We held a Town Hall Meeting on October 24 (Tuesday) at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. where the candidates presented their platforms. There was a Q&A session, and an opportunity for the citizens to visit first hand with the candidates.
Midway City will elect 3 City Council members during the 2023 Municipal Election. Each council member will serve for a term of 4 years. Midway City. The General Election will be held November 21st. KPCW
Listed are 5 candidates vying for 3 seats (in alphabetical order). Here is a brief introduction to each candidate, with more in-depth information and photos available through links to their websites or additional info pages. Please click on these links to learn more about each candidate!
The Midway Boosters does not endorse any candidate, but is trying to help educate city members as to who is running, and to publish information to the public as it is made known to us.
Growing up on a farm in a small town, similar to Midway, in Southeast Virginia, I learned the lessons of hard work and community.
I went to college in Virginia where I played collegiate soccer and lacrosse and was active in student government all while majoring in Business. I served an LDS Mission to Argentina.
After working in many major market cities around the country, my wife (a Midway native) and I moved our family from Washington DC to Midway.
Midway is a charming town. Many come from all over to visit and enjoy the mountain trails, to golf, boat, ski, and dine. I appreciate our local resorts and usable open space. I support short term rentals both as an investment for owners and to sustain the resort tax revenue that Midway counts on. I support the property rights of owners. I support our local businesses. I support well maintained parks, trails, and bike paths.
I grew up on a dairy farm right in the heart of Midway – a place that’s been home to my family for four generations. You could say we’ve seen all of the changes that Midway has gone through over the years, as the Kohler family was part of Midway’s very beginnings. The Albert and Elsie Kohler Legacy farm, the last of its kind in the area, holds a special spot at the entrance to Midway, thanks to my brother’s family putting the land in a conservation easement, that will continue for generations.
I’ve got a passion for Midway that runs deep. I’ve been on the city council for two terms. I’m also part of the Midway Business Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce, the Heber Valley Tourism and Economic Development board as well as other organizations I am involved with. When you love a place, you want to see its businesses and community thrive. I believe that it takes people getting involved to make a community strong.
I’m all about giving back and getting involved. There’s something magical about Midway that just pulls you in – it’s not just the stunning scenery, but the PEOPLE who call it home. So, as time keeps rolling on, my story and Midway’s story keep weaving together, a town where everyone feels like family.
I’m Kevin Payne and for the last 3-1/2+ years I have served on the Midway City Council. I’m running again and ask for your vote and support.
As you know, Midway is unique and special yet we run the risk of losing this specialness. Growth in Midway is a top issue. Citizens want the natural surroundings and our agricultural Swiss heritage preserved. Without smart planning and preservation tools, Midway will change and we will lose our precious “specialness” and our Density (crowdedness) will grow.
There is no community anywhere like that of Midway. We can pull together and assure a special Midway now and into the future. I believe that if elected officials are willing to be creative and involve citizens, land-owners, and business owners, Midway does not need to lose itself in the sea of generic and all too common urban townships. Let’s preserve Midway’s rural character in the right way as we grow.
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Whitney Peterson grew up in Sandy, Utah. He graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University majoring in political science. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the BYU law school where he served on the Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif for being in the top ten percent of his graduating class. Following law school Whitney clerked for the Honorable Bruce S. Jenkins, Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Utah. Whitney worked at Latham & Watkins, a worldwide law firm, served eighteen years as General Counsel for a publicly traded company with offices in nine countries, and in 2016 opened his own law firm to provide reasonable billing rates and pro bono legal work to clients who could not afford $1,000-an-hour lawyers. Most recently, Whitney became the General Counsel of Middle-earth Enterprises, the company which manages all merchandising opportunities for the iconic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises. Whitney has spent his entire career solving complex, multi-faceted issues and will bring that same level of critical thinking and common-sense solutions to city council deliberations. Whitney married Ann Marie Peterson in 1987 and they have four children. Whitney and Ann Marie have a great love for Midway, have owned property here since 1998 and plan to live here the rest of their lives.
Midway is not only a place; it's a feeling. There is a spirit to this valley that sets it apart and continues to bless the lives of our families and friends. It has certainly blessed Nancy and me, as we have raised our children here, and now prepare the future for our grandchildren. But today, as the world changes around us, Midway is at a crossroads - one that requires us to preserve our past as we thoughtfully move into the future.
For more than a dozen years, I have served on councils, committees, and commissions with the desire to bring the best people, ideas, and policies together to serve Midway and those who call it home. I understand and support the interests of all who want to preserve the beauty, peace, and security of our rural community, the pristine trails and open spaces, our shared history of hard work and faith, while at the same time strengthening the economy, protecting property rights, and building a future for our posterity.
Together, we can do this, and while there is not enough space to get into the details here, I invite you to go to www.craigsimons23.com. There, you will find a video message from me providing details concerning issues and principles to guide the way forward, as well as my contact information, as I pledge to be accessible and accountable. Please view the video and review the information, and if you agree, please share with those who are also dedicated to the future of Midway.
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