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Andy Beerman for Mayor
PO Box 1570
Park City, UT 84060
There is a sense of urgency in town
Why I’m running for Mayor
More Park, Less City: Open Space
Traffic Mitigation, Regionalism
Keep Park City Real: Housing
Keep Park City Fun: Lower Intensity
Critical Priorities: why are they critical
Want to learn more about me or my positions? Please attend one of my neighborhood meet and greet events (M&Gs). (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
7/26 5:30-7:30 pm: Little Kate - Meet & Greet hosted by Meg Ryan & Brad Boozier
7/27 6-9 pm: JGo Gallery - League of Women Voters Forum
7/31 6-8 pm: Gallery Mar - Meet & Greet hosted by Maren Mullin
8/1 6-8 pm: Monitor Drive - Meet & Greet hosted by Peter/Kathleen Metcalf & Bryn/Jackie Carey
8/2 8-9 am: KPCW Candidate interview
8/2 6-8 pm: Meadows Dr. - Meet & Greet hosted by Alison Child & Paul Kirwin:
8/4 10am-noon: KPCW on air debate
8/9 6:30-8:30 pm: Sunset Dr - Meet & Greet hosted by Peter/Heidi Gatch & Rob Lea
Primary Ballots must be postmarked by Aug 14th. Specifics here.
How Did I Get Here?
Ever find yourself wondering ‘how did I get here?’ I’m a fun-hog and accidental entrepreneur, but I never would have guessed that I’d be campaigning in 2017 for the Mayor’s job in Park City. Twenty-three years ago I moved here in an old VW van with barely enough cash for rent. I spent my first morning, a soggy April one, mingling with locals at the Morning Ray. It felt like I had found my home.
I was born in 1969–the summer of Woodstock--and raised in a quiet suburb of Columbus, Ohio. My heritage is German/Swiss/English with a Mennonite influence. My father managed a computer center and my mother was a prolific community volunteer. Rapid growth-spurts put me a head taller than the other kids, which likely defined me as an early leader among peers.
I attended college at Miami University in Oxford Ohio and spent my summers in Alaska working for the
National Outdoor Leadership School. Upon graduation I moved West to became one of the youngest instructors for NOLS—guiding, teaching leadership and minimal impact living skills.
In 1991 I arrived in Utah looking for work that didn’t require carrying all my possessions on my back. I was drawn to small business management, which was a lot like guiding: both require organizational skills, a can-do attitude, and the ability to lead and inspire. Before long, I was recruited to help run White Pine Touring. A few years later I took another job on Main Street, managing a struggling hotel called Treasure Mountain Inn. This role did come with a complication: I had a crush on the boss’s daughter, Thea Leonard. A few years later, Thea and I were married, and formed a new partnership in life and in the hotel business.
Re-imaging Treasure Mountain Inn took collaboration and innovation. The first challenge was resolving
decades of in-fighting among the condo owners. As the HOA chairman, I focused on building consensus,
which eventually led to peace. It was my first taste of politics as an endurance sport. Innovation at the hotel was also critical because we had no capital. We were early adopters of Internet marketing, niche clientele, and eco-friendly business practices—all advantages that created a thriving business. Under our tenure, Treasure Mountain Inn had a series of notable firsts: first to recycle, first hotel website, first eco-hotel in Utah, and one of the first US hotels to use 100% renewable energy (2008).
Once I realized the health of our business is tied to the health of our community, it was a natural progression to serve as the President of the downtown business alliance (HPCA). I advocated for local business and again focused on consensus building and setting a firm course. For several years I was a regular at City meetings, and as the saying goes, "we are led by those that show up." My participation led to recruitment, and eventual election to City Council in 2011.
I’m currently serving my second term on the Park City Council. It has been a great privilege, a lot of work, and incredibly gratifying. I’ve been amazed by the depth and complexity of our community. On Council, I have been a strong advocate for purchasing open space, renewable energy, protecting our small and local businesses, addressing traffic/congestion, building an inclusive and complete community, and affordable housing. I serve on multiple boards and committees both locally and regionally including two statewide committees (Utah League of Cities and Towns Board, Central Wasatch Commission) and one Federal Board (EPA Local Government Advisory Board).
On May 1st, 2017 Thea and I sold the operations side of Treasure Mountain Inn to pursue new endeavors. When contemplating my next career—it was easy--I would pursue the best job in Park City: to serve as its next Mayor. The rest is TBD!
Your Vote of Confidence
In 48 years, my life has taken many wonderful twists from playground leader to guide, manager, entrepreneur, peace-maker, advocate, Councilman, and hopefully Mayor of Park City. I may ask myself, "how did I get here?", but it really doesn’t matter: I’m exactly where I want to be. Park City is an amazing place where one can still enjoy a small town sheltered from an ever-sprawling world. I ask for your support because I hope to use my skills and experience to help guide us into the future while preserving the essence of this wonderful place we call home.