Annexation-supporting Hideout Town Councilor Ralph Severini Runs Unopposed
Hideout City Councilor Ralph Severini will hold his current seat on the council. His candidacy is uncontested.
He was appointed in October 2020 when Kurt Shadel vacated the seat.
Severini is from New Jersey and has lived in Hideout for four years. He said his background on the planning commission in Hideout, his planning experience from the east coast, and his business travel give him the needed perspective that sets him apart from other candidates. He said it's important to him to work with all partners, including the surrounding communities.
“I would just say a slightly different background than everyone else-- being a global executive and looking at that,” he said. “I've done tons of travel. I've seen, you know, different regions of the world."
Severini strongly supports the Hideout annexation effort. He said he has experience in budgeting and planning to help the town move forward if the annexation doesn't go through. He said he wants to work regionally with the county and other city neighbors.
“I was on the planning board, and we were doing our general plan … two people from Park City Planning came in, we talked about regional planning and bar none, and there wasn't a lot of interaction during the period until, you know, this whole thing about annexation came up,” he said. “So, we got to some, to some degree, I think we have to put some politics, you know aside. And then, you know just get down into a more constructive environment."
Severini said he has family living in Park City and that working in collaboration regionally with Park City and Summit County is essential.
"I'm just going to use my strengths and background, and in various ways, both as an executive and, and in some of the planning that I've had previously and other things in education to kind of make this a better place to grow, and not just be, you know, not just be Hideout centric but try to be a little bit more regional centric."
There are four Hideout City Council seats open for the November election. Four candidates have filed, so unless a write-in candidate emerges, Severini is guaranteed to hold one of the four-year term seats.