Friday, September 30, 2011

Taylorsville Election

This year will be one of the most exciting elections Taylorsville has ever seen. (Of course our first election in 1995, with 70+ candidates is definitely the most exciting, but I would say that this one is a close second.)

Several "Meet the Candidate" events are coming up, so mark your calendar! The first one will be Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. It is sponsored by the Taylorsville Exchange Club.

The second one will be on Tues., Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. It is sponsored by the city's Economic Development Committee. 

Here are the candidates from each district:

DISTRICT 1  (roughly from 4100 South to 4700 South and Jordan River to 2700 West)

Ernest Glen Burgess

My name is Ernest Burgess and I am running for Taylorsville City Council in District 1. My wife Connie and I have lived in Taylorsville for the last 27 years. We have 9 children and 25 grandchildren. I enjoy being a part of the Taylorsville community. It's an ideal place to live. Raising a family here has been a great joy.
I have been in management for 32 years. For the past 2 1/2 years I've served on the Taylorsville Planning Commission and have learned a lot about how the city works. Attending meetings of the city's Economic Development Committee and the City Council has helped me recognize the vibrant growth potential of Taylorsville.
In order to maintain our city's quality and continue to improve, much work is to be done over the next few years. My desire is to help move this great city forward. As we do so, people and businesses will see what we have to offer and join us in making Taylorsville a shining jewel in Salt Lake County.
 I want you to have a voice in our city government. Feel free to call me at (801) 261-3436, email me at, or leave a comment on my website at with any questions or suggestions.

Israel M. Grossman

My name is Israel Grossman and I am running for Taylorsville City Council in District 1. I live at 4438 Thornwood Avenue. I have been married to my wife Michelle for 17 years. Michelle and I have a 16 year old daughter, Chloe, who will be a junior at Taylorsville in the fall. I also have a 22 year old daughter, Haley, from a previous marriage. I love to golf and spend time with my family. We like to camp and spend time outdoors.

I am a Senior Buyer at Core-Mark International. I have a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Government Relations and Politics. I have a Masters of Arts in Human Behavior as well.

Since moving to Taylorsville five years ago I have become very active in the community through church callings, the Cabana Club, and in emergency preparedness. We enjoy attending Taylorsville Dayzz, and visiting the museum and historical sites. I serve on the Taylorsville Budget Committee and attend all of the City Council meetings.

I have decided to run because I have a strong sense of commitment and loyalty to our city.  We need to continue to provide the resources necessary to ensure public safety.  We need to focus on economic development. We need to bring in new businesses and help our existing businesses thrive. I am dedicated to making Taylorsville a destination city, where families can enjoy any and all activities right here at home.  ‘Opportunity in Every Direction’ needs to be opportunities within Taylorsville, and I will strive to make that a reality. Together we can play a part in making our city a better place, a place to be proud of. If you’d like to volunteer or contribute to my campaign, or for more info, please visit

DISTRICT 2 (roughly from 4700 South to 5400 South and Jordan River to 2200 West)

Kristie Steadman Overson

I am Kristie Steadman Overson, candidate in district 2. Moving our city forward in a positive direction is my commitment to you. Encouraging new business and retention of existing business both large and small is critical to a stable revenue stream. Public safety is a high priority and I am an advocate of full participation with the Unified Police Department. Enhancing our level of service while cutting costs is a responsible and positive step forward. Well-maintained streets and neighborhoods through street beautification, business and neighborhood revitalization and code enforcement will reinvigorate and unite our city, improve our quality of life and will give us a “sense of place.” Our historic legacy, open spaces and sensitive land areas are unique to district 2 and must be maintained and enhanced as we plan for the future.

Applying my 11-year experience as a planning commissioner, my vast community involvement on several city committees and my 46-year residency in this community makes me your best choice. I am open-minded, thoughtful in decision making and have the time to make city council my full-time job. I am dedicated to moving Taylorsville toward a vibrant and healthy future. Please see my website at

Morris K. Pratt

My name is Morris Pratt. It is no secret that I have a continuing desire to serve the Taylorsville community. That desire has been fueled by telephone calls, emails and personal visits from many residents inside and outside of my district who appreciate the representation I have provided over the last eight years.  

There are a number of challenges that our city has faced and will face in the next 10 years. Quality economic development is number one, followed by fiscal responsibility and community pride. There are so many negative comments from people that have an effect on community pride and do nothing but hurt our city. I want to be part of the solution and work with other council members and the administration within our roles to keep Taylorsville a great place to live, work and play.  There are many differing opinions on various topics from taxation, to ordinance enforcement and economic development and it will take personal commitments on everyone’s part to keep a good balance of government within our lives. See for more information.

DISTRICT 3 (roughly 5400 South to 6600 South and 1300 West to 2700 West)

Dave Ballou

My name is Dave Ballou. Growing up, my father was passionate about serving other people.  He never preached it, but his actions spoke louder than words ever could have.  Whether it was pulling weeds for a neighbor, mowing grass for the widows on the street, subbing for Santa, or just giving rides to co-workers who were down on their luck; my Pop was always the first to volunteer.  Much to the chagrin of my brothers and me, he usually had one or all four of us in tow, grumbling all the way.  As a young boy, I had zero interest in serving other people, especially when there were forts to be built, bad guys to shoot, and friends to go goof off with.
As a husband and father, I look back on those memories with sort of a reverent fondness and realize how truly lucky I am.  Without knowing it, I have become my father in many ways, especially when it comes to serving others.  I want to be your next City Councilman because I feel that it would be an excellent opportunity to get out, get my hands dirty, and be a voice for the great people of this city.  In a time when government seems to be more interested in bickering amongst themselves, it's great to know that at our local level, even the smallest voice can be heard.

I am honored and humbled to be considered for the position of City Councilman, and I look forward to working with the people of Taylorsville for years to come. See for more information.

Jerry W. Rechtenbach

My name is Jerry Rechtenbach and I am running for City Council in Taylorsville District 3. I have been a resident of Taylorsville for almost 27 years. My wife and I have raised four children here. I have always considered it my obligation to be actively engaged in the community and in the neighborhood where I live to help keep it a nice and safe place for families to live and raise their children. I assisted in the Taylorsville City incorporation by lending engineering expertise to help establish city boundaries. When Taylorsville incorporated, I served on the Public Safety Committee and the Planning Commission, serving as both chair and vice-chair. In 2004 I was elected to the city council. This is the second time I have served as chair of the council. I also currently serve on the board for the Salt Lake County Sanitation District.

I volunteered to serve as a Planning Commissioner and on the Public Safety Committee because I cared about the future of the City and wanted to help in a positive way. I decided to run for city council because I saw a need for the City to be more progressive in its approach to economic development, and to improvements to the infrastructure and public rights-of-way. During my tenure we have made substantial progress but I feel there is much that still needs to be done. There are some projects/initiatives that are only partially done and I feel an obligation to see them to completion, which is the reason I am running for another term in office. 

As a city, we have been able to maintain the size of City government at the lowest level per capita in the county while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates of any city in the county. Over the next four years my goal is to focus on economic development initiatives in the City that will boost sales tax revenues by attracting new business to the City, and enhancing those that are already here, so that we can maintain our standard of living while keeping the cost of living at a minimum. See for more information.

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