SOUTH OGDEN -- It's win or go home for South Ogden mayoral candidates Vickie Mattson and Jim Minster. The city council terms of both expire this year, so whoever loses the mayoral race will no longer be part of South Ogden city government.
Both candidates have managerial experience, both say the economy is the most important issue facing the city and both say they are great listeners and team players.
"My goal, ever since I was first elected, has been to improve our city," Mattson said. "To bring in business to help with our tax base and make our city a place we can all be proud to live in. At all times, my goal has been to serve the best interest of all of the people."
Mattson, 62, office manager of Horizon Balance in South Ogden, said as a manager overseeing several employees, she is used to handling and correcting problems as they arise daily. She said working with others in correlating high operational standards in customer service makes her an optimal candidate for mayor.
"I'm a current member of the board of directors and the transportation committee with the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce," Mattson said. "Representing our city, working with other local leaders both in government and business and solving problems and promoting our city has given me the experience I need to bring consensus among city leaders."
Minster, 66, and retired, said he also has leadership skills that qualify him to run a city.
"I have experience as the physical facility manager of a large, 7-acre piping and fabrication plant. I was in charge of the building, its equipment and the maintenance department," Minster said. "My responsibility was one of leadership and support so that production could be completed on time and on budget."
Minster said one of the mayor's duties is supervising the administration of the public safety department. He said his experience in business and a combined 34 years in public safety make him the more qualified candidate.
"Leadership skills that I have developed over the years in my careers, community and my church, makes me the most diversified candidate for mayor," he said. "I am a great listener, I am a team player, I do not micro-manage. I will work hard to help those whom I work with to succeed to the benefit of our employees and this city."
Minster said by implementing a redevelopment program, the city can focus on capturing new businesses.