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Holliday District #2  Ty Brewer                                                                                          

 

As I'm sure you know, this is a non-partisan office (with Republicans generally being considered conservative and Democrats generally being considered liberal), but to best answer your question I'll tell you that I advocate for limited government to the extent practical and possible, so I consider myself fiscally conservative. Broadly speaking, I believe government's proper role should be focused on defending fundamental rights.

 

In our world today, city governments are involved in more than that, such as with the delivery of various public services. The power to tax demands great care & oversight and I intend to do my best to help our local government keep its focus narrow. That said, given the way modern cities have evolved, I want to see our public works and services, especially in a city like Holladay, delivered with high quality and at a high value.

 

This prospect of running for city council is an interesting challenge and opportunity for me. I'm already seeing how it will help me empathize more with our elected officials. Issues are often not black and white. I'll do my best to exercise sound judgment as I strive to represent the constituents of my district (and our city, at large) in navigating the grey.

 

 

What are 3 steps you would take to reduce government size in our city?

 

 

To be fair, our Holladay City government strikes me as being relatively small and as running relatively efficiently. We've gotten by for 20 years without an increase in property taxes, except when having new areas annexed in as we picked up their city property tax portion. Considering inflation over that time period, the city has had to tighten its belt as time has gone on. Perhaps even, I hate to say, to too great of an extent (with deferred maintenance of roads, storm drains and sewers being underfunded).

 

My father was the code enforcement officer for the City for 15 years. During that time, I had a glimpse into the care with which, at least within the planning and code enforcement offices, they tried to control costs. His company vehicle was a Ford Explorer that they ran almost into the ground before replacing. His city-provided cell phone was seldom updated/replaced. From the time of Mayor Webb through Mayor Dahle, I believe our Holladay leadership has tried to instill an expense conscious culture.

 

Prior to the currently proposed property tax increase, the portion of our property taxes that Holladay City has been levying is slightly more than double what is levied by the Salt Lake County Library! For the value received, I don't know if it should appall me that the county library receives so much or if it should impress me that the city is able to do as much as it does with so comparatively little!

 

All of that said, to answer your question, although I love the arts and believe events that focus on the arts are beneficial to strengthen our sense of community, I don't love the idea of city funded or subsidized arts. About $50k/yr comes from the general fund, as best as I can tell. I would try to have the arts council and city make a greater push for more charitably and voluntarily funded support for these events — both by individual citizens and by local businesses.

 

The same goes for fireworks. My family has long enjoyed the Holladay fireworks. I don't yet know the particulars of what they cost nor how they're funded, but assume it’s from the general fund. Again, I will encourage seeking sponsorships by local businesses and even city residents to reduce the City’s subsidization of these events.

 

I consider it much more appropriate and would like to hope people would step up to voluntarily help finance events such as these.

 

 

What are your thoughts on RCV and CRT?

 

I've generally been a proponent of ranked choice voting. I dislike the negative campaigning and political polarization we see so much of today and the strength that the dominant political parties have amassed, which in part I understand to come from many people voting for the lesser of two “evils” (or maybe more appropriately put, lesser of two “bads”). This is something I understand RCV could help mitigate. It's less costly than our traditional approach, as well. From what I know, it is believed to result in candidates winning that more closely align with more voters' interests. All of that said, I believe ranked choice has its problems, as well, including conditions under which certain candidates might not have as fair of an opportunity. I am in the process of reviewing some information that a constituent recently shared, am trying to have an open mind and will see where that takes me. It doesn't appear that Holladay currently has much of a need for RCV with so few candidates that run for our local offices, thus my inclination at the moment would probably be to leave things as they are. I’d be interested for your thoughts on this topic, as well as all of these!

 

With what I know of it, I don't support Critical Race Theory being taught to our children. I want my children to be taught history as accurately as possible (substantiated by credible sources). Our country's government leaders haven’t always acted virtuously and our laws haven’t always been virtuous and we shouldn’t shy away from recognizing that. We need to learn from our mistakes. I believe all people, as individuals, should stand equal before the law and that laws should continue to be improved wherever evidence of something contributing to structural racism might be discovered. However well intentioned, I consider it impossible to try to make up for wrongs that may have resulted from "structural racism" in the past. Among other reasons, government is too imperfect and there are too many categories of people that have been wronged in too many ways to ever have any hope of doing that equitably.

 

Love one another as individuals now and going forward. That's what I advocate. 😊

 

 

Many cities have built or want to build Recreational centers. These facilities are built using government funding, including millions from the city taxpayers and they continue to receive government funds. Do you believe that unfairly competes with local fitness clubs?

 

 

I do believe municipal rec centers crowd out local fitness clubs and I believe the private sector, including charities, would supply those services should they determine there is sufficient demand. Because of the way cities have evolved over time, I do view Holladay as needing to preserve and offer open space amenities (parks and trails) to a reasonable and cost-effective extent for city residents.

 

How do you plan to include citizens in the decision-making process?

 

In my professional career, part of my responsibilities included Product Management, which focuses heavily on empathizing with customers — by conducting surveys, analyzing user interactions, reviewing support calls and through other ways of collecting data. I'll try to apply similar concepts to my service on the council. Largely, by way of conducting surveys and making myself personally available for input, especially to my District 1 constituents.

 

Why vote for you? What do you believe makes you the best candidate?

 

I've long believed that we need politicians who don't want to be politicians to run for office. That's what you have in me. I'm not seeking power or attention. My motives are pure. After selling our business, I'm in the fortunate position of having time available to dedicate to our city, hoping to fulfill some of my civic duty. Having lived almost all of my life in Holladay, I'm interested in helping preserve much of what, to me, makes it such a great place — a culture that includes diverse and good people who are caring, generally modest & wise. My voice on the council will be one to encourage fiscal responsibility, good stewardship, transparency, efficiency, quality service and striving to keep Holladay the beautiful city that it has long been.

 

I hope this helps!!

 

Holladay  District #1 Melissa Blackburn                                                                                

Thank you for your interest in my bid for city council. I consider myself more of a moderate conservative. By that I mean I mostly lean conservative with a forward-thinking view.  I think our city is not heavy in governmental size of employees and public servants.  Our city been very effective with the staff and volunteer boards. I think that some of the regulations we have may need to be updated to fit with the direction the city chooses to go. For example, we have had servant quarters on our codes. The state is mandating ADU’s and our city needs to be forward thinking in regards to how to do these instead of reactive to state mandates.

 

I am not supporting ranked choice voting until it is actually proven to be a better way of voting. Which, in my opinion, hasn’t happened yet.  As far as critical race theory I have my concerns with the inflammatory way things are going with the movement. I support improving lives of all races and immigrants. I also support vetting our immigrants.

 

I feel like Holladay has plenty of private recreation centers and has recently installed a new park and has other nice parks. The parks take maintenance, and I don’t feel we need to add to that burden with a city owned recreational center. I plan to engage with all citizens not just the vocal minority citizens.

 

I was raised in Holladay and have always enjoyed this area. I have seen the challenges in communities when there hasn’t been a plan to address growth and infrastructure. I think our city is doing a great job in so many areas and I feel that I bring a perspective of someone who has lived outside the city and can appreciate what we have and what challenges we may face.

 

Melissa

 

Millcreek Beverly Boyce

 

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my campaign.

1.  This is a non-partisan election, and although it isn't supposed to matter,  I am a registered Democrat. 

The distinction between conservative and progressive is overused in my opinion.  My ideas about issues are more situational than predetermined.

2.  Reducing government size in Millcreek,  if by that you mean personnel,  check for duplicate responsibilities and eliminate them.

3.  I like the Millcreek Library/activity center/track/senior center.  It is widely enjoyed and used.  I support taxes being put to that.  We pay taxes and get benefits. This center is an excellent example of that. I don't see this center as an unfair competition to local fitness clubs.

4.  I will encourage citizen contact with me, and require that I respond and engage citizens so I am able to best understand their concerns, and represent their points accurately.

5.  I'm the best candidate if what I say agrees with what you want,  if not, then I would not be the best candidate for you. 

Again,  thanks for your interest, and I hope I was able to answer your questions clearly.

 

Millcreek  District #2 Angel Vice.

 

Thank you for reaching out. I’d love to know what thoughts or concerns you have about how our city is developing. As for your questions;

-Are you conservative or progressive? What does that mean to you?

 

I am often referred to as a progressive because I am constantly having enrollment conversations about Universal Health Care, Women’s rights, Equality and Justice. And if we disagree on these topics I’d love the opportunity to have an enrollment conversation with you. I find that Political ideologies get lost in who is delivering the topic in other words who the politician is rather than living in what is at stake and what is achievable.

-What are 3 steps you would take to reduce government size in our city?

 

My goal isn’t to reduce or increase government size. My goal is to learn what works and what doesn’t work. If the size of our city government is benefitting the public then there is nothing to do, but if there is excess or waste then streamlining is required. I do have some questions about staff who are public servants making six figure incomes, but they might be generating more than they make, that is something I will be looking into with a magnifying glass.

 

-Many cities have built or want to build Recreational centers. These facilities are built using government funding, including millions from the city taxpayers and they continue to receive government funds. Do you believe that it unfairly competes with local fitness clubs?

 

Millcreek currently has two Recreational Centers. We have one at the Millcreek Library on Evergreen and The Holiday Lions Rec Center is in Millcreek. We don’t need any more. The owners I have spoken with at local fitness clubs have not been concerned with their presence. If you have information to the contrary please let me know.

 

-How do you plan to include citizens in the decision-making process?

 

One of my motivations for running answers this question. In my experience the citizens of our city have been told they have a say and have been asked their opinions only to be ignored and bulldozed. For instance, I was at the meeting when they invited the public to come and vote on how the new ‘Millcreek Commons’ should look. Overwhelmingly online and in person the vote was to not have a road and make it an open town square like Pearl Street in Boulder Colorado. But the current leadership believe they know better than the public and are going ahead with plans for a road which in turn is putting Tres Hombre’s parking lot in jeopardy. A similar issue is happening now as the public are writing letters, writing emails, making phone calls, and showing up to meetings to demand that enormous Digital Billboards not be part of the new city center, but our leadership is pushing the billboards through anyway.

 

Why vote for you? What do you believe makes you the best candidate?

 

I know that I am not the candidate for everyone. I don’t think any of the candidates are. My neighbors and my community have been asking me to run for this spot for nearly two years now because they think I am the best candidate. Their donations have made this journey doable and their volunteering has made the process a joy.

 

Here are facts I know about myself and the other candidates based on what they have said about themselves.

