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2021 municipal elections: Get to know Cedar City mayoral candidates

The Spectrum (St. George) logo The Spectrum (St. George) 6/16/2021 Sean Hemmersmeier, St. George Spectrum & Daily News

The Spectrum & Daily News is committed to providing local coverage about elections and government. We sent a short questionnaire to both of the Cedar City mayoral candidates so people can know more about them. Here are their answers.

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Maile Wilson Edwards

Incumbent mayor, first elected in 2013; attorney with Kirton McConkie Law Firm; born and raised in Cedar City.

Maile Wilson-Edwards posing for the camera: Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson Edwards is running for reelection. © Amanda Clark / for The Spectrum & Daily News Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson Edwards is running for reelection.

Why are you running for Mayor? 

To serve Cedar City residents and businesses, I am committed to assuring the delivery of quality services every day while planning for tomorrow and doing so in the most fiscally responsible way. Service delivery, future planning and fiscal management are critical to Cedar City’s current and future quality of life. My training in administration, budgets and law has prepared me to address the challenges and seize the opportunities that will keep Cedar City the best place to work, raise a family and live surrounded by scenic beauty. I ask the residents of Cedar City for their vote of confidence in November as I seek re-election to continue serving as your Mayor. 

What are your top priorities if elected?

Maintaining current infrastructure, planning for future needs, and funding and completing infrastructure projects. Water is our most critical natural resource, and we must seek to use water wisely and manage it appropriately. The City must continue to lead out on conservation efforts. My priorities will build on the conservation work already completed, and continue efforts on planning, funding and completing important water retention and water reduction projects to more effectively use and manage water, including furthering numerous water treatment projects to re-use treated water. It is important the City continues to work closely with the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District on water issues and both short and long-term solutions.

What are the biggest concerns of the city you'll be representing?

As Mayor of Cedar City, I will lead out with thoughtful decisions to mitigate the effects of growth on our residents. Investments in infrastructure must be strategically focused in the right places, properly designed, and completed. As growth occurs, water, sewer lines and storm drains must be planned for and upgraded to assure systems are not overwhelmed.  In addition, my focus will continue to be on planning and completing water reduction and retention projects to improve water usage on city properties, and model and encourage reduced water usage. My leadership focus will always require thoughtful decision making to assure the appropriate infrastructure improvements are made to meet the current and future needs for Cedar City residents and businesses, and projects are finished in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.

How would you describe yourself politically?

My values are based on community, quality of life, fiscal accountability and transparency, and bringing people together to listen, share, understand and seek solutions. My leadership style is to listen and study, and then make informed, strategic and intentional decisions that address quality of life concerns and mitigate the impact of growth on residents and businesses. City budgets are always balanced and address maintenance of the City’s current infrastructure, planning for future needs, and funding and completing infrastructure projects critical to Cedar City’s current and future quality of life.  

What do you want voters to know about you?

Born and raised in Cedar City, Utah, I witnessed and experienced the difference being involved in your community can make. I value my lifelong community involvement with local organizations including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Summer Games, schools, other nonprofits and my church callings. Most of all, I cherish the connections I have made with so many members of our community and what I learned from them. My family has lived and worked in Cedar City for over 85 years and has always been involved in the community. It is the notion of community above self which inspired me to seek to serve Cedar City through public service. Drawing on my community involvement and training in administration, budgets and law, I will utilize my experience and skills to protect our quality of life, while ensuring proper planning and mitigating efforts are in place as we continue through a strong phase of growth and prosperity now and into our future. I ask the residents of Cedar City for their vote of confidence in November. 

What is your current occupation?

Trained in law, budgets and public administration, I am proud to use these skills on behalf of the residents and businesses as Cedar City Mayor. I am also an Associate at Kirton McConkie Law Firm.

Garth Green

Retired former CEO of Southwest Plumbing Supply; hasn't held public office before; born and raised in Cedar City

a man wearing a suit and tie: Candidate for Mayor of Cedar City Garth Green. © Garth Green / for The Spectrum & Daily News Candidate for Mayor of Cedar City Garth Green.

Why are you running for Mayor? 

I have spent my life in the private business world and in humanitarian service. I’m considered successful at both. There are many people who feel that we need a change and that experience does count. I agree with them, and feel that I have much to offer.  Even though being nearly 72 years old, I have a very keen mind and am famous for getting things done.  

There are some obvious issues with water and effluent. This is my world and I have had a lot of experience. I’m a pipe, valve, fitting guy. I understand water, pressure, volume, hydraulics, waste water, agricultural and residential irrigation, pumps, lift, and I can guide some essential changes demanded in the city. 

What are your top priorities if elected?

Water!  Three areas. First to finally use and “not WASTE the waste water”. We must stop talking it to death and just do it.  It’s not that hard, or that expensive. 

Second we need to engineer and design our water system to reduce the main line pressures. “350# psi is TOO high." I understand it and can get it done, creating a future system that works better and lasts longer.  

Third, we need to look for more water. I have some ideas.  

Additionally I want neighborhood parks with indoor PICKLE  BALL (basketball) courts and free to the public to use. And a Book Club.  BSBC. (Banana Split Book Club) for children. I founded this in 2017.

What are the biggest concerns of the city you'll be representing?

Water, using it wisely, effectively and not wasting it. Reducing the PSI. Making sure we can have a lawn if we want one, and flowers and tomato plants. As well as preserving our agricultural community feel.

How would you describe yourself politically?

I’m a conservative who normally votes Republican.

What do you want voters to know about you?

I can be trusted. That they can trust me to get difficult things done. That they can believe me when I say that I understand water and will lead the city in the right direction. Trust that I will always have Cedars' interest in mind.  I’m not doing this for money or power. I got and had plenty of that.  I just want to serve and get things done.  

What is your current occupation?

I’m retired. “Well I was tired yesterday and I’m tired today, so I must be retired." I was a banker with First Security Bank for 18 years. Made over 10,000 loans and in my last position I sat on the senior loan committee and also supervised lending in 13 banks.  

Then I quit and came home to Cedar and started Southwest Plumbing Supply. I was President and CEO for 18 years. Then I served 3 service missions. First as a water specialist in Uganda, Kenya and Malaysia.  

Second in Europe teaching Self Employment workshops in The United Kingdom and Spain, Italy, and Portugal.  

Last was a self reliance missionary in the Philippines. 

Sean Hemmersmeier covers local government, growth and development news in Southwestern Utah, our work depends on subscribers so if you more coverage on these areas please subscribe at http://www.thespectrum.com/subscribe 

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