Earlier this year I was recognized by the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce for having a “100% Business-friendly Voting Record.” While I was honored to receive this award, and I stand proudly by my voting record of the last three years (and the three years of votes on the Planning Commission before that), I also want to make it clear that to me, my number one loyalty has always been to the citizens of West Jordan. In supporting the business community in our city, I’m aiming to improve the quality of life for all of our residents.

For example, the more people that can live near their jobs, the less traffic there needs to be. The more people can shop for what they need in our city, the more those sales tax dollars remain in our city. The more businesses that thrive in our city, the more property tax the city collects from those businesses (at nearly twice the rate of a residence), and all of this adds up to keeping your residential property taxes as low as possible while still providing the basic services that our residents demand from their local government.

In other words, I didn’t fight for lower business license fees or against massive utility rate hikes in order to earn an award, although I’m flattered to have been so recognized. No, I vote the way I do because I feel it’s in the best interest of the community; meaning the residents, businesses, stakeholders, and everyone that interacts with the city of West Jordan.

I’ve been fighting for the rights of our business community ever since I loudly opposed the graffiti mitigation ordinance in 2013, and I’m not going to stop now.