On Tuesday the candidates for the two open city council seats on St. George’s five person council talked about key issues that will affect the city at Dixie State University.

The race between these candidates is expected to be tight. In the primary, only five votes separating a losing candidate and a winning one.

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These issues included how to develop water resources for the expanding population, the importance of the Dixie name for the region and affordability within housing.

City Council Candidates

The debate featuring the city council candidates kicked off the night, with Greg Aldred, Vardell Curtis, Natalie Larsen and Michelle Tanner sharing their reasons why they should be elected to office.

St. George City Council candidates meet at Dixie State University for a public debate Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Aldred who has become a fixture in local elections started off the night by saying his business experience and pride for St. George would make him an “advocate for the taxpayer.” He says he has experience in construction, thermal energy and has been involved with the Red Rock Rotary and the St. George Chamber of Commerce.

St. George City Council candidates meet at Dixie State University for a public debate Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Curtis is the only incumbent in the race, although he has never won an election and was appointed to the city council in January. Curtis said his professional experience since moving to St. George in 1990 has trained him to be a city councilor. Curtis worked on the St. George planning commission, the Habitat Advisory Conservation Board and helped bring the United Way Dixie to the area.

St. George City Council candidates meet at Dixie State University for a public debate Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Larsen, who is currently on the St. George planning commission, said she is a native of southern Utah and has “loved every bit of St. George.” Larsen, who helped run Larsen’s Frostop, said her experience in business makes her understand how to help businesses succeed in the area and that her position on the steering committee for the creation of the next general plan helps her understand what the city needs in the future.

St. George City Council candidates meet at Dixie State University for a public debate Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

Tanner, who got the most votes during the primary, is a nurse practitioner and said she is “not the most likely candidate to run.” She advocated for local involvement in government saying that local government is much more influential than people think. Tanner then went on to say her family’s liberty was being threatened due to mask and vaccine mandates, labeling herself as “not anti-vaccine” but “anti-mandate.”

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