Okay, so a few days ago I mentioned that one of the reasons I’m running for Salt Lake County Council is because I want to serve others. While I feel that is a really important reason to run for office, that is also a motivating factor for everyone who seeks public office (at least, I hope it is). Service, though, is also not the only reason I’m running. Another reason is this: Timing.
Timing is everything. Since high school, I have always been involved and engaged in government and politics, but always in a role of supporting others. Because I have seen first hand the commitment that public service requires, I can honestly say that one or two years ago I would have never even thought about running for office myself–serving on the central committee, as a delegate or as a volunteer was plenty. Now, I feel that time is right for me both professionally and personally.
I’ve spent the last several years building a business based here in Salt Lake County. While we now have locations throughout Utah, my flagship homes in West Jordan and Millcreek employ about 60 people. Anyone who has owned a business knows you are working ALL the time. Over the last six or so years, though, by careful planing, fiscal prudence, and some luck, I’ve been able to build a small business that gives me the flexibility and time to make working on the County Council a priority.
Equally important to me is independence. I am fortunate that having my own small business makes me responsible only to those who elect me. I can act independently and without pressure on any issue that come before the Council. If I am beholden to no one person or organization, that also means that I can be beholden to the voice and will of the people–which is what all public officials should vow to do. I’ll never have to ask for a day off to attend an event, I’ll never have to double check that a decision made by the Council with affect my supervisor or the company that I work for.
And finally, I think my family is finally at a point where I can engage more meaningfully in public service. I’m not the only one with a busy job, and my wife Emily and I have learned to support each other in the give and take of balancing work and family. Our oldest is now a driver (both a terrifying and liberating prospect), so juggling her schedule with ours isn’t as big of a problem as it was even a few months ago. Last but not least, our youngest daughter, Elsie, is fully supportive. When I told her we needed a few campaign signs, she went right to work (see the picture below!).
Timing really is everything, and I think the time is now. I hope you do to and will join me in making Salt Lake County a better place.
February 12, 2019