The candidates that could win the race for Utah County Commissioner A

With Greg Graves engrossed in controversy and not seeking reelection, the race for Utah County Commission Seat A is wide open for these candidates. Tanner Ainge http://www.voteainge.com/ https://www.facebook.com/voteainge/ Tanner has a law degree from Northwestern University. He is a business advisor. He has enjoyed his time in Utah County and sees the potential for tremendous success. There is a highly educated workforce and a powerful private sector, which conservative policies allow for. Strong families and churches have to lead to strong upward mobility. He wants to enable the private sector…

A look at the race for Utah County Attorney, 2018

With the current Utah county attorney not seeking another term, the field is open between Chad Grunander and David Leavitt. Chad Grunander https://www.facebook.com/electchadgrunander/ Chad has been at the Utah County Attorney’s office for fourteen years and has held all of the positions except working with juveniles. He has supervised and is now criminal division chief in the office. The most famous case he has worked on was the Pleasant Grove doctor that murdered his wife. The trial was broadcast life and it was even on the Nancy Grace show. Beyond…

A look at the candidates for Utah County Sheriff 2018

With the current Utah County Sheriff not seeking reelection, the field is open for these four candidates. Jim Phelps https://www.facebook.com/SheriffJimPhelps/ Jim is a lifelong resident of Utah County and has served 25 years as a US Marshal. He started working in Salt Lake City and has been able to stay in Utah throughout his career. He has performed many roles, including the coordinator for the FBI’s violent crime task, he created a violent fugitive task force, oversaw the federal inmate program, and served on the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit.…

A delegate’s thoughts: Utah County Clerk/Auditor

Lisa Anderson is a Utah County Republican Party delegate, selected by her neighbors to look at the candidates for public office and to select which should be nominees at the party convention. She’s taken the time to not only meet the candidates but to share her impressions. Over the coming weeks, Utah Politico Hub will cross post her comments on her meetings and thoughts. Friday, March 30, 2018, Provo Library All three candidates were at the meet-and-greet this evening. I spent time with each candidate listening to them answer questions and giving information on…

A look at the race for Utah County Clerk/Auditor 2018

There has been some controversy in the clerk/auditor office over incorrect ballots being sent out. Bryan is running for a fourth tell with Amelia challenging him. Amelia Powers https://www.amelia4utah.com/ https://www.facebook.com/theameliapowers Amelia Powers loves process. She has lived and worked both in the US and Canada for Caterpillar. This included 3 years of continuous process improvements and then as a field rep and helping dealers become more efficient. She is Six Sigma certified. When given the choice between Seattle and Illinois, she chose to leave Caterpillar and come back to Utah…

A delegate’s thoughts: Utah County Attorney candidate David O. Leavitt

Lisa Anderson is a Utah County Republican Party delegate, selected by her neighbors to look at the candidates for public office and to select which should be nominees at the party convention. She’s taken the time to not only meet the candidates but to share her impressions. Over the coming weeks, Utah Politico Hub will cross post her comments on her meetings and thoughts. The first in this series is about David O. Leavitt, who is running for Utah County Attorney. Utah County Meet & Greet Friday, March 30, 2018 I had about 10 minutes…

The Mero Moment: The politics of self-righteousness – May 12, 2016

LDS Living magazine had an interesting article about overzealous Mormons who basically compete to be more righteous than the other. This phenomenon elevates Mormon culture ahead of actual commandments. We see it all of the time. Everyone knows someone who is hypersensitive and overzealous about some feature of the Gospel – like food storage or church service or cola drinks. You can see these dysfunctions most clearly in settings where Mormons are clustered and dominate a population. For instance, take a look inside the LDS Church office building. The first…

Gender politics: bathrooms, locker rooms …

I attended a local school board meeting (Alpine School District) today and made the following comments to share my views on the recent edict from the Federal Departments of Justice and Education (click here to see their Letter on Transgender Students). This is what I wrote in advance and not necessarily the exact words I used. I would like to speak to the issue of gender identity based usage of bathrooms and locker rooms. With the assumption that students are being harmed by the current birth gender policy and without…

A brief look at the candidates for Utah County Commissioner

The Utah County Convention is upon us again (SATURDAY APRIL 16!), and Utah County has several very qualified candidates running for one county commissioner seat. As Utah County has only three commissioners, each of these seats is extremely important. Find my previous post, about the Utah Senate 14 candidates, here. Scott Ward http://votescottward.com/ Scott Ward comes with a business background and a Masters in Public Administration. He wants to make sure he understands the issues that you need to deal with and likes using things such as business models and process workflows to…

Daniel Zappala: A proposed American Fork Canyon resolution

Today the Cedar Hills city council will be considering a resolution written by council member Trent Augustus regarding the American For Canyon. In this post I will explain why I have prepared a substitute resolution that I believe better protects American Fork Canyon and provides a vision the entire council can embrace. Background Preserving the American Fork Canyon wilderness area has emerged as a top priority for our residents in the last month. For background on this issue, please see my previous blog post on the American Fork Canyon Meeting…