It's a battle over experience in the race for the District "D" City Council seat.
Bonnie Beckstein, District "D" incumbent is trying to hold on to her current City Council seat against Reford Theobold, a former city council member with 18 years of experience. Theobold adds, " in particular I served during the oil shale bust and we had to have a very lean budget and we're looking at least in the short term some significant budget cuts."
The city announced earlier this month that it is prepared to make six–million dollars worth of budget cuts, a project Beckstein has already delved into,
"my current knowledge of the situation, my current involvement in the situation and the fact that the city has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, those are assets that I can bring back to City Council." Beckstein has held the District "D" seat for the past four years. She says the community has changed since Theobold's 18–year reign came to an end in 2003.
Beckstein says, "the demographics are way different than they were 18 years ago, the population is larger and there's different kinds of businesses we've been able to bring in."
Theobold says his sabbatical from council has refreshed his perspective, something he says the county needs when looking at the public safety initiative. "I think that we need to take a good hard look and start from scratch on the public safety plan because obviously a 98 million dollar plan isn't going to work." Beckstein agrees with Theobold about the public safety initiative and priorities for both candidates are virtually the same; Getting the budget straightened out, finalizing a comprehensive plan and working with the public safety initiative.
The election is April 7th.