Nann Worel, a not-for-profit executive, starts Park City Council campaign
Nann Worel, a not-for-profit executive and a member of the Park City Planning Commission, said on Thursday she will seek a seat on the Park City Council.
Worel is the second person to announce a City Council bid. The window during which candidates must formalize their campaigns opens on Monday. Becca Gerber, an Old Town resident who grew up in Park City, publicized her intention to mount a City Council campaign last week.
Worel is the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides medical services to the uninsured. She was involved with the Peace House domestic violence shelter in the past as a member of an advisory board. She is a graduate of the Leadership Park City training program.
"I look forward to bringing my skills as a manager, trustee and nonprofit leader to the City Council and the processes by which decisions are made," Worel said in a prepared statement announcing her candidacy.
A release from the Worel campaign says she is the president of the board of directors of an Alexandria, Va.-based not-for-profit called the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics.
The release includes an endorsement from Sally Elliott, who served in elected office in Park City and Summit County.
Worel is 61 years old and lives in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood of Solamere. She has been a Park City resident for eight years and owned a vacation home in the city before that. Worel has been a member of the Planning Commission for a little more than four years.
Worel said City Hall’s performance, overall, is "amazing." She mentioned issues like the timeline of work force housing development by Park City Mountain Resort, though.
"Sometimes things just fall through the cracks," Worel said.
She said the campaign platform will include a plank involving the related issues of congestion, parking and managing growth. Worel wants to maintain Park City’s mining heritage, including by protecting deteriorating mining-era relics. She questioned how Park City maintains the community if winters become drier, but Worel said climate change will not be a platform plank.
Candidates must formalize their campaigns during a weeklong filing window that opens on Monday. Someone filing campaign paperwork for the City Council contest must be a Park City resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election and at least 18 years old by the time of the election. They must be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter in Park City.
City Hall would hold a primary election in August if more than six people run for City Council. A primary would reduce the field to six for Election Day. The winners in November will serve four-year terms starting in early January.
For more information about the election, contact Marci Heil, City Hall’s election official. She is reachable at 615-5007 or email@example.com.
City Hall has scheduled an event on Tuesday, May 21, designed for people who are contemplating a bid for elected office in the municipal campaign.