Summit County Democratic chair considers bid for council
With his fourth term as the Summit County Democratic chair soon coming to an end, Glenn Wright says he is contemplating a bid for one of several Summit County Council seats that will be on the ballot in November.
Wright, 67 years old and a Prospector resident, said he will not serve again as chairman and believes it might be an appropriate time to vie for one of the three four-year seats that will be up for election.
"I am seriously considering it myself. I’m not 100 percent sure I am going to run yet, but no one is until the filing date," Wright said.
If he decides to throw his hat in the ring, it wouldn’t be Wright’s first pursuit of public office. He unsuccessfully campaigned for the District 53 seat in the House of Representatives in 2010, losing to Mel Brown, and in District 54 in 2014, losing to Kraig Powell. However, Wright was upbeat about his defeats during a recent interview with The Park Record.
"The two times I ran for the Legislature I ran because we had good candidates running for council and we didn’t have anyone running for the Legislature seats," Wright said. "Even if you don’t have a great chance of winning, it’s your time to get your ideas out.
"I was happy with both of my runs and I continue to stand for progress," Wright said.
Anyone vying for public office should have a clear idea of what they want to achieve, Wright said, before delving into his position on issues such as growth, transportation, affordable housing and energy.
One of the biggest challenges the county is facing is the negative perception of growth and the issues that come along with that, Wright said. He said there are several general ways of attacking those issues and one is a better transportation system.
"The reality is we have a pretty good system and the bus system works pretty well, but it’s not to the point where people can use it and really want to use it," Wright said.
The next issue is affordable housing and "getting our workers living closer to their jobs," Wright said. He sits on Park City’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing and says the group is "coming up with ideas and is working on that."
"But part of that is the zoning issues and I think the other thing is that it takes some sense of urgency to move these things along," Wright said. "Some of those same zoning and transportation issues really effect the entire county, especially as the eastern part of the county grows they are going to have the same problems."
And all of those issues, Wright said, are closely related to energy consumption. Wright touched on his ideas about creating an independent municipal utility district or even a wind farm in North Summit.
"We are a ski resort and our carbon footprint is enormous. We should be a leader and we have to do something about that," Wright said. "And it all ties in with transportation, mass transit and cluster zoning. Those are all elements tied to energy.
"I have a vision of where I think Summit County should be going and if I’m elected that’s the direction we will go," Wright said.
Council members Roger Armstrong, Claudia McMullin and Kim Carson’s seats will be on the ballot during the General Election. A two-year seat, currently held by Tal Adair, will also be up for election.
The filing period to declare as a candidate is March 11 to March 17, at 5 p.m. The caucuses are scheduled for 7 p.m., March 22.
If interested in pursuing a seat on the County Council, Democratic candidates can contact Wright via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Republican candidates can contact Adair, the Summit County Republican Party chair at email@example.com or at 801-201-3601..
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