SUNSET -- For the first time in at least 14 years, candidates for both mayor and city council in the city's municipal elections are preparing for primaries.
Three candidates filed to run for the mayoral seat and five filed to run for city council, said City Recorder Susan Hale. The primary election is set for Tuesday.
Councilmen Kevin Snow and Ryan Furniss, as well as Beverly K. Macfarlane will seek the mayor's seat, while Councilmen Ricky Carlson and Brent Andrews seek re-election opposed by Raymond Chapman, Trystal Peay and Chris Hadley. The five candidates will compete for two available positions on the city council.
Multiple candidates, when contacted by the Standard-Examiner, expressed their endorsement and continued support of the development of the city's "Better Landlords Program," saying its implementation should be a priority for the city.
The program, intended to cultivate a more visually appealing city by forcing landlords to take a proactive role in property appearance, is one Snow, Furniss and Peay said needs to be worked through to completion.
Furniss, who said his experience on the city council is the "deciding factor" in his preparedness to run for mayor, said the current appearance of the city is "kind of a problem" and that he would work to remedy that problem.
Snow said if steps are taken toward the improvement of the city's "run-down areas," it would have an impact on the overall health of the city -- attracting businesses and growing its overall tax base.
Peay, a stay-at-home mother, said she is excited to "get (the program) up and running and improve our image as a city." She said her involvement on the parents' board at her children's school and her observation of past city council workings have prepared her for a more active role in the city.
The city budget is another thing Carlson, who said he has 20 years of experience in Sunset city government, said needs to be addressed.
"The city budget has been pretty challenging as of late," he said. "I want to try to balance how much services we can cut back and still maintain living standards for our city."
Hadley, who drew comparisons between the challenges faced in operating his family-run auto repair shop and those faced in running a city, said he has noticed shifting crime patterns in the city and wants to take measures to keep the issue from growing worse.
"To me, it appears there has been a bit of a change, and things (crime) may have been on the rise," Hadley said. "I'm trying to see if I can have the citizens be more aware and take action to make sure Sunset stays a safe place."
As the city begins its discussion on the signing of a new 10-year agreement with Rocky Mountain Power, Andrews said he would like to "say no" to the agreement and instead seek out alternative, more sustainable, means of power generation -- such as solar and wind.
Chapman and Macfarlane could not be reached for comment through multiple attempts by telephone, email and social media.