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 will be in next 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.


Kirt Carpenter

1) I am a native of southern Utah (born in Cedar City, raised on the Alton Divide, Orderville, and SLC). I am a veteran (U.S. Army Airborne) and a graduate of the University of Utah (B.S. Geological Engineering and Master of Business Administration). Having earned my MBA, I understand the budgeting process and how to apply effective business management techniques as a member of the city council.

My working experience includes (1) Director of the Collbran (Colorado) and Weber Basin (Utah) Job Corps Centers; (2) Projects Manager of the Utah Projects Office, Bureau of Reclamation (where I managed the negotiation, planning and design of the Central Utah Project); and (3) Engineer with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. During my career I worked and negotiated with Utah State Governors, U.S. Senators, and members of Congress.

After I retired, I worked as a Ski School Supervisor at Deer Valley and owned and operated a successful property management business. Currently, I am a Gospel Doctrine Teacher in Kanab’s LDS Sixth Ward and am a Silver Beaver and Wood Badge Course Director with the Boy Scouts of America.

2) To strive for open and responsible city government and to work with our citizens and community leaders to create a sensible economic development plan.

3) The entire process from the first public announcement to the granting of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was an example of how far the process has gone off course. Why the no-public comment approach?

In a Letter to the Editor, the mayor offered an explanation of the requirements and what the council did to follow them. In my opinion, that was not adequate.

The project was imposed on Kanab without making sure there was public input. In fact, just the opposite happened and there was no full and open disclosure. I feel an open meeting with public input would have been fully acceptable. In spite of the council’s silence, I feel they are well within their purview, either individually or as a group, to express concern that this or any other project does or does not meet community standards.

4) A town that cherishes and wants to build and grow on the things it values: clean air, water and awe-inspiring vistas. A town and its leaders working together to develop and build on its proposed development plan. A town that will attract clean, sustainable businesses, offering meaningful, well-paying jobs for our citizens.

5) If elected, I will work toward creating an environment that will allow approachable and transparent city government for all its citizens.