This year’s election in Utah County includes municipal races from several cities. This guide gives information about candidates included on this year’s general election ballot. The election will be held Nov. 5 and is being conducted through vote by mail.

Several cities will not hold elections, as they have the same number of candidates or fewer as open seats. In Cedar Fort, Laura Ault is running unopposed for Town Council. In Cedar Hills, Kelly Smith, Brian J. Miller and Mike Geddes are running for the three open City Council seats. In Goshen, Lindsay Farnsworth, Charles Pipkin and Randy Thomas are running for the three open Town Council seats.

The Daily Herald contacted each candidate, asking the same questions about issues important to their campaigns, cities and Utah County. All responses were provided by candidates and were not edited by the Daily Herald. Those who did not respond to questions are listed.

The following lists answers to the question: “What are the biggest issues facing your city and how do you plan to address them?” Answers have only been edited for length purposes.

Responses to other questions (What sets you apart from other candidates? What relevant experience do you have for this position?) are available in full at


Three four-year seats, Jason Thelin running unopposed for one 2-year seat

Kimberly Bryant

Response not provided.

Lon Lott

Land use issues always seem to be high on the list. It doesn’t matter what type of use or where it is in the city, land use comes charged with high emotion, anxiety, or frustration. Each situation whether it be a development, public open space, zoning, or what you can or cannot do with your land, must be carefully addressed by following city codes and ordinances. I spend a great deal of time on each issue in order to make decisions that help protect property rights and keep peace and order in the community.

Gregory S. Gordon

I believe it’s essential that we preserve Alpine’s beauty and high standard of living. My priority focus areas include: 1. Preserving Alpine – Properly manage growth and mitigate its impacts, protect our water supply, preserve our parks and open spaces, and safeguard our mountains from wildfires. 2. Protecting Alpine standards and taxpayers – Plan and prepare in order to prevent costly litigation. 3. Increasing transparency and citizen engagement – Residents should be both well informed and diligently heard.

Judi Pickell

The population of Utah County is burgeoning and this growth is creating challenges for our community. It is imperative that we are prepared and planning well in advance for the inevitable impacts of this growth. Alpine is has a deep untapped resource of amazing residents. I will seek to bring more voices, more involvement, and more talents together as we work toward our goals.

Withdrew: Melanie Ewing

American Fork

Three four-year seats

Kevin J. Barnes

Providing the important services of police and fire, along with water, sewer, garbage, maintaining roads and providing quality of life items all within the budget amount available.

Kyle Barratt

Bonds, Roads, Property Rights, Utility Rates, Outsourcing. Fiber: If you are in favor of less expensive utility rates. I am your candidate. I do not support the current administrations proposed city supported fiber Internet option. The proposed plan does not allow for an opt out option. I cannot support this. Property rights: I do not support the current administrations ban on short term rentals such as VRBO’s and Airbnb. Fire station: Although I am a huge supporter of Public Safety and I am open to the idea of building a new fire station, if that’s what the voters want. Yet, I currently support the idea of a Unified fire district in northern Utah County. (Not police just fire).

Robert Shelton

Currently, the most immediate concern is the fiber proposal. I am diligently searching all options to look for a solution that does not require a mandatory fee on every home. The next issue is adequate funding to actually fund the 10 year road plan where it needs to be to improve our roads. The third would be the city being able to rebuild trust with the residents through honest, transparent communication about the issues it is facing and the solutions available.

Jeffrey C. Shorter

Response not provided.

Clark P. Taylor

Public Infrastructure: American Fork, like every other city in the county struggles with the ability to maintain our roadway infrastructure. We have currently increased our roads budget significantly from 2019 to 2020. That emphasis will need to continue going forward. Public Safety: We are in the process of insuring the public safety of our citizens regardless of where they are inside the city limits. Our current Fire Station is the busiest in Utah County and we have significant need for quicker coverage in the North and South corridors of our city. Citywide Fiber: The city is currently in the evaluation stage of providing a fiber connection to each residence and business in the city as a utility. There has been many hours of research, town hall meetings and city meetings to help us make a informed decision.

Withdrew: Daniel Copper

Eagle Mountain

Three four-year seats

Colby Curtis

Zoning code — Changes are currently underway, and have been worked on for years, but there is still much left to do to get them across the finish line. I pitched a zoning system to our Community Development Director previously when the general plan was updated. It was held pending the general plan changes. As the general plan is now complete, we’ve moved on to the details of the residential zoning code. I want to make sure the philosophy I have represented throughout this term is carried out; tightening up the zones, allowing less flexibility in density for developers while still allowing for various options for land use, and buffering incompatible uses from one another.

Devyn Smith

As one of the fastest growing cities in the state, decisions made today will impact the city for decades to come. We are seeing an incredible amount of growth and we need to ensure our city infrastructure grows and improves at the same rate. With potential for economic decline, ensuring an infrastructure fit for the population size of the city is the best groundwork to safeguard our city from the effects of recession.

Carolyn Love

The demand for growth and high-density developments has been a concern. A new city general plan has been developed to regulate density and establish strategic zoning. I would work to complete the zoning and standards needed to support the general plan and then actively advocate to see this plan come to fruition. Eagle Mountain currently has a rural feel with parks, trails and open spaces that has attracted many residents. I would prioritize the expansion of these amenities in new developments that are approved so that we can continue to enjoy these aspects of our community. Residents rely on neighboring cities for the majority of their shopping, services and entertainment. This weakens city revenue and is inconvenient for residents. I would support efforts to attract more of these businesses and work to strengthen existing establishments.

