A lifetime of preparation.
Born in Provo, Utah and raised in Southern California, Zach grew up in a family with four sisters, a mom and a dad, and had what he describes as a “rather idyllic childhood.” Sandlot baseball after dinner, riding bikes around the neighborhood and down the biggest hills he could find, and working a paper route after school gave Zach a sense of what a community can and should be, even at a young age. Even at that age, his family was very informed when it came to national and local political issues, and he recalls discussing the 1980 presidential contest between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter around the dinner table as a kindergartner
Even after moving back to Utah with his family while in high school, the family’s interest in the issues of the day were a continual topic of conversation. His dad was an avid talk radio listener, and as a teenager he followed the presidencies of Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. After getting married in 1998, Zach stayed involved in politics and explored the various “third” political parties, looking for a way to get involved in a way that matters.
Taking responsibility to get things done.
When his oldest daughter was very young, Zach and his wife signed her up for the local rec soccer team. On the registration form, there was a box to check to volunteer to coach the team. This would be for a team of 5 year olds, where the bulk of the coaching can be summed up as “Kick it that way and don’t use your hands.” After dicussing with his wife, they checked the box and he coached her team for a couple of years, not because of his impressive soccer acumen (which doesn’t exist), but because he feared that if he didn’t he’d be “that guy” on the sidelines pointing out to the coach everything that was going wrong.
Now, he takes the same approach to public service. Instead of sitting on the sidelines pointing out what all the politicians are doing wrong, he chooses to get involved personally, and to tries to make a difference in and for his community. It’s why he ran for state delegate in 2012 and 2014, why he chaired his children’s elementary school community council, and why he got involved at the city level.
Serving with gratitude.
In 2013, Zach was appointed to serve on the West Jordan Planning Commission. He had previously served on the city’s Healthy West Jordan committee and the city’s Budget Committee. As a planning commissioner, Zach took a stand against government overreach by publicly opposing a proposed graffiti mitigation ordinance that would have placed an inordinate burden on the city’s business community, as well as opening its residents up to suspicion and arrest for simply carrying a magic marker in their backpack. He also opposed high density development in areas where it doesn’t make sense, and along the way learned a lot about land use regulations, property rights, and what role local government should play in those decisions.
Zach was elected to the West Jordan City Council in 2015, receiving 62% of the vote in district 3. On the city council he has tried to stand up for the rights of the citizens of the city, sometimes to the exasperation of the city staff. He continues to advocate for more liberty for West Jordan, lower regulations, less taxes and lower fees, and a long-term, sustainable approach to city planning.