As you know, so much of our lives are about relationships. Trust and understanding are the currency of government. People have to be able to take you at your word and have faith and trust that you will stand up and do the right thing even when the press is not good. In local government good relationships are essential. We work with the county, the state, UTA, UDOT and other government entities all of the time.

One of my skills is my ability to forge and maintain good working relationships with other leaders. I know how to work with people no matter their political ideology. I know how to build consensus on issues that matter to us.  

Over the last four years I have utilized my service on these commissions and boards as well as my time on Utah’s Capitol Hill to secure Draper’s future. For example:

  • Road Improvements: I secured over $23 million in state and county road money for our city. That took time on Capitol Hill and it took many years of building good relationships.

  • Conservation easement to protect our open space: This year I negotiated a conservation easement with the Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and County Council to protect our open space (the Suncrest Purchase) in a conservation easement.   

  • Crossing the railroad tracks at 13200 South. This year we are opening of 13200 South across the railroad tracks and connecting to Highland Drive. This project is long overdue and will dramatically improve traffic flow in the city. By serving on the UTA Board I was in the unique position to secure this project for our city. In addition to opening the road, I was able to negotiate with UTA to keep Boulter Street open. This is unique because UTA normally requires a city to close two crossings in order to open one. I know the people and I know the process.

  • I was able to secure a brand new $23 million dollar, state of the art aquatics center for our city as an appointed member of the Zoo Arts and Parks (ZAP) Board. I worked with the school district and our city council to put together our bid. That achievement took negotiation, advocacy and good relationships with everyone involved. It was a highly competitive process and we were one of the largest projects to gain approval from the board. To win the bid, it required me to be able to convey the merits of our project and persuade my fellow board members to vote for Draper City. I know how to negotiate and deal effectively with other leaders.  

  • Prison Site Development:  The prison site is our economic future. It will be the single most valuable project developed in our city – ever. It must be planned correctly and we must be in a position to benefit from the tax revenues it will generate. From my position on the Point of the Mountain Commission Draper has a front row seat in the planning of Silicon Slopes. I was on the committee that selected Envision Utah as the State’s consultant and I have had extensive input on the vision for the area. I have us at the table working with the state looking to be their partner and securing our future. This area will also bring considerable tax revenue to help fund our children’s education. The population in our valley is growing and is projected to continue doing so. We are a gateway city and we need to be proactive so our city isn’t left behind and unable to meet this  growth.

I am able to form relationships by serving on the following Boards and Commissions:

  • Point of the Mountain Commission 

  • UTA – Board Member

  • Zoo Arts and Parks (ZAP)

  • Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission

  • Judicial Evaluation and Performance Commission (JEPC)