Park City Council Candidate Ed Parigian Wants 'More Locals'
After applying for a midterm opening on the Park City Council over a year and a half ago, 13-year-Park City resident Ed Parigian says he’s ready to throw his hat in the ring again, alongside six other candidates.
Parigian lives on Norfolk Avenue. He moved to Park City after leaving a career with Nike to check some items off his bucket list, including living as a ski bum. Parigian is semi-retired, and he serves on the City’s Recreation Advisory Board. He says he’s running for City Council to help strengthen the community aspect of Park City.
“I could give you the cliche answer: I love this town," Parigian said. "But it's more than that. I love the people. It's this joie de vivre of all these locals and the cast of characters, and that's what makes a community in my book.”
Parigian says the City has reached a tipping point, between preserving its identity as a community and transforming into a corporate resort town. Parigian says he wants more locals—meaning, more people to live in town. To do that, he says, the City needs to more aggressively address its affordable housing problem.
“One of my ideas is to have the City buy one Old Town home every year," Parigian said. "It's not going to solve the problem, but it's definitely—long term—it’s 20 homes, 20 years out. That's 20 homes that now we've got locals living in, versus a second home Airbnb situation.”
In total, seven Park City residents, including Parigian, have filed declarations of candidacy: current City Councilmembers Becca Gerber and Nann Worel; Max Doilney; Daniel Lewis; Deanna Rhodes; and Chadwick Fairbanks III.
Because there are seven candidates for only three open seats, a primary election will take place on August 13 to remove one candidate from the running, sending six to the November 5 general election.