Chris Higgins

Age: 47

Years in Payson: 16

Education: Associate degree in Applied Sciences from the Community College of the Air Force

Work experience: Cryptographic technician – USAF; master trainer – Computer Sciences Corporation; marketing consultant – Gordon Research Institute and Longevity Plus; sales and marketing consultant – KMOG 1420AM; marketing director – Sunshine Cleaning & Restoration; Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso – owner; KRIM 96.3FM – co-owner; town councilor — Town of Payson

Family: My wife Maria and I have been married nine years and have eight children.

Are you part of any organizations/groups? No

Why are you running? I and many others in the community want to see Payson continue to move forward. After years of stagnation, which was detrimental to the entire community, we finally have good momentum. That extended period of stagnation caused a higher volume of both residents and businesses to leave or close. I don’t want to see that happen again.

What do you hope to accomplish? I want to continue to support economic development, bring prosperity to Payson and see Payson truly thrive.

What convinced you to run? The amount of support I have received from Payson residents, business owners and town staff during my first term on the town council.

What makes you the best candidate? I keep an open mind until I get sufficient information. My first response or thought is not, “We can’t” or “There’s no way,” it’s “Let’s see” or “How can we.” Most importantly, I have always done my best to represent the entire community and do what is best for Payson.

What life experience do you have that will make you a better council member? Owning and operating the same small business in Payson for nearly 10 years.

What is your biggest weakness? Strength? My biggest weakness is not understanding there’s only 24 hours in a day. My biggest strength is patience.

Top 3 issues:

  • Firewise
  • Reliable Internet service
  • Main Street development

Do you think the current council is doing a good job? Yes.

What is the best thing they have done? Take action, not ignore or table difficult decisions. This was done for many years and it cost the town dearly.

What motto do you live by? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

Contact the reporter at abechman@payson.com

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