BOUNTIFUL -- A field of six candidates is vying for two four-year council seats this year in a primary election showdown in Davis County's second-largest city.
Two of the six candidates will be eliminated from the field in an Aug. 13 primary. The candidates include incumbent Fred Moss, who is seeking his third term, former councilman John Pitt, Kendalyn Harris, Suzanne Galloway, Richard Watson and Meagan Becker.
A fiscal conservative, Moss says the big issue of this campaign is the economy. He said he is working to attract and keep business in the city. He has voted against building a new City Hall on several occasions.
The 60-year-old councilman is the owner and CEO of Dominion Engineering Associates and is an owner of Dominion Power Services Co., a hydroelectric power business. He has been actively involved in issues involving the Bountiful City Power & Light Company, as chairman of the power commission and currently serves on the board of directors of the Intermountain Power Association, a group made up of 23 Utah communities and six California cities.
Watson, 57, has been active in city events for several years through his involvement on the Community Service Council, where he spearheaded the summer concert series in local parks. He also serves as a member of the board for the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
He said the big question facing local voters is how much multifamily housing should be allowed in the community. He said he does not favor the addition of big apartment buildings to the community. He also supports an ongoing effort to add more parks.
A graduate of Utah State University, Watson currently works as a space analyst for Associated Food Stores. He and his wife, Carol, are the parents of two boys.
Pitt, 50, seeks to return to local government. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in business development, corporate training and communications. He is an economic development and contract procurement consultant for Logistic Specialties, Inc.
"My primary focus, if elected, will be to bring a dramatic new level of economic growth and development to Bountiful and to all South Davis County," Pitt said. "Not simply because it helps our vital business community, but because economic development is absolutely the best way to strengthen our entire community without raising taxes."
Harris, 38, said she thinks it is critical that voters consider what lies ahead for city residents.
"This question impacts zoning questions, revitalization for businesses, and the cost of living for our children and grandchildren. If we focus on redevelopment efforts, Bountiful will continue to be a wonderful place to live, but it will also keep taxes low for families if we plan in collaborative and effective ways," Harris said.
A business owner, she is the mother of four children.
Becker, 33, is a former news reporter and professor of journalism who sees curbing the loss of tax revenue to neighboring communities as a key issue. She said the city needs to attract new development and business. She has even suggested the city should consider a restaurant district.
The mother of four also said city leaders need to tackle the sensitive issue of deer control and management. She said that will require residents and city leaders working together.
Galloway also thinks deer management is an important issue, though she praises local leaders for the quality of life in the community. She thinks addressing aging infrastructure is the biggest issue facing voters.
"I feel that it is the everyday functionality of the city, including the streets and their need for repaving, improvements to the sewer system, replacing some of the 50-year-old water lines and so forth. These items require money to fix," Galloway said.
Galloway, 52, has worked for the Utah State Tax Commission for the past 10 years. She is the mother of one.