Rich Wood

Future Land use and transportation, economic development. I have worked on the planning commission for the last two years. We have completed rewriting and implementing the General Plan, residential zone code. We just began the process of rewriting our other zone codes to be more prescriptive in our land use and to ensure it is in harmony with the general plan. I feel it is essential to not just have a vague understanding of Land use as a council member. It puts you in a vulnerable position in making the land use decisions for the city. We need strong, well versed city council members at the stage our city is in. It is no time for catching up to speed.

Jared Gray

Response not provided.

Withdrew: Ben Porter

Elk Ridge

Three four-year seats

Paul Crook

Response not provided.

Nelson Abbott

Growing pains and getting services to match the needs of the city.By working with the mayor, city staff, fire department, and EMS to make sure they have the resources necessary to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the residents.

Tricia Thomas

My main concerns are managing growth, creating a sense of community, mitigation plans stemming from the fires in 2018 and making each citizen feel like they have a voice and are represented. The past four years we have created redundancy with water and many other infrastructure changes in order to accommodate growth, the council recognizes that we need to create a community our children can be proud of. To create a greater sense of community I have put on the Elk Ridge City Celebration (with a lot of help). This celebration is a time to get to know your neighbors and create a stronger sense of community. The city has been working with the NRCS to help create a plan that will mitigate the effects from the fires in 2018.

Cory L. Thompson

Response not provided.

One two-year seat

Jim Chase

Growth is a concern to everyone. Due to growth our open spaces disappear, traffic increases, noise and crime rise. Careful long range planning for growth is the key. Jim is committed to planning for growth that will retain as best as possible the feel and character of the city as we know it today.

Michael F. Turner

Response not provided.


Bradley R. Gurney is running unopposed for mayor and Tyler Thomas is running unopposed for four-year council Seat B

One four-year seat (Seat A)

Hollie C. McKinney

Our town is facing growth issues. I believe most residents want Fairfield to remain rural as possible. With a smart growth plan we can keep Fairfield small as we welcome new residents to the town. I want everyone in this town to be treated with respect and be treated fairly.

David Riet

The Biggest issues of Fairfield are Future Development and Financial Planning. Develop Fairfield with the Ordinances that plan for Growth while establishing the Home town feel that we have. Financial Planning is important so the we utilized the funds appropriated to the city in a manner that will improve the city with amenities like Natural Gas, Roads and Water and Fire Protection.

One two-year seat (Seat D)

Jayson Densley

Unnecessary industrial development and urban sprawl affecting Fairfield. I plan to continue protecting Fairfield’s rural atmosphere by developing and maintaining proper city planning, halting unnecessary industrial development, working with surrounding cities, and maintain the rural and historical heritage of Fairfield.

Daymon D. Stephens

Response not provided.


Two four-year seats

Mike Olsen, Neil Brown, John R. Savage

Responses not provided by all candidates.

Two two-year seats

Lori Christensen, Hale Robison, Bryan Draper

Response not provided by all candidates.


Three four-year seats

Doug Cortney

The number one issue is the budget. Highland commissioned a General Fund study earlier this year, and it projected our 25% reserve to turn into a 7% deficit in FY 2022. We need to take a hard look at our current expenses and make sure the city supports the things on which we’re spending money. We need to ensure we budget for predictable expenses so we don’t put future taxpayers in the same spot we’re in today. We need to be creative about ways to do more with less. I think volunteerism is a big part of this. We’ve got a strong volunteer spirit in Highland, and we need to find ways to tap into that. Perhaps most important, we must actively reach out to residents to explain the issue and to ask for suggestions.

Timothy A. Ball

For several years now we have watched the accelerated growth happening all around us and have felt the effects it is having on traffic, infrastructure, and schools throughout Highland. We are growing increasingly alarmed that the needs and concerns of existing residents seem secondary to some of our elected officials. I intend to act in accordance with the Highland Vision Statement and City Plan through strict adherence to zoning laws and other statutes.

Brittney P. Bills

Budget: Highland is one of the least expensive cities in Utah County for taxes and fees. Last year, city management hired an independent third party to conduct an in-depth cost versus revenue budget study. The study suggested that if our current rate of taxing and spending continues, Highland will face a budget shortfall in 2022. It is time to quit kicking the can down the road and have the difficult conversations about how to solve this problem. Water: We live in the second driest state in the union. Water availability and cost are serious issues. Open Space: We have got to address the maintenance and use of the city parks and the open areas in the open space neighborhoods in Highland. Low density: We continue to see growth in our city and wise use of our land is critical. We must resist major changes to our low density residential zones in order to protect the look and feel of Highland.

Kim Rodela

One of the biggest issues facing Highland is growth and how we handle it. While Highland is growing, we need leaders that represent Highland citizens and their vision of how the city should grow. Low density housing, responsible development of commercial property, and traffic safety are a high priority when addressing growth. Another issue is debt and taxes. We recently approved a fee increase of $11.50 for public safety. We still have other projects in need of funding such as open space and trail maintenance, playground replacement, and cemetery fence repair that aren’t in the budget. I have the skills to look at a budget and find unique ways to increase revenue and cut expenses. I believe in being fiscally responsible but at the same time maintaining our City.

Kenneth S. Knapton III

In the next few years the Highland City council will need to address some very difficult issues, including both a projected budget deficit by fiscal year 2022 as well as increasing needs for city services to maintain open spaces, roads and other needed services. The discussions will be challenging, and tough decisions will need to be made. The city council members elected in 2019 will be responsible for finding solutions to these challenging issues. I plan to work cooperatively with the council and the Mayor to find solutions to these challenging issues. I will use my executive experience to help the council to balance the budget, and I will use my problem solving skills to find creative ways to solve the maintenance issues within the city.

