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Forum Gives Voters Face-to-face Time With Park City Council Candidates

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The League of Women Voters of Utah – Park City Unit is hosting a forum Tuesday for the Park City Council candidates, in the leadup to the primary election in August. 

Seven Park City residents filed declarations of candidacy at the beginning of June: current City Councilmembers Nann Worel and Becca Gerber, who are looking for second terms on the council; Max Doilney; Chadwick Fairbanks III; Ed Parigian; Deanna Rhodes; and Daniel Lewis.

Jill Lesh from the League of Women Voters Park City Unit says the League is hosting the forum because its core mission is to engage citizens, inform them about issues and encourage them to vote.

“I think there are a lot of people who don't have faces put with the candidates," Lesh said. "A lot of the candidates are new. This will give them a chance to see the candidates, see how they interact, see how they handle questions and get a feel for their personality and whether the voter would like to have these people representing them on the city council.”

The date of the forum, July 23, coincides with the initial mailing of primary election ballots to registered voters. Park City is the only city in Summit County holding a primary election. The results of the primary on Aug. 13 will remove one candidate from the running, sending six to the Nov. 5 general election.

The candidate forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Park City Library community room on the third floor. A meet-and-greet with the candidates runs from 6 to 6:30, then the candidates will answer questions from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Attendees can submit questions for candidates before the forum begins.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.