Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Who is vying for mayor?

Residents have until January 4, 2013 to turn in an application for the interim mayor post. Applications can be found on the city website,, or picked up at City Hall.

Applicants need to be a Taylorsville resident for the past 12 months, be a registered voter, and not be a convicted felon.

On January 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., the council will review the names submitted, interview the applicants, and then vote on who shall fill the remaining term. The term expires on December 31, 2013.

For more information, contact City Recorder Cheryl Cottle at 801-963-5400.

We will continually update a list here of those who have applied for this position. To date, here are the names of those who are interested:

Dan Fazzini, Jr.
Israel Grossman
Jon Fidler
Jerry Rechtenbach
Wendi Wengel
Doyle Unsworth
Laura Jane Hyte-Richins
Reed Noble Larson
Cheryl M. Bailey
Joseph S. Taggart
Monnica Manuel
Janice Auger Rasmussen
Royce G. Larsen
Daniel Jon Armstrong


  1. Two questions: As a member of the city council, can Mr. Rechtenbach vote for himself?

    Secondly, will the public get a chance to weigh in on the applicants? Why or why not?


  2. Any council member running for mayor can vote for himself or herself. The public will not get a chance to weigh in on the applicants at the meeting on January 9th, but can certainly call council members prior to that and give them feedback on those who have applied.

    1. So, a person only needs 60% of the vote to become "mayor" and a council member can vote for him(or her)self and get 20% of that right out of the gate? Something about that seems totally out of balance.


  3. I would like to know how we can go about letting the people voice their opinions on the applicants. This is kind of a big deal, and it affects every citizen in the city. If not allowed to vote, then the residents of the city -- at the very least -- should be allowed to give their two cents. What is one of the biggest jobs of the council if not to listen to their constituents and act on their behalf?

  4. To the left of this post are the five council members' phone numbers and email addresses. I would suggest you take note of the candidates who file and then contact the city council members to give them your feedback. Besides telling them a particular candidate that you may or may not be interested in, you could also tell them some of the qualities you are looking for in your mayor.

  5. yah, the people should vote. Just set up a simple ballot day and the people paying attention will vote. If the mayor is truly a representative to people let the people have a say in accepting the mayor.

    1. Rebekah,
      Unfortunately the law says the council decides on an interim position. Luckily for residents, they will get to decide on the mayor in just 11 months.

  6. But for all it's worth I like Rechtanbach. He is a respectable guy.

  7. If the position paid more I'd totally run. That, or if it was part-time (after which I'd hire a really good City Administrator to be there full time). Too bad we have neither... :-(

  8. Wait... what? $80k+ isn't enough? Man, I must be in the wrong line of work. As for the city admin, you do realize that T-Ville has one of the sharpest CA's in the state? Maybe you know something I don't, but I think you're up in the night on that one.

  9. As an Applicant for the position, and more importantly a citizen of Taylorsville, I believe that we should have as many people at the meeting as possible. We need people to get and stay involved. This is a historic time for the city. We will have a Mayor appointed by a minimum of 3 votes.
    Tell your neighbors and friends to be there. Ask them to listen intently to the answers of the applicants.

  10. I agree with Israel, also as an applicant. The City Council will have their regular meeting on the 2nd at 6:30 at which time anyone can use the open forum usually at the beginning of the regular meetings. You can use this 2 minutes to address any item of concern for the City as you wish. It is un-likely that there won't be this open forum on the 9th when they interview candidates.

    Although applicants can register until the 4th, you can still express your support for existing candidates and/or voice what you would like in your Mayor for the Council to consider.

    The Mayor for Taylorsville is similar to a CEO of a large company. The City Council makes laws and gives general direction to the Mayor like a Board of Directors would. The Mayor is in charge of carrying out those directions and directing the City staff in the best interests of the City and all of the citizens of Taylorsville.

    Remember, you'll be able to vote for Mayor for the next 4 years in November.


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