 

Lynda Bagley-Gibson was raised in Millcreek. She has served on our community council since 2017. She is an independent.

 

Thom DeSirant moved to Millcreek last year. He was the campaign manager for Jeff Silvestrini in the last election. He is a Democrat.

 

Jeremiah Clark was raised in Millcreek has lived elsewhere and then came back. He has his P.h.D. in Religious Studies which he taught until he retired.  He is a Republican.

 

Angel Vice; I am a Democrat. I have lived in three districts of Millcreek 1, 2, and 3.  I am a   Democrat. I work as a social worker for SL County Youth Services.

 

Given that this election will be ranked choice voting you will be voting for all of us. I hope this information helps in your choices.

 

Thank you again for reaching out.

 

School board members Salt Lake County  up for re election 2022

 

-Board Granite members up for reelection

 

Karyn Winder ends Dec 2022 district 6

 

Terry Bawden ends Dec 2022   District 5

 

Connie Burgess ends dec 2022   District #3

 

Kris Nguyen ends Dec 2022    District #7

 

 

 

-Murray

 

  Kami Anderson Ends Dec. 2022

 

. Belinda Johnson Ends De. 2022

 

 Elizabeth Payne Ends Dec 2022

 

-Jordan School District

 

Tracy Miller District #3 ends Dec. 2022

 

Jen Atwood District #7 ends Dec. 2022

 

Matthew Young term District #2  ends Dec. 2022

 

 

OLDER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERES ARE BELOW:

 

QUESTIONS

Are you in favor of ranked choice voting?

What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

Would you work to fund or defund our law enforcement if given the option?

What would be your major goal in improving our city?

 

WEST VALLEY

 

West Valley District 2- Chris Bell

 

1) I don’t have any problems with RCV. I think that it fosters a more positive atmosphere among the candidates and the voters. The only issues that I have, stem more from the way that it is being implemented rather than the process of RCV itself. For the cities using RCV this year, the official filing period for those races hasn’t happened yet, but we already know who is running and campaigning. Those individuals will have many months of campaigning and financial records that won’t be released to the public until just before the November election. I would like to see them have to file at the same time as everyone else, and be subjected to the same financial disclosures as those of us in primary races.

 

2) I have been an active voter and follower of politics for over two decades. I have felt over the years much distaste in elected officials that seem to ignore the voices of those whom they are supposed to represent. I have grown tired of watching over the last few years as our members of the city council, our mayor, and our city manager consistently ignore almost everyone that comes to council meetings to speak their minds to the council. They don’t even acknowledge that they heard us, let alone care about what we have said. So, I’ve had enough. We need to have people sitting up there that care about what people have to say about their city. I will sit down and listen to anyone on any issue that they want to bring before the council. I can’t guarantee that we will agree on every issue, but you will be heard, you will be acknowledged, and your thoughts will be considered on every action that I take.

 

3) I think that the word segregation here is the wrong word. Historically segregation has been used as a tool against people that didn’t have a say in why they were being segregated, such as race or gender. Here, we are talking about something that the vast majority of people can choose whether or not they are vaccinated. I have had friends and family members get sick from this pandemic, and I have had friends close to me die from this pandemic. We are currently seeing a spike in cases and deaths among the unvaccinated with the newer delta variant, and most of this can be avoided if people are able to hear what is being said by the experts in this field. There is unfortunately a lot of misinformation and static out there that is causing much harm to our friends, families, and neighbors. We need to heed the advice of the experts, and get vaccinated for the safety of ourselves and all those around us. NYC and California have recently announced plans to require their employees (NYC city employees and California state employees) to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing, as well as to mask up, so that the suffering from this pandemic can be mitigated and that we can overcome this unnecessary continued loss of life. We should follow the experts and make decisions based on the facts that we have available to us and not on feelings that may not accurately portray the truth of the matter.

 

4) I have personally spoken with Chief Jacobs and have let her know that she, and our police department have my full support. I posted on my FB a couple of weeks ago a story where I was able to personally she Chief Jacobs in action and how proud I was of her leadership, and I again shared that story last week as part of my comments in front of city council, and that can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel. Our police department is one of the best in the state. We are one of only two nationally accredited departments in the state of Utah. That being said, there is always room for improvement, and I look forward to working with Chief Jacobs to find the best practices that our officers are using and to continue growing our currently understaffed department with the best recruits that we can find. I find that it isn’t about increasing or decreasing funds, or using either of those as a carrot or stick to get what one wants, but to find the best way to use what money is available to get the best results possible, for our officers and the residents of our city.

 

5) I have 3 things that I want to work on as a member of the city council, and have already shared some of my thoughts on two of them, listening to the residents of this city, and public safety. The other issue that I want to focus on is finding ways that we can clean our air here on the west side. As a city, WVC has been taking some steps in this direction, but we need to make sure that we continue on this path. I would like to see our city take steps to reduce emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources with partnerships with Rocky Mountain Power and the state legislature. I believe that we can find ways to take steps that can improve our air quality and I am committed to working towards making these goals a new reality.

 

Thank you again for reaching out to me and asking these important questions. Please feel free to reach out anytime!

 

 

MAYOR CANDIDATE- ARNOLD JONES

 

1) ranked choice voting: Yes, I am in favor of this as all of us as voters do not always like or agree with the options of the fact that we can only choose one candidate for an elected position.  If we were able to be offered the selection of ranking a candidate that is a much better way to approach this.  We may like one candidates views or some ot their views and vice versa. 

 

2) I would like to be mayor as there are many things that need to  be addressed. Traffic, roadway conditions, emergency response times as in way to improve this, business and residential issues, such as appropriate businesses in West Valley City. Residential living facilities, as we only have so much land to build new homes on or medium and high density housing on.  I think we need to improve on figuring out how to better serve the homeless community and finding ways to get them off the streets. I am aware that you can not fix this issue overnight and that if an individual does not want to make changes then there needs to be other options on the table.  What makes me different, I am not a career politician and I would come in with a fresh outlook for addressing issues and I would also listen to our residents regarding their wants and needs in their community.  Now please understand I also know that I am just one person and that well need to find a way to make this process start happening.  I also don't have all of the answers and there needs to input received from the community, the city council members, etc prior to making any final decisions.

 

3) I am not for segregation based on whether or not an individual is vaccinated. We must all remember even if we do not agree that we are all individuals, we are allowed to make our own decisions and we have certain rights. This is something we all tend to forget. Yes, vaccination is important and it does help to prevent the spread of diseases. However, It does not guarantee that we will not get the Covid virus.  Just like the Flu shot, we still have ten's of thousands of individuals both that have been vaccinated and not vaccinated against the flu die each year.  we all need to remember this, getting vaccinated is a choice in our free country and we are a free country and are allowed to make these decisions. Yes, it does have an effect on those around us. However, We still need to respect and honor the decisions of our fellow human beings.  We do not have to agree or like other individuals choices. We are required to respect them and remember this is a free country.

 

4) I do not believe in defunding our law enforcement community. That would only put them at harm and also us as private citizens at harm. I believe that we do need more funding for our law enforcement community. I have a son in law who is a police officer.

 

5) major goal:  Traffic issues, dealing with the homeless and hunger issues and ensuring that our budget is balanced. There are many more issues as well on the community level to deal with.

 

I agree with you that there is way to much controversy and division in our political processes as well as in our community.  I believe it is time to put partisan policies and goals aside and work together. There are both conservative and liberal processes that can be dealt with without involving party based pride.  It is our ego's that get us in trouble and separate us all from working together.  I know that the Mayor and city council members are supposed to be non-partisan positions.  However, we all know that this does not always happen.  Now none of us are perfect, as I am definitely not. I will work hard at figuring out what our residents of west valley city want as well as address the various issues that are presented to the Mayor and the City Council members in a fair and with an open mind.

 

I hope this helps answer some of your questions.  It probably makes you want to ask additional questions as well.

 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try and answer to the best of my abilities the questions you have asked of me.

 

WEST VALLEY CITY COUNCIL- LARS NORDFELT

 

1. I am in favor of ranked choice voting. I believe it gives more voice to the voter.

 

2. As a longtime resident, I’ve enjoyed living in West Valley City and I want to do my part to serve and improve my home town. I am raising my children here and I want them to be proud of their heritage and I want this to be a place where they would want to raise their children. I have the leadership skills, integrity, experience, and wisdom required for this job.

 

3. I am against segregation based on vaccination. I am vaccinated and I encourage others to get their shot, but I will not take away an individual’s right to make their own decision.

 

4. The police provide a necessary service and as long as they perform their duties fairly and legally they have my full support. I am concerned about police officers who perform their duties with racial bias and exercise authority in unfair ways and I do what I can to prevent this. I am proud of the progress our police department has made in the past 8 years and I fully support even more progress. During my time on the council the police added body-worn cameras and social workers to help individuals with mental health issues and support the officers with a challenging job. We became the first CALEA accredited department in Utah. We have a robust citizen-led professional standards review board to review every complaint and use-of-force. 

 

5. I try to consider how each decision will affect the city today, next year, and much further into the future. I feel many issues are important when considering our future but in this response I will focus on sustainability. Our planet is a wonderful heritage that all of us need to take responsibility to care for and preserve. We all need to do our part to reduce our use of resources, reduce our air pollution, and reduce our contribution to the landfill. Our city has made great strides in this important stewardship. I will support continuing and expanding the following:

 

Recycling

Walkable neighborhood developments such as Fairbourne Station and Highbury

Mass transit

Bike trails/routes

Walking trails

I am the "torch-bearer" on the council on sustainability issues. With my urging, the council approved a new "sustainability zone" where a developer may be allowed to construct residential housing with more density as long as the homes meet energy and water saving benchmarks. We also passed a resolution to achieve net-zero emissions for power by 2030 and this would not have happened if I didn't get the ball rolling. We need people on the council who will continue to push the staff to help our city achieve this goal.

 

Thanks for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts on the issues we face in the city. Please feel free to share your opinions with me anytime. I'm not always great at replying but I always read and consider the messages the residents send me.

 

See my website if you want to know more about me and what I stand for.

 

The race for mayor is the most important race on the ballot. I am supporting Steve Buhler for mayor because I believe he is the candidate who makes the best decisions for the future of our city.

 

Lars

 

 

 

DISTRICT 4 Council- Jake Fitisemanu Jr

 

1. Are you in favor of ranked choice voting?

I am. I have discussed this option with city officials in Utah towns that have already piloted RCV in 2019, and I was also pleased with how it has worked with both the Utah Republican and Democrat convention processes lately. In my daily discussions with residents and neighbors, I have heard far more opinions in favor, and that also informs my optimistic outlook toward ranked choice. With three of our neighbor municipalities (SLC, Magna, South Salt Lake) piloting RCV this year, I'm looking forward to learning from their experiences and perspectives. 

