Given we are owners and tax payers of Davis County government, it is our fiduciary duty and ethical responsibility to assure we elect the most experienced and qualified candidates to represent our interests. There are two individuals seeking the Republican nomination for Davis County Commissioner Seat A.
One is Commissioner Bret Millburn and the other is Brian Muir.
Of the three sitting county commissioner seats, two will be elected this year (Commissioner Seats A and B). Current Commissioner Louenda Downs (seat B) is retiring her position. So there may be an unfortunate possibility two new and inexperience commissioners may be elected. Now take into consideration current Commissioner John Petroff (Seat C) my not seek reelection in two years. What then will be our predicament when we lack the leadership, experience and understanding of the nuances to govern our county?
The County Commissioner position is a very arduous task. It is accountable for nearly a $110 million budget and oversees approximately 1,000 county employees. It oversees the county's infrastructure (roads, buildings, etc.), planning and strategic development, while interfacing with municipality and state leaders on numerous issues which directly affect our citizenry. The budget comprises funding for the sheriff law enforcement needs, ongoing economic development, delivery of public health, libraries, animal services, golf courses, fairgrounds and many additional items to numerous to list.
When we examine the experience of these two candidates against the job requirements, it is clear Commissioner Bret Millburn has the overwhelming winner. Commissioner Millburn, during his tenure, has successfully served the tax payers by reining in the budget, making fair and knowledgeable decisions while moving the county forward. Mr. Muir’s only government experience has been a one term, part-time council member for North Salt Lake City. This comparison demonstrates a momentous difference in the background and experience of these two candidates. Why would the voters bet on an untried candidate and subject itself to less than it deserves?
Mr. Muir's campaign statement is a rather ambiguous statement, it reads: "My goal is to keep Davis County a safe haven for raising a family, developing businesses, and educating the next generation." Mr. Muir infers we do not have a safe, prosperous county with no solid plan for educating the next generation. So, let's examine the facts. Crime rate per 1,000 residents, as reported in the "2012 Crime in Utah Report" reveals Weber County's rate is 32.43, Salt Lake County's rate is 44.98 and Davis County’s rate is 21.11. Utah moved up six slots and is now ranked second, in the nation, for America's Top States for Business" as reported by CNBC. Davis County leads the Wasatch Front in job growth across multiple industries, including manufacturing, construction and professional, business services and leisure/hospitality industries. It appears Mr. Muir's mission statement has already been fulfilled. State wide county commissioners do not have any responsibility, decision making ability nor input on school district matters. If Mr. Muir is concerned about educational issues, perhaps running for the school board is a plausible alternative.
I have personally known Bret Millburn for over twenty-five years. I have the highest regard for him as an individual and as a public servant. He is very approachable and wants to do make the right decision for the right reason. He truly listens to all sides of issues and is not swayed by information others think he wants to hear. He has a critical eye for financial management issues and is a skilled executive. His fortes include his leadership abilities and professional ethics. He is an example what all public servants should strive to be. Make your vote count and vote for Bret Millburn, the candidate with the most experience and solid background to make a difference for you and our county.