ROCKVILLE – The rural atmosphere in Rockville serves as a peaceful and rural balance to the commercial tourism that is right next door in Springdale. Except for a handful of charming Bed and Breakfast hotels and the Doggy Dude Ranch, there is no commerce at all in Rockville. The candidates for election to the municipal town council and the mayor’s office all want to keep it that way.
The mayor’s seat is the only office being contested in Rockville this year.
The Town Council now has three seats open for election, with two incumbents running and one write-in candidate.
For the mayor’s office, Steve Cox and Tracy Dutson are running a competitive race and they offer Rockville voters a sharp contrast.
Steve Cox grew up in Rockville and has been living there his whole life. Cox is well known to the close-knit community since he served on the original Rockville Town Council for six years when the current town was established in 1987. Cox said that he is running for mayor because “the town has been very good to me and I decided that it was time to give back.”
One of the advantages that he would bring to Rockville is his life long experience in the construction industry, Cox said, considering the challenges that face Rockville right now.
The old Rockville Bridge, which is the main access to the ghost town of Grafton, will need to be either repaired or replaced very soon. And state Road 9, the main street through Rockville, will need some sort of reconstruction. Cox has worked on a lot of projects like these and said he could bring that practical experience to the job of mayor. He would like to find a way to conserve the old bridge since the people in Rockville want to keep it but, Cox said, the Utah Department of Transportation will only help pay for a new bridge. Cox said he predicts this will be an issue that the people in Rockville will have to decide during the term of the next mayor.
Tracy Dutson would bring significantly different skills to the Town of Rockville even though he also has a wealth of experience in construction projects. Dutson is currently the Executive Director of Color Country Community Housing, a nonprofit developer of homes that is known to Zion Canyon as the builder of the Red Hawk complex in Springdale. Dutson has 20-plus years of experience working with all levels of government and two degrees from the University of Utah. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in economics, he also has a master’s degree in public administration.
The reason he is running for mayor, Dutson said, is, “I thoroughly love living ‘up canyon’ in Rockville and it takes me back to my family roots in Delta, Utah.”
He also favors saving the old Rockville Bridge if possible.
“Public private partnerships are what I do now so I have a background that will help me work across agencies,” Dutson said. “UDOT funding won’t be available until 2016 so we have time to evaluate other options.”
Town Council seats open – three seats, three candidates
There are three Town Council positions that will be filled in Rockville’s municipal election, two 4-year terms, one 2-year term, with three candidates currently on the ballot to fill them.
Pamela Leach and Bernie Harris are both incumbents running for re-election to their 4-year term seats. Max Gregoric registered to run as a write-in candidate for the 2-year term seat.
Gregoric operates several businesses in nearby Springdale.
Leach expressed a point of view that all of the candidates supported: The most important issue to the people in Rockville is, she said, “keeping our community the small residential community that it always has been. We would like to keep our rural feeling. We’ll go day by day and live within our means and enjoy this community we live in.”
Write-in candidacy declaration filing
The period to declare write-in candidacy for the Rockville election remains open until 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. Particulars on filing are included on the town’s election webpage provided as a resource below.
Town of Rockville municipal election information webpage
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