 

2. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

I'm not a politician, I'm Jake from the neighborhood. I had never run for any office before, but after years of being involved with neighborhood watch, PTA, my local youth ministry, etc. I felt like the common theme to all the discussions being had in the neighborhood boiled down to lack of communication between City Hall and the city residents. I was compelled by my neighbors to run because I don't have an individual agenda except to ensure that issues, concerns, suggestions that are brought to my attention are raised before the policymakers of the city for fair consideration. Of course, I have personal opinions that may differ from others, but what makes me different is that I have never refused to place an item on the docket just because I didn't agree with the person who brought it to me. The record shows that I have brought up dozens of issues that I have zero personal interest in, as well as agenda items that I frankly disagreed with, but if a resident of our district brings it up to me, I feel it is my obligation within my role as a representative to elevate their voice so that they are at least heard and considered. I take pride in being able to say I have personally responded to every correspondence received since I was elected in 2018, and not all of those exchanges have been pleasant, LOL, but they're important!

 

3. Are you for or against segregation based off of vaccination status?

Government should not permit vaccination status to become the basis for privileging or restricting the general population. When this discussion has arisen among the council in the past, I have always opposed a mandatory, blanket approach. Instead, I worked to develop public service announcements and messaging that encouraged compliance with public health guidelines, without going so far as a citywide mandate or regulation.    

 

4. Would you work to fund or defund our law enforcement if given the option?

No. I just voted last week for major funding increases for police department salaries and vehicle fleet. I come from a family with four generations of cops, starting with my great-grandfather who was a police chief down to my younger brother who is currently a SLCPD officer, so I understand very well how the police fill many crucial roles in our society that go beyond enforcing law. That deep understanding also leads me to advocate for any and all supplementary supports that we can provide, such as my vocal support for embedding licensed social workers within our city PD and expanding our Drug Court resources to assist with mental health, addiction, crisis, etc. and free up our police to perform their primary duties.    

 

5. What would be your major goal in improving our city?

My objective for improving our city is to ensure that our city council, administration, staff, boards, commissions, and committees are true representative assemblies of our communities. The District 4 City Council seat is not mine, it belongs to the residents of District 4, and I spend a lot of time and effort trying to help our neighbors see themselves as more than residents, more than voters, but actual agents of change in our city. I work with the University of Utah so that every semester I have two interns from West Valley City who work alongside me to learn more about civic engagement in their own neighborhoods, because I want young folks to be exposed to municipal operations and opportunities that I didn't have when I was growing up here in a working class community. I have submitted nominations for 12 community members in the past year to the Planning Commission, Arts Council, Clean and Beautiful Committee, and police oversight board, etc. and I'm happy to say that several have been ratified and appointed. I am a first generation American who fully believes that if our government is truly of, for, and by "the people" then our government should reflect the community. The solutions to our community issues and the leaders who can bring about positive change in our community can be found right here in our community, and that's what my goal is on the council, to identify and hone and activate the awesome human capacity and civic power we have right here. (I would highly encourage you to please check out our city boards to see if there's one you would like to get involved with! https://www.wvc-ut.gov/16/City-Boards-Commissions)

 

 

 

MAYOR CANDIDATE- STEPHEN J. BUHLER

 

Thank you for your email and your interest.

 

I am not in favor of rank choice voting.  I guess I'm just old-fashioned and don't see a reason to change.  Plus, I think it will be more confusing for most people, at least at the inception.  I will be interested to see how things go in cities that have adopted it.

 

I don't foresee segregation based on vaccination status.

 

The role of government is to provide public safety and that is largely done by having a professional police force.  We are not going to stop providing police until and unless people stop calling 911.

 

I have been on the council for three terms.  My plan as mayor is to continue the trajectory - all the good things that we have accomplished during that time, all while maintaining a balanced budget and trying to not overburden the residents with taxes.  Local government is always a balancing act between services and how much it costs to provide them.  I am proud of the job I've done on the city council and look forward to expanding that role as mayor.

 

Thank you again,
 

Stephen J. Buhler

 

 

DRAPER

 

CAL ROBERTS

 

1. I am deeply skeptical of RCV. There’s been a strong push in the state to adopt RCV and there are monied interests pushing it. I ultimately voted to pilot RCV this year as I believe cities are a good laboratory to try new things, but I will not be voting for RCV for future elections. Here’s why:

 

A. It is confusing for voters.

B. It can less to outcomes that don’t reflect the will of the people. See NYC mayoral race for an example of how funky RCV can get.

C. It advantages incumbents and candidates with a lot of money because it eliminates primary elections.

 

2. I initially ran for city council because there was a particular tax issue effecting the area of Draper where I live that I felt needed to be addressed differently. Members of my neighborhood encouraged me to run so I did. I also felt we needed a different approach to development in the city. Often times, developer interests are put ahead of interests of existing residents and I believed we could do a better job. I enjoy serving on behalf of the public good. It’s been a great honor to serve.

 

3. I believe the government needs less power. Power ought to be put more in the hands of the residents of our city and this country. Government seeks to expand and grow and siphon power away from individuals, families and communities. I believe best outcomes are achieved when we empower individuals and families and constrain the growth of government.

 

4. I am against forcing the vaccine on citizens. I believe government mandates and lockdowns are wrong and we ought to preserve individual choice and freedom.

 

5. I am against segregation based on vaccination status and creating second class citizens out of those who choose not to get vaccinated.

 

6. Public safety is the primary role of local government. I support our first responders and especially our police force. I go on ride-alongs with members of our police force to make sure I am in touch with the challenges they face. I am in touch regularly with our police chief. I support adequately funding our police and I support them wholeheartedly.

 

7. I think we have made progress as a city council in aligning our agenda with what residents want. For example, we have preserved large tracts of open space for future use for Draper residents this past week 272 acres up on South Mountain), we have tweaked our zoning laws to protect existing residents’ property rights, and we have supported our fire department and police department by offering more competitive pay packages to attract top notch talent to insure our residents are protected.

 

However, we can do MUCH better. First, we must continue to protect Draper residents’ property rights and insure we protect the heritage and small town feel of Draper as best we can. Second, we must continue to find ways to build our commercial tax base so we can keep property taxes low. Third, we must focus on preserving our open spaces and investing in our parks and trails to continue to promote the public good.

 

I appreciate the chance to engage in a dialogue with you and am eager to hear your views about how I can better serve and represent you here in Draper.

 

Are there any key issues you care about that I should be aware of? I am open to your thoughts and suggestions.

 

Reach out anytime on any issue.

 

Best,

Cal Roberts

 

SANDY
 

SANDY COUNCIL - Zach Robinson

 

1.Yes, I am. When this issues was posed to the council, I did my own research on RCV. I consulted the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics for current research, I connected with Elected Officials from cities that were using this method, I examined the opposition to the issue, and I talked with colleagues from local municipalities who were considering it. In the end, I felt that the benefit of RCV is given more to the voter. I also believes it removed the power of incumbency, and levels the playing field for those seeking office. I truly feel it provides more power to the voter, so I supported it. 

 

2.What drove me to this role was the idea of taking complex issues, and trying to find reasonable solutions to them to benefit the community. I enjoy the public service, and do my best to find commonality in the issues. I am not in this for me, rather I look at this from a community perspective. When I left the fire department in Sandy, I missed helping our community, so I ran for office. I believe what sets me apart from my colleagues is how I treat people with respect and decency….even if we disagree on the issue. I genuinely care about the residents and wellbeing of this city, and will work to find a middle ground on the issues. Some of my colleagues just handle situations differently than I. I will take the time to hear opposite sides of an issue, and truly respect people when we disagree. 

 

3.In full transparency, I need to let you know I work in a hospital. My current employer is University of Utah Health. As for vaccination, this is up to personal choice. I am vaccinate, and my family is aside from my youngest daughter. To your direct question, I would not support anything that would create segregation based off status. At this point, there has been ample opportunities for individuals to get vaccinated and if they haven’t, that’s their choice. No need to segregate in any way in my opinion. 

 

4.I will always advocate for public safety in Sandy. I used to be a firefighter/paramedic for the Sandy City Fire Department. I will never support any measure to reduce any of the funding for our PD or FD departments. In fact, I led the charge to increase law enforcement compensation in 2018, and have been a very, very vocal supporter of PD during budget time. They took care of me for so long and kept me safe when I was doing my job, I owe it to them to fight for them now in my current role. 

 

5.My major goals that I have tried to focus my energy on in the 4 years I have been elected is, minimizing our environmental impact. I believe strongly in protecting our environment and protecting open spaces, that I try to use that as my “north star” when bringing forth policy to the council. Again, with my background in public safety, I also believe in protecting our community immensely. I try very hard to bring solutions to those complex issues to the council, and try hard to achieve those goals. I feel I have done a decent job (not perfect by any means) in obtaining those goals, and will continue to work towards those with my remaining time on the council. Keeping you safe, while trying to find solutions to minimizing our environmental impacts is where I like to work. 

 

I appreciate you asking my thoughts… not many people do that. Although we may disagree on the issues, I feel its important to be open and upfront on my responses. I am happy to elaborate further if needed as well. 

 

 

 

DISRTICT 1 COUNCIL- Brooke Christensen

 

1. No I am not in favor of Ranked Choice Voting. I voted against this change as a city council member. I believe voting is a constitutional right - if a significant change is being made (which RCV is) then the public should have a say, preferably with a public vote. If Sandy residents want to use RCV then they should vote and decide that changes, it shouldn’t be done by just the city council.  

  

2. I have am just finishing my first term as the District 1 Council member and I have loved it. I really enjoy being able to help my neighbors and trying to make a positive difference. I also want to preserve the character of my neighborhood. Since my council term is over on December 31 - I am throwing everything behind my Mayoral campaign. If I lose, I don’t get to stay on the council like some other candidates.  

  

I have a Master of Business Administration and I worked in Supply Chain Management for clients around the world. I stopped working after I had my second child and I have been at home for a few years. I volunteer in our community on many different ways, a few are: PTA’s, Arthritis Foundation, Hale Centre Theatre, South Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Historic Committee, JHSAA, religious organizations, etc. I am one of the only conservatives running for mayor. Many of the other candidates have records of not supporting: police & fire, transparency, term limits, campaign finance limits, technology improvements, and additional notification requirements for proposed developments.  I am running to protect our city resources/employees, address the aging infrastructure and be a voice for the average Sandy resident. I don’t want many of the changes in density and development that have happened in District 1 to spread throughout the rest of Sandy.   

