Carbon County Commissioner
I was born and raised in a Carbon County coal mining family on a family farm southeast of Price. My wife Joni, and I have three children, Kris, Rachael and Nicholas. We currently live near that same family farm on which I grew up in a home my wife and I built together. I graduated from the College of Eastern Utah as valedictorian and USU as salutatorian.
My college degrees are in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. For the past 33 years I have taught courses on all levels of mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry- primarily for Carbon School District and CEU. I also have performed engineering work for Rocky Mountain Power at its Huntington Power Plant.
I am currently serving on the Carbon County Board of Commission, Joint Highway Transportation Committee and UAC's Legislative Coordinating Committee. I was awarded an honorary doctorate from CEU for contributions to education and the community.
I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, exercising and horseback riding in the mountains.
My objectives and goals for Carbon County are to continue to balance the county's $17,000,000 budget and maintain an adequate surplus to cover any emergencies or budget shortfalls; to have no county tax rate hikes; to improve and diversify Carbon County's position economically as a regional center for southeastern Utah; to preserve and protect the county's share of mineral related taxes that coal and gas companies pay to extract minerals on federal and state public lands; to protect and increase the county's fresh water supplies and more efficient use of our existing water supplies as a hedge against recurring drought cycles; to aggressively work and partner with local businesss to expand and create new jobs; and to be a strong supporter of quality of life issues such as public safety, health, economic opportunities, responsible development, recreation, trail, etc.
As you can see, I have stayed busy and I work as a team player in helping to get things done but have taken the initiative when I felt necessary. I am an open and honest person doing my best to help solve problems Carbon County is confronted with.
Gerald Lloyd is 53. He and his wife, Jeanette live in Price. He is self-employed as distributor for the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. Gerald has three daughters (Julia, Lindsay, and Kimi) and one son (Jed). Gerald is a graduate of Carbon High School and CEU. He spent 17 years in the coal mining industry, and 13 years working for the newspapers. He has served on several community service committees.
My wife Jeanette supports me in this effort and that speaks volumes. If elected I would have the time to work at the commission office everyday for two to four hours. My best characteristic for the commissioner's position is that "I do not become offended." As long as people are civil I will listen to their comments and suggestions.
Tourism should focus on the national and global market. We have world class museums, world class recreation, and a world class lifestyle. Carbon County is a great place, but we can make it better. We must become a destination, not just a stop on the way to Lake Powell. Identifying and advertising all reasons for coming to and staying in the area is a priority.
Business development should center on production and manufacturing. It seems like the county only has one or two companies each year who are looking to expand or relocate. We should have one or two each month. We need to fight to maintain multiple-use of our lands and to prosper from our natural resources. We need to expand the manufacturing sector and use political connections to enhance our opportunity to be given the "opportunity to bid" on projects.
Water should be on every commission agenda. We need to stop the Gooseberry project and build a Gordon Creek Reservoir, utilize Kenilworth and Willow Creek Mine water as well as the water from the gas wells in Miller Creek. All canals need to piped.
My management philosophy is that every employee should approach their job as a "businessman" as if they are trying to make a profit. All work and decisions should be made on good economic principle. Everyone should be accountable. Planning and resource management can, and should, be major topics of training.