Responses to 2011 Campaign Checklist
The Ogden Ethics Project asked each candidate in the 2011 municipal election to fill out and return our Voluntary Campaign Contribution Limitations checklist. We mailed the checklists, along with self-addressed, stamped envelopes, between July 5 and July 16. As of mid-August, 11 of the 17 candidates have returned their checklists, while three other candidates responded to the checklist without actually returning it. A press release summarizing the responses is posted on the Ogden Ethics Blog.
Scanned copies of the returned checklists are linked below, along with brief descriptions of other responses from the candidates. Before reading these responses, please consider the following context:
- The main goal of these checklists was to initiate a thoughtful discussion—not to definitively pin down candidates' positions;
- It is clear that not all candidates interpreted the proposed restrictions in the same way, and that in some cases, candidates agreed with the spirit of a restriction while objecting to the way it was worded;
- Four of the mayoral candidates began their fundraising months before receiving our checklist, so it may have been unfair to ask them to retroactively modify their fundraising practices;
- The Ogden Ethics Project does not endorse candidates and none of the information provided here should be interpreted as an endorsement of any kind.
We ask that candidates and others include all relevant context when referring to the information in the completed checklists and the other information below. Everyone is invited to discuss the checklists in the comments section of our related blog post.
Candidates for Mayor
Jonny Ballard did not return the checklist, but requested a meeting with the Ogden Ethics Project director during which he responded to it verbally. In particular, he asked whether we felt it was unethical for businesses to offer certain types of in-kind contributions.
Mike Caldwell returned the checklist.
Jason Goddard did not return the checklist, but did submit an ethics position statement responding to the checklist.
Neil Hansen did not return the checklist.
John H. Thompson did not return the checklist, but stated that he is not accepting any campaign contributions before the primary and that after the primary, if he remains in the race, he will accept contributions only from registered Ogden voters. He also mentioned campaign financing in his ethics position statement.
Steven Van Wagoner returned the checklist.
Candidates for City Council At-Large Seat C
Jacob Culliton returned the checklist.
Landon Halverson returned the checklist.
Stephen D. Thompson returned the checklist.
Amy L. Wicks returned the checklist.
Candidates for City Council Municipal Ward 2
Richard Hyer did not return the checklist.
Jennifer Neil returned the checklist.
Todd R. Wallis did not return the checklist.
C. Jon White returned the checklist.
Candidates for City Council Municipal Ward 4
Caitlin K. Gochnour returned the checklist (before it was known that she would be running unopposed).