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Santa Clara City 2019 City Council Candidate Forum
October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SANTA CLARA 2019 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM
OCTOBER 24TH, 6PM AT SANTA CLARA CITY HALL – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Fourteen year resident of Santa Clara and business owner. I have chosen to run for City Council because: Recent decisions indicate the voices of residents are often disregarded in favor of monetary gain. While growth is inevitable, it should be managed in a conservative manner, preserving quality of life and access to open spaces. Growth has produced a large surplus which is being invested. I see this as an opportunity to reduce taxes to the citizens of Santa Clara. Government by the has people has become a forgotten concept. I pledge to listen and represent the people of Santa Clara.
I am a Fifth Generation resident of Santa Clara who is raising my family in the town I love. I have been a small business owner in Santa Clara for over 20 years and have spent many rewarding hours volunteering here. I love this community and I would like to continue serving my neighbors in a more direct capacity as your City Councilor. I am interested in working to provide a positive environment for small businesses to thrive in while maintaining a safe community where parents will continue to feel confident in raising their young families.
Working for a family owned development company designing residential subdivisions and commercial sites, I’ve gained knowledge and interest in how cities work. This interest has created my desire to run for City Council. I believe that growth should be guided in our city so that we keep the charm of Santa Clara. I believe that Santa Clara Drive needs to be protected so it maintains its small town feel and walkability, as growth on old highway 91 in Ivins increases. I believe that citizens of Santa Clara should have better access to the information being presented at public meetings.
I am Dennis “Denny” Drake. I am a strong advocate of Southern Utah and especially Santa Clara. I have served on the Planning Commission, as a member of the City Council, and as Mayor of Santa Clara. I have served as a Washington County Commissioner and on a number of county and state boards, such as the governor appointed Community Impact Board. I am familiar with the issues facing our rapidly growing community and feel I can serve the citizens of Santa Clara well. I am conservative by nature and a believer in smart planning. I need your vote.
I am excited to run for city council to work with the community in honoring our heritage, but also providing a prosperous future for our children. I believe different viewpoints strengthen any community and as the only female candidate I bring a different perspective. I believe there is a responsibility to be good financial stewards and diversify our tax base to minimize the burden on our residents. I would like to strategize with partners to find a workable solution for affordable housing, and I want to promote activities that support a safe and healthy community and enhance quality of life.
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Santa Clara City Council the last four years, and truly feel I have made a positive difference in our community. I completed my campaign pledge to improve the city’s social media presence, and have helped citizens with their traffic concerns, the condition of their roads, and the impacts of development near them. I’m concerned about future energy costs and sources in Santa Clara, potential tax and fee increases, and how our community will be shaped as the last few parcels are developed. I hold conservative values and have a well balanced approach to issues.