Becca Gerber, from a younger generation, starts City Council campaign
May 22, 2015
A Park City woman with experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors on Wednesday launched a bid for the Park City Council, becoming the first person to announce an intention to compete in this year’s contest.
Becca Gerber said in a prepared statement she is motivated to run "by her desire to ensure the Park City we leave behind provides the same quality of life for those that come after us. Let’s make a plan for the Park City of tomorrow."
The statement says she has lived in Park City since she was 9 years old and grew up enjoying Park City’s recreation offerings. She is a graduate of Park City High School. Her background includes work with the Park City Institute and the Park Silly Sunday Market. She is a member of the board of the Historic Park City Alliance and City Hall’s Recreation Advisory Board, the statement says. She taught skiing and swimming.
"As Park City evolves and new players enter the game we need to make a plan to preserve our values and shape the changes that will inevitably come," she said in the statement. "I know we can be a world class ski destination and still take care of the community that makes it all happen if we properly plan."
Gerber is 35 years old and lives in Old Town. She grew up in Park Meadows. Gerber is the director of sales and marketing for Aloha Ski & Snowboard, which has seven locations in the Park City area.
"I’ve seen this town go through many changes. I’ve gotten to grow with the town in many ways," Gerber, who describes herself as an optimistic, enthusiastic person, said.
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Gerber said she would bring a new perspective to the City Council, indicating she can represent people in the Park City work force better than others. She also said she would better represent younger Parkites. The current City Councilors are at least a decade or so older than Gerber.
"In some ways it’s like having your parents speak for you," she said.
Gerber said she will press the idea of ensuring Park City is "open to a wider range of demographics" as her top campaign issue. She said Park City must explore a variety of housing options, like affordable, attainable, seasonal and work force. Gerber, though, did not immediately provide details about the housing plank of the platform.
She also plans to discuss furthering Park City’s environmental efforts, saying that the natural beauty should be preserved. Gerber did not provide details.
Gerber said the municipal government is a high-performing organization. She said the makeup of the elected officials, though, should change with the community.
"As the town evolves, so should City Council," Gerber said.
Gerber cannot formalize the campaign until the opening of the filing window in June, when candidates must submit paperwork at City Hall. The filing window runs from June 1 until June 8.
Three City Council seats — those held by Andy Beerman, Liza Simpson and Dick Peek — are on the ballot this year.
A candidate must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the election and a Park City resident for at least 12 months prior to the election. They also must be a registered voter in Park City.
If more than six people mount campaigns, a primary will be held to reduce the field to six for Election Day. The winners will be sworn into office for four-year terms in early January.
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