St. George City Council, 2013 Election Cycle

Twelve worthy candidates are competing for two seats on St. George's City Council this year. In the Tuesday, August 13th primaries, the candidates are whittled down to four. The final election will be November 5th.


In the interests of an informed electorate and a clean electoral race, this website seeks to give the best election coverage to be had anywhere. We hope to portray each candidate better than their own official website, plus compare and contrast the candidates and their platforms better than any other place on the 'net. Welcome to St. George City Council Election Headquarters for 2013!


Other good sources for St. George area politics include The Spectrum, SGNews, and WWW Jr's informative blog. General information about elections and our city council can be found at Vote.Utah.gov and SGCity.org respectively. All of these sources have been useful sources for the information contained on this website, and deserve the highest respect for their services. If know of any other useful websites regarding these topics, please inform the webmaster so he can link to them.

General Information About the Election

Q: Who won in the primary?

A: Here are the results. The top four (in bold) won. [source]

  1. Michele Randall (1,590 votes)
  2. Ed Baca (1,407)
  3. Joe Bowcutt (1,345)
  4. Tara Dunn (1,224)
  5. Greg Aldred (761)
  6. Greg Whitehead (689)
  7. Patricia Kent (685)
  8. Marianne Sorensen (659)
  9. Nathan Fisher (598)
  10. Travis Christensen (431)
  11. Warren Wright (224)
  12. Jim McCoy (145)
  13. Matthew Mortenson (93)

Q: Who is Matthew Mortenson? Is he running?

A: He was on the primary ballot, but withdrew from the race before the primary. [source]


Q: Who can vote in the general election?

A: Anyone from St. George who is regestered to vote.


Q: How do I regester to vote?

A: This website has instructions and online regestration.


Q: Is voting ID required? What kind of ID?

A: Yes, ID is required. A driver's license works. [other acceptable IDs]


Q: Where can I find campaign finance information?

A: That's here.



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Official

Campaign Website

Primary Results

1,407 votes (14.28%)
2nd Place!

Campaign Finance

$920.00
$1,281.93
(91¢ per vote)
-$361.93

Biggest Donors

$500.00
$300.00
$100.00

Retired cop and teacher Ed Baca is looking to make this his year to win the St. George City Council elections. He is a staple of local politics, attending virtually every City Council meeting and running for the Council every election.

A long-time St. George resident, Baca leads his campaign with the experience of 72 years of life (as of August 26th), 50 of them spent in public service. His name recognition among the political players is second to none, and nobody is so dedicated to staying informed on issues of city politics. He also holds an associates (AA) degree in political science and a batchlors (BA) in criminal justice.

Platform Priorities

  • Citizen Advisors The biggest change Baca proposes is "citizen advisory boards" on various topics, where average citizens meet to discuss issues to ensure the City Council only acts with the public's consent.
  • Privatize Services "I pledge to wherever Possible [...] privatize services." [source]
  • Art and Theater Baca insists that art and theater classes and activites must be available and taught in all area schools.
  • Ethics Reform stronger “conflict of interest” rules for Councilors and transparency when the city is sued. [source]

Endorsements

  • If you want to add your endorsement for Ed Baca, please send it.

Primary Results

1,345 votes (13.65%)
3rd Place!

Campaign Finance

$4,225.00
$2,913.73
($2.17 per vote)
$1,356.27

Biggest Donors

$2,500.00
$575.00
$500.00

38 years after he first moved to St. George, Joe Bowcutt is vying for one of the open seats on the City Council. This father of five and grandfather to eighteen is sure to have his family–especially Mrs. Rowdy Bowcutt, his wife of 46 years–in his corner, cherring him on.

Before retirement, Bowcutt worked in sales and marketing. Today, he spends his time volinteering. He has been President of the Dixie Sunrise Rotary Club and St. George Lions Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a Dixie Sunshiner, and for many years served as Chairman of the Rotary Bowl Parade.

