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Meet Roy’s 2017 primary election candidates for mayor, city council

August 4, 2017
Roy City's mayoral candidates are Willard Cragun, left; Steven “Big Al” Alan Cooper, center; and Robert Dandoy, right.

Story by CATHY MCKITRICK • Standard-Examiner Staff

With property taxes on the rise, two candidates are challenging Roy mayoral incumbent Willard Cragun for his seat, and six candidates have filed for two City Council slots.

The Standard-Examiner sent a few questions to each candidate. Voters will trim the three mayoral candidates to two and the six City Council candidates to four in the Aug. 15 primary. The winners will be selected on Election Day Nov. 7.

Mayoral Race    |    City Council

 


Mayoral Race


Willard Cragun (incumbent)

 

Age: 79

Occupation and education: Graduated from Utah’s Police Academy and served as an Ogden police officer for 25 years and nine years as Defense Depot Ogden’s police chief.

Willard Cragun is running for a second term as Roy's mayor.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for mayor?
I’m local and have watched Weber County begin to come alive. I first served on the Roy City Council from 1984 to 1992. We built the Harmons and Albertsons shopping areas, and Roy moved from a bedroom community to a city during that time. In 2008 I noticed businesses leaving the city, and ran and got elected again to the City Council and later as Mayor, where I appointed people to specific economic development and beautification jobs to see that the city would thrive.

What is your prime motivation for running?
To continue to bring business and to enhance the quality of life of Roy citizens.

As an incumbent, why do you deserve and want a second term?
I want people to feel they have a safe city and can come out and enjoy it and be happy they live here. I moved here in 1970 and have spent 16 years in Roy city government trying to improve its quality of life. I think we’ve done that.

Learn more about Willard Cragun: Willard S. Cragun Roy City Mayor on Facebook & willardcragun.com

 

 

Steven “Big Al” Alan Cooper

Age: 34

Steven “Big Al” Alan Cooper is running for mayor of Roy.

Occupation and education: Earned a master’s degree specializing in management and leadership from Western Governors University and a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Everglades University. He works as a construction, management and leadership consultant.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for mayor?
In my opinion, no single experience makes anyone a good prospect for any role in life. With that said, I believe the combination of my educational achievements, work experiences on a management level in a diverse field for 10-plus years and overcoming life's many challenges will all be useful assets sure to be drawn from to help me be a successful mayor for Roy city.

What is your prime motivation for running?
The incredible opportunity and accompanying honor of representing, serving and leading the more than 38,000 residents in a positive, inclusive, uniting, progressive and fiscally responsible manner. Roy City and its current condition is the product of reactive leadership provided by individuals in the most conservative phase of their lifetimes and as a result, it has been neglected and left behind.

Learn more about Steven “Big Al” Alan Cooper: Steven Cooper on Facebook, @RoyCityMayor on Twitter & RoyCityMayor.com

 

 

Robert Dandoy 

Age: 64

Robert Dandoy is a candidate in Roy City's 2017 mayoral race.

Occupation and education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Utah State University. After 34 years of federal government service, he retired as vice director of the 309th Maintenance Wing at Hill Air Force Base, and currently serves on the Roy City Council. He also volunteers helping people find work.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for mayor?
I started my public service in the U.S. Navy and am a veteran of the Vietnam War. I am experienced in supervising government employees and managing government operations. As the senior civilian manager of 7,600 employees and a $1.2 billion budget, I'm no stranger to overcoming challenges, getting things done, accepting accountability, making tough decisions, and opening the lines of communication. In addition, I served as a Roy Planning Commissioner before getting elected to the City Council.

What is your prime motivation for running?
I want to make improvements to reduce traffic congestion, attract new businesses, lower property taxes, provide government transparency, and improve communication between residents and city government. The city needs a leader who can help find ways to continue delivering high-quality service at a lower cost. I look at elected public service as an opportunity to serve and not a career appointment. I do my homework and make informed decisions. Roy city is a great city and I want to help make it better.

