BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful mayor’s race narrowed from two candidates to one, Oct. 9.
Following outgoing Mayor Joe Johnson’s announcement of her withdrawal, Beth Holbrook confirmed she was dropping out of the hotly contested race.
That leaves Randy Lewis as Bountiful’s sole mayoral candidate. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate was Sept. 6.
The announcement came during a Meet the Candidates night held at Bountiful City Hall. Holbrook cited family reasons.
“My family is the most important thing. That’s what I’m going to make sure I focus on, and move forward from there,” Holbrook said.
She moved to Bountiful in 2002, specifically citing that particularly city as the kind of place where she wanted to raise her family.
She has served on the city council for six years and will complete her current term, which ends Dec. 31, 2015. She said she hasn’t decided if she’ll run after that.
Holbrook would’ve been the first woman to serve as mayor of Davis County’s second most populous city.
“She was a very courageous person in this campaign, but family comes first,” Lewis said.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Beth (on the council). I highly respect her and look forward to working with her to help Bountiful continue to improve and move forward,” he said.
Both Holbrook and the remaining mayoral candidate share a strong desire to see the city continue to be one that Lewis said “has a name and reputation as a well-run, respected city across the state and region.”
“I can’t tell you how hard of a decision this was,” Holbrook, a Kaysville native, said. “Probably since about 2010 I wanted to run for mayor.”
In her continuing role on the city council, she emphasized a desire to use her business experience and continue to “engage people as much as possible...to build coalitions. I love to talk to people one on one.”
She is a strong proponent of curbside recycling, which was implemented in the city five years ago.
On the city council, Holbrook serves as a planning commission member and an ex-officio member of the Bountiful Community Service Council, which sponsors such events as Concerts in the Park. She has been or is currently involved also in such groups as the Utah League of Cities and Towns, among other groups.
Professionally, Holbrook is director of Zions Bank Business Resource Center in Salt Lake City. She is also a licensed Realtor.
Lewis’ principles, as he calls them, include:
• Not only filling in empty buildings, but attracting businesses for that will be solid and long-term
• Filling the empty portion of the old Five Points, now Renaissance Towne Center at 1800 S. 200 West
• Continuing downtown Main Street revitalization.