It really is time for us to plan, and execute our plans, better. We have a million more people coming into this county over the next 50 years. If we don’t start doing something, we are going to live in a community far different than the one we live in now. Earlier this week, I […]

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More Planning for Salt Lake County Growth

February 20, 2019

So, as some of you know, I have been involved in healthcare since I was a kid.  My mom retired from St. Mark’s Hospital after over 30 years working in the nursery and Neonatal ICU.  My dad is a pharmacist.  Sure, they were VERY disappointed when I decided to go to law school, but they […]

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More Access to Healthcare

February 19, 2019

A few weeks back I was invited to the Women’s Caucus before our Central Committee meeting and I had all these thoughts I wanted to share about women’s issues. Unfortunately, I had WAY too little time to say all I wanted to say. So, I did this short video of part of what I wanted […]

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More Justice for Women

February 18, 2019

At this point, if you have talked to me, you know that one of the big things I am interested in doing on the County Council is work on cleaning our air, our water and our land. Obviously, our environment is a big issue for all the candidates running for County Council, and that is […]

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More Clean Everything

February 14, 2019

Let me say how amazed I have been at all of the support and encouragement I have received since starting this campaign. I am not only surprised by how many people have been willing to stand up with me to call for real action on the issues facing our county, but I’m also impressed with […]

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The ONE thing that can make or break SLCo Success

February 13, 2019

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 […]

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Why I’m Running for Salt Lake County Council, Part 2

February 12, 2019

Inclusivity is about finding what is valuable in each of us.  When we are inclusive, we take the experiences each of us has, and utilize those experiences to the better of our community. It is great to be able to learn from others, and I am fortunate to have learned a lot from my own […]

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More Inclusivity

February 8, 2019

There is an old Hebrew saying that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In my experience working with local governments, I have found that time and again, vision gets easily clouded. Cities seem to always be scheming up ways to increase their “tax base.”  Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong about wanting […]

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Jeff Merchant’s Vision for Salt Lake County

February 8, 2019

One of the top questions I have been asked as I have met with people is why I am running for Salt Lake County Council.  What a great question—there are a lot of reasons why. Today I would like to talk about one of those reasons:  service. I have always been interested in social issues and […]

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Why Jeff Merchant is Running for Salt Lake County Council

February 8, 2019