Craig City Councilman John Ponikvar has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Craig in the upcoming April election. Current City Mayor Ray Beck who was recently elected as a Moffat County Commissioner will resign his position as Craig Mayor when he is sworn in as a Commissioner next
month. City Councilman Kent Neilson will take over as Mayor on an interim basis, when Beck assumes his role as a County Commissioner in January. Ponikvar’s statement is available below.
City Councilman, John Ponikvar is pleased to announce his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Craig in the upcoming April election. This is a crucial time in the history of Craig and Moffat County, the world is changing.
We must recognize it, embrace it and move ahead with confidence. If elected, I look forward to working with the city council, city employees and residents to build a bright future for Craig in spite of our challenges. The Council is working with the community on developing a more diverse economy and preparing to hire a new city manager. Economic diversification will allow us to provide quality services at affordable costs to our residents, while maintaining a balanced budget.
The city council has collaborated with city staff to make critical budget cuts. As tax revenues decline, we are faced with asking our residents for a new sales tax in April. New revenues will insure our ability to preserve quality services and infrastructure while working on improving our overall city appearance, strengthening the downtown and offering a community that will appeal to all, from our youth to seniors.
Craig is an amazing place to live; we have many great assets, welcoming residents and a community that always unites when someone is in need. My years of experience as a successful business owner and community involvement will enable me to continue to work with City staff, other elected officials and citizens to implement, and achieve, our visions and goals. It will be an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Craig as their mayor.