OGDEN — With local election season slowly creeping in, Ogden’s race for mayor is now officially a three-person contest.

Daniel Tabish formally announced his candidacy for mayor Wednesday afternoon on the front steps of Ogden City’s Municipal Building.

Incumbent Mayor Mike Caldwell and Ogden City Planning Commissioner Angel Castillo previously announced their intentions to run. Caldwell, who first took office in 2012, is seeking a third term.

Tabish, 44, is a lifelong Weber County resident and longtime entrepreneur who once owned the former Ben Lomond Hotel, which is now known as The Hotel Bigelow. Currently, he owns an assisted living facility and several retail stores. He said he decided to run for mayor to tackle what he calls a “lack of economic opportunities Ogden.”

Attracting new and thriving businesses to the city is a major driver of his platform, which also includes lowering taxes and increasing public safety. Tabish said bringing new businesses in will not only boost Ogden’s economy, but it will also increase the city’s tax base and make it easier to lower tax rates.

“I know a lot of people in business, so if I get behind it and start attracting those businesses to come and open in Ogden, even (getting) existing entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, I think we could make a big difference,” Tabish said. “You bring in businesses, increase the tax base and lower the tax rate. It’s a simple formula and it’s been done before.”

Tabish, who graduated from Weber High School and Weber State University, said he bought his first investment property at 19, while still a college student.

Ogden’s Municipal Primary Election is set for Aug. 13. The General Election will be Nov. 5. For more information, go to elections.utah.gov.

Traditionally, Ogden has been the only Weber County city with a full-time mayor. North Ogden’s mayor position has been a full-time job since 2015, but the city is considering a proposal that would shift the position back to part time.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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