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Three Summit County Council Members Discuss Election Plans for 2020

Summit County Council 2019

Three members of the Summit County Council have their seats on the ballot for 2020.

KPCW asked them about their intentions this week.    One will not be seeking re-election.    Another says he will be filing for another four-year term.

The three seats on the ballot are held by Council Members Kim Carson, Doug Clyde and Roger Armstrong.

Clyde has indicated he will be vying for another term.

Kim Carson told KPCW on Thursday that she’s retiring.    She said  that her decision wasn’t easy.       

“It was an incredibly difficult decision, and one—it definitely wasn’t easy.    Part of it is time.  Part of it is where Bob and I are in our life.    Our families don’t live locally.  We want the ability to travel to see them, and help support them.  But I have loved this job and—but it is a lot of work.  You’re pretty much on seven days a week, and the compensation doesn’t reflect that.  But none of us are doing it for that reason.  But I never want to be in the position where I’m feeling resentful or complacent.”

Carson, a Basin resident, was first elected to the Council in 2012, and before that was a member of the Park City School Board.

Doug Clyde, who lives in Oakley, was elected to his first term in 2016.    He said there’s many big projects before the county that he wants to see through to completion.        

“They’re largely wrapped up in our Council goals as well, but relative to environmental quality and that sort of stuff.  We have some significant regulations that we need to pass there.  And I’m also interested in seeing our code cleaned up, General Plan as well as Development Code.  Both sides are in need of work.  The transportation issues looming large, we’re right in the middle of re-organizing and re-defining our transportation goals.  So there’s a lot going on, all of the same items and issues that caused me to run to begin with are—some of which we’ve accomplished, but others remain undone.”

Previously, Clyde served two terms on the East Side Planning Commission.

As for Roger Armstrong, he told KPCW that he is undecided, but is leaning toward the idea of running again.   He was first elected in 2012.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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