Hobson announces intent to run – Utah News

Hobson announces intent to run – Utah News

Josh Hobson says he has felt the effects of local growth in Park City in different ways from current Park City council members, and representing that experience has moved him to declare his intention to file.

“One thing that is immediately occurring in my work is the attrition rate due to the lack of [affordable] housing,” he said. “I know a lot of people talk about it, but these are friends and coworkers of mine that do not live here anymore because they’re paying Manhattan rents on a one-bedroom condo.”

Hobson is on board with the city’s current priorities of affordable housing and expanded transportation, and chose to run to ensure Cindy Matsumoto’s open seat could be filled by someone who upholds the same values. Although, as someone who rents housing and has not owned a car since 2003, he said he probably has a “more intimate knowledge of the buses than council members do,” and would rather see city plans on a more accelerated timeline.

Hobson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduating from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He is a six-year resident of the area, living the last two years within Park City’s boundaries. His professional life has been largely in the service industry, working as a chef in local resort and individual restaurants, and currently as a chef and consultant on a freelance basis. He is a volunteer music host for KPCW Radio and organized the Park City March for Science this spring. He is also the secretary for the Summit County Democratic Party.

His experience in the service industry and human-powered mobility preferences largely…

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