  

3. I am against segregation based off of vaccination status.  

  

4. I am an advocate for the Police and Fire Firefighters. I have consistently worked to get additional officers and to adjust their pay scale to match what other surrounding cities are doing. We have a poor history of paying our officers appropriately and I have help make great strides over the last 4 years.  A few of the other candidates running for mayor have a history of not supporting police and fire pay scale adjustments or increased staffing levels. That is very concerning for me.  

  

5. My goals for Sandy are  

1. Public Safety - Fund additional police and firefighters ensuring Sandy’s neighbors remain safe. 

2. Fiscal Conservative - Keep taxes low while implementing long term strategies to handle aging infrastructure (such as the Parks & Recs Bldg., Fire station 31, Alta Canyon, sidewalks, water mains). 

3. Responsible Growth - Protect the character of our neighborhoods by keeping high density housing out of residential areas where traffic and safety are a concern.  

  

I am happy to answer any other questions you may have. You can email, text or call me anytime. 

 

 

DISTRICT 2 COUNCIL- Alison Stroud

 

1. I am in favor of RCV.  I understand that change can be difficult but feel that this form of voting will be beneficial in selecting a candidate that is able to connect with a wider range of residents. 

 

2. I have always been someone that is public service oriented and as a City Council member, it gives me the opportunity to give back to the community I love.  I have a diverse background that gives me a unique perspective.  I was born and raised here in Sandy and have the memories of where Sandy was and how it has changed over the years.  I am a teacher here in Sandy, enlisted with the Army National Guard at 17, and owned a small business for 22 years.  With these life experiences, I feel that I am able to more easily connect with a wide range of people and understand how decisions can impact those in various standings. 

 

3.I have not heard of this before.  I did support big box retailers when they opened their stores an hour early at the beginning of the pandemic to allow those high risk individuals an opportunity to purchase essentials prior to the large groups of people being allowed to enter the stores.  I respect the decisions of those that choose to wear a mask, vaccinated or unvaccinated.  I am not sure if that is what you are referring to or not.

 

3.Defunding the police has proven to be counterproductive.  It sure would be nice if we didn’t ever need the services of the police, sadly, that is not the case.  Police are a crucial component to keeping us safe.  They deserve to be well equipped and funded.  I support our police department and the work they do.

 

4.My ideal Sandy is one that residents feel safe, happy, and connected.  There are many ways this can be accomplished but creating an environment that places opportunities for residents to connect with each other and their community in a safe, meaningful situation leads to a better city.  Government needs to provide services for residents that they cannot feasibly provide for themselves.  As a Council Member, I place high value in safety and in a community that offers a wide range of events from the arts to recreation.

 

 

MURRAY

 

DSITRCIT 5- Brett Hales

 

1. We are watching how Rank Choice Voting goes this year with the approx 15 cities and towns that are doing it. I get the sense if it goes as well as some believe, it will be incorporated into most of our cities. I’ve heard good and not so good. I’m very excited to see the results of it this year.

 

2. I retired from 30 years at Cyprus Credit Union. I have worked in many departments and had the privilege of being the department head of lending, marketing, Human Resources and collections. I ended up being their VP and had the opportunity to help direct all of these department heads. I have budget experience. I helped budget a 700 million dollar credit union. I have not been in and out of jobs and I say that with total respect and with a lot of humility. Cindy and I have been very blessed. I’ve also had the honor of serving on the city council for the past 10 years. We have been very responsible with the tax payers (citizens) monies. I treat your money just as I do my own. I believe in an open door policy. I want to hear from everyone that wants to be heard. 

 

3. I do not fully understand the # 3 question. I am fully vaccinated. 

 

4. We have a great police force and I would not be in favor of defunding their department. We continue to work with the police department on training, which is so important.  

 

5. My biggest goal right now is working with the Mayor and his staff with redeveloping our downtown area. Between Vine Street and 4800 South off of State Street. The proposal is for a 6 story building. I have made it clear that I am not in favor of high density. We will be having an open house sometime in August and I’m looking forward to what our residence would like to see. In my opinion, we have not focused enough with our residents and how they feel, especially in this area. 

 

Thanks so much for your questions. I fully support you in your decision.

 

clarifying question number 3 for Brett

Brett,

Thank you so much for your quick response. As far as question number 3 goes, I am wondering if you are okay with required vaccinations or separating those who have not been vaccinated from those who have? As you may have seen throughout the world and also in some places in the U.S.  people are being forced to vaccinate or prove their infection status weekly to their employer's. I am curious about your stance on this. Does that make more sense? 

 

His response

I have never even thought of this. Sorry I’m not familiar with this. I’d love to chat with you on the phone. I know people are busy. Sorry I’m so ignorant on this subject. Thanks again for reaching out. I’ll give my all, which I always have!

 

Bretts answer to someone else

Here are the questions I asked.  As some candidates did not list their answers as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - I've split up their answers corresponding to the question asked.

 

1. Do you identify as being a Republican or Democrat?

2.  What is your position on CRT being taught in our schools (I would like your opinion - not what legislation has decided)?

3. What is your position on (future) lockdowns?

4. What is your position on mask and vaccine mandates?

5. What is your plan on how to proceed with and handle growth in Murray?

 

BRETT HALES:

1. This is a non partisan race, but I’m proud to be a Republican who believes in citizens being responsible for our own actions, not government. 

2.  [DID NOT ANSWER QUESTION ON CRT - Has been asked this question by multiple people multiple times and will not answer.  However, he supports Democratic candidates that support CRT.]

3. Future lockdowns could be the downfall of many more things. We cannot or should we ever shut down private businesses. They have the right to stay open. So glad I didn’t live in California. I wouldn’t have survived. I have friends with businesses who barely survived and friends who didn’t survive. Without getting too personal I saw my own daughter go through anxiety like I’ve never seen before. She’s a wonderful young lady and it about did her in. We were good stewards, but we were not going to let government tell us what we as a family could or could not do.

4.  [DID NOT ANSWER QUESTION ON MASK OR VACCINE MANDATES]
5. The growth in Murray is a big concern. In my opinion we need to slow down on apts. They are not affordable housing. We have enough High Density places. Downtown area (Vine to 4800 S State Street and West) needs more citizen input and I believe should be small and quaint. No high risers. Infrastructure has to be considered before doing anything so we know what that area can handle.

 

 

DISTRICT 4 Council-Diane Turner 

 

1.  I am in favor of ranked choice voting and here are the reasons:

It saves the candidate money since a primary is not required.

In the long run it saves the city money not having to pay for a primary.  I would not have voted for it this year, however, because we didn’t have enough time to educate our citizens and it can be very confusing. I want to see how it works out in the other cities and learn from their mistakes, or successes.

2.  I was attracted to this role 8 years ago because of my education (Masters in Public Administration from the U.ofU.), career experience, my love of Murray (I am fourth generation), and desire to give back to my community.  I felt I had the skills and motivation to do the job.  I still do.  The difference is my experience, knowledge of the city, leadership, education, communication, I care deeply about what is in the best interest of my constituents, environmental policies, i.e. development of the Murray City Canal Trail (green space), idling statute, charging stations, environmentally responsible building practices, etc.

3.  I wish it were so easy to say I am for or against, it depends.  I believe what people do with their bodies should be between them and their Dr., unless it is a public health crises and puts others in danger, then I believe the government has the mandate to step in and provide direction, education, and when needed, laws to insure the safety of its citizens.

4. I would always work to fund our law enforcement and provide whatever support is needed.  Murray has excellent police and fire departments, they are an integral part of the safety of our city.  I feel strongly about giving them the resources they need to do their jobs.

5. My major goal is to continue the work I started, listen to my citizens, ensure that there is a vision for our downtown redevelopment, and that it is followed responsibly.  I believe density should be controlled and not encroach on our neighborhoods.  Please go to my website at www.dianeformurray.com for further information.

I hope this is helpful.

Take care,

Diane

 

Here are the questions I asked.  As some candidates did not list their answers as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - I've split up their answers corresponding to the question asked.

 

1. Do you identify as being a Republican or Democrat?

2.  What is your position on CRT being taught in our schools (I would like your opinion - not what legislation has decided)?

3. What is your position on (future) lockdowns?

4. What is your position on mask and vaccine mandates?

5. What is your plan on how to proceed with and handle growth in Murray?

 

CLARK BULLEN

1.  I identify as republican.

2.  I don't like CRT being taught in schools

3.  I think the lockdowns were ineffective

4.  I think mask mandates were ineffective 

5.  I think vaccine mandates are a violation of rights

 

ANOTHER REPONSE

 

Response from CLARK BULLEN:

 

1.  What is your stance on Critical Race Theory and what, if any, constraints should be imposed on teaching CRT in Murray schools?

 

I am not in support of CRT. Recently the state school board passed a rule (that is currently being revisited) that would do some minor things to prevent at least some of the concepts of CRT from being used in teacher trainings and in the classroom.  While there is likely more work needed to solve this issue, part of the rule requires a formal complaint process be established by each school district. There is also a requirement for an open hearing from each school district to approve any of these concepts in curriculum. 

 

While I would not be on the school board or other decision making entities in regards to CRT, I do not believe that means I could not or should not influence these entities in a positive direction.  As Mayor I will be on the Murray School District coordinating council, which will give me a forum to offer my opinions and persuade others. There is also the opportunity to work with curriculum review committees that the board sets up. Ultimately I do not want to have to play defense on this issue. Either the state board needs to take further action or we need the legislature to act.

 

2.  Are you familiar with the Diversity Task Force created in Murray City earlier this year?  What is your opinion of the task force and its purposes.  How much influence should that task force have with regard to city decisions and direction?  What oversight should be implemented with respect to determining who is selected to be on the task force?

 

I am familiar with the task force. I applied to be on the task force in hopes of having a positive influence on their activities. Unfortunately I was not chosen :/ The diversity task force is interesting because we already have a more official city diversity committee. It seems to me the committee should be sufficient and have more clout with the city than the task force.I have not seen the task force accomplish anything at this point, but I am definitely paying attention. I'm not sure the task force should get an automatic voice in city council meetings. And I think that we should understand that their recommendations are not to be considered with a sense of preemptive approval. I disagree on some issues with members of the task force and will in no way be a yes man for their efforts. I worry my opponent might be.  I know the task force does not represent Murray parents as a whole and I will give equal time and consideration to your organization.

