03 April 2014

Micah Bruner - County Council At Large "A"

First Meeting - 31 March 2014

Micah Bruner's background is as an attorney, he currently serves as general counsel for a local small business.

In the few minutes that I had to talk with Mr. Bruner, he spoke on a handful of items:

First, he talked about the county council's approval of improvements made to the South Towne Expo Center.  There was $500,000 worth of signage improvements approved to convert an existing sign into a digital sign and also add a new sign on another corner of the property.  Mr. Bruner stated first that he believes the county government shouldn't be in the business of owning and maintaining an expo center.  Regarding signage, he disagreed that a digital sign was necessary to attract more patrons since the conferences that the Expo Center hosts are niche enough to not require it.  He said something to the effect of "Those who were going to attend the Gem Faire already all knew about it." He stated that he would liquidate the center given an opportunity that would be profitable for the county.  In general, he stated that he is opposed to the county competing with private business.

Second, he indicated that he disagreed with the freezing of county lines by Ben McAdams, but I was unable to determine if he was pandering to a Republican audience or not.  He did express a fairly balanced view on whether or not to allow Millcreek to annex out of the county and incorporate into Cottonwood Heights.  He agreed that it is a complicated issue and that the services provided by the county would need to go down if Millcreek leaves.

He outlined what would be his strategy to defeat Jenny Wilson.  For the most part, the discussion surrounded the notion of simply wanting one more Republican voice on the council; I would still like to hear more about how specifically Mr. Bruner's principles would be different than Ms. Wilson's.

Mr. Bruner is definitely the most articulate of the three.  He so far seems the most conservative; I lean more towards supporting him or Mr. Nimer.