Bringing new business to Santaquin is the theme running through the campaigns of three of the four candidates seeking seats on the City Council. The fourth isn't talking about anything.
The candidates - Hortt Carter, David Hathaway, Randy A. Smith and incumbent Max Holman - are competing for three four-year seats on the five-member council.Voters will choose three winners on Nov. 5.
Councilman Max Holman apparently has found an effective way to campaign and win: He doesn't talk to the press. He declined to talk to the press when he was elected to the council four years ago.
When the Deseret News called for an interview this year, Holman's wife said he was busy working on the roof. Besides, she said, he isn't doing any interviews. Holman did not return the Deseret News' phone call.
Hortt Carter, 35, says he wants to get Santaquin on the map. It's the only city between Payson and Nephi that doesn't have an exit sign on I-15.
The Utah County Commission has to realize that "south Utah County does not end at Payson," he said.
Carter, who operates Carter's Cafe with his wife, said the city needs to encourage business development, and his experience in the restaurant business could help.
"I just feel like there should be somebody from the business sector on the council," Carter said. Carter serves on the city's economic development committee.
David Hathaway, 29, said he's running to help the community, especially the environment. He'd like to get city parks cleaned up.
Like other candidates, Hathaway says the city needs to encourage economic development.
The lack of a water and sewer system has kept businesses from moving to Santaquin, he said. The city is getting ready to install a new sewer system and Hathaway said he wants to be involved.
Hathaway works as a psychology technician in the forensics unit at the Utah State Hospital.
Randy Smith, 38, also is making his first bid for the council.
Elected leaders must work to improve the quality of life in Santaquin, he said. That can be done by attracting new businesses to the city and providing more recreation opportunities for young people.
"Youth are not represented well. They are the future of Santaquin," he said.
As a council member, Smith said, he would listen to citizens and work to achieve goals set by the public.
A Santaquin native, Smith was employed by U.S. Steel for 15 years before the operation closed. He also has worked for United Concrete Pipe. Smith now is a truck driver for Blaine Evans & Son Trucking.