Platform Priorities

  • Immigration "My vision for St. George includes the need to review policies currently in place to properly monitor the local situation as it relates to the probable new Federal Immigration Laws." [source]
  • Preservation He promises "to continue the beautification of the central city downtown area" and work for "the future of the Historic St. George Lions Dixie Sunbowl." [source]
  • Citizen Unity He seeks to "Effectively bring differing entities and groups together" to "allow St. George City to continue to be a place where all parties work together". [source]
  • Water "increasingly crucial […] decisions need to be made now, no matter how difficult they may be." [source]

Endorsements

  • Joe, your a good man with great Cache Valley roots. Best of Luck, You have my vote [read more]
    - Forrest Fonnesbeck
  • If you want to add your endorsement for Joe Bowcutt, please send it.

"Definitely not a
Good Ol' Boy."

Official

Campaign Website Campaign Facebook Email

Primary Results

1,224 votes (12.43%)
4th Place!

Campaign Finance

$2,049.00
$1,567.04
($1.28 per vote)
$481.96

Biggest Donors

$1,000.00
$200.00

Tara Dunn, 32-year-old wife and mother of three children (one with special needs), got interested in politics after experiencing apathy and apparent intimidation from city officials when a flood caused by bad city land management damaged her pool.

This will be her second time running on a platform of standing up for the victims of such city mismanagement and opaque behavior, and though she didn't win a seat in 2011 she believes she influenced city politics by airing these issues in the election. She hopes her youthful vitality and creative, solid ideas will bring her elective victory this time around.

Platform Priorities

  • Ethics Reform She advocates "restrictions on elected officials, managers, appointees and their immediate family members financially gaining from City projects." [source]
  • Infrastructure She questions "the condition and quality of our infrastructure, specifically roads, drainage, utilities and emergency services" and seeks to "prioritize our spending on these items." [source]
  • Wages & Growth "We do not have enough living wage jobs for the current population, so growth is not supported in the context of our local economy. Growing predominantly on real estate and construction is not a sustainable economy." [source, p2]
  • Water Control In a telephone interview, Dunn told the Webmaster that Middleton wells and area aquifers are sufficient for local water needs, if only they were actively explored. Also, she deems conservation efforts to be important, and plans reforms to water utility bills to charge the wasteful more per gallon and the prudent less.

Endorsements

  • Based on our telephone interview, I can vouch that Tara Dunn has creative, well-considered ideas and a solid understanding of the issues facing St. George now and in the coming years. The St. George City Council would be lucky to have her.
    - Brady Postma, webmaster of this website.
  • If you want to add your endorsement for Tara Dunn, please send it.


Official

Campaign Website Campaign Facebook page E-mail - Webmail
Phone #: (435) 632-9116

Primary Results

1,590 votes (16.14%)
1st Place!

Campaign Finance

$3,710.00
$3,701.81
($2.33 per vote)
$7.19

Biggest Donors

$2,200.00
$500.00
$200.00

Michele Randal grew up in gang-threatened Arizona before moving here in 1978. She knows first-hand what a blessing it is to live in peaceful St. George. Her family operated Dixie Ambulance for 14 years before the "Ambulance War" last winter resulted in the city shutting them down. [read more]. This inspired Randall to go into city politics.

She has 35 years of personal roots in St. George, and family roots dating back at least a century. She has five children, four biological and one "bonus" son whom they adopted, and two grandchildren with two more on the way. She says, "We became 'empty nesters' in September. I now have the time I feel is required to effectively serve on the council."

