She was the first woman to go through the recording engineering program at Brigham Young University and, if Sherrie Hall Everett is lucky, she could also be the first woman mayor of Provo.
Hall Everett is no stranger to Provo residents, she served on the Municipal Council from 2008-12. Many of the accomplishments of the current administration — and problems — Hall Everett dealt with during her four years on the council.
Her experience in the corporate world is extensive with her marketing business and her involvement with several boards and commissions. She is currently the co-vice chairman of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Directors.
When it comes to Provo’s parking and transportation needs, Hall Everett believes she can help in solving some challenging problems.
“Parking seems to be a pain point for this community,” she said. “Parking is about supply and demand. There is a significant amount of parking in downtown Provo.”
When it comes to the lawsuit between Provo and the county over lack of parking for the Utah Valley Convention Center, she understands some of the nuances of the argument.
“I don’t know exactly what is in the lawsuit,” she said. “We always had a good agreement with the county and said we’d put parking in. We don’t need to be contentious. We can find a solution.”
Hall Everett said there are some amazing things coming to Provo like The Mix development which is incredible for our community, potentially a medical school coming, and asks are we willing to create the conditions for them to come here?
“Orem created conditions for Trader Joe's that would get return on investment,” she noted.
When it comes to growth, Hall Everett believes it is happening and will continue to happen at a pace that some in the area may not be ready for.
“Provo’s changed every decade,” she said. “We really can’t stop growth.”
With that said, and her business and educational training supporting her, Hall Everett believes the use of social media will be the key to communication and transparency.
“Social media is more important than ever,” she said. “Mayor Curtis has perfected it and brought more voices in through social media.”
While growth is coming, Hall Everett says it needs to be guided growth.
“We don’t want to lose the charm of our city,” she said. “The real charm is our people. They are the asset of the community.”
Another pain of the city is the cost to live here versus the pay to stay.
“I don’t think we need to be afraid of providing affordable housing in this community,” Hall Everett said. “We’ve done ourselves an injustice defining affordability.”
Hall Everett lives on the west side and has for years. She would like the neighborhood name to change to reflect the beauty of the west side.
“I should be called Provo’s Lake District,” she said.
She also noted there needs to be a variety of housing in the area.
As for the airport, she believes it will continue to be an important regional facility. Decisions in the next few years will be critical concerning its growth.
Hall Everett agrees there are issue with zoning compliance and that it’s been a wedge that has been unhelpful to the city’s vision.
“I want to work with the council on housing,” she said. “We need a sense of community. When paint goes on one house, the others follow.”
Hall Everett is a single mom who has raised two children to adulthood and says she understands many of the issues facing woman and families in the community.
“I am prepared to help serve Provo,” she said.