The Spectrum is committed to providing local government coverage in southern Utah and has sent out a questionnaire to several city candidates for municipal elections. For Santa Clara, there is only one candidate for mayor: Rick T. Rosenburg. We sent him one even if he presented himself without objection. Here are his answers.
Rick T. Rosenburg
Mayor of Santa Clara, elected in 2009
Why are you running for mayor?
Simply put, I love serving as the mayor of Santa Clara. Over the past 28 years as Planning Commissioner, City Councilor and Mayor, I have seen the community grow in population and size, but I have also seen the expansion of public services available to residents, including including new parks, trails, business ventures, local jobs, community gardens and more diverse housing options. I believe that citizens have an obligation to serve in their community. I understand how the City works, what it takes to maintain day-to-day operations and management. I enjoy working closely with municipal staff and appreciate their talents and contributions. They do amazing things for a relatively small staff. I respect our neighboring community leaders and believe Santa Clara is in a good position to represent the concerns of our residents at the regional level.
What are your main priorities if you are elected?
My top priority will always be to maintain the quality of life currently enjoyed by residents of Santa Clara while expanding local employment, recreation and housing opportunities. I support building a more resilient community, better able to deal with threats to public safety; maintain reliable public services, especially our water supply; expansion of transport facilities to cope with ever increasing traffic; and continued efforts to improve flood protection, broadband service, street maintenance, and access to parks, recreation and open spaces.
What are the biggest concerns of the city you will represent?
Having a safe and reliable water supply system is a major concern for desert communities. Water conservation and drought planning will be even more important in the future. The lack of housing inventory within the community, especially housing for young families, teachers, police, health and service workers, is becoming increasingly critical with the rapid rise in value properties and cost of new construction. Preserving the history of the community and the strong family values ââthat have helped make this community a great place to live is also important to me.
How would you describe yourself politically?
I am a native son of southern Utah, descended from a family of pioneers and ranchers. I am fiscally conservative; I strongly support private property rights and believe that a man’s character and integrity are important. I believe in local government; it is more important to deal with problems directly facing the community and less important to adhere to the programs of national political parties. I think we have to keep the local local government.
What do you want voters to know about you?
My wife Terri and I raised our family here and we both care deeply about this community, its heritage and the residents who live there. I am a problem solver and will work to resolve differences between individuals and groups to the best of my ability within the limits of city code and state and federal laws. I try to be approachable and ready to listen to opposing points of view, but I’m not child’s play. I am more than willing to lead with a firm hand if the situation demands it and will support and defend the decisions made by City Council.
What is your current occupation?
For the past 32 years, I have been a Senior Project Manager at Rosenberg Associates, a civil engineering and surveying company located in St. George. I am currently a Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer licensed to practice in Utah and Arizona. I recently sold most of my property in the business, but I continue to be involved in many civil engineering projects in Washington County. I am very familiar with the practice of municipal engineering and the land use planning process in this area.
Sean Hemmersmeier covers local government, growth and development in Southwest Utah. Our work depends on the subscribers, so if you would like more coverage on these issues, you can subscribe here http://www.thespectrum.com/subscribe.