I am announcing that I am running for a second term as one of your city wide representatives on the City Council. I have worked hard and learned much serving you for over three years. I hope to put those lessons to good use in serving you even more effectively in a second term.
After visiting my family in Provo for many years, my father once told me that he couldn’t imagine a better place to raise a family. Maintaining that quality of life as we grow is my overarching goal – one that encompasses many things such as thriving neighborhoods, economic prosperity, safety, recreational opportunities, and a healthy environment. Historically, what has made Provo unique and special can be summed up in three words – family, faith, and education. As we welcome growth and increasing diversity, we should not forget those three pillars of our city’s foundation and history.
You ultimately pay for the services the city provides to achieve the collective vision of the community – through taxes and fees. Local government is more efficient because it is closer to the people. But there still tends to be more inertia and less innovation and efficiency than would be found in a typical business operating in a competitive arena. Government is more like a business that has a monopoly on a lucrative product – access to your tax dollars as a revenue stream. The Council has established a goal of aligning budget priorities more closely with citizen priorities. I would like to continue in that direction with a complementary goal of operating more like a business in terms of innovation and efficiency.
Provo has two branches of government with the Mayor heading the executive branch and the Council as the legislative branch. Our city also has important interactions with elected officials from other cities, the school board, and from the county, state, and federal government. Perhaps my biggest takeaway from Council service has been learning the crucial importance of those relationships – among Council members, between the branches, and with those other players. Positive and accurate communications are a vital part of building those relationships. I pledge to listen, to communicate, to look for the good in others, and to do my best to build cooperative, effective, and even synergistic relationships in those spheres.
I hope to earn your support for a second term. Let me know if you would like to help or to be on my supporter list. You can volunteer or donate at davesewell.org or by contacting me at 801-380-5103, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on my Facebook page. Thank you!