Updated: Park Meadows architect launches campaign for mayor’s office
Jack Thomas, an architect and a member of the Park City Planning Commission, said on Monday he will seek the mayor’s office during this year’s City Hall election.
Thomas is 67 years old and lives in Park Meadows. He has lived in Park City since 1992. His spot on the Planning Commission puts him in an influential position, and members of the Planning Commission have a long history of successfully winning elected office in Park City. He is serving on the Planning Commission for the second time.
Thomas said he will stress the decision-making process during the campaign. He said he wants decisions made at City Hall that are “more holistic, more contextual, with an idea toward the future."
“I want to be a little slower, contemplative and right," Thomas said.
He described a scenario that involves discussions between Park City officials and developers early in the process.
Thomas will also campaign on a platform that includes making Park City attractive to various age groups and boosting the economy.
He said Park City is losing senior citizens to other places and young people are deciding to live elsewhere.
“That in itself is not sustainable," Thomas said, adding that City Hall should address those demographics.
He said developing affordable housing is something that could ensure people of all ages live in the city.
“There are some missing strata in our people, or segments of population,“ Thomas said.
He wants Park City’s economy to be further diversified, saying he would like more small businesses to open in the city as well as a range of business types. He said a children’s clothing store would be a type of business he would support as the economy is diversified.
Thomas also says there could be better pedestrian connections between the Bonanza Park district and Prospector. He said, meanwhile, energy consumption is an important part of City Hall’s wider environmental efforts.
His platform will be further developed later, he said.
Thomas sees his longtime association with Park City, stretching back to the 1950s, as something that will be unique among the candidates. He describes his association with the city as a “long-term relationship with the town for over 50 years."
His architectural portfolio includes the restoration of the Egyptian Theatre and St. Mary’s Catholic Church building on S.R. 224. He has been involved in the design or the restoration of upward of six buildings on Main Street or Swede Alley. His firm’s website says he was a member of the design team of the project that was built as Empire Pass.
He is the second person to launch a campaign for Park City’s highest office, following City Councilman Andy Beerman. They cannot formalize their mayoral bids until June, but the early announcements have already put the campaign on the cusp of a primary. If more than two people seek the mayor’s office, a primary would be held to reduce the field to two on Election Day.
Mayor Dana Williams, the three-term incumbent, is not seeking re-election.
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