I have had a lot of people ask me a question I have asked myself repeatedly. Why do you want to be on the city council. The first thing that comes to mind is because I care. I care about my family, two of my sons and their families live here in Layton. That means my grandchildren are growing up in Layton. All of my neighbors live in Layton and I care about them. There are a lot of people here in Layton that I don't know but I care about them. I care about the struggles that people face every day. I care about all the Veterans who served our country and now live in Layton. I care about our first responders that serve to keep Layton Safe. But its not enough to just care. I have to act on that care and do what I can to ensure that Layton continues to be a great place to live, work and play. #laytonwave #tomcavanaughforLayton #laytonutah #layton
According to the National League of Cities (NLC), some of City Council Responsibilities include the following. This is not a complete list.
The very first thing listed is “As local legislators, councilmembers are responsible for and responsive to the citizens who elected them.”
Depending on the city’s charter and state laws, other things they may be do include:
I have spent most of my career working in Public Safety. As a city we are fortunate to have a strong police department and fire department. As a city councilmember I will do what is necessary to ensure it stays that way. I do not support defunding police departments. Like everything else I do support smart funding the police department, fire department and every other department in the city. We need to make sure that our first responders have the training and the tools they need to de-escalate peacefully whenever possible.
Mental health and addiction disorders are a major issue in many communities in the country. Layton is no exception. The COVID-19 virus did not do much to help.
Layton also has a lot of veterans living in the community we need to make sure we are able to help them like they helped us.
I pride myself on being an honest man and preserving my reputation by avoiding anything that could be considered questionable. One is avoiding anything that would put my passion for serving the people of Layton in question. You will see this frequently in my campaign. " As local legislators, councilmembers are responsible for and responsive to the citizens who elected them." That starts with my campaign. I am going to try and fund my campaign, at least through the primary by myself. Last time I felt like I let down citizens who donated to my campaign, and I did not make it past the primary. I feel like I will make it past the campaign this time around, but I do not want to risk letting supporters down again. After the primary, depending on how things are going financially, I will reevaluate. I will not take donations from any organization that would present a conflict of interest by accepting donations from them. Specifically, I am referencing developers and real-estate organizations. Considering the debates and concerns about the building and rezoning in so many areas, I feel like accepting donations from organizations involved in the building and rezoning of Layton could cause someone to question my integrity. Usually, it is family, friends, residents, or the candidate themselves fund campaigns.
I will post answers to questions I receive and how I answer them on this section of my website.