Learn more about Robert Dandoy: VoteBobDandoy on Facebook & BobDandoy.RoyCityMayor@yahoo.com

 


 City Council


 

Jan Burrell

Jan Burrell is running for a spot on the Roy City Council.

Age: 60

Occupation and education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Weber State University and master’s degrees in education and psychology from Utah State University. She currently coordinates Student Services for the Weber School District.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for city council?
My career has been based on public service. It has been a series of interactions with students and parents in which compassion, creative problem-solving, and collaboration have been key to positive outcomes.

What is your prime motivation for running?
To serve and continue to build a strong sense of community in Roy.

Learn more about Jan Burrell: Jan Burrell for Roy City Council on Facebook

 

 

Chris Collins

Age: 36

Chris Collins is running for a seat on Roy's City Council.

Occupation and education: Has a bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University and is currently serving in the U.S. military.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for city council?
My military service has provided me with a lot of experience in decision making, leadership and the ability to work with a diverse group of people. In addition, I am excellent in getting disagreeing parties to work together to accomplish a common goal. ​

What is your prime motivation for running?
I have proudly served my country for a number of years and would like the opportunity to have a positive impact in my local community​. I want to make Roy a better place for our children to live in and our seniors to retire in.

Learn more about Chris Collins: I do not have an individual Facebook page, but am very active within the two public Roy FB pages: Citizens of Roy and Roy Utah Community. Here is a survey I filled out concerning the future of Roy.

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Douglas Nandell 

Douglas Nandell is running for a seat on the Roy City Council.

Age: 37

Occupation and education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement justice administration from Western Illinois University and works as a roll off truck driver for Waste Management.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for city council?
I spent 20 years in the National Guard, I have the ability to work with anyone and everyone. I also serve as vice chair of the Roy City Planning Commission.

What is your prime motivation for running?
I did not agree with the size of the Roy City tax increase and am dissatisfied with the city’s direction.

Learn more about Douglas Nandell: Douglas Nandell for Roy City Council on Facebook

 

 

 

Joe Paul

Age:44

Joe Paul is running for a seat on the Roy City Council.

Occupation and education: Earned two bachelor’s degrees from Weber State University in technical sales and automotive technology. He works as a regional operations manager.

What life experience makes you a good prospect for city council?
I manage a large Salt Lake City-based fleet operation dealing with multimillion dollar budgets. I oversee logistics and training for 27 offices and several departments throughout the U.S. and Canada. I have been involved in community service for 23 years with the Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, where I have excelled in rescuing those in need and educating the public on how to be safe outdoors. I’ve also served on the Roy City Planning Commission for six years, where I have focused on effective zoning ordinances and planning.

What is your prime motivation for running?
I want to give back to the community and help provide a vision and leadership for our future. I have lived in Roy for 18 years along with my wife and four children. We are very involved in the schools and community. I want to safeguard this community and build upon this great city so our families will want to stay here for many years to come.

Learn more about Joe Paul: joepaulforroy.com & JoePaulforRoy on Facebook

 

 

Brad Sawyer

Brad Sawyer is running for a seat on the Roy City Council.

Age: 33

Occupation and education: Earned a technical drafting degree from the Davis Applied Technology College and works as a mechanical designer/detailer.

What life experience makes you a good prospect to serve on the city council?
I have served for several years on an HOA board and also held local political leadership positions.

What is your prime motivation for running?
To help contribute to the community.

Learn more about Brad Sawyer: Brad.for.Roy.City on Facebook

 

 

Bryon Saxton

Age: 58

Bryon Saxton is running for a seat on the Roy City Council.

Occupation and education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism. He works in marketing and guest relations for Chick-fil-A, and is also the author of two vampire Western novels.

What life experience makes you a good prospect to serve on the City Council?
For nearly 30 years I worked as a community reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Many of my newspaper articles centered around coverage of City Council meetings. I have observed firsthand what does and doesn't work for cities and their residents.

What is your prime motivation for running?
Roy is my home and has been for 33 years. I believe I have a unique skill set to do this job and do it with full transparency in giving the public its voice.

Learn more about Bryon Saxton: www.electsaxton.com