Three-way Race for Mayor of Enterprise
It’s a three-way race for Mayor of Enterprise, Utah. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Enterprise city has been led by Outgoing Mayor Lee Bracken who is finishing up his third term. Mayor Bracken’s initial term of office was from January 2006 to December 2009. He was re-elected to another term from January 2010 to December 2013 and again January 2014 to December 2017.
City Councilman Jared Bollinger will square off against Brandon Humphries and Calvin Barlocker. The top two vote-getters will move on to the General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Meet the candidates:
Brandon Humphries grew up in the small town of Gunlock just south of Enterprise. As a young man, he enjoyed many aspects of growing up in a small town. He rode 4-wheelers on the streets, played night games at the church, and spent many hours with friends and family. He also witnessed on several occasions people who would move to Gunlock to enjoy the small town atmosphere, but soon after moving, wanted to change the small town into the city that they came from.
When he reached the ripe old age of 19, he decided to pursue interests beyond Gunlock’s town limits. Humphries said, ” My wanderings led me to the metropolis of Enterprise, where I met the love of my life at the sno cone shack by the town square (which is now operated by my children). She, of course, stole my heart, and so did Enterprise.”
Humphries explained, “Preserving our small town atmosphere is one of my motivations in running for mayor. I love this community and what it offers to my children now; I would like to see it continue to offer the same opportunities to my grandkids in the future. We as a community have several projects that are currently underway that I will follow through to completion. In addition, I will assist in any project that will continue to allow the residents here the peace and joy that we currently experience. As we look forward to future generations, my goal is to continue to preserve the opportunities available here so all can enjoy the goodness that Enterprise has to offer.”
Calvin Barlocker grew up in Enterprise and his family has been here for generations. Barlocker has always wanted to return to live in this valley. Barlocker said, “My heart has always been in Enterprise. I finally had an opportunity to return to Enterprise to retire, and I am excited to be here permanently! I love the City of Enterprise and the community and want to do what is best for the community.”
Barlocker explained, “If I am elected as mayor, I would hope that Enterprise continues to be the great small community that it always has been. It’s a wonderful place to raise families.
Enterprise continues to have many needs, such as storm drainage issues, power issues, and road issues. The city needs creative solutions to these problems because it has limited resources. I have spent my life solving problems that come from running a large insurance agency. If I am elected, I look forward to doing everything I can to help with these problems in any way I can.”
Jared Bollinger has lived in Enterprise since March 2004 when his wife Mandi (Barlow), son Parker relocated from northern Utah. Bollinger said, “Mandi was raised in Enterprise and every time we had to leave after a visit to the family it seemed as if we were leaving home. We were grateful when the opportunity arose for us to make Enterprise our home.”
Bollinger went to work for the family business, Crossroads Equipment and had the opportunity to get to know many people in town and in our valley. He also took an EMT class, then the Advanced EMT class and started serving the community as a volunteer with Enterprise Fire/EMS. Bollinger went to Paramedic school and went to work at Dixie Regional Medical Center, where he currently runs the EKG and Heart Testing department.
In January 2005 Bollinger was asked by Mayor Merrill Fisher, to join the City of Enterprise Planning Commission. He served on the planning commission for 7 years, 3 as the Commission Chairman. He was elected to the City Council starting in January 2012 and was reelected in 2015 to a second term on the City Council in January 2016.
Bollinger explained, “I have had the chance to see Enterprise grow and experience some of the challenges, as well as the rewards, that come with growth. I love that Enterprise has grown a little and has done it fairly slowly. Through my experience, I have learned that if growth happens too quickly, and it is not properly planned for, it can create a lot of issues later.
I would like to explain the some of the changes I would like to see if I am elected as Mayor. The following are a few of the things that I think need to be addressed to continue to see our community improve, prepare and thrive for the future so that my kids can continue to be proud of their hometown:
- Our community has been faced with a lot of criminal mischief activity that I feel needs immediate attention. We are currently in the process of getting a new City Marshall who will be available to do more law enforcement. I also believe that we need to address the issue more prominently with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, whom we contract with for some of our law enforcement responsibilities.
- I hear some of the issues that are being addressed in town and people wishing we could do something about them. There are a lot of concerns with dogs running on the loose, yards that are not being maintained, and some other issues like these. I would like to see us focus on enforcing the ordinances that are currently established in town, and have been established for many years to solve these issues. is not an easy thing to do for our city staff and I realize the issues that they face there. I believe we can get a little creative and make enforcement a higher priority than it currently is.
- It is my belief that we have some of the best city employees in the state and I think we need to do better to give them the authority and tools necessary to do their jobs. As our community continues to grow, more responsibilities are placed on each of them; from the secretaries, to the city manager, and to each of our department personnel. I think it is important that we recognize them for their job well done and let the community know what these people really do. We all take it for granted that when we turn on the light switch and on comes the lights, when we turn on the sink here comes water, when we flush the toilet there goes the waste, and when we call 9-1-1 here comes the ambulance or fire truck. We have people making sure each of those services work efficiently and I think we need to help them to do their jobs effectively and safely and give them the full responsibilities of their positions.
- I also would like to see more of the authority that is granted to our City Council members to perform their respected areas of responsibility utilized. Each City Council member has areas that they are responsible for. If we are going to hold them accountable for the end results of the issues, then we need to ensure that they each have the proper and appropriate training, the authority to perform their duties and support from the city as they carry out their responsibilities.
- I believe that as a city we must also continue to take a very proactive and involved approach to protecting our community assets and benefits. By this, I mean that we need to continue our resolution to protect our water sheds and other natural interests. We are a community where a lot of us enjoy our outdoor activities and the ability that we have to enjoy our surroundings. We need to make sure that those interests are protected and that we have a voice in their future.
These are just a few of the issues that I feel we are currently facing. We also have issues with the future of our power system and power suppliers, which Mayor Bracken has been representing our community very well as he has been in meetings to address. I feel that my experience and my service on the City Council for these years gives me the ability to “hit the ground running” on the issues that currently face our city. I have attended the meetings and am up to date on the issues that I have to address as well as many others that I have not addressed in here. I know that we have very capable City Council members who each take their responsibilities very seriously. I believe that due to the things I have learned from each of them and the things I have learned in my personal and professional life, I am very qualified to serve as Mayor for the City of Enterprise.”
The future Mayoral candidates have large shoes to fill. Mayor Bracken made it a goal to ensure that Enterprise was well represented on all County and State issues. He managed growth so that any financial burden is equitably distributed between new development and existing residents.
Voting for both the primary and the municipal general election will be in person. The primary election is August 15, 2017. The two candidates with the most votes will be on the November ballot. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the City Office.
Closest polling location to your registered address :
Enterprise City Office
375 S 200 E
Enterprise, UT 84725
Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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