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About Zach

I grew up the 2nd of 5 children, born in Utah and raised in southern California. As a kid, I grew up in a politically active family, with my dad constantly engaged in one political campaign or another, and talk radio being the entertainment option of choice while driving around town. I registered to vote on my 18th birthday, and have voted in every election since then whenever I’ve been able.

In 2012, I finally was in a position to contribute politically and was elected as a state delegate by my neighborhood precinct. As a delegate, I got to meet the candidates running for US Senate, House, Governor, and other state office. For me, it was much like meeting Steve Garvey or Dale Murphy (I also grew up a huge baseball fan), and then realizing that they’re just normal guys, and not only that, you could probably compete with them on their level. And the more I got engaged in meeting these people in my role as a delegate, the more I thought, “I could do this.” So I did.

I was elected to the West Jordan City Council in November, 2015, and was sworn in to represent the citizens of district 3 on January 4, 2016. Prior to that election, I served on the Planning Commission from 2013-2015, including one year as Vice-Chairman. I also served as chairman of the Budget & Sustainability Committee, and briefly on the Healthy West Jordan Committee. I served two years as chairman of the Fox Hollow Elementary School Community Council in West Jordan, where all three of my children attended. I volunteered with the Mia Love for Congress campaign in 2012 & 2014, and have served for 4 years as a State Republican Delegate and two years as a County Delegate.

I’m the type of person that wants to be involved. When there are decisions to be made, I want to help make them. That’s why, as a young father of a 5-year-old learning to play soccer, I volunteered to be the coach. It wasn’t because I was a great soccer player, it was because I wanted to take the responsibility, rather than being one who declined the opportunity and then expressed his disapproval at the way the job was being done. I’d rather be the one doing it.

And that’s just one reason why I’m running to be your next mayor. West Jordan needs a mayor who is fully engaged in the goings on in our city.

Since being elected to the West Jordan City Council…

  • Stopped the city manager’s office from selling three “future parks”, and succeeded in stopping the rezoning of the 10 acre future Maples Park.

  • Sponsored and passed a resolution renaming the West Jordan Justice Center after officer Thomas Rees, the first West Jordan officer to be killed in the line of duty in West Jordan.

  • Supported the resolution calling for the censure of former councilman Jeff Haaga, and I was one of only two sitting council members to publicly say he should resign.

  • I have consistently been willing to give interviews with the members of the media who have reached out to me, and I have been quoted in the news more than any other sitting council member in the last 2 years, including the mayor.

  • Called on city staff to formally recognize and legitimize the Western Growth Coalition in lieu of recognizing the County’s “Mountain View Corridor Coalition” in order to keep local control of land use planning.

  • Called on city staff to improve safety at city intersections, including studying red light cameras, signal timing, etc.

  • Supported additional funding for parks and streetscape maintenance.

  • Publicly advocated for the Facebook data center economic development project, and was elected chairman of the Taxing Entity Committee.

  • Supported ethics legislation for West Jordan elected officials.

  • I was the only West Jordan official, elected or otherwise, to attend a press conference by County Mayor Ben McAdams held in our city, about west-side development.

  • Won the district city council election in 2015 by the largest margin of any West Jordan city council race that year.

  • Developed a good working relationship with county council members, state representatives and senators, school board, etc.

  • Brought back the 4th of July carnival and expanded the 4th of July celebration in Veterans Memorial Park to be incredible.

  • Rescinded the hastily-passed resolution to have a form of government change on the ballot in 2017 in order to allow more time for citizen input, and passed a resolution to form a citizens’ committee to study the issue.

  • Rescinded the bond authorization on the proposed rec center to allow for a public vote on the bond.

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