
Hobson was the second person during this year’s City Council election to end a campaign based on the residency requirement. Morgan Irvin, who lives on a street close to Kimball Junction, withdrew shortly after filing campaign paperwork.
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There have been a few people who lived in the Snyderville Basin over the years express interest in campaigning in Park City. They have generally lived well outside the Park City limits, though, rather than on the edge of the city limits like Hobson.
Hobson is a Deer Valley Resort sous chef who has lived locally since 2011. He said in an interview his campaign platform would include transit and housing issues.
Hobson said he lived inside the Park City limits, on Park Avenue close to the Park City Library and Education Center, until early April.
"I had no idea I moved out of town," he said.
He said he will consider moving into the Park City limits and mounting another City Council campaign in 2017.
There are seven candidates remaining in the City Council field, enough to require a primary election in August to reduce the field to six for Election Day in November.