OGDEN -- City Councilwoman Susan Van Hooser announced Saturday she's supporting Mike Caldwell for mayor in the Nov. 8 general election.
Van Hooser finished third in last month's mayoral primary behind Caldwell and Councilman Brandon Stephenson.
Van Hooser announced her decision to back Caldwell to a handful of supporters gathered in front of Union Station at 25th Street and Wall Avenue.
She said the aim of the endorsement is to let her supporters know which way she's leaning in the mayoral race.
"We have very little time to decide who will lead us forward in the next four years," Van Hooser said, reading from a prepared statement.
"With this in mind, I met with both candidates in the race. I was looking for someone I thought was most likely to be teachable and listen to the voice of the people. I felt strongly we must have a leader that would come to value our neighborhoods as much as I do."
Van Hooser said she supports Caldwell because he understands what it takes to improve Ogden.
"We must have a leader that uses all of the tools in our toolbox but is more careful, so as not to impede our schools while trying to improve our economy, or neglecting our infrastructure, requiring tax increases in order meet our basic obligations," she said.
"All areas of our community need focus simultaneously. I have found such a leader and am proud to introduce my supporters to Mike Caldwell."
Van Hooser, who has about two years left on her term as the council's At-Large Seat A representative, said she would work well with Caldwell as mayor.
"Together we have vast experience in historical preservation, outdoor recreation and business development," she said.
"I know that with Mike in the mayor's chair and me working with our dedicated city council, we can repair the bridges to other government entities and move Ogden forward in a positive direction while preserving our great heritage."
Caldwell said Van Hooser's endorsement is extremely important to his campaign.
"I cannot thank you enough," he told Van Hooser. "I look forward to getting to work for this community."
Stephenson said he is disappointed but not surprised that Van Hooser endorsed Caldwell.
"I'm not surprised because Susie and I haven't often agreed as to the economic development of the city," he said. "I have taken a strong stance on economic development."
See what the Weber County Forum says: http://wcforum.blogspot.com/2011/10/standard-examiner-van-hooser-backs.html