Monday, July 22, 2013

Get to know our Taylorsville Candidates...

Each of the current candidates for Taylorsville office were invited to send in 200 words or less about their candidacy, and a photo. Please see below to learn more about these candidates:

Taylorsville Mayor

LeGrande Hansen
My name is LeGrande Hansen. I am a lifelong resident of Taylorsville City. My lovely wife Tina and I have 8 children. Before working as a mechanic I in restaurant management. I did this for ten years. I learned how to hire productive employee's, control costs, and adjust for fluctuating revenues. I left there to work in the Insurance industry. Here I learned about how important it is to plan & save for future expenses. I learned how wise it is to be debt free.  If you save and pay with cash in the long run you will have multiple times more! Now like many of the residents of Taylorsville I find myself  working two jobs, and at times more. Cost of Utilities, goods and services are skyrocketing. At the same time I see my Government at all levels spending more money. They say that what they have now is just not enough. I see cities using code enforcement as a revenue source. They erect beautiful monuments and structures, parks and "Green space," many financed  by the use of debt ("Bond"). Where does it stop? Will there ever be enough? How come everywhere I turn there is another Tax, another fee? They have become our Rulers not our representatives! Please visit my website at for more info.

Larry Johnson - 
I am running for mayor of Taylorsville City.  I have lived in Taylorsville for most of my life.  I graduated from Kearns High School and attended the University of Utah.  I have been married for 40 years to my wife Debra.  We have four children and ten grandchildren.  Three of our children and their families also live in Taylorsville.  I have been a small business owner for 34 years in which time I have learned to manage finances during times of prosperity as well as difficult times.

During the last four years as a member of the Taylorsville City Council I have fought against tax increases.  I opposed the current mayor's recommended 47% property tax increase as well as the 30% tax increase which was approved by the City Council for the 2013-2014 budget.

My intent as Mayor of Taylorsville is to spend our tax dollars wisely by prioritizing our spending and determining between our wishes, wants, and needs.  I believe that we need to be more actively aggressive in our economic development.  This will increase the sales tax revenue to the city's budget and lower the demand on the residents.

Let's keep Taylosville City a family friendly community by keeping it clean, safe, and affordable. Please visit my Facebook page for more info.

Ric Morley - 

Many have asked what experience I have.  I didn’t know that you had to have experience to serve the public, only a desire. They ask: Have you served in government or held an office. I can answer that with one word: No.

But I can also answer that statement with a clarification: I have worked with large companies in the area of senior management as a vice president and senior vice president and director of operations I am a Human Resource consultant, and have worked with city and county governments for the last 20 years, with compensation analysis, medical testing and benefits.  Not only working with them but seeing the inner workings of cities and counties and what it takes to run and operate each municipality around the Western United States.  Experience, you could say, yes. So what is experience?   It’s the ability to understand people, work with colleagues and constituents, know what the public wants as a majority, and make sure that you take concerns and complaints and try and solve them with compassion. Know what is takes to effectively do business development and economic progression for the future. I hope that all citizens understand the scope & importance of this race and what it means to them and to Taylorsville. 

Jerry Rechtenbach - 
During this critical time in Taylorsville's history, we need leaders that are prepared and positioned to move the City forward. This preparation also includes having established relationships, and credibility, with local city and county leaders, state legislators, our Congressional representatives and staff, UDOT, WFRC, the office of the Governor, and a host of other agencies and organizations. 

I stand on my record of service and accomplishments to the City during my terms as Council Member and as Mayor. As a freshman Mayor, I was selected by the other Mayors in the County to testify before the joint Legislative Interim Committee on Transportation about the need cities have for additional transportation funding sources; a good indication of the respect and credibility I hold among my peers.

Over the last seventeen years I have proven my commitment to the City of Taylorsville. As a Planning Commissioner, then as a part-time City Council Member, and now as Mayor. I have literally been involved in every facet of the operation of this City, culminating in my selection by the City Council to serve as your Mayor. See for more info..

District 3 City Council

Dave Ballou - 

 I am Dave Ballou, father to three beautiful little ladies, and husband to a remarkable and beautiful woman.  I am running because I feel like there is a disconnect between the government and the people that they represent. A glaring example of this was how the city rushed into joining the UFA.  Thankfully, the voters will ultimately get a chance to decide which direction we go, but that was only after exhausted efforts by some residents to get it on a ballot.  Secondly, how excited are you about your massive tax increase this year?  Just like you, it makes me want to puke.  There are a lot of reasons why it happened, and some of those were unavoidable; most were not.  The real problem is that nobody knew it was coming until it was already here.  In my opinion, that is a major failure on the part of our elected officials.  If elected, transparency, communication, and an open door policy will be my focus.  People are smart and can make very educated decisions, but they must have all of the facts before that can happen.  I would appreciate your support this November so we can avoid these types of disasters in the future. You can visit my Facebook page here.

