Sean Warton (D) – Summit County Council Seat E
Sean Wharton (Democrat)
Summit County Council Seat E
Question # 1: What are your qualifications to run for a seat on the county council and why do you want to serve?
A lifetime of experience and serving in our community: I lived 25 years in Snyderville Basin and 17 years on the East Side. Serving five years on the board of directors of Recycle Utah, and lots of time helping other local nonprofits.
Over 30 years of Managerial experience employed 14 with Deer Valley and 12 with Canyons, as both a independent owner and worker capacities. I have been a businessman on the East and West sides and have successfully run my small business for a total of 18 years employing over 100 people per year at times and running up to eight locations.
Leadership skills. Team building of seasonal crews. I have hired and trained well over 100 crews that usually work in high pressure, difficult environments. I know how to work side by side and earn respect, loyalty and trust.
Two-term East Side planning commissioner, one year as chair. In the one year I was the chairman we rewrote the General Plan and moved the Development Code further forward than in the previous 10 years combined. We solved and prevented major problems from occurring or reoccurring and are on track to do much more.
Question #2: Now that the economy is recovering, are there cuts in staff, projects or services that you would reinstate? Would you recommend lowering taxes? Please be specific.
I am not yet intimately familiar with each department, but this is what I know as of right now. The Planning Department isn’t requesting any additional help, even though they are technically down one person. I believe, through the process of downturn economics, private enterprises as well as government entities were forced to run much leaner than in the past. This forced them to rediscover true abilities, capacities of productivity levels. As a result, in many cases more isn’t necessarily needed now. At this point in my business, I am paying a much higher hourly rate than ever before and running smaller crews with both correct percentages and margins.
Realistically, I would need to look at each department on an individual basis with the department heads to make these kinds of decisions and get them right.
Question #3: Are you satisfied with the county’s current council/manager form of government, why or why not and what would make it better?
I believe the council/manager form of government is a good system. Through the transition at times I could see the council trying to hang onto powers that were the manager’s responsibilities, but things have gotten better as the transition has had time to adjust.
Ultimately the first thing that is going to make our system better is having the right people, starting with the critical task of hiring a new county manager, the second is to have a council that works well together and truly represents the people of this community and their wishes, not some self-serving, personal ideologies, or real estate desires.
Question #4: If you could introduce one specific new policy that would help improve Summit County citizens’ quality of life, what would it be?
I would introduce a policy of friendly, helpful, timely, information, responses and actions. I believe that people deserve to be treated with respect and have timely responses to their needs. I would like to think that if a person walks through the door of the county with (name your request) that a one-week maximum reaction time would be appropriate. This doesn’t mean their needs would all be met in one week, it means they would have all the information returned to them and the tools at their disposal to take action in the direction needed to resolve their needs in as timely and easy fashion as possible. Ultimately, many issues and questions could be resolved and dealt with immediately but the big stuff can’t get bogged down in the system.
Question # 5: Currently there are four council members from West side of Summit County and only one from the East side. Do you believe the needs of the citizens on the East side are different from those on the West side and are they being addressed?
I know the needs of the East Side are different than that of the West Side residents. I would like to see two East Side representatives and, no, the needs of the East Side are not being met. Why, when I started serving on the planning commission, did we have an outdated general plan and a broken development code? Disaster was knocking on the door and still is. We are in desperate need of preserving and protecting at a much greater level than has been recognized in the past. I sure don’t want to see the things that we have seen take place in the West reoccur over here. The time to act is now we can get our East Side development right before it’s too late.
Question # 6: Please differentiate your platform from your opponent’s.
I haven’t heard Dave’s platform. I can only speculate it is one of experience. Experience with what? Messing up Snyderville, Kimball and Quinn’s Junction? Wait until we see the full impact of the suburban sprawl that is approved and not built. Those problems are staring the East Side in the face with a broken development code.
I am a young ambitious guy with managerial and team-building experience, a lifetime of experience and knowledge that is specific to Summit County. I better represent the people of our community from a real-life perspective that we have seen in a long time. I’m a farmer, a resort employee, an East- and West-side small business owner. I went through the Park City School District, my kids have gone through the South Summit School District. I have successfully built a life and business in our community from the ground up. I would like to think that is still a possibility for my kids and yours. It’s not looking good! I believe I can make a difference. With good common sense and the ability to inspire people to work together, I can help lead us down a path of smart planning for our future.
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