NORTH OGDEN -- Voters here will be choosing a new mayor this November as Richard Harris is not seeking re-election. Two new council members will also be voted in, because the two current holders are running for mayor.
Wade Bigler is serving his first term as a city councilman and is running for mayor. He is an LDS seminary teacher and has a master's degree in educational curriculum and instruction.
The public works facility is a big issue for him because he considers it to be the most expensive project in the history of the city. "It's vital that it's carried out with fiscal responsibility while maintaining quality," he said.
He would like to see the business district thrive and would like to keep residential zones residential. He would like residents to be able to shop and dine locally and thereby boost the tax base. He said he would continue to be fiscally responsible as mayor.
Brent Taylor is also serving his first term on the city council. He is a small-business owner with a master's degree. He is a captain with the Army National Guard.
He thinks that managing growth and working together are two of the biggest issues facing the city. He would like to see a comprehensive update of the General Plan, to enhance the focus on economic development.
"Democracy involves finding a balance between expressing opposing viewpoints and coming together to accomplish the people's business," he said.
Taylor said he would like to see more cooperation and less conflict. If elected, he said he would listen to residents and business leaders and work respectfully with city staff and encourage cooperation.
Brian Russell is seeking one of two open seats on the city council. He is a rocket engineer at ATK and has lived in North Ogden for 34 years. "The foremost issue I see facing North Ogden is vision for the future," he said. He sees that lack of vision with the public works project. He likes the lower cost plan, but would like to see things move forward quickly.
The polarization within the city is a concern, he said. "My pledge is to work respectfully with any and all, regardless of political persuasions," he said.
Lynn Satterthwaite is an engineer. He currently serves on the public works committee. One of his biggest issues is the public works facility. He would like to see a functional and durable facility with little or no debt.
Another big issue for him is city infrastructure, including improvement of blighted areas and strategic business development.
Phillip Swanson also sits on the public works committee. He is the branch manager for National Seating and Mobility and has a bachelor's degree. He sees division and polarization as the biggest issue in the city.
"North Ogden is facing the challenges associated with unavoidable growth and change," he said, adding that civility and compromise are an important part of good government.
"Planning and foresight, or lack thereof, will largely determine what our great city looks like and lives like in the future," Swanson said. He would like to represent all residents, rather than the vocal wants of a few.
James "Jim" Urry has served on the city council and planning commission and also served as chairman of Ogden Pioneer Days. He is a retired banker.
He believes the biggest issue facing the city is growth. "North Ogden will continue to grow and the city leaders need to address infrastructure needs and how to fund them," he said.
He also thinks the public works building is an issue and he would like the city to pay as it goes to complete the project.