ROY -- Residents here will vote Tuesday in a primary election for both mayor and two open city council seats.
In the mayor's race, residents will choose among the current mayor, Joe Ritchie, a current councilman, Willard Cragun, and Joshua Kyler Hoggan.
Ritchie sees the biggest problem as traffic congestion running east and west in the city. He is working with the Utah Department of Transportation to come up with some solutions to the problem.
He also said he has been working to bring new business to the city, but it takes time and things are starting to happen. "I would do exactly what we've been doing," Ritchie said.
Cragun sees the biggest problem in the city as maintaining service levels to residents without providing new sources of revenues to pay those costs.
"If elected, the first order of business will be to review operations for cost effectiveness," he said.
Hoggan sees the biggest issue as the city's economic and environmental sustainability. He would like to waive a percentage of the local-option sales tax for a portion of sales in the city. He would also like to create a tax reduction or waiver program for businesses.
For city council, Michael Stokes and Brad Hilton's seats are open for re-election. Both council members are running again. Six other residents join them in the primary race.
Stokes said balancing spending with the revenues received during a tenuous economic situation has been the biggest issue for the city.
While the city has been able to find creative ways to be more efficient, it still needs to keep doing that so residents won't have to make up the difference with tax increases, he said.
He thinks working with property owners to bring business to the city is key, and supporting current businesses is very important.
Hilton said the city faces many issues, but most fall under the big umbrella of having enough revenue to meet the needs of residents without having to raise taxes.
This can be done by bringing new business into the city, he said, adding he is committed to the residents and doing all he can to do just that.
Lil Ackley feels the most important issue in the city is economic growth. She would like to see a stronger sales tax base rather than property tax base.
"Roy needs a shop-friendly environment," she said.
Marge Becraft feels the biggest issue in the city is the number of unoccupied homes that become an eyesore to neighborhoods when not rehabilitated.
"We need to take pride in our properties but help with those who are struggling to do so," she said.
Christee Kyte would like to improve the overall image of Roy by promoting its assets and untapped resources.
"The citizens of Roy must leave to shop outside the city in order to fulfill their needs," she said, adding she'd like to help Roy become the place to go instead of the place to pass through.
Joseph Marrero also sees economic development as a big problem. He would like to see some mixed-use zoning in place and create an economic development corporation.
"We need to work with developers in our business district area and help get more people there by offering incentives," he said.
Douglas Nandell (no photo available) sees economic development and infrastructure as the biggest obstacles in his city.
"We need to look at zoning, small-business issues and to take our small-business owners' concerns seriously," he said. He would like the city to use all resources to fill storefronts.
Lack of revenue is Joe Paul's biggest concern. He would like to see the city build revenue centers and attract business to Roy that way. He would offer more incentives to businesses to locate in Roy.
"We need as a city to fill vacant buildings and empty lots with businesses that will generate income for the city and draw customers as well as citizens to this great city," he said.
Hoggan's candidacy for mayor has raised eyebrows in Roy because of his conviction as a juvenile in 2012 in a failed plot to bomb Roy High School.
He has said he has overcome his past and would work for Roy's betterment.