Withdrew: Wayne Knoll Tanaka


Three four-year seats

Paige Albrecht

Lehi City faces tremendous challenges with regard to public safety staffing, growth and infrastructure, housing shortages, park development, and historic preservation. As a City Council, we’ve increased the salary of our Police Officers by 10% to be more competitive, and we’re building a new public safety building that will be completed in Fall 2020. We are addressing growth and infrastructure needs through our new General Plan update, in process now. We’re putting in new wisely-located Transit Oriented Development zones to combat the housing shortage and bring public transportation to Lehi more quickly. We’re building new parks through creative public-private partnerships with local businesses, instead of raising taxes. And we’ve placed the highest priority on Main Street revitalization and preservation for using our Community Development Block Grant funding this year.

Cody Black

Growth is at the top as being the biggest issue. Proper management of the growth is the only way to achieve success. I believe the only way to get there is to be completely transparent and fair across the board. When an area of land is developed, I want the complete impact to the city addressed and funded at the time. Let’s evaluate it accurately and only do it once. Future developments need to pack their own weight. Another issue is property rights. I feel like the city goes back and forth on this issue depending on who the applicant is. I personally believe big corporations or special groups get treated much differently than individual citizens. When I’m on the City Council I will treat everyone 100% equally. If zoning or building requirements are not in line or reasonable and need to be changed let’s change them for everyone.

Mike V. Southwick

Affordable Housing: Collaborate with the Planning Commission, staff and developers to come up with areas and ways that allow affordable housing. Growth & Infrastructure: Continue to work with The State of Utah in improving our interstates. Seek out funding for improving city roadways. Seek out land for future facilities for fire and EMS. Parks & Recreational Facilities: As a city and community we need to provide funding alternatives to get more recreational facilities built to accommodate the needs of our youth. It’s a joint effort of Lehi City finding funding alternatives as well as the citizens of Lehi volunteering their time and available resources to help build recreational facilities.

Johnny Revill

Managing Growth. As council members, we must support staff and the administration in managing transportation planning, water and infrastructure resources and also making sure we are competitive in the market when funding our public safety and emergency management departments. All this while making sure Lehi continues to provide family centric services and events.

Matthew Wynn Hemmert

Response not provided.

Katie Koivisto

Hands down, it would be growth and development. I understand that there are a few things that are out of the City’s hands (example: UDOT, TRAX etc.) But that doesn’t mean we can’t address the items that are within their control (example: Zoning, creation of parks/recreational facilities, green space, alternative transportation routes etc.) It is my personal opinion that Lehi’s current infrastructure has not been able to tolerate the mass influx of people and businesses that are coming into Lehi (not enough parking, too much traffic etc) Until a more solid infrastructure can be accommodated, I would like to initiate a cap on high density housing in Lehi. I would also like to make sure that proper zoning practices are being put into place for areas/neighborhoods that have mingling residential and commercial zoning.


Three four-year seats

Deny A. Farnsworth

Response not provided.

Carolyn Lundberg

We are at the center of a population boom in the county. Lindon’s motto has been “A Little Bit of Country” — we value open space and gracious lot sizes that can accommodate animal rights as well as a safe family-oriented community. At the same time we offer top-notch city services through our police and fire, parks and recreation, (to name a few) and have attracted high tech companies and wonderful tax generating retail players. With limited land remaining, rather than chasing trends we need to carefully guide build-out to strategically plan our inevitable infill to best serve the next 100 years and maintain Lindon’s special quality of life.

Mike Vanchiere

Response not provided.

Desiree Green

Response not provided.

Randi Powell

Lindon’s growth, in all areas, is an important issue that is multifaceted. Residential growth must be measured and managed in a way that is in harmony with Lindon’s unique character and deep country values. Residential growth goes hand and hand with commercial growth and economic development. The growth and development of entities that bolster Lindon City’s tax base is vital to the stability of our fiscal budget and maintaining city amenities. Situating Lindon as a business friendly municipality is something I am passionate about. As a former business owner, I am sensitive to the challenges faced by our current and future businesses and wish to apply that understanding to aid in this important issue.


Three four-year seats

Adam Fife

1 — Overseeing responsible residential and commercial growth via revisiting and possibly revising the Mapleton Master Plan last updated in 2009. 2 — Expanding Mapleton’s tax base via targeted business growth, with a focus on businesses that enhance the unique qualities of our city and serve its citizens. 3 — Ensuring that adequate infrastructure is in place and funded through impact fees so that the city can effectively manage this infrastructure for years to come.

Jessica Egbert

GROWTH. Recognized for its small-town atmosphere and strong community values, Mapleton is attempting to balance the inevitability of change with the desire to sustain the atmosphere and values for which we moved here in the first place. We’re in a time of incredible energy and positivity and I’m pleased with the City’s current efforts to analyze and strategize all major systems; the infrastructure analysis is underway and a study and update to our general plan, zoning map, and other essential functions (including Parks and Recreation) will soon commence. Additionally, residents need increased communication and education regarding the functions of municipal government, how to affect change, and happenings around town. An omnidirectional communication strategy will address our many generations of residents.

Scott Hansen

The biggest issue with the community is the growth of the city and a developer first mentality. I will work to make sure the city plan and the community’s vision are compatible. I will stand up to the city council when the community needs a voice.

Therin Garrett

There are currently several key issues that effect Mapleton. My experience, understanding of past and present issues, and my dedication to serving this community qualify me as the best candidate for Mapleton City Council. I’ve carefully watched how Mapleton has operated in the past and I see a wonderful future for Mapleton. I am committed to using my knowledge and experience to help us navigate the changes and the growth that is upon us. Preserving open space, bringing a fresh perspective, and working hard to bring creative new ways to maximize the city budget are just a few of my goals. I am committed to working with each of you to bring a cohesive unity to our town and surrounding communities.

