Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 15, 2013
Tooele City mayoral, council candidates answer three questions

The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin sent the following three questions to Tooele City’s two mayoral and three council candidates that will be on the Nov. 5 municipal election ballot. The three questions were: 1. Who are you? 2. Why are you running for office? 3. If you are elected, what difference will citizens in your municipality notice? Each candidate was granted a maximum of 150 words per answer. The mayoral candidates are Patrick Dunlavy and Dave McCall. The city council candidates are Tom Poyner, Scott Wardle and Debbie Winn. The responses below are done in alphabetical order.


Mayoral candidates


1. Who are you?

Patrick Dunlavy – My name is Patrick Dunlavy. I’m currently the Mayor of Tooele City. I’ve held this position for two terms or eight years. I was born and have lived in Tooele my entire life. I left only to attend school. I’ve been married to my wife, Pam, for 47 wonderful years. I have four beautiful children and eight of the neatest grandchildren ever. I attended Utah State University. I’ve had the honor and privilege to have served the citizens of Tooele for 45 years previously as a lieutenant on the Tooele City Police Department, Director of Parks, Tooele City Recorder, and also as a volunteer fireman for 12 years.

Dave McCall – I am Dave McCall. I am a 20-year resident of Tooele. I am a retired Marine who has served for six years on the Tooele City Council. I have been active in the community for 15 years. I am very supportive of the local veterans “Veterans Park.” I am the human resource and training manager for C. Martin Company Inc. at Dugway.

2. Why are you running for office?

Patrick Dunlavy – I still have work to do. We accomplished so much in my time as mayor: Balanced and managed the budget; significantly upgraded city roads, water and sewer utilities; added approximately 50 percent to our water supply; built a state of the art water and wastewater reclamation plant; and created an education corridor that is an example to the state. During the recession made significant reductions, creating a much leaner but much more efficient city. Planning and financing for a new public safety building and fire station on the north end of Tooele needs to be completed. The new retail center on North Main Street needs to be moved forward. Economic development needs to be moved forward so new job opportunities and businesses will continue to be created. Public service is what I’ve dedicated my working life to. It allows me to not only be a part of my community, but to also give back to it.

Dave McCall – I am running because I feel we need a new perspective and vision on the direction of our city. I love helping people, from building a wheelchair ramp at the home of a veteran to a fundraiser for a sick child. Tooele is my home and I love Tooele and enjoy giving back.

3. If you are elected, what difference will citizens in your municipality notice?

Patrick Dunlavy – I have worked very hard as your Mayor to set a standard of quality, honest, knowledgeable, and experienced management of the city. If I am re-elected, the citizens will continue to receive those qualities. I will continue our direction of conservative, fiscally-managed growth. Outstanding public safety, quality of life issues, creation of jobs and a clean livable community will continue. These are important issues we all want. I have a proven record of accomplishing exactly that. Would I change anything? The answer is “no.” My philosophy from the first day I was elected was to “Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.” The city of Tooele is my home. I love it here. I’ve raised my family here. It truly is in my opinion, “The greatest city in Utah.”

Dave McCall – If I am elected the city will continue looking for low water use industry to locate in Tooele. I will work with the citizens on cleaning up our city. When it comes to taxes, I feel we all understand the need for taxes and would rather raise a little at time instead of a large increase at once. I have no desire to raise taxes but if the need arises it would be explained to the citizens.


Council candidates


1. Who are you?

Tom Poyner – Hello, I’m Tom Poyner, an actively engaged citizen and candidate for Tooele City Council. I currently serve on the Tooele City Planning Commission, but for 35 plus years I’ve also served the Tooele community: Twenty plus years as a Department of Defense Army civilian employee, receiving awards for my innovative thinking; five years with the Tooele County Search & Rescue Team; over 25 years with Tooele County Babe Ruth Baseball; 20 plus years in the construction industry; and much more. I currently work as a quality assurance specialist and contracting officer’s representative. I initiate and administer a multi-year, multi-million dollar service contract. I know how to read and comprehend technical writings. I understand the importance of word selection and accountability through contracts, both of which are critical to being a successful city council member. I don’t shy away from challenges. No matter what I’m hired to do, I get it done!

Scott Wardle – I was raised in Sandy. I am the fourth of six boys. I graduated from Alta High School. I received an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah, a bachelor’s degree in family and human development from Utah State University, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. My wife, Courtney, and I have been married for 18 years. We are the parents of three children: Emma and Lauren, and a son named Jackson. We moved to Tooele in 1997 and love this community. Fall is my favorite season of the year. Not just because it’s beautiful, but because of college football. I enjoy working in the yard, reading and scuba diving. I’ve worked for the LDS Church Educational System for the last 20 years as a teacher and administrator. I have taught at several schools including Grantsville High and Stansbury High, and I’m currently teaching at Tooele High.

