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Kanab City Council candidate Joe B. Wright
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 was born and raised in Kanab. I am the fifth generation in my family to have been lucky enough to live in this area. I graduated from Kanab High School in 1996, where I served as Student Body President. After a mission and earning my bachelors degree from Southern Utah University, my wife Staci and I moved back to Kanab in 2002. While in college, I continued to serve in student government and other leadership opportunities.
I have worked for the Fredonia-Moccasin School District as a Social Studies teacher and, after earning a masters degree from Northern Arizona Universtiy, I am currently the principal of Fredonia Elementary School. I have served on a variety of committees and groups in our area, including eight years on the Kanab City Planning Commission.
2) I did not submit my name as a candidate for Kanab’s City Council because of a disastisfaction. I am running because I want the long established traditions, heritage, and morals of this community to be upheld and remembered. I also look forward to the possibilities of our future. I desire the opportunity to be involved in keeping Kanab a great place to live for all age groups. Obviously, for that to occur, controlled economic development and services for youth are key.
3) I am in favor of property owners being able to use their property as they wish within the requirements of existing city ordinances. If city ordinances are not adequate there is a proven and statutory process to change those ordinances. I believe that our city government should continue to be run as a republic with representatives who make decisions with openness and transparency to its citizens.
4) My vision for Kanab is a place where families can feel safe and enjoy living. A place where citizens of all ages are provided with the services that they want and need. A place where college graduates can return to raise a family, because there are opportunities for employment. A place where young people have opportunities to be involved in a variety of activities. A place where retired people are given opportunities to be active and involved. The type of place that drew us here, or back here, in the first place, and not change it to be like the place we came from.
5) Increase the amount of services provided for our citizens through controlled economic growth and increased recreational opportunities.