Nannette Jackson

Fast pace growth is the number one issue facing Mapleton. With growth it brings many challenges, including zoning changes, high density housing, higher taxes, depletion of open spaces, growing business and a strain on an already lean staffed city administration. My goal is to help Mapleton grow with effective planning and problem solving now and for the future. It is imperative that we put in place a moderate sustainable plan to solve the challenges we face and prepare for the growth to come. Mapleton is a rural community, which makes us a unique town and a wonderful place to live. We need community involvement in deciding how we want our community to grow. We must be aggressive in tackling these issue, while we remember and honor the heritage of Mapleton.

Leslie Jones

The biggest issue facing our city and many others throughout the state is growth. I am running for city council to lay the groundwork for growth patterns that can sustain our city budget, services, and sense of community. An important part of this is supporting efforts to build on our existing commercial development and grow our sales tax base for long-term sustainability.


Three four-year seats

Jeffrey K. Lambson

As I have been visiting with people throughout the city, the number one concern that I here about over and over again is the seeming explosion of high density housing. As the population grows, this affects not only our neighborhoods, but the traffic throughout the city and the safety on our streets. Our police and fire departments are stretched very thin, as they strive to keep up with these demands. The growth needs to be contained. Our first responders need to have our support, not only financially, but in every other way, as they work very hard to keep our city safe. I am committed to see that this growth is curbed and that our first responders receive the support that they have earned.

Debby Lauret

We know that growth will be our greatest challenge. Most of the growth with be homegrown. We need to continue to implement our master plan along State Street. Attracting and retaining businesses to provide good paying jobs is a top priority for me. We know that traffic and transportation planning will be essential. Mass transit will be a component along with analyzing our traffic patterns. We are too dependent on sales tax and with a recession predicted in the new few years need to continue to save and plan for this inevitability. We are saving 15% in our rainy day funds and have adopted a “pay as you go” philosophy. Utopia fiber implementation will also be a priority over the next few years. Paying down the bonds associated with this fiber project will be another priority.

Sam Lentz

Public Safety – We recently approved hiring 4 additional police officers and made improvements to our public safety career ladder program to retain our police officers and firefighters. Developing a long-term master plan for both police and fire departments will help us ensure public safety is staffed and funded at appropriate levels while helping us maintain a balanced, fiscally responsible budget. UTOPIA – Over the last few years, I have spent over 1,000 hours working on solutions for UTOPIA. The second half of Orem’s network will be completed within 3 years, which is impressive since the first half took 15 years! Planning – The city’s master planning and neighborhood planning efforts already under way will be critical tools for developing a clear vision for Orem’s next 20-30 years and beyond. Fiscal Sustainability – When facing a recession like 2008, we are heavily exposed to budget shortfalls. We had to scale back on several essential services, including both police and fire services. The modest $1/month property tax we recently approved to hire 4 more officers will make us more resilient to economic downturns.

Spencer Rands

Communication – We need better communication with our elected officials. We need elected officials that are willing to take the time to listen and look into the issues and concerns of the residents. If elected to city council, I will take the time to listen to the residents and understand their concerns. Traffic – Traffic congestion in Orem is continually getting worse. I will work to manage and mitigate this problem through efficient traffic lights, and properly marked roads. More importantly, I will seek to manage growth in a way that does not add traffic to roads that do not have the capacity. Police – Our police department is continually becoming overburdened with more and more calls. We need to hire additional police officers to support Orem families’ growing needs. I will support the police by making them a higher priority in our city’s budget.

Terry D. Peterson

How we handle growth is the biggest issue facing Orem. Many Orem families, including my own, have been affected by the numerous high density apartment complexes, increased traffic congestion, school closure, friends moving and great businesses leaving Orem. I believe Orem is still a fantastic place to raise a family and operate a business but to keep it that way we need to act by: reestablishing our city’s identity as ‘Family City USA;’ encouraging more citizens input and involvement in city government; taking another look at our cities master plan with the goal of staying family and business friendly; keeping fees and taxes low, developing a plan to protect, improve and beautify our neighborhoods; lowering the cost of city sponsored youth sports and other activities.

Nichelle Jensen

Sustainability and environmental stewardship: I’d like to address by first implementing the already approved active transportation plan. I think addressing this will have the greatest effect on our rising traffic levels. Affordable housing and high-density housing: We need more nuanced answers. They might be site-specific, but we need them in order to build a better city.Every new high density development needs an accompanying transportation and parking plan, mitigation of impact, and ideally multi-use tenants to reduce commuting as much as possible. Unity in Orem: My vision for Orem is one of unity. While we have Orem families with Orem pioneer pedigrees, we also have transplants, immigrants, refugees, homeless, young professionals, students, and so many other groups of people. I’d like to move away from the idea that we are a homogenous community and focus on celebrating our unity as a diverse community.


Three four-year seats (Ranked Voting)

Linda Carter

Response not provided.

Cary Kenneth Stockwell

Response not provided.

Doug Welton

Growth and infrastructure are the biggest problems Payson faces. The State has projected Payson to double in size over the next 15-20 years. It is vitally important that Payson is prepared and has a plan in place to accommodate this growth in a manner that is responsible and in a manner that continues to reflect the people of Payson City. As far as infrastructure goes, we have been saving for the last four years for our sewer upgrade. We also upgrades our Pressurized Irrigation system and rehabilitated one of our water tanks this summer. The next big push will be a discussion regarding curb and gutter which will help with road upgrades. We will also be completely rebuilding Payson Main Street from 600 S to 1400 S in conjunction with the Central Utah Water project coming through town. That will be a big improvement to our city. Payson will upgrade all infrastructure in the street at this time as well.