 

 

3.  MCSD sent out a survey to parents regarding a $4,755,350 grant from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan signed into law on March 11, 2021.  According to the District, use of these funds is apparently intended to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its impact on the "social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students."  They have sent a survey to parents asking for input on how to use these funds.  What is your opinion on the best and worst ways to use these funds?

 

I am currently unaware if the Murray School District applied for the ESSER grant for "DEI" funding. But hopefully either way we are not seeking to use these funds as "gravy" but looking at what basic school functions we can use funds for first, and then second we use the funds to make returning to school as normal as possible. I would much rather utilize better venting and potential equipment like ionizing fans to mitigate the spread of Covid rather than count on mandates and other disruptions to the normal education process. I also think any money specifically earmarked for things like "test to stay" should be refused. Other federal strings attached to this money should also be considered before rubber stamping it. I do not believe the money should be used for new curriculum like SEL.

 

4.  There is a lot of talk regarding additional mask mandates in school classrooms for the 2021-2022 school year.  To what extent do you believe parents, in consultation with their own children, should be responsible for making decisions regarding receiving COVID vaccines and the wearing of face coverings in schools?

 

I think the data does not support additional mandates in school. The salt lake county health dept is the only entity with power to require masks in the county/in schools, and the only entity that can override them is the county council. Fortunately I have a good relationship with many county council members and am endorsed by them. I think there is a real chance they would override a mandate and I would definitely lobby them to do so.

 

5.  Black Lives Matter signs and Pride flags have been placed in several schools, classrooms, and hallways in MCSD.  These displays have largely been justified by a memorandum that an Equity Council drafted, and the School District issued November 23, 2020, which rescinded a prior memorandum restricting political speech in the classroom.  The November 23rd memo reads in part: "MCSD supports and encourages all educators to center equity in their daily teaching.  Some examples include equity-based curriculum, conversations, dialogue, and displays that emphasize the dismantling of individual and systemic barriers to student achievement.  We are committed to prioritizing equity in MCSD."  What are your thoughts about MCSD prioritizing "equity" in education and allowing Black Lives Matter and Pride flags to be displayed in classrooms and hallways?

 

I think that interpreting that statement as carte blanche to express political opinions in schools is a misread. But I also believe our messages to administrators should be to concentrate on education and not their personal opinions. Once again, I would not have a direct decision making authority on this, but I do believe I could throw around my political weight on these matters. I am adamantly opposed to bringing partisan politics into municipal government and our school districts even more than it already is. I will always push back against this type of thing.

 

6.  Should teachers should be permitted to read books regarding queer theory, including advocating transgender lifestyles, especially in elementary school and without prior parental consent?  In May at a Utah Friends, Allies and Mentors of the LGBTQ+ Community (Utah FAM) rally, an MCSD teacher stated that a state school board member and "others" who had raised these types of objections were masking  "homophobia, transphobia, and racism as a concern for parental rights."  What is your response regarding parents' rights on these issues?

 

I think that parents concerns need a formal process to be heard.  None of these things are in approved curriculum. Parents are responsible for the education of their children, and our public school system would do well to remember that.

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond.  We plan to share your responses with the whole group.

 

Clark@MoreForMurray.com 

____________
Best,
Clark Bullen

 

ADAM FITZGERALD:

1.  Respectfully Neither, this is a nonpartisan race. (Whatever is truly the best for my hometown MURRAY CITY, UT.)

2.  I follow the lead of Martin Luther King Jr. focusing on content of character rather than skin color. CHARACTER COUNTS

3.  Deep concern

4.  Deep concern

5.  More-sophisticated Urban Planning, Truly Sustainable Development—I am a Licensed REALTOR recognized as such by the State of Utah. Murray is a Built-Out-Community and this has profound consequences—overall quality of life is in retrograde motion.

 

 

ALEXANDER TEEMSMA:

1. I am registered as an unaffiliated voter, neither Republican nor Democrat.

2. I support teaching Critical Race Theory in addition to our current curriculum. Supplemented by the teaching in our own homes, I trust the younger generation is able to be taught ideas that are seemingly at odds and reconcile those differences as they develop their own worldview. I want my children to be taught how to think for themselves, not what to think.

3. I am opposed to future lockdowns.

4. The federal government ought not to mandate masks nor vaccines. Per the Supreme Court's ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905), local and state governments may mandate vaccinations. "Even Justice Neil Gorsuch, one of the most conservative members of the current [Supreme] Court, recently described Jacobson as a 'modest' decision that 'didn’t seek to depart from normal legal rules during a pandemic.'" (see https://www.vox.com/22599791/covid-vaccine-mandate-legal-joe-biden-supreme-court-jacobson-massachusetts-boss-employer) And it is my opinion that masks are less invasive than vaccinations.

5. I will rely on the public and experts to inform my decisions so that we may arrive at the most mutually beneficial outcomes possible. Growth mustn't outpace the capabilities of our infrastructure and available resources.

 

 

WEST JORDAN 

 

West Jordan At Large Candidates.

 

WJ At Large

 

-Kayleen Whitelock

 

1.Some people in our community say that we have traffic problems. What do you think? How would you mitigate those concerns or change the situation?

 

We absolutely do. I live by SR1-11 and it’s frustrating going anywhere. Unfortunately, West Jordan doesn’t have a lot of say in many of the roads for long-term growth. UDOT and it’s history of refusing to cooperate with city officials has been an ongoing battle. I agree with Alan Anderson that the continued developed of North/South highways/freeways will continue to help. I do wish we had more East/West options and it’s a conversation we need to keep trying to work on with UDOT. I would love to get to know and work on business development with UDOT to help foster better conversations. There’s no excuse why we are still struggling with meetings that make a difference with UDOT. My goal is to build positive relationships with UDOT. I would love to see public transportation expanded. I used to work out the UDOT building many years ago. Good people work there so I believe we can work on building a better relationship.

 

2.If you could change one thing in our zoning code, what would it be and why?

 

This may not be a big deal to many people but I would love to change the chicken zoning. Instead of only 5 chickens, I would increase that to 10 because many cycle out the flocks to keep a steady flow of eggs. Most everyone I know has way more then “allowed” and it will just keep people “legal” This is one of many common sense zoning codes I’d like to update.

 

We are working on ADU’s currently and some of the zoning codes are changing right now due to the special session of the legislation so it will directly impact what we are doing. I’m very in-tune with a few of the zoning codes to make sure we are not restricting too much and yet balance the needs of a neighborhood. I don’t want the city to act as an HOA but I also want to make sure we aren’t creating loop holes and longer term issues.

 

I like the direction we are taking in updating zoning codes for landscaping. There’s been some push back with grass and park strips but once we explain the why’s, it helps with the progress. I would like to see more incentive for developments to create landscaping for housing that is water wise. Right now, most just slap grass down and call it good. We can do better.

 

4. What will be your policy regarding the way you represent your constituents (listening, responding, acting on their concerns)?

 

I feel it’s vital to listen and respond. We need that. I already do that on the planning commission. A recent discussion about a water pole to help streamline meter reading and real time water data for individual households created a lot of concern. I not only listened, but I posted in local neighborhood groups when we were meeting about it and I personally did a sight visit to see what the concerns were. That’s how we create positive discussions. I was able to see why concerns were brought up. To me that’s part of the job description. We must listen and act.

 

5. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?

 

We are growing so fast and to keep on top of it, we must constantly think about generations to come. West Jordan was in such a reactive state for decades that I feel we are still playing catch up, especially with bonds surrounding water issues. We cannot allow for shortsighted mistakes like that again. I’m sure as I dive in, I’ll have a better grasp on what steps are needed.

 

Study the current budget! This to me is a given. We have to know it inside and out.

Ask questions on EVERY aspect possible to understand the why spending was the way it was. We have a really strong staff who can help us understand certain aspects. I will probably annoy the staff with my questions.

Take action, follow up and make changes if needed or explain to constituents why things are the way they are.

 

6. If you received a $1 million grant to use for the city any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?

 

My gut reaction was to expand transportation. As mentioned above, I agree we have a traffic problem that will only get worse as these current developments finish. We need public transportation expanded!

 

7. Are financial data, including city checkbook register entries, available to the public online  entries, , searchable, structured computer database

 

I don’t know the answer to this question so I’m going to research. This is a something I’m curious about now as well.

 

8. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

When I barely lost last time, the mayor called me up and asked if I would be interested in Planning Commission. I said yes right away. I’m actually grateful I lost because I feel planning commission is a great place to understand how a city works and runs. We do work closely with the council and city staff. It has made me even more excited to be apart of the council. I have always love serving where I live. I know it sounds cheesy but if I can use my skills to make life better for my family and my neighbors, its a good place for my heart. There’s something about helping the community thrive that I feel is apart of my blood. I can’t put my finger on it but I love interacting with people and making life better. There was a planning commission decision recently that made me sick to my stomach for this business and I realized that’s a good thing. It means I need to be here and be that voice for people. My heart is in it for love. Campaigning is not my favorite but we must put ourselves out there to work in this field. Last time I had death threats and I faced a lot of misogyny. There’s some scary people out there. My husband is worried for me this time around. It really affected him last time. I’m worried too and I don’t know if I will knock on doors or do a lot of campaign texts but I hope to stay focused on being genuine and listening. I show up, I listen and I do make things happen. That’s my MO. I like making a difference when no one really knows I’m making a difference. Meaning, I don’t want it to be about me because it’s not. It’s about West Jordan.

 

9. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

I am. It will save the city money so we don’t have to do a primary and it will help balance candidates from being one extreme to another. We need more leaders who understand where all sides are coming from.

 

10. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituents wishes for the future of the city?

 

I believe most of them do but I also know some aren’t doing all the homework to make the wisest decisions. That bothers me. I don’t want a council member who does the bare minimum. We need council members who understand that some decisions will last for decades. I do have a couple council members helping me this year. I feel honored with their support.

 

11. What do you think West Jordans biggest concern is? What would you do to remedy?

 

Infrastructure! Hands down. I like the path we are going down in terms of working on long-term solutions for water, sewer, roads and more. We already need more fire houses. We already need more water. We are actually restricted on more developments until are bonds are paid off. We need to make sure our budget isn’t reactive like it has been. I want to continue adding infrastructure plans to any new developments of all sizes. I haven’t finished studying the current budget plans yet so if firehouse timeline, water bonds aren’t addressed, then that will be a priority. Next comes transportation. We need options especially as we’ve expanded more and more west.

 

ANOTHER REPLY 

 

Thank you for taking the time to reach out,  following are my responses. If you find I missed something or you have further questions please let me know. 

