Park City Councilor Tim Henney Formally Launches Bid for Third Term in Office
Park City Councilor Tim Henney formally filed paperwork with the city on Tuesday to run for his third term on the council.
Henney has been a Park City resident since 1992 and has served as a member of the city council since his election in 2013. A New Yorker by birth, Henney has worked in real estate management and investment, in addition to previously serving on the board of the Mountain Trails Foundation for 10 years, and five years on the board of the Summit Land Conservancy.
Henney told KPCW the work he has done over his first two terms in office has been rewarding and is something he would like to continue.
“I really enjoy this work,” Henney said. “I had no idea how much I would enjoy doing the people’s business, but that has been a very pleasant surprise. Serving at the pleasure of the community is something that I look forward to every day and I would be honored to be able to do it for four more years.”
He said retirement from the council never seriously crossed his mind.
In response to whether or not a third term would be too much time in office, Henney cited past mayors Dana Williams and Brad Olch as both serving three terms in office, as well as former Councilor Rich Martinez serving 16 years on the city council in the 1960s and 70s. He said, ultimately, that decision is up to the voters.
“I understand the concept, you don’t want career politicians, but we live in a little community here and, as I said, I serve at the pleasure of this wonderful, small community,” said Henney. “If the people have had enough of Tim Henney, then they have many other options … and when you have elections that are determined by 3,500 voters who turn out in a big year, you know, it’s pretty easy to tell somebody that eight years is enough or 12 years is too much.”
Henney said in his eight years as a councilor, he is most proud of being part of a transition at city hall to a more dynamic and bold style of governing.
“I believe there was a transformation from a council that traditionally in the past has been consciously reactive, and done a very good job of being consciously reactive, to one that is intentionally proactive,” he said. “It’s hard to overstate the impact of that, but that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of, is my participation in that evolution.”
Henney’s responsibilities on the council include serving as the liaison to the new LGBTQIA+ community task force, the Joint Transportation Advisory Board, and the Park City Fire Service District Administrative Control Board, among others.
Henney added his belief that the issues facing Park City, like ever-increasing traffic and skyrocketing housing costs, cannot be solved with a silver bullet, but rather with consistent progress over time. If elected, he said he would continue to work towards taking bold steps in those areas.
“I’m not running to accomplish or finish or close things out because I think that the issues and challenges that we have as a community are going to transcend any period of time,” Henney said. “They’re ongoing, but they’ve been identified very clearly by the community visioning that was completed and it’s affordability and equity, it’s environmental leadership, it’s sustainable tourism, it’s art, culture, and the local economy, and it’s transportation innovation. Those were clearly identified and the request from the community was very obvious, which is bold action.”
Henney Joins fellow candidates Tana Toly, Michael Franchek, and Daniel Lewis in the race for two seats on the council. Park City consultant Jeremy Rubell announced his intent to run last month, but as of this report, has yet to file official paperwork with the city. If more than four candidates file with the city, a primary election will be held later this summer to reduce the field to four ahead of November’s election.
The candidate filing period in Park City for city council and mayoral races runs until June 7th.