Brian Hulet

Payson is expected to double its population in the next 10 years. We need to plan smart growth while maintaining our “small town” feel. The new Master Plan that should be finished shortly will be a vital tool for addressing smart growth. Great cities have excellent higher-education opportunities. That is why I have been working with METCH and UVU to ensure that they come to Payson as soon as possible and have classes that Payson residents need and want. Our citizen surveys show that as we continue to grow in Payson many residents want to keep our “small town” feel. A vibrant downtown which becomes a gathering place is therefore vital. Our downtown could be the heart and soul of Payson and give us an identity. Economic Development is also a big concern for our citizens. Smart economic development is key to improving infrastructure through acquiring a wider tax base. Much of our city’s infrastructure – including sewer, water lines, storm drains, and roads — requires modernizing or bringing up to code. We need to have a 10-year plan detailing the modernization of our aging infrastructure and how to secure funding to pay for it.

Scott Pinkham

Response not provided

Withdrew: Michael Hardy

Pleasant Grove

Three four-year seats

Alexander Carter

Accountable Representation: Elected officials have the responsibility to serve with transparency and accountability. Individually we have our strengths and we make up the difference in areas where someone else may need help. I will take this same philosophy to the city council and work with other leaders to make sure we have an accountable team. Roads and Infrastructure: As a technician I understand that regular maintenance is key to performance. Our roads and infrastructure have been neglected for a long time and now need major costly repairs. We need to prioritize the roads that need replacing and repair where needed. Then we must maintain our infrastructure which will cost less. Growth and Preparing for the Future: I grew up in Pleasant Grove and have seen first hand the impact growth has on our community. It is necessary to spend our tax dollars wisely, understand water usage and management as well as know how other services will be impacted in the future.

Brent Bullock

There is no question the city has problems to solve, but until we all work together they will never be solved. Decades ago the City choose not to have an off-ramp from I-15, but desired to be a “bedroom community”, which has resulted in the city attempting to play catch-up with surrounding cities for retail development. I believe the lack of retail development is a major stumbling block to resolving the critical issues which face the City. Current retail business sales tax cannot supply all the monies needed to keep up with the growth Pleasant Grove is experiencing. We need more parks, better roads and infrastructure, and an aquatic center. I would be wonderful to have more restaurants, clothing stores and other services that we currently have to go to American Fork or Orem/Provo to get. The financial needs are great and what are we as citizens willing to pay? We need as a Council to look to the future and plan 5-10 years out so that future councils don’t find themselves facing the same problems.

Cyd LeMone

Road repairs and infrastructure needs related to growth. Continued lobbying with the state legislature for additional road funding, researching new technologies to reduce the cost of road repairs and increase efficiency, implementation of a road fee.

Carrie Hammond

Pleasant Grove is a growing and changing and we need to thoughtfully design policy and spaces that support the quality of life for residents of the city. Transparently address needs for green spaces, city services, commerce, infrastructure, safe neighborhoods, emergency services, etc. Residents and commercial entities can reside and thrive together peacefully when there is mutually beneficial municipal governance, transparency, thoughtful zoning, quality municipal codes, reasonable and effective enforcement.

Dustin J. Phillips

Most beneficial ways to budget the cities resources — roads vs. all other needs

Eric Jensen

Continue supporting our growth in economic development and create a stronger base of sales tax. This will enable us to support our services and promote quality of life for our community and future generations.


District 1 (One four-year seat)

Bill Fillmore

Public Safety: I believe that protecting our citizens’ lives and property is the number one responsibility of any governmental body; and our police, fire and other emergency responders all deserve our full support. Economic Development: Provo must continue to attract and retain good businesses and quality developments in order to generate good-paying jobs and expand our tax revenue base such that it can support improved municipal services well into the future. Responsible Growth & Quality Neighborhoods: We need to balance the right to responsibly develop one’s property while minimizing the attendant problems of traffic and parking, and continue to enhance our parks and recreational spaces – in order to maintain Provo’s unique quality of life and protect those things that brought (or kept) us all here in the first place.

District 3 (One four-year seat)

Shannon Ellsworth

Business retention and growth is critical in Provo. We’ve seen businesses flock to Lehi, Orem, and Spanish Fork and its time we change our regulations to permit more commerce in Provo. Of specific interest in District 3 is my plan for East Bay and the Towne Centre Mall. Working with Provo’s Economic Development department I will advocate implementing the plan being developed right now for revitalization. I will support new and diverse housing stock near the mall, and encourage developers to use the federal tax incentives available in this area. Additionally, I’ll work for greater east/west connectivity and a neighborhood grocer in East Bay. Quality growth and housing solutions are a top priority as the population in Utah Valley is doubling over the next 20 years. Safe streets are essential to our quality of life. I want commuters, children, bicyclists, and transit users to feel safe and to be safe in Provo.

Robin Roberts

We need to bring retail business back to Provo, but there is a trust issue. Our median income is to low and Poverty level to high. It will take some time to correct but through proper planning I believe it can be done.

District 4 (One four-year seat)

Travis Hoban

Smart Growth: I don’t want Provo to look like Vineyard. Provo continues to grow. People born and raised here, want to move back. We need to strike the right balance between planning for growth and preserving our heritage; especially on Provo’s west side. I have the support of local realtors and builders who primarily sell single-family, owner-occupied homes. Sensible Spending: We must re-focus our spending on “needs” such as infrastructure and our police force, and not “wants.” I’m a fiscal conservative. Become Business Friendly: Provo is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue each year to neighboring cities. We need to make it easier to open and operate a business in Provo. And we need to do more to lure good businesses here. Strengthen our neighborhoods: We need to strengthen our neighborhoods. When neighborhoods are strong, our schools thrive, businesses grow, and we become closer as a community.

