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Kanab City Council candidate James West
We asked the following questions of the eight remaining Kanab City Council candidates. After a random drawing, these candidates were chosen this week. The other four candidates’ responses were in last week’s paper. Beth Kampschror and Charley Wright have dropped out of the race.
1) Give us a little background on yourself.
2) Why do you want to run for city council?
3) What are your thoughts on the coal gasification plant and the process taken until now?
4) What’s your vision for Kanab in the next 10 years?
5) Name one thing that you want to accomplish if elected.
1) I am a lifetime conservative Republican. I am of the fourth generation on my father’s side of the family residing in Kanab. I am Kanab born and raised - graduating from Kanab High, after the military, seven years of a university diversified education, graduating with honors. I served honorably in the U.S. Military, being wounded in South Vietnam. I have had a wonderful life as a double-amputee being richly blessed in many ways. As I said to my wife, I do not mind being an amputee, but I hate being diabetic.
I have served faithfully on the Kanab City Council for the past eight years. During that time much good has been accomplished throughout our community by many organizations, businesses and the ever-valuable volunteers. I am grateful to have been a part of this service during my years of residency in Kanab. It is my intent to continue serving how and where I am able.
2) It has been a great learning experience for me. I now have a deeper understanding and a clearer vision of our city and its residents. Kanab will continue to grow and develop into more of what makes it a great place to live. I want to have a responsible part in what Kanab is becoming more of - for it is good!
3) I am not at liberty to discuss any details related to this project until after the appeal hearing before the city council.
4) I would like to see the same rate of growth during the past 50 years continue. Fifty years ago, Kanab had approximately half the population we presently do. That would be about 400 new residents during the next 10 years. That would be about right. I have always treasured the small town appeal. Many problems of the world are not seen here.
5) To have outside electrical outlets and lights at the gazebo at the Heritage House. Repaved roads through the cemetery. The new Senior Citizens Center has my full support, as does a new tennis court and a skate park. In the future, I hope to see a new City Office complex with convention and reception rooms available.