NAME: Jason Goddard
POSITION: Owner of Access Communications
1) What is your opinion of the 12-year tenure of Mayor Godfrey?
As a life-time resident of this community I have had an opportunity to watch several mayors. In my opinion the last twelve year period has been marked by a significant resurgence of the Ogden I grew up in. Ogden has developed or changed significant parts of the community in this period -- a more exciting downtown, more businesses on the Wall corridor between 12th and 20th street, neighborhood development in the central city with better infrastructure, upgrades to the local airport, work with other government leaders in bringing the veterans nursing home to Ogden, lower crime, an outdoor recreation identity, and a major industrial park with BDO and its many companies including one of the top internet consumer goods provider. This and much more is probably a direct reflection on this mayor and his management team.
2) Do you think an Ogden streetcar system is economically feasible?
The streetcar system doesn't appear to be economical or practical at this time. The citizens of Ogden voted to increase their sales tax percentage years ago to fund some transportation improvements particularly as they connect to Weber State University from the Downtown Inter-modal Hub. There have been three or four ideas that have surfaced and been the fodder of many City Council, Mayor and community forums. However, at some point a compromise solution needs to be planned for in an appropriate and economically better environment.
3) List three initiatives, or main themes, of your administration if you are elected.
1) I will work closely with city officials, the business community, the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College, and Weber State University to develop an advisory board that will focus specifically on how Ogden can lure new industry to town that isn't just recreation oriented. Why limit ourselves to just recreation when we have these great assets right in our backyard?
2) I will work with the City Council and city staff to make Ogden "business friendly" so we can foster economic growth and expand our tax base providing funds to entice new business to the area.
3) Fiscal responsibility to the citizens through a reexamining of the debt/revenue structure of the city as it exists today and what it should look like in this current economy to include levels of service.
4) Do you agree with the Ogden Ethics Project that candidates should not accept campaign contributions from businesses and unions and other business-related groups?
There are always going to be different standards of ethics and they are pretty much different with each individual. Either you are ethical or you are not; transparency in reporting and other mechanisms help keep people honest! Artificial and in many situations unrealistic suggestions by people who have never competed in the arena of politics are generally designed to help their candidate of choice. Campaigns by and through existing laws are the way these elections should be handled.
5) Why should people vote for you instead of the other candidates?
Honesty, openness, fiscal responsibility, accessibility and a general passion for the community that has raised me. I am the home town product and come from a long family history of contributors to the greater Ogden area. Many of the other candidates bring other qualities, but I bring a different and fresh set of eyes who has been watching the city transform recently and feel that I can continue the momentum Ogden residents are looking for.
6) What do you think about security measures in Ogden, including the crime center and upcoming police blimp?
As I walk the streets of our community I don't get the sense that people feel that the current mayor and city council have dealt with these issues inappropriately. Ogden continues to be innovative in many areas that are often talked about around the state. Ogden is described as a leader in security measures. Just look to the articles of the local newspaper; gang injunctions, crime analysis, affordable, (if necessary), aerial capabilities for all of Ogden government, nationally recognized leaders in SWAT, and information technology that rivals cities a lot bigger than Ogden. The blimp is an economic, relatively inexpensive, business opportunity for Weber State University, the Salt Lake Company that has been developing the blimp over the last five years and a police department trying to keep the community safe. I understand it is the first one, blimp, in the protracted FAA process. I haven't visited the crime center but I have heard others, which I respect on the issue, who have been to the center say this is the most innovative idea many have seen in their entire career in law enforcement!