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Battista announces candidacy for Kanab City Council
Bart Battista has announced his candidacy for the Kanab City Council, 4 Year Term Seat. “I am entering this race because I have a demonstrated career of dedicated public service and would like to continue that service as a member of your city council,” said Battista.
“Upon moving back to Kanab in recent years, I immersed myself in city issues and was compelled to run for office after coming to believe that needs important to citizens were not being met. I am independent minded and bring to the table experience from the military and Federal Government. This is where I learned to focus on solving underlying problems through consensus building, respect for individuals, and a willingness to make tough decisions. I have advocated relentlessly for the organizations I have worked for and if elected I will do the same for Kanab,” remarked Battista.
Battista is a proud graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Hawaii. He is a professional engineer registered in Arizona and Utah. He currently works as the Director of the Canyon Division for Best Friends Animal Society. He is responsible for capital project construction, and infrastructure and facilities maintenance throughout the organization here in Kanab, Kane County, and multiple states throughout the U.S. He oversees a crew of dedicated professionals and tradespeople, managing a staff of 47 employees.
Battista volunteers as a member of the Kane County Resource Committee and as a representative on the Utah Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Board’s Southern Regional Advisory Council. He supports community projects through his leadership position at work where he has ensured the Canyon Team has been able to participate in community events with time and material such as: Western Legends, Kanab’s Fourth of July Parade, Grand To Grand Ultra, and Balloons & Tunes. His team was part of the emergency response during citywide flooding events in recent years including heavy equipment support, moving dirt off roads and parking lots.
Before moving back to Kanab, Battista lived in San Diego, Calif., where he worked for the Federal Government and the private sector as an environmental engineer. He supervised diverse teams of professionals to provide high quality service to customers.
“I served in the military for 24 years, initially enlisting as a radio operator in 1991. In 1993, after reaching the rank of corporal, I entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and studied Systems Engineering. In 1997, I was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, and in the ensuing years, served in numerous positions throughout the globe. Serving two tours in Afghanistan, I led my infantry company and embedded training team in combat operations. In 2015, I retired from the Marine Corps as a Major,” said Battista.
Before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, Battista lived and worked in Kanab. Battista reminisced, “As a kid, starting in 1985, I visited Kanab every summer, eventually moving here full-time in 1990. I fondly remember going to the old movie theater on Center Street, hiking and exploring throughout the area, swimming and cliff jumping at Three Lakes, and enjoying ‘high end dining’ at the old Wok Inn.
“After serving our country and traveling the world with the military, I moved back to Kanab for my current employment and because I love Kane County, the town of Kanab and its small town, western charm. I still love hiking and exploring the area, being involved in the community, and helping my friends who ranch and move cattle. It is the heritage, the people and the landscape that has drawn me home.”
Battista lives in Kanab with his wife, Brenda, who runs a small business, their two dogs and some chickens. “I know so many great people here in our diverse community! I hope to meet more residents as we enter election season. I am very excited about my candidacy and the opportunity to serve on the Kanab City Council,” expressed Battista. “My service record and core values have prepared me well for this position and I hope to earn a winning vote in the general election on November 5.”