Some might say that my biggest weaknesses as a candidate for Ogden City Council are my age and the idea that I lack the experience necessary to be a Council Member.
I believe that those perceived weaknesses can offer fresh, bold, and progressive opportunities to a seat on the City Council that has, in my view, become stagnant, conventional, and regressive.
From water infrastructure failure and deterioration to
secondary and culinary water metering equity issues.
From unsafe, un-walkable, and failing sidewalks to
poorly lit crosswalks and neighborhoods.
From diverse communities that feel under-represented, under-served, and unsafe to
the lack of accessibility in our city for those with disabilities.
From the absence of a progressive community master plan and proactive zoning efforts to
the lack of quality affordable housing available to low-income families and individuals.
The issues we face as a city did not suddenly occur yesterday, last year, or even within the last decade. Many have worsened over time leading to even greater issues, such as sudden and harsh property tax increases due to lack of planning or critical leaking and irreparable water infrastructure because of failure of regular repairs and maintenance.
Those running against this campaign are established and careered politicians. One having served in the House of Representatives for nearly a decade, and the other in this very seat for 12 years and running again for another 4. These are the very same individuals who had the power to change these issues and who voted, or failed to act, in order to reach a resolution. If those in this race haven't fully resolved these issues in their decade-long careers as politicians, what change can they bring in the next 4?
The issues we face are challenging, complex, and can't be resolved overnight. These issues require creative solutions and a fresh set of eyes that aim to represent the diverse population of Ogden.
We must discuss the issues, agree on corrective action, and execute change quickly. I, along with many other Ogdenites I've spoken with, feel that the issues aren't discussed in a public forum--and that when they are discussed, public comment is limited to three minutes without welcoming follow-up or further discussion. What issues can we solve as a community in three minutes at a podium?
The City Council Members represents the people of Ogden City.
I have said it before and I will say it again-- with Representation comes Visibility and with Visibility comes Change.
New Leadership. New Possibilities.
Allow me to represent you and bring about the Change our City needs.
On or before July 25th, all registered voters will receive a primary ballot in the mail. If you are not registered or need your information updated, please click here. If you are, count on that ballot being in your mailbox and use your vote as your voice in the primary election. All ballots must be dropped off at the ballot box or postmarked by August 14th. If you prefer to vote in person, all polling locations are listed here and voting will occur on August 15th.
If you live in Municipal Ward 3 and want to see a fresh, bold, and progressive vision for Ogden City on the Council, Vote "Taylor Knuth" on your ballot.
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