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DEMO CHALLENGER FACES UPHILL BATTLE IN HIS EFFORT TO OUST GOP INCUMBENT FROM THE IRON COUNTY COMMISSION

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Jim Case, Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican R.L. Gardner in the Iron County Commission race, faces an uphill battle in this traditionally Republican county.

Case, 64, sees carefully planned growth and water as two of the most important issues facing the county at this time, and although his belief in properly planned growth is shared by his opponent, the two differ on the matter of managing water resources. Case doesn't believe that a water conservancy district is the answer to solving the water problems in the area whereas his opponent Gardner sees the district as necessary to the county's future. Case argues that "we need to start managing what we have better and learn to conserve the water resources we have available."Case is retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in Washington, D.C., where he worked in research and development. Following his retirement he moved to Cedar City nearly four years ago and is chairman of the Iron County Democratic Committee. He is a board member of the Cedar City Kiwanis Club and serves as local chapter president of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Case believes that a year-round tourism base needs to be established and although he says he doesn't fault the efforts that have been made, he sees skiing potential that hasn't been developed with the existing Bri-an-head ski resort.

Case is also concerned about a joint county-university convention center project at Southern Utah University in Cedar City and the involvement of university funds. Case, a volunteer teacher at Fiddlers school, said he is concerned about the education of the county's children, "Our children are our most valuable resource. We must guarantee that they are well educated and that the environment is protected for their sake as well as ours." Case says that if elected he "will encourage safe, clean industries but not without considering the impact on sewage, water and roads."

R.L. Gardner, 62, is seeking re-election to the County Commission because he says he wants to continue serving the people if Iron County. Gardner, who was born and raised in Cedar City, retired as assistant attorney general for the state of Utah. His assignment as an assistant attorney general consisted of working as counsel for nine of the states colleges including Southern Utah University and Dixie Junior College. Gardner has previously served as Iron County Attorney and has represented all the incorporated cities of the county.

Gardner believes the water conservancy district is necessary and feels that planning for the future in that direction is important. The committee to set up the district has recently been reorganized, according to Gardner. Gardner is actively working on "preparing a working agreement between the county and the university as to how to handle the funding of a convention center." Gardner explains that the facility would be built on campus property between the existing student center and the Centrum activities center. He says some of the money will be generated by the recently enacted county tax on restaurants.

He says he would also like to continue to work on a soil conservation flood study to resolve flooding problems in the county and he is interested in continuing to see "continued steady growth in the industrial sector with better paying jobs." Gardner also said that the county landfill problems will be resolved over the course of the next year and said the county should be out of the present landfill by October 1993.