Bountiful voters will choose new mayor, two council members

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:48 PM

Antone Clark, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

BOUNTIFUL — Two long-time city leaders are stepping aside, leaving at least two positions for voters to elect someone new to office this November.

Mayor Joe Johnson is leaving office after 12 years and Councilman Tom Tolman has also opted not to seek re-election after eight years of service, meaning voters will be picking a new mayor and at least one new council member in the Nov. 5 election.

Councilwoman Beth Holbrook and businessman Randy Lewis are running for mayor and there is a field of four council candidates seeking two four-year seats including incumbent Fred Moss, who is seeking his third term, former councilman John Pitt, Kendalyn Harris, and Richard Watson.

Holbrook, who has served six years on the council, heads the field for mayor. She said it is important to continue an emphasis on making Main Street viable, continued infrastructure investment and community reinvestment. If elected, she would be the first woman to serve as mayor of Davis County’s second largest city.

Lewis said he will be pro-active in trying to attract and keep a business base in the community. He has suggested setting up a cabinet of business leaders to help achieve that goal. He said his priorities include education, economic development, family and community and fiscal responsibility.

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 consistently, saying he cannot justify the expense in the current economy.

The 60-year-old councilman is the owner and CEO of Dominion Engineering Associates and also 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 director 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 multi-family 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, 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 says. “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’s critical voters consider what lies ahead for city residents.

“I believe we must safeguard tax dollars, empower business and stay ahead of the curve to maintain aging infrastructure,” Harris said.

She said she will work to improve communications between the city and its residents and also be pro-active in economic development.

A business owner, she is the mother of four children.

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