Park City community organizer launches City Council campaign
A community organizer has started a campaign for the Park City Council, saying she plans to craft a platform that touches on issues that City Hall sees as critical but acknowledging that she has not finalized the details.
Deanna Rhodes is 37 and lives in Prospector. She has lived in Park City approximately four years. She describes herself as a community organizer who works with Equality Utah, a group that aims to advance the rights of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. She also assisted with the organization of the Women’s March on Main in 2017, a large demonstration in Park City that was held the day after President Trump took office. Rhodes said she has advocated on behalf of social justice issues.
In a prepared statement submitted to The Park Record, Rhodes said housing, traffic and pedestrian safety are important issues. But the statement also indicated she has not finalized her stand on the topics.
“I completely agree that voters will want to know specific solutions to these complex problems. At this time, I haven’t formulated my platform. I’m looking forward to door knocking and listening to the residents to engage a substantive dialogue,” she said in the statement.
Rhodes said she has been an advocate for the people of Park City at the Statehouse and has “been to our courts to observe the judicial branch and have been to many county board meetings.” The City Council on Thursday appointed her to City Hall’s Police Complaint Review Committee.
“Park City is an amazing place to live. But the reality is that the Park City lifestyle is a struggle for many who live here. Affordable housing is so important to the mental health and stability of our community members,” she said in the statement, summarizing some of the issues she intends to press. “Traffic and congestion contribute to our stress level. Air quality, sustainability, and climate change continue to worry us. All of these issues affect the wellbeing of our town and our residents.”
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.