2017 Municipal Candidate Survey Results

Our 501(c)4 arm, Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance, sent out candidate surveys assessing support for issues of importance to arts, humanities, and cultural businesses. All candidates who scored 100% are endorsed by Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance. Because our endorsement is based entirely on survey response, it is possible that multiple candidates in the same race can receive the endorsement of Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance. 

We at Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance encourage that you vote for the candidates who also support culture!

You can view full responses here>>

Individual responses are posted as separate pages on this blog as well.

Questions we asked:

  1. Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?
  2. Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? 
  3. Do you support public funding for city and county arts councils who then re-grant that money to local arts and humanities organizations?
  4. Do you support Percent for Art programs, which designate 1% of public building costs for public art that are included within that building? Currently, only 8 Utah municipalities have such a program.
  5. Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?
  6. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?  
  7. 32 municipalities have a RAP (recreation, arts and parks) type tax to help support cultural organizations in their communities. Would you support a RAP type tax such as this in your own municipality? If your municipality already has such a local option sales RAP-type sales tax and you support it, answer yes.
  8. Municipalities can facilitate a partnership between cultural organizations and the local tourism sector to boost the local economy. Do you support this?
  9. Municipal governments can create Cultural Districts - with or without tax incentives. Governments sometimes fund these via bed or tourism taxes within the Cultural District boundaries, but it can be done within municipal budgets fairly cheaply. Is this something you would support?  

Scores

All answers except for question 2 counted toward the total grade. Question 2 was an open response.

  • Yes = 1 point
  • Depends = .5 point
  • No = 0 point

The total possible points were 8. Candidates who scored 8 out of 8 receive the endorsement of Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance

Grade: A+ (and endorsed by Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance)

  • Mason Don Milligan // Bountiful // City Council 
  • R. Scott Phillips // Cedar City // City Council
  • Robert L. Stotts // Clearfield City // City Council
  • Robert Eberhard // Clinton City // City Council at-large
  • Mike Peterson // Cottonwood Heights // Mayor
  • Jonathan Vail // Eagle Mountain // Mayor
  • Alan Peterson // Kearns // Councilman
  • Daril Magleby // Lindon City // City Council
  • Keith Schnare // Logan City // City Council
  • Dustin Sweeten // Lindon City // City Council 
  • Richard Stee // Logan // Logan Municipal Council
  • Sophia Hawes-Tingey // Midvale // Mayor
  • Andrea B Person // Midvale // Mayor
  • Dustin Gettel // Midvale // City Council District 5
  • Taylor Knuth // Ogden // Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 3
  • Doug Stephens // Ogden // Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 3
  • Bart Blair // Ogden // City Council At Large Seat B
  • Mattathias Westwood // Orem // City Council (at-large)
  • Andy Beerman // Park City // Mayor
  • Dana Williams // Park City // Mayor
  • Tim Henney // Park City // City Council
  • Hunter Phillips // Provo // City Council — Citywide
  • David Sewell // Provo // City Council — Citywide
  • Tish Buroker // River // City Council
  • Albert Foster // Roosevelt City // Mayor
  • James Rogers // Salt Lake City // City Council District 1
  • Erin Mendenhall // Salt Lake City // City Council District 5
  • Benjamin Noah Rosenberg // Salt Lake City // City Council District 5
  • Samantha Finch // Salt Lake City // Salt Lake City Council District 7
  • Amy Fowler // Salt Lake City // City Council District 7
  • Abe Smith // Salt Lake City // City Council District 7
  • Phil Carroll // Salt Lake City // City Council District 3
  • Laura Cushman // Salt Lake City // City Council District 3
  • Brian Fukushima // Salt Lake City // City Council District 3
  • Chris Wharton // Salt Lake City // City Council District 3
  • Zach Robinson // Sandy City // City Council At-Large
  • Rich Cunningham // South Jordan // Mayor
  • Patrick Risk // South Jordan // City Council District 3
  • Mark C. Kindred // South Salt Lake // Mayor
  • Sharla Beverly // South Salt Lake // City Council District 3
  • Adam Thompson // South Salt Lake // City Council District 3
  • Aaron Frost // South Salt Lake // City Council at-large
  • Steve Leifson // Spanish Fork, UT // Mayor
  • Craig L Jensen // Springville // City Council at-large
  • John Fuller // Taylorsville // City Council
  • Jake Fitisemanu // West Valley City // City Council District 4
  • Ken Prince // White City // Water Board Trustee

Grade: A (scored 7.5 out of 8)

  • William E.Rappleye // Draper // City Council
  • Clint Smith // Herriman City // City Council
  • Rustin Jessen // Kaysville City // Mayor
  • Kayson Max // Orem // City Council
  • Tinesha Zandamela // Provo City // City Council District 5
  • Hyrum Matthews // West Jordan City // City Council

Grade: B+ (scored 7 out of 8)

  • Harris Sondak // Alta // Mayor
  • Emma Mansour // Farmington // City Council
  • David Howe // Herriman // Mayor
  • Holly H. Daines // Logan // Mayor
  • Tawnee McCay // Riverton City // City Council
  • Vance Hansen // Salt Lake City // City council District #5
  • Jason McGuire // South Jordan City // City Council District 5
  • Max Johnson // West Jordan // City Council at-large
  • Jay Thomas // West Jordan City // City Council at-large

Grade: B- (scored 6.5 out of 8)

  • Troy Martinez // Draper City // Mayor
  • Kyle Smith // Farmington // City Council
  • Jess Bradfield // Logan // City Council
  • Scott Swanger // Magna // Magna Board of Trustee
  • Robert M. Hale // Midvale City // Mayor
  • Benjamin Sessions // Salt Lake City // City Council District 7
  • Randy Osborne // Sandy // Sandy City Council District 1

 Grade: C (scored 6 out of 8)

  • Eric Rijk Kraan // Cottonwood Heights // City Council District 4
  • Michael Hanson // Cottonwood Heights // City Council District 3 
  • David Watts // Herriman // Mayor 
  • Bob Stevenson // Layton // Mayor
  • William Shiflett // Midvalley Improvement District // Midvalley Improvement District Board of Trustees
  • Paul Rivers // Ogden // City Council
  • Zach Jacob // West Jordan // Mayor

Grade: D- through D+ (scored 4 through 5.5 out of 8)

  • Mike Roan // Provo // City Council // D+
  • Mark I. Johnson // Lehi City // Mayor // D
  • Ben Stanley // Pleasant Grove // City Council // D
  • Sheldon Wimmer // Alpine // Mayor // D-

Grade: F (scored 1 through 3 out of 8)

  • Jeffrey Butler // Pleasant Grove // City Council
  • James Smith // South Salt Lake // City Council at-large
  • Leo Lines // Provo City // City Council District 2
  • Steven Timothy // Roosevelt City // City Council
  • Taylor Malungahu // Eagle Mountain // Mayor
  • Julie Holbrook // South Jordan // City Council District 3