Valerie Paxman

I realize that development will happen in our city, but I believe that we have to carefully consider the type of development that we want to allow so that we don’t overwhelm our schools, our police and fire departments, and our city services. Our city fees continue to increase to help fund these needs. When new development is proposed, I believe that it is the job of the City Council to look forward into the future and make sure that our city services and our schools can handle the impact of that development. I also believe that it is the City Council’s job to make sure that our tax base will continue to grow with our city so that we can fund the needed services. I would like to see affordable housing in the form of condos and townhomes (properties that allow people to purchase homes) rather than large developments of rental apartment complexes. Another issue that has become a concern for me is the traffic flow. Traffic has become increasingly worse and some of the improvements that the city has made in the past have only added to the problem. I believe we need City Council Members who can look at road proposals with an eye to the future and with their District members’ best interests in mind.

Citywide (One four-year seat)

David Shipley

There are many financial challenges facing Provo. Sales tax revenues are decreasing, net of inflation. There is a limited property tax base and the amount charged has increased dramatically this year. Utilities have increased significantly. Looking at the 10 year financial projection within the city budget, it is not on a sustainable trajectory. Expenses are slated to increase faster than our revenues. We need a financial mind on the council to analyze our spending and revenues, and develop a workable plan going forward. We need to analyze development and transportation in terms of long term viability for the city, not just the short term benefits. We must invest in infrastructure. We need to support our police and fire personnel. We all appreciate beautiful parks and recreational opportunities. These all depend on the city managing our current finances, as well as carefully planning for the future.

Janae Moss

The biggest issue is growth. It’s really a multi-faceted issue, including current infrastructure improvements and anticipated needs to support and manage growth. Above all, these needs must be met without tax increases. Therefore, we have two options to support growth: 1) concentrate on economic development and energizing our business community; or 2) cut current services. The first option is the strongest and most effective, as it brings in additional tax dollars to help us avoid raising taxes or cutting services. The great thing is, although economic development takes some buy-in from our city leaders and our citizens, it doesn’t take a lot of money. The most critical part of this plan is economic development in areas that don’t detract from our neighborhoods. This work must be a cooperative effort to build our community and avoid raising taxes or cutting services.


Three four-year seats

Troy L. Barnum

I feel our city is ran well. My goal is to help keep it that way.

Delys W. Snyder

The most pressing issue in Salem is managing growth. I will work with the Master Plan to shape new developments by zoning and by requiring developers to create green spaces. I will work with the council to help the city plan and create enough collector roads to balance out traffic. I will also push for trails to connect with Spanish Fork river trail (which is already planned) and trails through the wetlands.

Seth Sorensen

Response not provided.

Tim DeGraw

Response not provided.

Joshua W. Thayer

Response not provided.


Three four-year seats

Kody Curtis

The issues we face is growth we are experiencing. Both residential and commercial growth is happening and we need to treat all our current local business owners fairly and there needs to be complete transparency from our city government. I believe that we can do a better job of letting the residents know of important matters and getting more residents input on decisions to be made. We also want to keep housing affordable but not at the cost of hurting our property values and putting in too much high density housing. I believe that balancing growth with the values and culture of the city and its residents is vital to the success of the community. Santaquin has so many unique and wonderful qualities that should be preserved as our city continues to develop. We want to keep our rural feel.

Jennifer S. Bowman

Having lived in Santaquin for just over 10 years I have seen the growth and expansion take place. I believe it is inevitable, however we can accept the growth in such a way that we retain the values and culture we all love about our town. With smart growth we can continue and maintain our agricultural roots while still being welcoming to new businesses and people. If elected, I will be open minded and listen to all perspectives and be a voice for all the people of Santaquin.

Lynn Mecham

Santaquin is facing many issues and all of them related to growth. I want to see Santaquin remain a safe rural community where people come to raise their families. Our biggest issues are, high density housing, roads, water, recreation, and safety. High density housing has to be planned and located in areas that will benefit the community. Roads constantly need maintaining and I think we are doing a good job of road maintenance. One of the biggest issues facing our voters is the proposed Recreation Center. We have a citizen that is willing to donate some of the cost of an existing building and land for a Recreation Center. The Recreation Center will provide over 200 part-time jobs to our community. It will also give our seniors and veterans a safe place to meet and socialize. The Recreation Center will provide recreational activities and programs that we are currently unable to provide. I believe the proposed recreation center is a good investment for our community.

Mike Weight

The biggest issue we are facing is rapid growth and the associated challenges that come along with that growth. Some of these are that we are a gateway around the southern end of Utah Lake, and as the area grows our Main Street becomes a bottle neck for traffic. We also have a lot of geographical segregation with the way the city has grown. There is also a need to facilitate more commercial growth to support the needs of the citizens and city. To address the traffic issue we need to work with the state and the county to make sure that they are aware of the growth and our needs for more routes that will travel east and west to help alleviate the building traffic. They already have plans for new infrastructure, we just need to follow up and make sure they are following through. The geographical segmentation is being helped with the addition of new roads that the city is currently working on and the city activities that are in place.

David Hathaway

At this time, I believe the biggest and most important issue we face, is preparing our community for the extraordinary growth projected for Utah county over the next 50 years. It’s expected that 37% of Utah’s full projected growth will reside in Utah county, bringing more than one million new residents to our area. Sufficient housing and infrastructure will be critical in preparing for that considerate population increase. I believe prioritizing our economic development plans are a crucial step in accomplishing that goal. An influx of new business will bring more jobs to our community, and increase our city’s tax base. Adding more money to our general fund will help support community endeavors, such as recreation development, residential and emergency planning, infrastructure, and community outreach.

Jessica Tolman

There are three main focus points for the city council over the next few years. 1. High density housing 2. Traffic flow and road maintenance 3. Maintaining and improving our public services. First, I think we need to maintain balance throughout the city. I think it’s good to have a diversity of housing but I think there needs to be a moratorium on high density housing until the zoning can be changed. Traffic is another concern and if we only allow high-density in PUD’s — planned unit developments --we can control the traffic flows better and get a better road system built. Keeping the high density units along public transportation routes would also be beneficial to students or young business professionals who would want to take advantage of that. Water is always a concern and I know Santaquin has an excellent ability to recycle water and we need to make sure that treatment facility can keep up with the growth and be sure we are mindful with our budget of expanding the facility at some point.