Sincerely,

Kayleen

 

 

1.  What is your opinion of Ranked Choice Voting? 

I am not wanting to change from our traditional method at this time. I understand what those who favor it are trying to accomplish, but Im not convinced it will lead to the best outcome. As for candidates sticking to the issues that is a personal choice that can already occur.  

 

 

2.  As we have lived with Covid the past year and a half, if you were the Mayor of West Jordan, how would you have handled the situation? Would you have closed “non-essential” businesses or would you have allowed all businesses to remain open? 

 

As the Mayor I would not have the power to shut down private business. For me I believe private business is just that private and not the governments job to decide what is essential or not. For me a coffee shop is not essential to my niece it is. I believe the free market should be that free, and the consumer should by their actions steer the market. 

 

 

3.  Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens?

 

As with many other diseases many vaccines are required already, such as the flu shot for many health care workers. We also require vaccines for children to attend school or to be prohibited from attending during outbreaks. We are required different vaccines to travel abroad. As a nurse I know Covid is real and hope we as our ancestors will choose to get vaccinated for the good of the community. I have a dear friend that every day lives with the effects of polio as a child. I know people that have lost otherwise healthy loved ones to the virus and have a neighbor now taking oxygen every where after having Covid in February. For me and my house we will be vaccinated. As for government having that amount of power I am against. Again I prefer a more free market system and support any company making a vaccine required for employment or participation in their business. 

 

4.  Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? Or limiting access for the unvaccinated population to work, public venues, shopping, dining establishments? 

 

I answered this above, yes I believe a private company should be allowed to set their rules. 

 

 

5.  Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control?  With those 2 options I’d say less. I believe the government is nothing without the people and feel we the people need to step up and take the time and effort to be involved. Hence I thank you for taking the time to ask questions of candidates so you can vote for those who will best represent you in our republic. We the people can have the power just as our constitution provides, but we have to engage. 

 

 

6.  What are your views on the 1st and 2nd amendments to The U.S. Constitution?

 

I support both and feel they are intertwined. I would never want to see us not allowed to gather or practice the religion of our choice. In fact this past year I ran and had pass a resolution on freedom of religion.  A concern I have in this digital age is the loss of true journalism and local papers.  Freedom to express my thoughts and hear and learn from others is important to me.  I know many feel we have a GUN violence problem. I see it a little differently I see it as a cultural issue of caring more about self than others. I also strongly believe video games have a large role in desensitizing people to death and violence, muscle memory is real and that which we practice becomes easy to repeat.  A gun is just a tool as is evidenced by other items being used in countries that have disarmed their citizens. In Great Britain where citizens don’t have guns they use cars and knives to cause bodily harm.  So while I understand the concern the greater threat is a citizenry unarmed. I believe that would allow the government to have to much power. I am for working on the mental health issues we have and helping people learn positive ways to solve issues. 

 

 

7.  Do you believe members of the city counsel are currently representing constituents wishes for the future of the city?

 

 As a current member I do believe that we are. What I hear is we want more commercial opportunities. During my time we have brought in mor than 4 million square feet of commercial with more in the pipe line. I heard we have enough apartments while more are currently being built they were approved prior to my election. We are working with developers to find win wins. Ivory wanted to do an infill near Redwood Road with town homes. The sub committee I serve on met with them and suggested that what we as a city wants are a range of housing and perhaps if they brought a single family housing development with small yards we would be supportive. They listened and we as a body approved a new development with a small park some grow boxes and 24 single family homes. I also know West Jordan residents value public safety and hence our council has made that a priority. We also want to be financially responsible while preparing the city for a bright future. We hired a new finance director that brings a wealth of experience. We also opened a pass port office that is generating income as well as providing a service in better way that residents desired. It has surpassed our financial expectation even during the pandemic. Prior it was only available at the post office. I love it when I’m in the post office and when people are frustrated at appointment availability they refer them to the city. So while we are not a perfect body I do believe we are working to do what I’ve heard residents desire, a safe aesthetically pleasing city with reasonable costs. 

 

 Kayleen Whitelock

Now is The Time to Build Our Community

 

 

-Kelvin Green

 

1. If you received a $1 million grant to use for the city any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?

 

The City has multiple competing needs. We could put the money in multiple projects that will benefit the residents of West Jordan. I can tell you that the City will receive nearly $14 million dollars from the federal government under American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. (we have substantial latitude to use those funds) We will most likely dedicate most of this money to water and sewer infrastructure. We need water and sewer infrastructure, particularly in Zone Water infrastructure in Zone 6 will help with economic development. The

more non residential activities we can establish in the SouthWest Quadrant, the less tax liability on the resident. 

 

2. Are financial data, including city checkbook register entries, available to the public online  entries, , searchable, structured computer database. The City website is terrible. We allocated a lot of money for a new website that should be up and running after the middle of July. The City is working on transitioning to better software to make the Council Meetings and Planning Commission Meetings more transparent. As far as financial data, I’m amunclear how GRAMA intertwines with this financial data but can check and see what we can do.

 

3. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

 

I am here to make a difference. I was a member of the Utah National Guard for 39 plus years. I got involved with the planning Commission some six years ago because there were issues in Planning that were not good. (I was actually involved in some grass roots issues surrounding a development. Based on the issues we presented the City made some major policy changes to keep West Jordan a great city to work, live, and play. I have unique skills, I have been a trainer, a policy specialist. I was a member of the Union Community Council when I lived in East Midvale.  I have been a combat leader and know how to make a difficult decision. I am a member of the California Bar (I graduated from law school way late in life) and several other bars including Member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court. I have worked for UDOT, Utah DWS, and Utah DHS. I also served as a member of the Army National Guard (Arlington VA) Intelligence Staff writing policy for a year

 

4. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

 

Generally, yes. I am interested to see how it works out in other cities this election. I think we will use RCV for the 2023 City elections.

 

5. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituents wishes for the future of the city?​

 

Yes. I am on the Council’s General Plan Committee. I helped re-establish the General Plan Committee (Citizens Committee) to update our General Plan and Future Land Use Map. We established the committee and are letting them develop the General Plan without any Council input. I have personally not attended any of the Citizen Meetings (even though I am the chair of the Council Committee) so there would be no perception of Council influence or interference. We truly want this to be a citizen driven process. I have seen the citizen responses for the General Plan (we surveyed residents) I  think I have a grasp as to where the citizens want to go.

 

6.What do you think West Jordans biggest concern is? What would you do to remedy?

 

Our biggest issue in West Jordan is unprecedented growth on the West Side while trying to redevelop areas on the East Side (across of City Hall area comes to mind). We have to ensure the growth is orderly, is balanced by infrastructure needs, has the appropriate balance of commercial base.  I think my voting record shows that I have been concerned with this growth and made decisions that make the growth smart and balanced. I want to keep working to ensure that developments in the city are not haphazard. They incorporate the appropriate Geotech concerns, grading plans, etc. I will work to continue to refine ordinances that keep growth orderly. Growth is inevitable given the vacant land we have, but ensuring that it is balanced with open space, commercial space, etc is one of my number one priorities. As I have in the past, if a development does not make sense, I will not vote for it.

 

ANOTHER REPLY FROM KELVIN GREEN

 

1.  What is your opinion of Ranked Choice Voting?

 

I’m not sure I have an opinion on RCV either way. I have had friends I know convince me how good it is but I also have seen the issues. What I’m unsure of is if elections can be more manipulated or not? I don’t like what I’ve seen in some races where it takes longer to count votes and some other issues.

 

 

2.  As we have lived with Covid the past year and a half, if you were the Mayor of West Jordan, how would you have handled the situation? Would you have closed “non-essential” businesses or would you have allowed all businesses to remain open?

 

The Mayor has little authority to deal with this based on the Legislature. As a small business owner who was worried, there is no such thing as a non essential business. Any business that is helping a family support themselves is essential. Governments should not be in the business of deciding which businesses should fail or succeed.

 

3.  Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens?

 

I am generally for less government interference in our lives, but I am also keenly aware that the US Supreme Court has ( under Jacobson v Massachusetts 1905) allowed the states to determine this and make vaccines mandatory. (This was a smallpox case)  While not fan of government dictates, I do support the 10th amendment. The government closest to the people are best in handling this. 

 

 

4.  Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? Or limiting access for the unvaccinated population to work, public venues, shopping, dining establishments?

 

Private businesses and enterprises do have the ability to restrict entrance based on non discriminatory factors. I would never interfere with anyones right to conduct business the way they want to. Individuals also have the right to not patronize.  businesses, I won’t interfere with that.

5.  Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control?

 

Less government power is always the best policy.

6.  What are your views on the 1st and 2nd amendments to The U.S. Constitution?

 

I actually don’t see the 1st or 2nd Amendment any different than I do the other 10. The Bill of Rights guarantees our rights. I spent almost 40 years in uniform defending American rights, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Whether it’s free speech, the right to be secure in our homes, the right to bear arms, the right not to incriminate ourselves… they are all important.  I will always defend them.

 

7.  Do you believe members of the city counsel are currently representing constituents wishes for the future of the city?

 

 

Yes I think so. We are trying to balance growth, keep taxes low, keep the size of our budgets in check while maintaining services that citizens want,

 

Hopes this helps.

 

WJ At Large

 

-Chad Lamb:

 

Thanks for reaching out.  I love it when residents get involved and make their voices known.   Having served on the Council the past 3 and a half years I have learned a lot more about how the city works and why things are done in certain ways.  While I do agree with some things that are decided, I can also disagree on decisions that the Mayor and City Staff make or I might disagree with votes the other council members make.  One thing I do like is the decisions are not made by one person and we have an elected Mayor and elected Council members that research, discuss and vote for what they think is best for the community.

 

I will try and answer your questions the best I can....here are my responses:

 

 

 

1. Some people in our community say that we have traffic problems. What do you think? How would you mitigate those concerns or change the situation?

**Yes, there are traffic issues and I have seen these issues long before I was elected.  When I bought my home in West Jordan in 2001, I said I did not want to live West of Redwood because of the traffic issues of getting West during rush hour.  It seems those traffic issues have still not gone away in 20 years.....the biggest issue is more people keep moving into the city, which then fills up the roads with more cars travelling from the West side.  The best solution is to get both Bangerter and Mountain View Corridor set up as continuous freeways with overpasses so people coming from the West will be more apt to use those North-South roads rather than driving up 90th, 78th and 70th to get to the I-15.  Right now if you live out West those roads are available but overpasses are not there heading North on Bangerter and as you know Mountain view Corridor is not finished very far North.  We as a city need to keep on working with UDOT to get these finished.  You will also see the need to widen both 90th and 78th in the near future to 3 lanes going each way from Redwood to Bangerter.

