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Simpson, an incumbent, will seek a second term on City Council

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

First-term Park City Councilwoman Liza Simpson will seek re-election this year, saying she wants to continue working through issues ranging from the neighborhood level to citywide concerns.

Simpson is the first of the three sitting City Councilors whose seats are on the ballot in November to declare her intentions. Joe Kernan and Dick Peek have not yet declared whether they will campaign.

Simpson, who is 49 years old and lives in Old Town, is seen as a City Councilor who leans to the political left. She has perhaps been the staunchest defender of City Hall staffers of the current City Councilors.

"I work hard. I do my homework," Simpson said.

Some of the issues she wants to continue handling in a second four-year term include:

  • the rules regulating deliveries on Main Street. The discussions have involved delivery companies who generally oppose tighter regulations and people who live on or close to Main Street, who have wanted the deliveries further restricted.
  • the use of public spaces, including for special events.
  • environmental work, including issues related to Park City’s silver-mining heritage and water issues

    Meanwhile, Simpson said Park City’s economy is improving from the depths of the recession, noting sales-tax receipts have trended upward. She said Park City is "happy again."

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    "I think people are more optimistic than they were last year," she said, adding, "Last year I would have said people are cautiously optimistic."

    She said Park City has been "pretty lucky" with its economy compared to other places.

    Simpson’s decision to seek re-election was not a shocker, and it came a week after she had indicated she was leaning toward mounting a re-election bid. In an interview last week, Simpson said serving on the City Council continued to be fun and she saw herself as having had a positive impact on the community.

    There are three City Council seats on the ballot this year, with Joe Kernan and Dick Peek holding the other two.

    Kernan said on Tuesday he had not decided whether he will seek a third term on the City Council, indicating he wants to learn who else will be on the ballot. Kernan said if three people he supports file campaign papers, he will not seek re-election. Three he would back include Simpson, Peek and Andy Beerman, who is the leader of the Historic Park City Alliance. Kernan said he expects Peek and Beerman will join Simpson on the ballot, citing conversations he has had with them or their supporters.

    There has been little chatter about the campaign as the opening of the filing window fast approaches. a few days before the opening, there normally would have been statements from the incumbents as well as challengers.

    The City Council campaign filing window opens on Friday and closes on July 15. People who want to campaign for the City Council must:

  • be a United States citizen at the time of their filing
  • be at least 18 years old by Sept. 13, the date set aside for a primary election if one is needed
  • be a resident of Park City or an area that was annexed into the city for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day
  • be a registered voter in Park City