West Valley City Councilman Don Christensen announced his plan Tuesday to run for Mayor of that city. Christensen says after current mayor Mike Winder declared he would not run for re-election, many of his friends and associates encouraged him to run.
“And I thought man if everybody wants me to run I’d better do it,” says Christensen. “So I decided, I thought long and hard about it, talked to my family about and we decided that it would be a good…good step and we’d go ahead and do it.”
Christensen says with four years of experience serving on the West Valley City Council, he has a good feel for what the city is and what it needs. He says city’s current challenges, especially with the police department, have actually further unified residents of the city.
“It’s one of those things where everybody and working to make it better,” says Christensen. “One of my goals as mayor would be to make sure that all of the citizens, all if the residents had a chance to participate and to help make the city better and be a part of it and feel a part of it.”
Christensen says he is running a non-partisan campaign supported by both Democrats and Republicans. So far the mayoral race also includes former city council member Margaret Petersen, who announced her candidacy two weeks ago.