Roy candidates look to beautify city, bring in more business

Oct 7 2013 - 1:58am

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ROY -- Voters here will choose a mayor and fill two at-large council seats this November.

In the mayor's race, the names are familiar. City Councilman Willard Cragun is looking to unseat Mayor Joe Ritchie.

Cragun has served on the council for 14 years, not consecutively, starting in 1984. He is a retired Ogden police sergeant and a retired U.S. Army sergeant.

His No.1 concern is economic development, and he would like to see the city not have an east versus west mentality. He would also like to see pride restored in the city. Abandoned homes and absent landlords make the city look bad, Cragun said.

Ritchie is seeking is third mayoral term. He is a former Weber County commissioner and retired Ogden police chief.

"Roy city is a wonderful place to live, and we have no problems, but there are some things we are working on," Ritchie said.

He would like to improve the movement of vehicle traffic and improve curb appeal in the city. He thinks code enforcement is a good way to handle that. If re-elected, he also plans to continue efforts to fill empty storefronts.

Two incumbents are looking to retain their seats for city council, and one is hoping to get hers back.

Marge Becraft served on the council for 12 years. Four years ago she lost her seat and would like to serve again. She is a retired schoolteacher.

"I want to see Roy continue in the path of having a strong economic base with services as well as businesses that meet the needs of citizens," she said.

She implemented a yearly youth service project 15 years ago and has seen the impact it has had on the community.

Brad Hilton is serving his first term on the city council. He has lived in Roy for 30 years and is raising his five children here. He works at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

He thinks there are several issues that lead up to the biggest issue in the city, which is creating a sustainable tax base to meet the needs of the city without raising taxes. He feels the best way to do this is to increase revenue with business.

He said he has worked hard to do that while on the council. He pointed out the new CVS Pharmacy being built on 1900 West and his work with the Redevelopment Agency to have more commercial property available. "I have fulfilled my promise to the citizens of Roy at bringing in businesses," he said.

Christee Kyte is a newcomer to the Roy political arena. She has raised her son in Roy and owns Kyte Graphix, an advertising and graphics company. She would like to help improve the image of Roy by promoting its assets, untapped resources and marketable value.

"Roy has been leaking revenue for too long, forcing residents to leave its boundaries to attain goods and services not available to them otherwise," she said.

She would like Roy to be a destination, not a place to pass through.

Michael Stokes is serving his second term on the city council. He has a nursing degree from Weber State and a master's degree in business. He also thinks balancing spending with revenues received is a big issue for the city. Revenues decreased with the economic downturn.

"Thankfully we've been able to find creative ways to be more efficient as a city," he said. If re-elected he said he would continue to reach out to those who own commercial properties and other businesses in Roy. Like Hilton, he said the CVS Pharmacy shows ways the city can work with business owners to bring new business life to the city.

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