The race for Salt Lake City Council District 7 offers high contrast. One candidate is a political outsider with a libertarian streak. The other is an insider who is a member of the city's planning commission and has served on school and civic boards.
Kevin Paulson, a mechanical engineer, wants to take the city back to just basic services (fire, police) while leaving everything from transportation to economic development to the private sector and neighborhood groups. He opposes the Sugar House streetcar on 1100 East, and he opposed the city's recent tax increase. He supports higher pay for public safety workers, and that has earned him the endorsement of the Salt Lake Police Association.
Paulson wants to deregulate public transportation, allowing private companies to offer bus or cab service. He wants to dismantle the city's planning and zoning department and allow neighborhoods to manage planning closer to the citizenry. He also wants to turn city parks over to neighborhoods to manage.