Mayoral Candidate Shares Reasons For Entering Race

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Editor:

Last week I filed the necessary documents to become an official candidate for mayor of Payson in the 2006 election. I would like to tell the citizens of Payson why I decided to enter the mayoral race.

As your Mayor, I will be committed to:

  • Accountability -- responsible spending and an expectation of excellence from town leadership, town employees and the citizens of Payson;
  • Integrity -- as public servants, holding ourselves to a higher standard;
  • Leadership -- common sense government, returning Payson to government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Eleven years ago, my wife, Deborah, and I moved here with our three daughters. Since coming to Payson, I have worked for SRJ Homes, where I have been superintendent and provided customer service. Our daughters graduated with honors from Payson High School and went on to college, and my wife has cultivated a successful business. Payson has been good to us, and we are committed to giving back to our community.

Over the years, I have been involved with the Town of Payson, first as a participant in the original Payson Town Hall meeting. I have served as a member of the Building Advisory Board for the Town since March of 1998, and as chairman for the last 4 years. In 2004, I served a partial term on the new Airport Advisory Committee, and on Nov. 10 I will graduate from the current Citizen's Leadership Academy.

For the last several years, while attending council meetings and participating in town activities, I have become more and more concerned that town government is not listening to the voices of the citizens of Payson. Recent events have convinced me that Payson needs a strong leader who is committed to listening to you, the people, with respect for your opinions, and then working hard to help Payson become the town you want it to be. I believe I am that person.

I believe I know what some of your concerns are, but I want to hear what you have to say. Please join me at a "Voice of Payson Coffee" in the near future. Tell me what you think, and then let's work together for the good of Payson.

I would appreciate your vote.

Jon Barber, Payson

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