 

2. If you could change one thing in our zoning code, what would it be and why?

**I actually do not have any issues with Zoning right now.  It is continually updated even in the short time I have been on the council.  The Zoning is there to stick with a master plan so we are not putting apartment complexes in regular areas for homes or so that we do not turn parks into retail or high density.  The one thing I would like is to make it harder for developers to just come in and change code so it fits their development.  This happens in every city where developers want something other than the current zone so they can build whatever they want.  One thing I do like is both the Planning Commission and the City Council looks at these developments and understands the code so that the decisions being made benefit the community more than they beneift a developer coming to the city for the first time.

 

3. What will be your policy regarding the way you represent your constituents (listening, responding, acting on their concerns)?

**My policy has been the same it has been since I was elected.  Listen, reach out, respond and be available.  I feel that most of the council is this way too and we are always willing to go to bat for our citizens.

 

4. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?

**This will always be a hard one to answer because there is never enough revenue coming in from taxes to cover the costs of EVERYTHING people want.  Citizens want an Arts Center....but that will cost 8 million or more.  Citizens want a Rec Center....but the last one proposed was going to cost 50 million.   #1 Make sure the funds we have are being spent well and covering the needed costs of the city.  I can assure you that in my time on City Council we are not wasting any dollars and we work with the city staff and Mayor to make sure we are getting the best that we can with the limited funds we have.  #2 Continue to work with the city on getting good businesses to move to West Jordan.  This was difficult during the pandemic, but we still have businesses interested in moving to West Jordan like SportsMan's Warehouse did last year and this year we had Walker Edison move into the old ShopKo.  Now we need to get the old K-mart filled next there on 90th.  #3 We need to keep on looking for ways to bring revenue into the city without raising taxes on the citizens.  We have been able to avoid a tax increase the past 3 years......so my hope is we can continue to do this as a tax increase is difficult for many.

 

5. If you received a $1 million grant to use for the city any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?

**One thing I have learned is 1 million does not go a long way in city government.  Right now we are working on a new water tank and that is going to be more than 5 million (they used to be cheaper before Covid).  I would love to use that 1 million grant if we got it today on roads in West Jordan.  I have not had my road in my house resurfaced in the 20 years I have been here.  I have been asking City staff for 3 years why this is not happening and the answer is always there is not enough funding for roads.  We need to look at both the community roads and our major roads and get a lot of them fixed now.  My secondary wish with a 1 million fund is to put more money into our Parks and get them up to date....we have not had a lot of funding for parks in the past 8 years and a lot of them are getting bad.  I love our Parks guys and they do a tremendous job....but they could use the financial help right now.

 

6. Are financial data, including city checkbook register entries, available to the public online  entries, , searchable, structured computer database

**While information like this is not "searchable", we have a great Finance Director in Danyce Steck.  She is an open book and will tell you anything and get you numbers on anything.  If you have any questions about City Finances reach out to any of us on the City Council and we will get the information you want to see.  You could also contact her directly and she could get information for you.  "Checkbook" registries might be hard to come by, but you can get any information you want about where funds are being spent.

 

7. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

**I was attracted to being on City Council in 2016 when development was happening in my own backyard.  An Apartment complex was being built down the street from our neighborhood.  We did not want it so close to our homes.  While the apartment complex was put in anyway, it was great to get to know my neighbors better and get to know the city council, the Mayor and city staff as I learned more about all they do to make our city run.  The past 3 and a half years have been a great learning experience and I feel the time I have put in makes me a better candidate for a 2nd term than someone new coming in who does not really understand what the city council does.  I am not a lifetime politician and at this point I think I will serve a 2nd term if elected then let someone else take the spot after I finish.  It is a great opportunity for citizens to be a part of the community and help make decisions to shape our community for the future.

 

8. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

**I am not in favor or against.  We decided not to do it for this coming year as nobody really had any information that made it seem like it would be better than what we currently have for voting.   Other cities in Utah will be trying it out this election period and we will get feedback from them on how it worked.  One reason we did not do it this year was we wanted time to do public outreach to the community to explain how ranked choice voting worked so there would not be any confusion when voting with ranked choice.  I can see us switching to ranked choice for the next election in 2023 once we get feedback from other cities.

 

9. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituents wishes for the future of the city?

**I do feel like the majority on the council is doing a good job.....and while we are not perfect and sometimes make votes people are not happy with....overall we work together  as a team to come up with the best solutions for the citizens of West Jordan.  I will say it is not always an easy job as people do not like your votes sometimes.....but I have had a good experience and I have enjoyed serving my fellow citizens here in West Jordan.

 

10. What do you think West Jordans biggest concern is? What would you do to remedy?

**My biggest concern is revenue into the city to cover all the costs.  It always seems like we do not have enough.  We are not a rich city, but we do have the budget to cover costs that are needed......but after that it is tough to find more dollars to get more things people want in the city.   Police always needs more help.  Our parks need more help.   Our roads need more help.   It is tough because I want to fund EVERYTHING but we don't have the budget to do that.  Our mayor and city staff have done a great job to make sure the funds are being spent wisely and covering the primary needs of the city.   One remedy I would like is more of our County tax dollars to come back to the city.  The Salt Lake County taxes we give the county seem to not come back to West Jordan like I would like.  We pay a lot ot the county and I don't think we get our fair share back.  I have also heard the same thing from Council members in other cities here in the County.   I would love to work more on that and see those funds come back to our city rather than funding county projects that do not necessarily help us here in our city.

 

Thanks again for reaching out, Jill.  I hope I was able to answer most of your questions without rambling too much!

Chad Lamb

 

 

-Pamela Bloom:

 

 Questions:

1. Some people in our community say that we have traffic problems. What do you think? How would you mitigate those concerns or change the situation?

We absolutely do. I live by SR1-11 and it’s frustrating going anywhere. Unfortunately, West Jordan doesn’t have a lot of say in many of the roads for long-term growth. UDOT and it’s history of refusing to cooperate with city officials has been an ongoing battle. I agree with Alan Anderson that the continued developed of North/South highways/freeways will continue to help. I do wish we had more East/West options and it’s a conversation we need to keep trying to work on with UDOT. I would love to get to know and work on business development with UDOT to help foster better conversations. There’s no excuse why we are still struggling with meetings that make a difference with UDOT. My goal is to build positive relationships with UDOT. I would love to see public transportation expanded. I used to work out the UDOT building many years ago. Good people work there so I believe we can work on building a better relationship.

 

2. If you could change one thing in our zoning code, what would it be and why?

This may not be a big deal to many people but I would love to change the chicken zoning. Instead of only 5 chickens, I would increase that to 10 because many cycle out the flocks to keep a steady flow of eggs. Most everyone I know has way more then “allowed” and it will just keep people “legal” This is one of many common sense zoning codes I’d like to update.

 

We are working on ADU’s currently and some of the zoning codes are changing right now due to the special session of the legislation so it will directly impact what we are doing. I’m very in-tune with a few of the zoning codes to make sure we are not restricting too much and yet balance the needs of a neighborhood. I don’t want the city to act as an HOA but I also want to make sure we aren’t creating loop holes and longer term issues.

 

I like the direction we are taking in updating zoning codes for landscaping. There’s been some push back with grass and park strips but once we explain the why’s, it helps with the progress. I would like to see more incentive for developments to create landscaping for housing that is water wise. Right now, most just slap grass down and call it good. We can do better.

 

3. What will be your policy regarding the way you represent your constituents (listening, responding, acting on their concerns)?

 

I feel it’s vital to listen and respond. We need that. I already do that on the planning commission. A recent discussion about a water pole to help streamline meter reading and real time water data for individual households created a lot of concern. I not only listened, but I posted in local neighborhood groups when we were meeting about it and I personally did a sight visit to see what the concerns were. That’s how we create positive discussions. I was able to see why concerns were brought up. To me that’s part of the job description. We must listen and act.

 

4. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?

 

We are growing so fast and to keep on top of it, we must constantly think about generations to come. West Jordan was in such a reactive state for decades that I feel we are still playing catch up, especially with bonds surrounding water issues. We cannot allow for shortsighted mistakes like that again. I’m sure as I dive in, I’ll have a better grasp on what steps are needed.

 

Study the current budget! This to me is a given. We have to know it inside and out.

Ask questions on EVERY aspect possible to understand the why spending was the way it was. We have a really strong staff who can help us understand certain aspects. I will probably annoy the staff with my questions.

Take action, follow up and make changes if needed or explain to constituents why things are the way they are.

 

 

5. If you received a $1 million grant to use for the city any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?

My gut reaction was to expand transportation. As mentioned above, I agree we have a traffic problem that will only get worse as these current developments finish. We need public transportation expanded!

 

6. Are financial data, including city checkbook register entries, available to the public online  entries, , searchable, structured computer database

I don’t know the answer to this question so I’m going to research. This is a something I’m curious about now as well.

 

7. What attracts you to this role? What makes you different?

When I barely lost last time, the mayor called me up and asked if I would be interested in Planning Commission. I said yes right away. I’m actually grateful I lost because I feel planning commission is a great place to understand how a city works and runs. We do work closely with the council and city staff. It has made me even more excited to be apart of the council. I have always love serving where I live. I know it sounds cheesy but if I can use my skills to make life better for my family and my neighbors, its a good place for my heart. There’s something about helping the community thrive that I feel is apart of my blood. I can’t put my finger on it but I love interacting with people and making life better. There was a planning commission decision recently that made me sick to my stomach for this business and I realized that’s a good thing. It means I need to be here and be that voice for people. My heart is in it for love. Campaigning is not my favorite but we must put ourselves out there to work in this field. Last time I had death threats and I faced a lot of misogyny. There’s some scary people out there. My husband is worried for me this time around. It really affected him last time. I’m worried too and I don’t know if I will knock on doors or do a lot of campaign texts but I hope to stay focused on being genuine and listening. I show up, I listen and I do make things happen. Thats my MO. I like making a difference when no one really knows I’m making a difference..meaning, I don’t want it to be about me because it’s not. It’s about West Jordan.

 

8. Are you in favor of Ranked Choice Voting in Utah?

I am. It will save the city money so we don’t have to do a primary and it will help balance candidates from being one extreme to another. We need more leaders who understand where all sides are coming from.

 

9. Do you believe the members of the city council are representing the constituents wishes for the future of the city?

I believe most of them do but I also know some aren’t doing all the homework to make the wisest decisions. That bothers me. I don’t want a council member who does the bare minimum. We need council members who understand that some decisions will last for decades. I do have a couple council members helping me this year. I feel honored with their support.

