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Park City Council Candidates Try To Differentiate Themselves In Forum

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The League of Women Voters - Park City Unit hosted a forum featuring all the Park City Council candidates Tuesday, filling the Park City Community Room to near capacity. 

Seven Park City residents will face off in the primary election in August, in the hopes of contending for three open city council seats in the November general election: current City Councilmembers Nann Worel and Becca Gerber; Max Doilney; Chadwick Fairbanks III; Daniel Lewis; Deanna Rhodes; and Ed Parigian.

At Tuesday’s forum, candidates were given time at the beginning of the event to introduce themselves and explain why they're running for office. Then, each candidate answered questions—some from the audience—on a variety of topics, ranging from nightly rentals to waste management to traffic.

The candidates often agreed with each other, particularly when asked what the city council was currently not doing that should be done. Every candidate agreed that the council is tackling a lot of issues through its critical and top priorities. As for the details, Doilney suggests implementing a $15-an-hour minimum wage; Parigian thinks the city council is so busy putting out fires, they don’t have a long-term plan; Worel wants to look at all the city’s priorities through a lens of affordability; Fairbanks says the city needs to be more focused on solutions and understanding the unintended consequences of their decisions; Lewis says the city might consider getting more involved in childcare; Rhodes thinks the council should be more proactive in the state legislative process; and Gerber wants to expand work on the critical and top priorities.

The primary election for Park City Council is Aug. 13. It will remove one candidate from the running, sending six to the Nov. 5 general election. Registered voters should receive their ballots in the mail in the coming days, as the Summit County clerk sent them out on July 23.

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.
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