Cedar City Council debate to take place at SUU, Mcaffee presents campaign

Andrew Mcaffee

By Holly Coombs

As City Council candidates have been announced, the first debate has been scheduled and set for July 25 at 5 p.m. in the Starlight Room within the Sharwan Smith Student Center at Southern Utah University.

The night will begin with a meet-and-greet from 5 to 5:30, where community members can interact and learn more about the candidates and their views on local issues.

From 5:30 to 6:45 the debate will begin.

The debate is open to the community and all are encouraged to attend.

In the June 28 issue of the Iron County Today, an insert was placed with information on city council and mayoral candidate minus Andrew Mcaffee, who could not be reached in time.

Mcaffee, who is one of six candidates vying for a council spot, reached out to the Iron County Today staff with his responses.

“I am running for city council because I believe that cedar City is at a crossroads,” Mcaffee said. The city that I have grown up with and love has some big decisions ahead, and I want to help preserve and improve what has made Cedar so great to for me, so that future generations can enjoy it as I have. I believe I can help, and I want to give back to this community.”

He said he has three goals: 

  • Tourism
  • Ensuring the water needs of the city
  • Zoning that helps the city grow wisely

Mcaffee elaborated on tourism specifically.

There is a group of tourists that are already coming to our general region, but we haven’t yet brought them to Cedar City,” he said. “They do not require new facilities to be built to accommodate their activity, and are guaranteed to spend the night.  That means Dinner, Hotel, and Breakfast at a minimum.  They call it ‘Astro tourism’” 

People are flocking to the city’s backyard to have a look at one of the last places in the United States where they can still observe the night-sky pristinely, Mcaffee said.

“With almost no expense on our part, we can draw on this group whose estimated yearly spending is 250 Million,” he said. “Right now, a lot of that spending on the Colorado Plateau is going to Arizona, but we can capture that market. It’s an amazing opportunity for our city, and we can see returns very quickly.”

Mcaffee grew up in Cedar City where he attended Cedar High School and Southern Utah University. He participated as a board member and volunteer in several non-profit groups.

“I have run a business here in Cedar City for the past 4 years, and know the challenges that businesses face,” he said.  “(I have) six years of experience in the hotel industry in Cedar City, which has given me perspective on why people come, and how they spend their money.  I hope for the opportunity to serve you on the City Council.

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Mcaffee

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