Platform Priorities

  • The Three T's Randall has broken her platform down into three central planks of utmost importance, namely:
  • Transparency "Any citizen should have the same access to information which I as a city councilor or city employee has. Decision making by the council should be open to public input." [source]
  • Team Work "We need to create an environment in the city where all employees feel comfortable working with residents. A citizen should be viewed as a partner in government, rather than a mere customer." [source]
  • Tradition "There are times I would like to rewind to the days of the late 70's when my family moved to this area. St George was a small town and most everyone knew each other. […] We must never leave our traditions in the past, even if they only serve as reminders of the 'good ol' days.'" [read more]

Endorsements

  • I endorse Michele Randall for City Council. [read more]
    - Council Member Gail Bunker
  • She has my full endorsement. [read more]
    - Council Member Gil Almquist
  • I am happy to endorse Michele Randall for St. George City Council. [read more]
    - Council Member Jimmie Hughes
  • I endorse Michele Randall for city council. [read more]
    - Former Council Member Suzanne Allen
  • Marlene and I support and endorse Michele in her bid for St. George City Council. [read more]
    - Former St. George City Mayor J. Grey Larkin
  • We are delighted that Michele Randall has chosen to run[.] She is a person of great ability and drive. [read more]
    - L. David and Nedra Muir
  • Michele Randall has been our 'over the fence' neighbor for more than 20 years. We know her well and we are delighted that she is running for City Council. [read more]
    - Tom and Patsy Lamb
  • If you want to add your endorsement for Michele Randall, please send it.

Background:

  • StGNews, July 17 Santa Clara and Ivins have no-kill shelters, but not St. George.
  • StGNews, July 27 Allegations of abuse at St. George Animal Shelter.
  • StGNews, July 31 City Council meeting announced about alligations of abuse.
  • Spectrum, July 31 City puts animal shelter director, David Vane, on administrative leave.
  • StGNews, Aug 1 Meeting determines that allegations are legitimate.
  • Spectrum, Aug 1 Animal shelter issue a 'gut check', says Councilor Jon Pike (candidate for Mayor).
  • Spectrum, Aug 1 Council approves resolution on animal shelter
  • Fox13, Aug 1 Resolution passed regarding alleged animal abuse at shelter. (video)
  • StGNews, Aug 6 Mayor McArthur alledgedly intimidated animal shelter employees/animal rights advocates on July 26th.
  • Spectrum, Aug 7 Mayor says he'll apologize, though no intimidation or offense was intended.
  • Spectrum Op/Ed, Aug 8 "The city should not have to be responsible for an animal owner’s lack of responsibility."
  • Tara Dunn

    I am gathering information from a trusted source, (thank you, Kris!) on the matter of the St. George Animal Shelter. I would love to hear ideas from all of you, and perhaps what has or has not worked in other cities to your knowledge. It sounds like this is an area St. George could use some improvements!

    - [source, June 30th]

  • Greg Whitehead

    Whitehead had a "few minutes" discussion with one Mary Bemis, self-described animal lover, about the animal shelter's condition. The contents of the conversation are not known, but it is clear Bemis informed him of the issue and seemed pleased with the exchange.

    - [source, July 17th]

  • Marianne Sorensen

    While we as a city address the issue of our animal shelter, let's not forget to have compassion for those who work with abandoned animals every day. It has to be difficult.

    - [source, July 25th]

  • Ed Baca

    I fully support establishing a Board [or] Commission of Friends of our Animal Shelter. Upon being elected I would move to establish a City No Kill and Animal Rescue Ordinance. WHY? Citizen involvement and support can be a vehicle for financial support that reduces the burden on the City and Tax Payers.

    - [source, July 26th]

  • Tara Dunn

    I flew home from vacation early, to attend yesterday's City Council meeting addressing the animal shelter issue, and the Governor's Water Meeting. It was a distressing to see the contrast between the two operations. One was designed for public comment, the other was designed to silence public comment.

    - [source, July 26th]

  • Marianne Sorensen

    Responding to the removal of the animal shelter director, Marianne commented, Citizens' efforts pay off after bringing concerns to the attention of city council and city council candidates. Way to go!

