One key component to being effective in any elected office is the relationships you forge with other elected officials. These relationships are key when it comes to having influence at the county and state levels. For too many years, West Jordan was largely passed over for regional road funding, mass transit planning, and other decisions made by intergovernmental groups. We got the short end of the stick because our leaders weren’t willing to invest the time to advocate for our city. This has changed over the last few years. Lately, we have been able to work on mending these fences and things are looking up.

This kind of investment requires a long-term focus. Relationships such as those with the state legislature, the county council, and other city leaders require an investment that must be maintained. I’m honored to call many elected leaders at the state, county, and school district levels, as well as other city officials in neighboring communities, my friends.