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The Sierra Club Utah Chapter proudly endorses these candidates
Marcia White — Ogden City Council At-Large Seat A
Though she is running for office for the first time, Marcia is known to many in Ogden as an active participant in community affairs: from the GOAL Foundation’s outdoor recreation events, to Equality Utah, to the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee. She is a passionate advocate for creating walkable communities, and has pledged to preserve Ogden’s parks and natural resources. Marcia is energetic and articulate, and we believe she will be an especially effective council member.
Bart Blair — Ogden City Council At-Large Seat B
Bart is finishing his first term on the Ogden City Council and currently serves as council chair. His environmental record includes protecting the city's parks and open space through better zoning, promoting downtown developments where residents have less need to drive, and bringing three glass recycling drop-off sites to our city. The Sierra Club applauds these initiatives and feels that they have earned Bart a second term.
Doug Stephens — Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 3
For this race the Sierra Club is making a dual endorsement of Doug Stephens and Turner Bitton.
Doug is finishing his second term on the council. Over the last eight years he has supported a wide variety of environmental initiatives including protecting the city's parks and open space, promoting downtown developments where residents have less need to drive, and bringing three glass recycling drop-off sites to our city.
Turner Bitton — Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 3
For this race the Sierra Club is making a dual endorsement of Turner Bitton and Doug Stephens.
Turner is an energetic new voice in Ogden politics who is a strong supporter of the Sierra Club. He is an advocate of bicycling, public transit, and clean, livable communities. He also recognizes the role that the city council can play in advocating for regional environmental initiatives such as clean air and better transportation planning.
Andy Beerman—Park City Mayor
Andy has been a consistent and strong voice for the environment while serving on the Park City Council. Andy’s experience and understanding of policy will serve Park City’s residents and environment well if he is elected mayor. He played a role in the acquisition of over 1,200 acres in permanently protected open space including Toll Canyon. His non-profit initiative LoCaL (Low Carbon Lifestyles) provides a blueprint for reducing the carbon impact of our way of life. Andy has successfully advocated for limiting or eliminating engine idling while also promoting walkability of new and existing development to reduce air pollution.
As mayor, Andy would be in position to be an effective ambassador and advocate for sustainability, but the new title would only be giving greater scope to work he has been engaged in for many years as a prominent business owner in Park City. Andy and his wife Thea have made Treasure Mountain Inn a showplace for green technologies such as low-flow or no-flow plumbing fixtures and solar panels while also making Treasure Mountain Inn facilities available to a wide range of green non-profits. Their long-term dedication to the environmental tithing principle at the heart of 1% For the Planet has resulted in donations of nearly $200,000 for non-profits working for environmental preservation.
Park City is fortunate to have two candidates in this race with impressive experience, commitment and academic training to continue Park City’s pro-environmental policies. Whoever wins will be able to consolidate and build on the impressive strides the city has already made. However, Sierra Club believes Andy Beerman to be the candidate with the stronger abilities and potential.
Lisa Ramsey Adams—Salt Lake City Council District 7
Salt Lake City has a breath-taking setting. Lisa wants to see Salt Lake City residents work together to make sure that is only a turn of phrase, not a reality caused by bad air. She wants to protect our watershed and canyons from development that forever may change the landscape. She will work to preserve the beauty that is Salt Lake for generations to come and to help Salt Lake continue to be a city of which we can be proud because of the way we protect our landscape and air.
Lisa met with the chapter political committee and outlined her support for policies such as more trail funding, reduced emissions to clean up the air and improved and accessible mass transit. Lisa supports the Wasatch Access planning process and opposes SkiLink. Lisa’s extensive involvement with the community including her service on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission, PTA and Guardian ad Litem programs give her a broad and sympathetic understanding of the community’s needs as well as the nuts and bolts to make things better.
Kevin Parke—Salt Lake City Council District 1
Kevin and his wife have lived in District 1 for 14 years and are thrilled to be raising their family in such a rich and diverse community. He has served on the Rose Park Community Council and been actively engaged with church, neighborhood and school communities.
Kevin is very concerned about poor air quality along the Wasatch Front. It is detrimental to the health of residents and will negatively impact economic growth. Dirty air does not only impact our schools and our children, but it is also a deterrent to potential businesses looking to house their companies in Salt Lake City. Kevin believes we need more public awareness and education about the health impacts of pollution and the need for conservation and recycling. He also supports involvement by every level of government and policies to promote clean air. Kevin supports drastically reducing the total number of cars on the road and lower toxic vehicle emissions through a more accessible and consumer friendly public transit system.
Kevin supports the development of public transportation that is both convenient and affordable. UTA has done a great job of finishing their TRAX and Frontrunner projects under budget and ahead of schedule, and the trains offer solid solutions for some commuters. Unfortunately, this has come at the expense of local bus service and at a cost that leaves public transportation impractical for many. Kevin supports joint planning involving Salt Lake City and UTA to make more affordable transit available in District 1.
How Do We Decide?
The Utah Chapter Political Committee works to elect candidates who will protect and improve our environment and quality of life. National guidelines encourage us to focus both on the environmental credentials as well as the electability of candidates. We use the records of incumbents, questionnaires and interviews to decide which candidates will be the champion of the environment. Candidates only receive Sierra Club endorsement when two club entities vote by a two-thirds margin to endorse.