Saratoga Springs

Three four-year seats

Christopher B. Carn

In one word…Growth. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the Country today. With growth come all the challenges of infrastructure, transportation, and supporting basic City services like Police and Fire. I will use the experience I have gained over several years of serving on the City Planning Commission in my new role as a City Council member to respect land owners rights while at the same time negotiating the best possible outcome for our current residents. Transportation is a hot issue for us so I will address this one specifically. Moving not only the residents of Saratoga Spring but also our neighbors to the west from Eagle Mountain efficiently through and out of our city is one of our biggest issues. UDOT is just completing an expansion of Redwood Road two years ahead of schedule thanks to our current City Council but we will need to do more. I believe the city can also look for other ways to fund streets without putting the burden back on the tax payers.

Amy Downing Loveless

Response not provided.

Kara Martin

Transportation/Traffic: Working to build relationships with UDOT and surrounding cities to help move the timelines forward and secure as much funding as possible through traditional and unique options to do so.

Andrew Robinson

Growth and planning

I plan to make sure we build, develop, and plan housing responsibly. We must also bring in businesses and markets to support our growth.

Ryan Poduska

Response not provided.

Chris Porter

Growth, Transportation, and Economic Development. These three items are intertwined, but as a young city we have a lot on our plate. I have worked on each of these areas for the past 4 years. We have widened Pony Express and Redwood Rd. Mountain View Corridor will soon be finished, we are planning the expansion of Crossroads Blvd., Pony Express to the east, and Foothill Blvd. to the south. I am committed to continue to do everything in my power to bring more businesses as well as high-paying jobs to Saratoga Springs.

Spanish Fork

Three four-year seats

Chad Argyle

Response not provided.

Stacy Beck

Growth is #1 in my mind. Whether it’s commercial or residential, I respect private property rights. With that though comes a responsibility for a council member to properly balance high density with single family homes. With growth there are several other key issues that comes with it. Streets, sewers, & garbage, just to name a few. Staying on top of the proper infrastructure will be key to moving forward as well. Other issues Spanish Fork faces is the possible development of the beautiful river bottoms area, and what exactly that would look like, the building of a new library, and keeping up with affordable housing.

Shane Marshall

Spanish Fork has experienced tremendous growth over the last 20 years. I believe our community is currently at a crossroads. In the past, managing growth with wide-open land had been straightforward. However, as our community grows rapidly, we must be intentional in how we foster responsible growth to support an enhanced quality of life for our children and grandchildren. This will require very deliberate, focused planning to ensure Spanish Fork stays the great city it is today.

Brandon Gordon

Public Utilities will experience some much needed upgrades at the waste water treatment facility in years to come, my service on the water quality board for the state will help us identify what measures we can do to address these upgrades with cost effective measures to keep our sewer rates low.


Three four-year seats

Craig Conover

Transparency, Business Development and Growth. Making Springville’s government more responsive, transparent and actively engaged with citizens to keep them informed and get their input is my top priority. Elected officials must remember that the decisions they make affect citizens’ daily lives. Fee or tax increases should be explained in detail, along with possible alternatives. Serving our citizens well means reaching out to work for and with them. Economic development and a strong business community help keep our taxes low and create local opportunities. As in the past, I will continue to promote Springville wherever I go, working to get businesses to locate in our community that will add to and be a part of our community. Growth can be a difficult but exciting challenge. We must be deliberate and creative in maintaining our quality of life while providing places for our children and grandchildren to live, work and recreate. We need to look at all facets of growth, including creative ways to make housing affordable, employment opportunities, public safety and infrastructure needs.

Liz Crandall

As Springville welcomes new families and business into our community we are faced with increased traffic and safety issues. I plan to study and get community input as we address these concerns and find solutions so that traffic can flow more easily. I would also like to promote communication between our city and new business owners so they can understand code and meet their deadlines in a timely manner.

Jason Miller

Springville is well-positioned and on a very positive path forward. However, with the rapid growth taking place in the City, there are a number of important issues which must be addressed. Two of these are: 1) Ensuring stable service and utility costs and tax rates despite large looming capital expenditure requirements and a possible economic downturn. Taxes and utility and service costs have a major impact on all of us. My view has been and will continue to be that resident cost stability should be a top objective for the City. The best way to address this is through planning and careful consideration of the expenses associated with delivering each service. 2) Attracting businesses to increase the tax base and provide services and retail opportunities locally for residents. The City Council I have participated in and advisory boards have worked hard to attract businesses which will benefit our community. While we can’t direct businesses to set up in Springville, we have worked to and will continue to create the most attractive environment possible.

Patrick Monney

Springville is a great community. We have a strong team of elected officials and dedicated employees that do well with the resources (financial and physical) of our city and the municipalities. One of the larger issues I see Springville facing is sales tax based economic development with the remaining land that is within the Springville proper. For years, Springville has been a wonderful “bedroom” community with relatively little growth in the business sector. Springville has a strong industrial park, with solid commercial businesses. My goal is to see strong retail type business growth, which in-turn will increase the sales tax base for supporting Springville City. Only within the last few years has Springville seen the addition of more sales tax generating businesses. There is still a limited amount of land available and zoned for growth that will increase our sales tax base, and I will work to make sure the best retail businesses are sought after to maximize that real estate.

Deborah Hall

Careful management of resources, responsibly developing public spaces, balanced business growth, and attention to the quality of life for Springville residents.

