By Jacqueline Lee
Residents living in Provo City Council District 4 have three choices in the primary election.
District 4 runs west from 600 East past the freeway. It includes the two blocks (700 North and 800 North) that run directly south of campus, and condos on University Ave. from 500 North to Bulldog Blvd.
University Villa, Foxwood Condos and Westwood Apts. are also in District Four.
Shari Holweg, a native of Provo, now operates a business in Provo with her husband, Tim. She is a former council member of eight years. She worked for Provo City Power for 11 years. In 1999-200 she worked in Federal Congressional 2nd District as Outreach Director.
Barbara Sandstrom, the incumbent, was born and raised in Provo. Her family has a long history of political involvement in Provo. She is currently serving as Council Chair, Chair of the Energy Committee, Vice-Chair of the Public Works Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee, and serves on the Land-Use Committee and Library Board.
ISSUES: Sandstrom stresses the importance of neighborhoods. She voted in favor of the zoning law that reduced the number of singles that could live together in certain neighborhoods. Despite her vote, she said she has nothing against BYU students, but is working to stabilize neighborhoods.
What Provo needs most is economic growth, she said.
She voted against the dance ordinance.
Howard Stone has been a Provo resident in Provo since 1984. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor”s in urban planning and a master”s in public administration. He currently works as a project manager. He has worked with the Freedom Festival for 12 years. Last year he introduced the annual Festival Latino Americano to Provo.
ISSUES: Stone said the council has been too narrowly focused on land-use issues. If the zoning law would have been enforced at three singles they wouldn”t have had to change it to two, he said.
He said he thinks Provo should focus on bringing businesses in that can raise wages and provide better benefits to residents.
On the dance ordinance he said, “The code has gotten too stringent because people don”t regulate themselves.”
He also stresses student and resident involvement in the political process.
“Don”t leave it on the mayor and council,” he said. “You may not like what you get.”