Name: Ronald (Butch) Stratford
Occupation: Dairy Farmer
Family: Married, six children, two beautiful, spoiled grandchildren
Hobbies: Farming and family
1. Name some of the qualifications you possess that makes you the best choice to represent your city?
I am a livelong resident of the community with strong roots here. I am a forty year small business and property owner. I have a working knowledge of city and state government. I am currently serving on the board of directors of the Dairy Producers of Utah, an organization which represents the dairy producers of the state, which has given me experience in legislative and environmental issues on the state and national level. I have a working knowledge of what is required for the basic infrastructure of the city, such as irrigation, drainage, and maintenance.
2. What political ideals and philosophies guide your decision-making process?
I believe government is essential, obviously, but needs to be the least intrusive as possible. City government's main focus should be to provide a haven (as our name suggests) for families to raise their children, to have appropriate and beautiful recreation and community areas where we can come together as neighbors and families, to provide for basic infrastructure while being fiscally responsible. Essentially, to have a city we can be proud of and feel safe in, while honoring the goals and the rural heritage of those who started our city.
3. What is the most important issue facing your city?
Growth. We no longer enjoy the privilege of being undiscovered. We experienced tremendous growth prior to the economic downturn, and that will resume when the economy improves. We need to be resourceful in providing transportation corridors for both vehicles and people, recreation areas and trails, parks and community areas, achieving a balance between residential and commercial opportunities to enlarge our tax base, while being fiscally responsible.
4. Name some qualities that you possess that make you a good team worker and able to bring consensus among city leaders.
Farming gives you a lot of experience with long hours and hard work. Farming in the city also provides opportunities for constructive interaction with your neighbors. I feel I am a people person first who can find common ground and work for the better good.
5. What do you think will be some major issues your city will face a generation from now?
I suppose our city will look somewhat different in another generation, but that the fundamental issues won't change much. Good roads, ease of transportation, good schools and churches, beautiful parks and trails, while maintaining a quality environment for families, with a higher emphasis on public safety.