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Primary race for Farmington City Council features 5 candidates for 2 seats

August 2, 2017
The candidates for Farmington City Council for the Aug. 15 primary from left to right: Brigham Mellor, Emma Mansour, John S. Bilton, Rebecca Wayment and Kyle Smith.

Story by TIM VANDANECK • Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — Five candidates are on Farmington’s primary ballot for two city council spots.

Voting, which concludes Aug. 15, will shave just one from the list, leaving four hopefuls to battle it out in the Nov. 7 general election. Mayor H. James Talbot is running unopposed.

The responses have been edited for clarity. 


 FARMINGTON CITY COUNCIL


John S. Bilton (incumbent)

John S. Bilton is one of five people running for Farmington City Council.
Age: 54
Occupation: Consultant
Previous elective offices: Farmington City Council, 2010 to present

Focus on city council: When my wife and I returned to Utah to raise our family, we chose to settle in Farmington because of its unique combination of friendly citizens, beautiful surroundings and small-town appeal. As a city councilman, I have worked to preserve our sense of community and space amidst the growth. I have served to preserve the things that make Farmington a great place to live. Creating a community that is vibrant, provides the correct level of public services, parks and programs, is a balancing act. I am working to make sure we have the right mix of development while enhancing what makes Farmington unique.

 

Emma Mansour 

Emma Mansour is one of five people running for Farmington City Council.

Age:
 38
Occupation: Licensed psychologist
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: It would be an honor to serve as your city council member and I ask for your vote on Aug. 15. As your city council member, I will:

• Ensure that development is consistent with our city’s unique character and provides opportunities for residents to live, work and play.

• Support the protection of Farmington's urban open spaces

• Continue to have a budget that is fiscally responsible and financially able to meet our city’s growing needs

• Ensure that Farmington's development creates a residential and commercial city that will be economically viable for future generations.

 

Brigham Mellor (incumbent) 

Brigham Mellor is one of five people running for Farmington City Council.

Age: 35 
Occupation: Syracuse’s economic development director
Previous elective offices: Farmington City Council, 2014 to present

Focus on city council: I promised more park space in the city to serve our ever-growing population. We now have over 60 acres of park ground we didn’t have four years ago and a much-needed gymnasium. I promised fiscal responsibility. Now we have the largest general fund balance in this city’s history along with lower property tax rates. I promised quality development. Vista Outdoors, U of U Hospital, Pluralsight, Cabela’s and a Mercedes-Benz dealership have all been a part of that. I am not the captain of this municipal ship (you the voters are the captain) but I am a trained, proven and valuable crew member.

 

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith is one of five people running for Farmington City Council.

Age: 42
Occupation: Local truck driver
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: The speed and growth of the city bothers me. I understand we need to have economic growth to make the city viable. The problem occurs when you grow so fast that the city has a difficult time keeping up with essential demands, i.e. police and fire, roads and snow removal. There has been a recent battle over a road project and who is going to pay for it and at what price. Several property owners are frustrated with the process that was used. It will be my goal as a councilman to maintain a balance between the old and the new.

 

Rebecca Wayment 

Rebecca Wayment is one of five people running for Farmington City Council.

Age: 43
Occupation: Mother and event planner
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: I support smart development — projects that fit with the city's overall general and master plans, have long-term strategic vision and will give the city a strong, stable tax base. I'm not in favor of building more commercial and office space until we can fill what we have, and I'm definitely opposed to rezoning for additional high-density apartment and town-home complexes. I believe Farmington is about open-space, trails, privacy and quiet, quaint neighborhoods. Anything I can do to keep the small hometown feeling in Farmington is what I'm passionate about and will fight for.