by Billy Clouse
On November 7, Cedar City residents will vote for two City Council members, among other positions. The primary race started with six candidates, and after months of campaigning and debates, I have chosen to endorse R. Scott Phillips for Cedar City Council on behalf of Thunderground.
One of the main reasons why Phillips will be a great Counselor for SUU students is because he wants to work with the University. I interviewed Phillips for the November edition of Revolt, which comes out on November 3, and he said that he will look for ways to get students interested in the downtown area.
“I want to start by seeing what is it that would get the students wanting to go downtown, to hang out, to spend evenings there eating, entertaining, chatting and networking,” Phillips said, “and then find places — either (existing) buildings or build new things or convert buildings — where that kind of thing can happen… I want to start a dialogue between University officials, students on the campus and city leaders to say ‘What is it we can do together?’”
When Phillips says this, it’s believable because he has a strong connection with the University; he earned his bachelor’s degree from SUU and worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for 40 years.
During the two debates hosted by SUU’s Leavitt Center, Phillips distinguished himself from the other candidates. If a topic came up that he didn’t feel he knew enough about, he would say just that, and offer to contact the person asking the question at a later time.
“Too often, we have allowed our political system to get away from (the truth),” Phillips said. “I think right now in our national political forum, it’s far too rampant. It doesn’t matter what the issue is, somebody will say something just because they have a ‘D’ behind their name or an ‘R’ behind their name, and it doesn’t matter what the facts are, unfortunately. I think it’s really important to study something and say ‘I don’t know enough about that, but let me study it and get back to you with the answers.’”
Most candidates, whether local and national, seem to think that a bad answer is better than no answer at all. What many who listen to debates usually overlook is that these justifications are not only fallacious, but they inhibit critical thinking.
Because of his dedication to the University and honesty, R. Scott Phillips is the best candidate for Cedar City Council. You can register to vote for Phillips, or any of the other candidates, by going to Iron County’s website.