 

10. What do you think West Jordans biggest concern is? What would you do to remedy?

Infrastructure! Hands down. I like the path we are going down in terms of working on long-term solutions for water, sewer, roads and more. We already need more fire houses. We already need more water. We are actually restricted on more developments until are bonds are paid off. We need to make sure our budget isn’t reactive like it has been. I want to continue adding infrastructure plans to any new developments of all sizes. I haven’t finished studying the current budget plans yet so if firehouse timeline, water bonds aren’t addressed, then that will be a priority. Next comes transportation. We need options especially as we’ve expanded more and more west.

 

ANOTHER REPLY FROM BLOOM

 

Answers from Pamela Bloom:  Selfishly, if I didn’t have to do both a Primary and General, that would be wonderful! That truly is a great perk to RCV. Having said that, I am optimistic about the positives that RCV can bring to the table for elections. I’m reserving my thoughts until after I see what happens with the handful of cities in Utah that will be doing this for the General Election this year.

We all were learning this past year and it’s easy to be the arm chair quarterback. If we had to do things over again, there’s really no reason to close businesses as long as safety came 1st. I work in an industry hit very hard with Covid. The sets that were strict with protocols were successful and those who slacked off had virus spread and shut down until negative tests came back. In fact, I was supposed to stop by Warner Brothers yesterday in LA but on my way, an actor tested positive and now the whole crew is down for 2 weeks. Grey’s Anatomy not once shut down filming when they started back up again but they were also one of the strictest sets with protocol and has not had ANY set transmission(I consulted for them, so I know). Unions require covid personal on set to make sure everyone gets tested daily, that masks are worn properly, and food is eaten with social distancing. That requirement has allowed crews to get back to work. I’ve had so many covid tests because of working on commercials and projects. I’m grateful that the film industry found a way to safely get back to work but it took a minute to figure that out because things were so unknown at the beginning. As a Mayor, we have to understand and change things as we learn that’s the key.

Against! I am vaccinated for Covid and got mine earlier than most. I also have autoimmune issues but I know the mRNA tech has been around for decades and knew that even though I would probably have an autoimmune flair(which I did), I am impressed with the science behind this vaccine and wanted protection as soon as possible. I do love travel and I’ve had my travel vaccine book since the 70s. I know countries have and will always require vaccines.  I also know it’s not black and white. My kids weren’t fully vaccinated until their teens because my 2nd oldest had a seizure after her MMR so I spaced out the rest of childhood vaccines.

I’m all for businesses choosing what safety measures they want to take place for their businesses. My business requires vaccines. My CEO almost died back in December with Covid. He has every right to take those safety measures for his company. If they want to not allow someone to interact with them based on vaccine status, absolutely. Death isn’t worth it. If I choose not to get vaccinated, I must respect that. We are still learning the long-term aspects of this virus. I get it the hesitation(again my kids took years before fully getting shots), and I also understand keeping staff and customers safe. The right to choose has consequences on all sides. The key is choice.

The government needs more cooperative federalism. Cooperative federalism is a flexible relationship between federal and state governments in which both work together on a variety of issues and programs. I absolutely prefer smaller governments working on issues that are unique to them. However, when you are a small business and the laws from one state affect the business you do from your home state, you need a relationship that helps navigate laws that impact everyone even though those laws were made local to that region. We are more global in communication and sales than ever before so small government needs to be flexible with issues that affect not just them. Does that make sense? This is really a deep topic when you break it down. I can really dive deep into this. I have some first hand experience with this because I do work for an international company and deal with various state laws that impact my daily work.

 

 

The constitution is a living document. It evolves because we aren’t the same as we were a hundred years ago but those solid principles that our country was founded on will always be there. We will always have free speech, and no one is going to take away the right to bare arms.

Not completely. I feel there’s a few who are on council for their ego.  I’ve worked with all of them and that’s my personal experience. Ego has no place on a city council. To me council is about serving. It’s not about me.

 

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

 

~Pamela Bloom

 

 

-Mikey Smith

Traffic in West Jordan, particularly our East/West traffic is a nightmare. People can spend 30-45 minutes just driving to and from I-15 during rush hour. As we continue developing on the West side of the city, the traffic will continually get worse. UDOT is working hard on finishing the Mountain View Corridor, but with the way our city is situated, I don't believe this will give us the relief we need. What makes this situation difficult though is that West Jordan does not own any of the major roads that feed East/West, 9000 S, 7800 S or 7000 S are all state owned, preventing us from making any road improvements ourselves. The state is aware of this issue but with their limited resources, they have not made it a priority. Despite our Councils efforts in requesting assistance, our priority status has not changed. It is reaching a critical point though, and I believe we need to take a more bold approach. I support petitioning the state through the courts, to address this issue.

 

With the current housing situation, even middle class families are struggling to find places to live. Although there is always resistance to it, I feel that additional zoning for strategically placed, high density housing is an absolute necessity.

 

Like you I am someone who messages my elected officials about matters I feel are important. And I'm sure that like me, you probably don't always hear back. That is not the type of person I am. I absolutely want to listen and represent the people of West Jordan to the best of my abilities. There was tremendous outrage over the repeated water rate increases a couple of years ago. Now, the city is collecting too much money & instead of reducing our water rate, which is what everyone wants, the Council intends to divert $2.5 million/year to our general fund. I find this unacceptable, especially considering we are paying such a high rate for water in order to subsidize the businesses in our city. I do not believe our elected officials are listening well enough and I intend to change that.

 

I have also learned so much amount about what really matters to the people of West Jordan through my campaigns and there are several issues I will be taking action on that I was previously unaware of. For example, we have a few neighboorhoods on the border of West Jordan, which have a WJ zip code, but are technically in an unincorporated part of Salt Lake County. When they call for emergency services, Unified says it's West Jordan's jurisdiction, but West Jordan claims it's Unified's. This is a serious issue for these people that I would never have been made aware of if I didn't have open communication.

 

Financially speaking, West Jordan is doing really well. During the last Council meeting, the Council was presented with updated figures for the budget for the fiscal year and it was revealed that the city stands to make more money than originally projected. There are some small things like reworking our agreement with the Highlands Special District , which we're losing money on that I support. However, the biggest step I would take would be to place a State Liquor in West Jordan. We currently hover between being the third or fourth largest city in the state and we don't have a liquor store. Last year, the DABC dispursed nearly $30 million to local municipalities, of which, West Jordan received $0. The issue is that we are sending our tax dollars to our neighboring cities who all have liquor stores which has forced our city to increase tax revenue by raising property taxes like they did a couple of years ago.

 

If we were given $1 million dollars in grants, I would replace as many city vehicles as possible with electric and/or hybrid vehicles. Our county already has some of the worst air quality in the country and gas prices continue to rise. Global climate crisis aside, we must take steps to reduce smog locally to ensure our city and state remain suitable places to live and to have a sustainable future.

 

I personally have only seen financial reports and not any type of registers. I will ask if a database like this exists and will get back to you.

 

West Jordan is my home and I plan on living here for a while. I have a number of goals and ideas that I believe will not only secure a better future for our city but that can also influence change throughout our state. What makes me different is my belief that we can make institutional changes that will actually make West Jordan a better place to live & work.

 

I am a huge advocate for Ranked Choice Voting! Not only do I believe that it is more effective, I also think it's much more efficient. I passionately support Ranked Choice Voting.

 

In general I do believe that the Council Members represent what they feel are the wishes of their constituents, however I also believe that there are some really notable exceptions. Issues like the water rates and East/West traffic being some of the biggest areas where I feel our Council has missed the mark.

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Mikey Smith

 

MIKE WITHERS

 

To those of you in West Jordan. I sent the following questions to the city council candidates, the questions modified from the original list suggested by Utah Freedom (I believe); I took the liberty as I wanted to see their view on the masks/business closures. The following were asked: A few questions if  you don't mind:

 

1.  What is your opinion of Ranked Choice Voting?

 

2.  As we have lived with Covid the past year and a half, if you were the Mayor of West Jordan, how would you have handled the situation? Would you have closed “non-essential” businesses or would you have allowed all businesses to remain open?

3.  Are you for or against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines on eligible citizens?

 

4.  Are you for or against segregation based on vaccination status? Or limiting access for the unvaccinated population to work, public venues, shopping, dining establishments?

 

5.  Do you feel that government needs more power or less power and control?

6.  What are your views on the 1st and 2nd amendments to The U.S. Constitution?

 

7.  Do you believe members of the city counsel are currently representing constituents wishes for the future of the city?  The reply to the above questions:  

 

HIS REPLIES BELOW:

1, there are alot of dynamics and I'm not sure what to think if it. Do you have an opinion?

2, I dont think the government should interfere. My opinion is we may have overreacted. However it may have been a good training exercise should something serious happen.

3, As I stated before the government overreached and I think that needs to stop. No rule or law has ever given more freedom. Each one takes freedom.

4, I think buisness should be allowed to decide without the government looking over the shoulder of business.

5, less power, the people should never fear the government, rather the other way around

6, I have a CC permit, and grew up on a farm. Hope that answers your question. 

7, I hope so. If not use your vote to remedy that.

 

 

TYRONE B. FIELDS

 

Answers from Tyrone B Fields:  I am open to Rank Choice Voting as it becomes a more popular voting to make sure that the candidate the people want is must like to win.

As Mayor, during that period I would have not closed but put a strong mandate on them so they could still make a living in this unknown crisis. Following closely the CDC guideline.

This is a hard question for me, I don't ever want to tell someone what to do with their body, but in a time like this having I thinking of talking it over it with your doctor and doing what is best for you and your community as a whole.

Once again this puts people against each other, first the first part no if we all are wearing mask as required by law, part two would be up to the company policy to procted themself for lawsuit that may come form lawsuits or the venue that is hold the event and so forth.

I we are speaking on the large scale I think it is time that We The  People regain some control, in a positive way. Term limits need to be set and this late night meeting to get deals in front of the American people need to stop.

I am a Veteran of the USMC and I bled sweat and tears and lost friends so many can today have these two the founding fathers wrote about to not be tamper with.

NO, there is alot of things that I feel the current leadership is failing at but that just me speaking for me and that is why I am running.

 

I hope that these answer to your question help in some way to see how I feel about somethings, I don't claim to know how to fix everything but I feel in my heart that West Jordan can do better, and I wish that I can have your support come voting day. Please fell free to reach out to me again if you need too.

 

 

Thank you

Tyrone B. Fields

 

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