    - [source, Aug 1st]

  • Travis Christiansen

    It seems that by the time I am on the council that the issue will be decided. I am glad to see the actions taken recently to investigate what is going on up there. It appears that some serious upgrades and changes need to be made.

    - [source, Aug 7th]

  • Tara Dunn

    Yesterday, I visited the St. George animal shelter and today I visited Ivins'. Unless you actually visit the two, and probably Best Friends' as well, you can't fully understand the situation.

    - [source, July 3rd]

  • Kris Neal

    Neither Patricia Kent nor Jim McCoy nor Joe Bowcutt responded to comments from local animal rights activist Kris Neal, which read (in part), The existing shelter was built 25 years ago to accommodate a population a forth what we have now. It is extremely small, outdated, poorly ventilated, underfunded, has no meet and greet area for dogs and no communal space for cats. It operates as it did when it opened 25 years ago and needs to be brought out of the stone age. The comment for Patricia Kent was posted on her own website, whereas thes post for Jim McCoy and Joe Bowcutt were posted on William Way's blog which they may or may not know about. When Kris similarly contacted Marianne Sorensen on her official Facebook page, Sorensen quickly responded with the statement, I will take you up on your challenge and will educate myself on the situation. I love animals and feel strongly that they must be treated with care and compassion.

    - [Kent, McCoy, Bowcutt, Sorensen, July 15th]

  • Michele Randall

    The shelter staff realize their shelter is outdated and they are not opposed to a new shelter but they can only work with the resources they have. I don't think there would be opposition to a no kill shelter if they had the room to hold the animals they receive. Also the shelter would greatly benefits from kennels with access to the outdoors. It would significantly improve the smell and condition overall.

    Ivins is very fortunate to have the "Friends of Ivins" group to raise funds for them. It also helps alleviate the burden on the taxpayer. St George would benefit from a group willing to do the same for our shelter. In order for a similar type of group to commit to a project like Ivins the St George shelter would have to commit to a no kill shelter. Ivins also told me they are not an entirely no kill shelter. There are times they have to put an animal to sleep due to health issues and viciousness.

    - [source, July 25th]

  • Michele Randall

    "Today the reality of politics has reared it's ugly head. I was saddened when I read the articles accusing Mayor McArthur of intimidation. But what is truly more disheartening is the hateful, vile comments being written about the mayor and anyone associated with him in our city government.

    It is a sad commentary on our society when citizens can sit at a keyboard and type all sorts of vicious comments anonymously. Others take to social media and share the story and happily rejoice in the cruel comments being left by their friends, all at the mayor's and his family’s expense.

    - [source, Aug 8th]

  • Travis Christiansen

    I went to the Animal Shelter today. The place could use some improvements.

    - [source, Aug 12th]


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[source]

Donations to the Campaign
CandidateAs Of…Total ReceivedLarge Donations$50 or LessTotal ExpensesBalance On Hand
Aldred Aug 2 1,250.00 1,250.00 0.00 2,051.48 - 801.48
Baca Aug 6 920.00 900.00 20.00 1,281.93 - 361.93
Bowcutt Aug 6 4,270.00 4,225.00 45.00 2,913.73 1,356.27
ChristiansenAug 6 775.86 775.86 0.00 775.86 0.00
Dunn Aug 6 2,049.00 1,800.00 249.00 1,567.04 481.96
Fisher Aug 6 550.00 500.00 50.00 457.34 92.66
Kent Aug 6 1,450.00 1,450.00 0.00 1,041.41 408.59
McCoy ~ Aug 8 500.00 500.00 0.00 458.44 41.56
Randall Aug 6 3,710.00 3,650.00 60.00 3,702.81 7.19
Sorensen Aug 5 3,015.00 2,550.00 465.00 3,214.87 - 199.87
Whitehead Aug 5 1,285.00 1,200.00 85.00 1,594.95 - 309.95
Wright * Aug 5 482.00 482.00 0.00 482.00 0.00

* Warren Wright's campaign finance papers are unclear as to whether he is deficit spending or self-financing. He is depicted here as self-financing.

