Ogden Sierra Club 2011 Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire
1. Please describe your background and why you are qualified to serve as Ogden’s next mayor.
There is no PHD for "Ogden Mayor" but there is an opportunity to learn through board and community service. I've been privileged to serve on some of the following boards: GOAL Foundation, RAMP, Weber Pathways, Weber/Ogden Chamber of Commerce, Weber/ Ogden Convention and Visitors Bureau, Seeking Excellence in Education, Tourism Tax Advisory Board, Crossroads of the West, Weber Arts Council.
I’ve been very involved in broad based community events and I can bring those groups together to continue working on protecting Ogden’s future.
I’ve also managed 4 different departments, 50 employees and close to a 5 million dollar budget.
2. In brief, why do you want to be Ogden’s next mayor?
We have worked very hard to bring some new energy, trust and transparency to some very big projects and we cannot stand idly by. We have the ability and vision to affect some very positive change in the community we’ve invested everything in. See #1.
3. If you were to propose changes in Ogden's zoning ordinances to improve the quality of life and business in Ogden, what changes would you propose (if any), and why?
I would be willing to talk about the different ordinances with the planning Commission and Council. A big part of the reason we have been internationally recognized by major publications as an outdoor mecca is because of our surrounding open space and trails. We all need to be a part of the conversation.
4. Ogden City, UTA, and other stakeholders have recently studied alternatives for a major transit investment in Ogden, to connect downtown with the WSU area. Do you support this proposal and if so, what are your views on the various alternatives being considered?
I’ve met with UTA, the Administration, Weber State and Weber County to talk about this and I am open to continued conversation. Right now the key sticking point is financing and a big question about Federal support. I think the conversations need to continue but financing and being realistic about our ability to fund and support these options are critical.
5. Through the Weber Area Council of Governments and the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Ogden’s mayor can influence transportation investments throughout the county and the Wasatch Front. What changes, if any, would you propose to the current regional transportation plans and priorities?
Many plans are being researched and explored right now that I think need to continued. I also believe it is critical to have a good working relationship with WACOG and the WFRC for any of these projects to be successful. I promise to work hard on building those relationships.
6. As mayor, would you encourage or discourage further development of private and/or public land in Ogden’s foothills? Please explain.
As Mayor I would not encourage the development of public lands on Ogden’s foothills. Private land owners have their own rights that are not controlled by the local administration.
7. Would you encourage or discourage the development of a resort in Malan’s Basin, or a tram or gondola on the west side of Mt. Ogden? Please explain.
I haven’t seen and don’t believe there is a realistic proposal for this development and therefore find it hard to chase ghosts on this very divisive topic.
8. Do you favor designating a portion of the National Forest lands above Ogden as federally protected wilderness? Why or why not?
I haven’t seen any proposal for designating the National Forest lands above Ogden as Wilderness areas but I am reluctant to give local control of critical areas to Washington and people that don’t have a local, vested interest in the management of our open space.
9. A major portion of Ogden City government is devoted to water, sewer, waste, and recycling services. What changes to utility rates and services, if any, would you propose to encourage more sustainable use of resources?
We’ve had some very unique sustainable energy companies that have relocated to Ogden recently and I would seek the advice and experience from these groups as we developed new policy.
10. What other environmental issues would you address if elected?
Clean air, water and we would seek to empower the clean energy companies that have invested their livelihoods in Ogden.