Brad Christopherson -

Brad was born and raised in Taylorsville, Utah.  He earned his Eagle Scout award at 14.  Beginning in 1997, he served a two-year LDS mission to Paris, France. 

Following his return from France, he met his future wife, Wendy, and they married in 2002.  They are now the parents of three wonderful children.  Brad graduated from the University of Utah in 2004 with BA in Political Science & Business Minor, then in 2008 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law with a Juris Doctorate.  Following law school, he and his wife returned to Utah to raise their family where Brad has been practicing law ever since.  His practice focuses primarily on business law, litigation, family law, estate planning, and municipal law.  Brad enjoys college football, college basketball, running, and spending time with his family. 

He is active in politics and was appointed to serve on the Taylorsville City Council in January 2013.  He also on the faculty of LDS Business College in the Paralegal Studies Program.  In June 2013, he joined Mazuran and Hayes, P.C. (Of Counsel) in Holladay, Utah.

District 4 City Council

Dama Barbour - 
I currently serve as the Taylorsville City Council Chair and represent District 4.  I retired from Harmons after a twenty-nine year career, as Vice President of Real Estate and Government Affairs.  As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, I maintain contact with developers and retailers throughout the United States. My experience has helped with our city's economic development. I also spent eight years as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Utah Food Industry where I worked with Legislators around the state. In 2002 I  received the Business Person of the Year award from the Utah State Chamber of Commerce, and enjoyed serving the city for two terms on the Planning Commission. 

As a fiscal Conservative, I understand that a strong commercial tax base and an Economic Development plan are tantamount to keeping property taxes low.  It is vital to Taylorsville residents that we continue to work the re-development projects underway and bring them to fruition. I will bring experience, leadership, commitment and vision in this effort. I would love to serve Taylorsville residents for four more years. Visit my website for more info:

Wendi Wengel (write-in) - 
I am, Wendi Wengel, I am 29 years old and running for city council district 4. I have lived in Taylorsville for nine years. I have three beautiful daughters and an amazing husband.

Before starting my own company, I worked for an Inc. 500 company providing business financial services. I now own my own credit card processing company and in 2012 we processed over 26 million dollars. I have been blessed through lots of hard-work, detailed planning and, disciplined budgeting to now be retiring.

I have served in both stake and regional callings in my church, and it has been my privilege to serve as a state delegate or precinct chair for eight of the nine years I have lived in Taylorsville.  I have earned the trust of my community by listening to their input and involving them in the voting process. I am currently serving on the ad hoc fire committee for the city.
I love Taylorsville and it is imperative that we can make a plan to provide for our future generations without compromising the needs of today. I want this to be a place where I can raise my children and where they can also raise theirs’.

District 5 City Council

Ken Acker - 
My wife, Gina, and our family have lived in Taylorsville for 27 years.  I have volunteered for the city the past 9 years on the Budget Review Committee, the past 2 years on the Economic Development Committee, attended the city’s strategic planning meetings, volunteered at Taylorsville Dayzz, and as a Boy Scout leader for over 17 years at the local, district, and council levels.

My professional training includes a BS degree in accounting from BYU and an MBA degree from USU.  I have had a CPA license for 25 years, and have had a resident producer license for insurance sales for 4 years.  I am currently the CFO for both Standard Optical and Opticare of Utah Inc.  I have worked for both public and private companies from startup companies to multi-billion dollar companies.  I know the needs of small and large businesses, citizens, and the City of Taylorsville.

My platform: common sense economic development, a long-term plan to fill shopping areas to maximize sales tax revenue, avoid raising property taxes, promote local assets so businesses want to locate in Taylorsville, spend tax dollars wisely, public safety, ordinance enforcement, and transparency from our government.

Daniel Jon Armstrong - 

Jonathan Fidler - 
I feel many individuals have great skill sets that would qualify them to be

an effective politician, yet if they don't have an understanding of the
liberties our Constitution provides they won't be a good representative for the people... No matter how well intended they are. Governments naturally acquire power, yet statesmen understand the differences between rights and privileges and therefore, understand what the government can and cannot do to maintain freedom and proper representation of the people.

In 8 years, I have watched our city move from millions of surplus to
millions of deficit and debt. How fiscally irresponsible! In 2012,
Taylorsville council voted to move local control of our Fire Department to a county level and increase our city tax by 42% by a new taxing entity.  I objected, created, organized, and distributed a petition and we successfully pushed the decision to a ballot in November 2013.

While I feel I am very logical and open to better ideas, I'm also firm on
what I feel is important. The bottom line, freedom and liberty for my
children are very important to me.

Please vote Fidler in 2013.

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