ST. GEORGE – Victor Iverson currently occupies Seat B of the Washington County Commission. He was not elected to the position, but appointed in the wake of Commissioner Denny Drake’s resignation. Iverson is actually still very much a candidate for Commission Seat B and hopes to be elected to said seat in November.
Iverson is running on the Republican ticket and will be running against Democratic challenger Paul Van Dam.
Both Iverson and Van Dam, the latter who took issue with Iverson’s appointment in June, tout their experience in working with city, state, and federal officials as something that will benefit the County Commission.
Van Dam has been a county attorney and also Utah Attorney General from 1989-92. For the last few years Iverson has worked for Sen. Mike Lee as his natural resources and agricultural resources advisor, something he said has made him very familiar with the county issues.
“I have a good understanding of what we’re dealing with,” he said, “how federal, state and local interaction works; I have experience in that.”
For people following the commission race, Iverson is likely best known for his stance on public lands. While he supports gaining local control over the public lands, he also promotes working with federal agencies for the benefit of the citizens of Washington County.
“As county commissioner, I plan to protect the county’s interest and to be at the table when it comes to land management, access, or designation,” Iverson said. “I’m going to be looking out for the citizens of Washington County when it comes to public lands.”
On matters of growth, Iverson spoke to points of economic development, transportation, and the Lake Powell Pipeline.
“(Economic development) is going to be a priority,” Iverson said. “I believe people have the right to prosper and prosperity.”
Washington County has a lot to offer businesses that want to relocate here, he said, noting the standard of living the county offers, along with access to a major highway.
Graduating from high school in 1989, Iverson said he felt his generation was the first that didn’t have to move away to find work thanks to the economic development that had been done up to that point. He said he plans to continue that development for new generations.
On transportation, which he called a huge issue, Iverson said he would “absolutely” push for the Northern Corridor, a roadway that would connect Interstate 15 and state Route 18. The roadway would also pass through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
“All of our transportation planning right now is built on the premise we’ll have a northern corridor,” he said. “If we don’t, we really get in a tough situation with (St. George) Boulevard and getting traffic off of that.”
Iverson said the road is promised to the county by the federal government through the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act of 2009. As the roadway runs through desert tortoise habitat, however, the government has begun to pull back on that possibility.
“I’m going to be pushing really hard to get the federal government to honor its commitment,” he said.
Lake Powell Pipeline
Concerning the Lake Powell Pipeline, Iverson said, “we need a safe and sustainable water supply in order to have prosperity and any kind of future here in the community.”
Iverson said many people have asked him about the cost of the proposed pipeline, and he said the cost estimates are still preliminary. The pipeline project as a whole is still being studied out.
“It’s really the only option I see out there,” Iverson said.
For additional information regarding Iverson’s stand on the issues, visit his website.
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