Debbie Winn – I am proud to be a lifelong resident of Tooele City. I am married to Tyler Winn who was also born and raised here. We are the parents of five successful children, all of whom are married to exceptional individuals. We are the proud grandparents of 13 awesome grandchildren. I am currently the Tooele County Senior Center lead worker, and I am blessed to be able to serve the senior population of our city on a daily basis. I have proven myself as a leader in the business, political and community service arenas. I am proud of the success that I brought to the business community during my seven-year tenure as executive director of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. I have served my fellow beings with integrity and made decisions based on values rather than personal gain.

2. Why are you running for office?

Tom Poyner – As a non-incumbent, I will bring new ideas and a fresh viewpoint to the council. I’m not encumbered by preconceived notions and I don’t buy in to group-think. I provide unique solutions to tough problems. I offer to the council a variety of work and life experiences that will allow me to bring innovative solutions to complex issues. I make a difference when serving in any position through my dedication and hard work. I also don’t represent any special interests. This will allow me to remain unencumbered and a true representative of our citizen’s needs. I am an engaged citizen. I currently attend the Tooele City Council meetings as often as the elected officials. I also attend Tooele County Commission meetings. I have proven that I’m willing to invest the time and attention to doing this job right before asking for your vote.

Scott Wardle – I’ve served on the Tooele City Council for the last eight years. We are making a difference for good. I have been a leading voice and worked diligently in partnership with Mayor Dunlavy to create the new USU regional campus and the Tooele Applied Technology College, which provide access to higher education, job training and job creation in Tooele. We have faced the challenges of a down economy by trimming the city’s budget, not by raising taxes like other cities have done. We have sought after and brought businesses, creating jobs and the redevelopment of downtown. We have protected and preserved the southeast bench as open space from Rocky Mountain Power. I’ve partnered with the mayor in writing and leading the council as we’ve passed ordinances setting standards for quality residential development and protected our children. We’ve entered into partnerships allowing us to develop water resources to meet our growing needs.

Debbie Winn – I am running for the position of city council because I believe that I am a well qualified candidate who cares about people. I consider myself a public servant, rather than a politician. I attended city council and planning commission meetings on a consistent basis for seven years prior to my appointment to the council. My motivation to attend the meetings began as a means to become educated as to the manner that business and government work together. My interest peaked as I began to understand the importance of local government decisions and how they impact our lives on a daily basis. My knowledge of economic development, education and employment, and how they relate to government, has grown immensely as I served on the board of directors for the Tooele Applied Technology College and Utah State University-Tooele as well as the Tooele County Economic Development Advisory Board.

3. If you are elected, what difference will citizens in your municipality notice?

Tom Poyner – I live on two acres, zoned RR1, located on the northwest side of Tooele City. I raise a variety of agricultural animals and the crops to support them. I am the only candidate that lives north of Vine Street and west of Main Street through Overlake. I will represent this fast growing segment of the city. The current council members live as follows: three southwest, one southeast and one northeast. I’m a good listener and a peace-seeker. I do my homework before acting, as a good leader should. Utilizing my leadership skills, I will implement and administer comprehensive plans that will provide Tooele City employees with the necessary funds, equipment and personnel to provide and continuously improve the services that they are required to perform and continue the good course that Tooele City is headed.

Scott Wardle – One of my top priorities is job creation and economic development. We must continue moving forth with quality economic development that strengthens our tax base and creates jobs. Our citizens need jobs that allow them to work and live here. We must continue to develop the USU campus, TATC and Research Park. Companies will locate here because we have a trained, educated and prepared workforce. We face the challenge of a recent judgment in the Tooele Associates case. We need leadership that has demonstrated solving difficult financial problems and its impacts in a manner that allows us to maintain our quality of life. I have demonstrated this type of leadership. I worked with the mayor in one of the most challenging times our city has ever faced financially. Raising taxes should be a last solution, not the first. We must continue to develop our water resources and the replacement of our roads and infrastructure.

Debbie Winn – I believe that there is a surplus of politicians and a deficit of leaders. Leaders stand on principal, politicians follow the crowd. I believe that each resident and every business owner should be treated fairly and with respect. I believe that any ordinance that is currently in effect should be reconsidered or updated if it could be enhanced in any way. If I am elected to the office of city council, I commit to become educated on each issue that comes before the council and make decisions that are in the best interest of my constituents. I will always be accessible to residents and listen to their ideas and concerns. I will work together with the mayor and other city council members to make improvements to the services that the city is obligated to provide. Government officials should be held accountable for the decisions they make.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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