Matt Packard

We need to continuing to maintain the quality of life in Springville. Springville needs to continue to balance economic growth with safety for its residents and the quality of their neighborhoods.


Two four-year seats (Ranked Voting)

G. Tyce Flake

As the fastest growing city in the nation, we have many issues. They are as follows: Density — Our new General Plan, City Center Form Based Code will control future growth. Economic Development — We must develop an economic base for future sustainability and such basic services as a grocery store. We have already added a number of new businesses in the past two years and look forward to many more that are in the approval process now. Land Reclamation — U.S. Steel & Geneva Nitrogen will finish their environmental clean up in 2020. With the help of the RDA (remediation fund) we must clean up all the concrete foundations and the remains of the old plant that litter the site, which will open this area to economic development. Infrastructure — Completion of the Center St. overpass (2020), extension of Main St., Mill Rd., Vineyard Connector, building a water storage tank, the attendant water/sewer lines, trails and connecting roads as the city grows.

Tay Gudmundson

Our city is growing quickly — but in our rush to accommodate our new residents we need to be mindful of our future needs. Parks need to be finished, but mindful of our upcoming adolescent residents. With this boom of growth, our water supply needs to be independent of Orem and we need to ensure adequate water pressure. When commercial buildings come in, they need to be modern and tasteful but also keeping with our love of Vineyard’s heritage. Our city is planned to be walkable and bike-able. This is vital and important to our city’s vision.

Hector Rafael Hernandez

Response not provided.

Anthony Jenkins

Managing growth wisely has to be the top issue. I believe Vineyard is for everyone. We need zoning codes to accommodate all people and housing types in the appropriate areas. We need to write and enforce code that will allow students, families, and retirees to enjoy our city while it grows. Along with growth I believe Vineyard needs more transit options and local amenities/resources (such as grocery stores, medical/pharmacy locations, and office buildings) so that Vineyard residents can live, work, and play in their community if desired. Vineyard has the opportunity to master the basic city responsibilities of safety and infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, etc.). Everything Vineyard builds and owns should be funded and maintained adequately from the beginning.

Keith Kuder

Smart Growth: Vineyard is the fastest growing city in the nation. As we grow, more homes are being built and yes, even more High-Density homes. We need to strike the right balance between accommodating growth and preserving our heritage. This means we need to move forward focusing on single-family homes. And yes, we do need a grocery store. Sensible Spending: Growing up in poverty I was taught the math to become a fiscal conservative. My family manages a budget at home, we live within our means, and always plan for the future. That’s exactly what government should be doing. As your Vineyard City representative, that’s exactly what I plan to do. Strong Neighborhoods: We need to strengthen our neighborhoods. When neighborhoods are strong, crime usually stays low, businesses grow and we become closer as a community. I will work hard to ensure our neighborhoods are clean and safe places to live.

David Lauret

One of the biggest concerns facing Vineyard today is “Density Creep” — the unplanned/after-development increase in the number of people and cars in neighborhoods. Density creep makes our neighborhoods more cramped, with less parking than they were supposed to have. Business Development is also critical. We now have the population to start supporting businesses with both customers and employees. We should now focus more on building for businesses and a little less on new housing. Efforts to recruit businesses there should continue. It is time to build the planned Vineyard Town Center district on the old Geneva Steel lands north of the Vineyard Connector. Roads are also critical to supporting our growth--both existing and new--in Vineyard. These projects need to be completed so we can generate the funds to continue to put in parks and recreation, reclaim our Utah Lake shoreline, and honor our heritage in useful and appropriate ways.

Cristy Welsh

Vineyard is at a critical stage in its growth. I’m excited for the possibilities ahead, but feel strongly that we need to continue having wise, forward-thinking leaders who can set the foundation for Vineyard’s future to thrive. As Vineyard City grows, so will the need for additional public safety facilities. I support saving for a fire station and making sure our law enforcement is staffed with additional officers as needed. We need parks and open space distributed throughout the community in convenient locations for all residents. The plan for a connected trail system that links with the regional systems is of high priority as well as the the Wakara Way Conservation Project. I have and will continue to advocate for both projects, which are big steps towards preserving and capitalizing on one of our greatest assets, Utah Lake.

Withdrew: Nathan Riley

Woodland Hills

Three four-year seats

Bob Ottley

Transparency — past management approach has lent itself to assuming that others understand and agreed with the handling of the budget oversight.

Kari Malkovich

The biggest issue facing the City of Woodland Hills is aging infrastructure, specifically with regards to water and roads. Some of our roads are in serious disrepair. The life cycle of the infrastructure is about 40-50 years. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary of incorporation this year and it’s time to make the necessary improvements before further deterioration. The biggest challenge with this issue is funding. We already struggle to pay for maintenance and upkeep. As a city, we have already “stepped out of the box” in finding solutions. Recently, a BYU Capstone project was completed to identify specific problems and solutions, including a pavement management program and a drainage management program. After the semester long project was completed, I supported the formation of a roads committee, consisting of elected officials and qualified residents, to expand on this research.

Lawrence Henry

1. Continued supply of safe and sufficient drinking water. Establish timelines for needed repairs and improvements. Follow the timelines. 2. Safe and maintained streets. Evaluate and plan for road repair, replacement, and maintenance. Development and implement the yearly budget for this. 3. Communications between elected officials and citizens. Provide citizens with a timely summary of meetings and decisions.

David Pratt

Since I have lived in Woodland Hills the city has gone from being a homeowners association, to a town and now to a city. Along the way we have been served by quality citizens and leaders who have helped that growth. We are now experiencing unprecedented growth. We need leadership and plans to match that growth while remaining true to our small town roots. I am firmly rooted in the small town of Woodland Hills but know how to run an efficient city. My goal is to become the “Best managed city in Utah”. Together we can do it.

Withdrew: Toby Hardin

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