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PC Councilor Nann Worel Announces Run For Mayor

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Park City Council member Nann Worel announced Tuesday morning that she will be challenging incumbent Mayor Andy Beerman for the city’s top elected office this November.

In a press release, Nann Worel cited a need for change in leadership style at City Hall as her primary motivation for running. She told KPCW, she thinks she has the necessary skills.

“I think that we're at a point,” she said, “where we need a different skill set in the mayor's seat and I think my leadership and my past experience has prepared me for that. I think that we need a different, a different voice of our community.”

Worel wouldn’t provide any specific examples of when she thought Mayor Beerman had failed to lead, saying only that she would, during the campaign -- and there was plenty of time to talk about that.

In her press release she wrote, quote “ “What is lacking, is an environment where diverse opinions are welcomed with civility and without judgement. What is needed is a more transparent and collaborative process driven by those who elect my peers and me to represent and advocate for our residents.”

“It's true,” she said. “I do feel very strongly about that and I think I have a very inclusive and collaborative leadership style and I believe that's what our community needs right now.”

She said she did consider whether her filing would impact – even tarnish - the work the council is trying to get done...

“Honestly ,that was a real consideration as I weighed all the pros and cons of filing to run,” Worel said. “I'm very fortunate in that I work with colleagues on the council that are all very professional and very focused and I think that, I think we can continue to do the good work.”

KPCW asked Worel a month ago about rumors circulating that she was considering making a run for mayor. At the time, she told us, quote, “As of right now, I’m full committed to my responsibility as a city councilor.”

And she says, that’s still the case.

“I just am still very committed to those and should I not be successful in my in my mayor's bid. I'll still have two years left on the council.  There's a lot of work left to do.”

Worel is currently serving her second term as a city councilor and, if elected, would become Park City’s first female mayor.

Prior to her election to city council in 2015, Worel served as a member of the Park City Planning Commission for five-and-a-half years and was Executive Director of the People’s Health Clinic in Park City for eight years.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Worel has called Park City her full-time home since 2008.

Worel says a full platform, as well as a campaign website and social media pages, will be announced after the official candidate filing period opens on June 1st.

In response to Worel's announcement, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman told KPCW,he welcomes Worel to the field. At Tuesday's Park City Rotary Club meeting, Beerman, who was the featured speaker had this to say.

"I offer congratulations - it's a great job - I can't blame her," Beerman said. "I think we'll have some good choices this syummer and look forward to the campaign."

The filing window for muncipal elections is June 1 - 7, 2021.

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