Hans Verlan Andersen wants to win Seat "B" away from incumbent David Gardner on the Utah County Commission, but he feels he'll win whether his bid is successful or not.
"I don't have to win the election to win. I can still raise issues that need to be discussed," Andersen said. He has run twice in Orem for a political post, once for mayor and once for a City Council position.Andersen believes this election centers on taxes.
"As you are aware, in June 1995, 67 percent voted down a 19 percent property tax increase of $2.5 million to open the new jail," Andersen said. "Your vote said you wanted the county to pri-or-itize its spending, not eliminate the sheriff."
Andersen says the commissioners did not listen.
"In December 1996, one month after the last election for county commission, they voted for a 41 percent county government property tax increase of $5.5 million," he said. "Those were new taxes."
In addition, while growth in Utah County has been recorded at 11 percent, Andersen says Utah County government's share in property tax has increased more than 100 percent. He promises he will work to increase voter involvement and rein in tax increases.
Andersen said he believes in quality government and in retaining quality employees.
"What voter doesn't?" he asks. "An elected official does not become wiser than those who elected him when he comes into office."
Andersen believes the issue of fair or increased representation is another of the issues that needs to go before the people.
"For years there has been discussion on how to have representation from throughout the county. Increased representation would be just that, increased representation.
"Orem and Provo are 56 percent of the county's population, but the areas of the county having the greatest percentage of growth are the other cities and towns. This is not a one-man or a three-man decision. This needs discussion, public input and a vote of the Utah County citizens to decide what is best for Utah County."
Andersen and his wife Gloria are the parents of eight sons, one of whom is a councilman on the Orem City Council.
"I told my son he could straighten out the city and I would do that for the county," he said.