OGDEN -- Former state Rep. Neil Hansen has joined the growing list of candidates who intend to run for Ogden mayor in November's general election.
Hansen, 52, who registered his campaign committee Wednesday, says his legislative experience makes him well-qualified to lead Ogden.
Hansen also vowed that, if elected mayor, he will involve residents in decisions affecting the city.
"I would like to see more public involvement in the mayor's office," he said. "I don't believe anyone has a lock on all ideas."
Hansen, an Ogden native and a Democrat, served 12 years as the state Legislature's House District 9 representative.
He was a member of the Legislature's joint Transportation, National Guard, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Committee and State Retirement Appropriations Committee.
Hansen also worked for the city for 22 years in its water and parks and recreation departments. He is currently self-employed as the patent holder for Ready Made Water, a home water-storage system. Hansen ran for Ogden mayor in 2003 and 2007 but failed to make it through the primary.
If he wins the position in November, Hansen said, he'll build on the economic momentum initiated by Mayor Matthew Godfrey, who won't be seeking a fourth term.
In addition, Hansen noted his major goal as mayor would be to increase commerce downtown by attracting retail businesses and grocery stores. He also promised to run a clean mayoral campaign.
"I will focus on issues and not personalties," Hansen said. "I hope the other candidates will do the same."
Hansen and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of eight children.
He is the fourth candidate to register a campaign committee for mayor. Other announced candidates are:
- Former Weber County Commissioner Ken Bischoff.
- City Councilman Brandon Stephenson.
- Jonny Ballard, the city's community development manager.
- Mike Caldwell, who is employed by Weber County as its public information officer, RAMP grant program manager and director of the Ice Sheet.