Green group plans Park City election forum
October 23, 2015
An organization dedicated to environmental topics has invited the Park City Council candidates to a forum on Tuesday, an election event that is expected to be heavily weighted toward issues like combating climate change.
The broad ideals of environmentalism have been broached in various forms during the campaign season, but the organizers of the Tuesday forum anticipate stressing the topics. It does not appear other campaign issues will be addressed.
The organizer is a group known as the Alpine Collective. The organization sees carbon reduction, such as through cutting emissions, as important to protecting Park City as a mountain community.
The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. at O.P. Rockwell, 268 Main St. It is a public forum. Summit Community Power Works, a not-for-profit organization involved in the efforts to win a national energy prize, is scheduled to moderate the event.
Conor Quinn, the founder of the Alpine Collective, said the City Hall campaign has not addressed the issues the organization presses to the same degree as other topics.
"No, I feel like it’s taken a back seat," Quinn said.
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He acknowledged, though, that issues like transportation and housing have been at the forefront of the campaign. Those issues have influence on topics notable to Alpine Collective.
Quinn said, perhaps, three of the six City Council candidates have addressed issues of importance to the Alpine Collective. He declined to identify them.
The Tuesday forum is scheduled a week before Election Day. It will be held during an early-voting period that runs through Friday.
The City Council candidates have appeared together several times in recent weeks, including an event hosted by business and tourism interests. There has generally been agreement among the candidates when asked about broad issues, but the details offered by each of them have differed.
The Alpine Collective says the event is anticipated to involve other groups with environmental interests of some sort.
The City Council candidates the night before are scheduled to participate in an unrelated campaign forum. It is set to run from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday at Park Meadows Country Club. Park Meadows residents organized the forum. The event will also address the Park City School District’s ballot measure to fund construction projects. Two members of the Park City Board of Education, Nancy Garrison and Phil Kaplan, are scheduled to speak about the $56 million ballot measure.
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