Apple Valley candidates focus on civic service, bike path

Apple Valley, Utah, Oct. 2, 2015 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News

APPLE VALLEY – In considering goals they’d like to accomplish if elected, Apple Valley’s five Town Council candidates are vying for two open council seats during the 2015 election.

Apple Valley, a community with population just over 700 according to the 2013 U.S. Census, sitting on state Route 59 between Hurricane and Hildale. For the 2015 municipal election, Apple Valley has two open Town Council seats. Running are incumbent Roger Ashmore, challengers Ron Brown, Ann Knight, write-in candidates Robert Campbell and Andrew Sadler.

Roger Ashmore

Current council member Roger Ashmore is the only incumbent in this year’s Apple Valley race. Ashmore’s remarks were brief, but he said whether or not he’s re-elected, he wants to do what he can to be the voice of the people and “make sure no taxes are put upon us as a whole.”

Ashmore did not submit a photo for inclusion in this report.

Apple Valley Town Council candidate Ron Brown, photo date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Ron Brown, St. George News
Ron Brown | Submitted photo, St. George News

Ron Brown

Bringing business knowledge and more than 18 years of public works experience to the race, Brown said he’s not running for Town Council with an agenda in mind.

“The one thing that I most want to accomplish is to able to share my knowledge for the good of our town,” Brown said.

If he’s not elected, Brown said he still plans to be involved in going to town meetings and water board meetings to offer his advice and help better the town.

Apple Valley Town Council candidate Robert Campbell, photo date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Robert Campbell, St. George News
Robert Campbell | Submitted photo, St. George News

Robert Campbell

Write-in candidate Campbell said if he’s elected, learning will be a focus for him.

“As I have come to love Apple Valley I want to ensure it grows with best interest of the community,” Campbell said. “There are some big projects coming up and best interest of community always must remain at the front.”

If he is not elected, Campbell said, he will continue supporting the community as he has in the past, including assisting with Apple Valley’s volunteer park and working with local … Boy Scouts.

Apple Valley Town Council candidate Andrew Sadler, Apple Valley, Utah, photo date not specified | Photo courtesy of Andrew Sadler, St. George News
Andrew Sadler| Submitted photo, St. George News

Andrew Sadler

Second write-in candidate Sadler plans to bolster the town of Apple Valley, whether or not he’s elected to the Town Council. Councilman or not, he has a specific goal he hopes to see come to fruition.

Sadler said:

To put it simply, I’m going to be a positive part of this community whether or not I’m elected. But either way, I’d very much like to see a bicycle path put in adjacent to SR 59 from Hurricane to the Arizona border or even miles into Arizona.

NOTE: Candidate Ann Knight did not respond to requests for comment.

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