is recovering after major surgery
Kamas Mayor Lew Marchant announced Thursday that he will campaign for a third term because continuity in leadership is needed as growing pains squeeze the small town east of Park City.
Elected officials in Kamas
have no term limits.
"I feel I have at least another term," said Marchant
, 64, who recently underwent major surgery.
had considered not running because of health issues.
The Republican has been mayor of Kamas
since 2002 and is near the end of his
He was a Kamas planning commissioner and served two years on the City Council before being elected mayor.
Nobody else has indicated they will campaign for the nonpartisan post.
"For at least a year I have thought about the election coming up and what my plans would be," Marchant
said in an interview at his
office at City Hall.
"I knew that depended on the outcome of the surgery."
City Council seats belonging to Rod Smith and Diane Atkinson are also on the ballot in November, he
"I think we have an extremely close-knit council," Marchant
"We do have times when we disagree.
Sometimes differences of opinion and maybe even disagreements make for better decisions."
also noted that morale among the city's eight employees is high.
"We have developed great teamwork in our city," he
"Kamas has been the hub of this valley for as long as I have known," said Marchant, who was born in South Summit.
"We have felt that we wanted to encourage that same process, remain the commercial hub of the valley."
looks forward to seeing through commercial projects along State Road 248 in the entryway corridor.
boasted about architecture on the new Kamas
Health Center at 151 W. 200 South.
"We have a vision of extending that look Wanting to be involved, particularly in some of the projects that are already started, is a reason that I want to run," Marchant
"We'll have a beautiful entryway coming into our city."
If re-elected, Marchant
would push the council to limit residential growth in Kamas
"We're not really encouraging a lot of residential growth within our city limits," he
said, adding that Kamas
businesses will be supported by customers in neighboring Oakley and Francis.
Growth will impact most decisions any person elected in Kamas
makes in the next four years, Marchant
"That has always been my greatest concern and I think it will continue to be the greatest concern for Kamas
City and Kamas Valley as a whole," he
, who is married, has two children who he
has six grandchildren.
owns a flower shop in Kamas
wife and drives a bus in the South Summit School District