~ Due to paperwork irregularities, further campaign finance details are not available for Jim McCoy.

Background:

  • StGNews, Sept 13, 2012 the future of the Sunbowl, the Rodeo’s longtime home, is uncertain. [It] is in need of costly renovations if it is to continue in use as it is.
  • WWW Jr.'s Blog, June 22 Prominant local blogger WWW Jr. creates a page of information about the efforts to save the St. George Lions Dixie Sunbowl.
  • Spectrum Op/Ed, July 7 Don't destroy the Dixie Sun Bowl by WWW Jr.
  • Spectrum, Aug 8 Candidates speak on the future of the Dixie Sun Bowl.
  • Tara Dunn While it seems the sun has set on the Sun Bowl, with a steep estimated renovation cost of $2 million, I do think this part of our history and local (agriculture) is well worth preserving. We should look into finding the rodeo a new home, and explore the feasibility of a new multi-purpose venue, hopefully supported by private sector.

    - [source, p2, Aug 8th]

  • Michele Randall Through preservation we can once again utilize the Sun Bowl for many community events. It will take the city, the Lion’s Club and the community working together as a team to preserve a part of our history for future generations to enjoy.

    - [source, p2, Aug 8th]

  • Ed Baca I believe the Sun Bowl should remain within the city of St. George and should be considered an asset to local business interests and is to be valued as part of the fabric that makes up the cultural values of our community.

    - [source, p3, Aug 8th]

  • Greg Aldred Can we save the Sun Bowl? I believe we can.

    - [source, p3, Aug 8th]

  • Travis Christiansen Personally, if we can upgrade it and keep it that would be my first preference. However, if the Lions are in favor of moving the rodeo, we should consider building a modern venue.

    - [source, p4, Aug 8th]

  • Warren Wright Wright thinks at least part of the Sun Bowl should be saved and its tradition maintained, saying, I don’t think any one entity (mayor, city council, school board or Dixie State), should have the final say. Something very creative could be done with it, the park and adjacent city property. The public should have priority input.

    - [source, p4, Aug 8th]

  • Joe Bowcutt As we push forward to create an even greater city, we cannot forget our treasured past. All decisions cannot just be business decisions. We need to remember traditions and emotional ties that have been part of the Dixie Spirit.

    - [source, p2, Aug 8th]

  • Greg Whitehead The Spectrum says Whitehead wants more public input on what should happen with the Sun Bowl, though he stated that he doesn’t want to see it removed. He himself said, I grew up going to the rodeo there, I played soccer there and I played football there. I think the Sun Bowl has been an asset to the city. […] I also believe that the status quo is a problem,

    - [source, p2-3, Aug 8th]

  • Nathan Fisher The Spectrum says Fisher supports the Lions Club in its efforts to preserve the Sun Bowl, but because a preservation effort from the city would involve public funds the matter should be examined in a public hearing. He himself said, Then the matter should be submitted for a proper vote. That is the proper way for democracy to run, especially when the use of public funds is at issue.

    - [source, p3-4, Aug 8th]

  • Marianne Sorensen If the facility is retained, we need to open it up to additional uses that will justify the costs of required renovation and maintenance. We could consider using it for activities such as public volleyball, concerts or occasional flea markets.

    - [source, p4, Aug 8th]

  • Jim McCoy If [a feasibility] study indicates that the Sun Bowl can be restored and meaningfully utilized in a cost-effective manner, great. If the study indicates better uses, with significantly more economic benefit to the city, then that course should be pursued.

    - [source, p4, Aug 8th]

  • Joe Bowcutt Joe Bowcutt is a long-time member of the St. George Lions, and was its President for a time. He says, My vision for St. George includes: [having] further discussions, possibilities, and direction for the future of the Historic St. George Lions Dixie Sunbowl.

    - [source, date unknown]


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