Being a Union Member I understand that power lies with the people. Having an ability to collect, re-organize, and represent the voice of my community as a whole, I will utilize the skills I’ve obtained over the years, in the many roles that have provided me with the learning and leading experience.
- Central Utah Federation of Labor Trustee
- Proud UA Local 140 Member & Officer
- Political Education Committee Member
- Joe Hill Organizing Committee Member
- Lifelong West Jordan Resident
- Husband and Father
As the At-Large Councilman on the West Jordan City Council, I will represent the interests that will affect everyone, particularly the “Average Joe” such as myself. These areas will include:
- Protecting your form of Government
- Emphasis on open space and planned growth
- Accessible Transportation
- Public School Advocacy
- Affordable Living
Frequently Asked Questions
(names removed from these actual emails that have been received)
Who are you and why should I vote for you?”
A: To answer your questions, I am a proud Husband and Father. I am a blue collar, middle class Pipefitter and Union member who works hard to provide for my family. I was raised here, and am proud to be raising my own two boys in my childhood home. I have always been active in politics, and when this opportunity presented itself my wife encouraged me to take the leap and run for this position.
I’d like to see the City be responsible in their zoning and in their developments. I’d like to ensure that open spaces are preserved for parks and other recreational areas. I’d like to see the failing business districts redeveloped into areas that can sustain themselves, the West Jordan economy, and attract and provide businesses and services that will benefit the citizens of West Jordan and bring others from outside our City to contribute revenue to our City.
I’d like to focus on the Public School system. I’d like to work with the Districts and their Education Boards to address charter schools syphoning kids and resources out of the public school districts. I want our neighborhoods to invest time and resources into supporting our local schools in whatever capacity they are able, and that will assist the schools in the ways that they need us.
Q: “I have lived in West Jordan for 22 years. My big question is about the quality of our city parks. We live here and want to enjoy living here … Railroad Park is nearest my home But, it can hardly be called a park … poorly done landscaping, few trees that are surviving, poor maintenance of the park, no benches around the park outside of the bowery area. People who do not follow the law regarding what happens in the park. Do you think you might be more proactive about having the city spend some of our property tax dollars to clean up and improve our parks??
Please let me know what you might do about this sad part of our city.”
A: One of my biggest issues I’m campaigning on is creating/maintaining open space. Parks, keeping some general undeveloped space and keeping agricultural land agricultural. This is about quality of life here in West Jordan. You’re absolutely correct, we need to do more to maintain the space we have. Do you know that West Jordan hasn’t increased their parks department staff in 22 years or more. We haven’t fertilized our parks in 2 years. The reality is we do not have enough revenue to accomplish what we need. Maintaining our parks is worth a tax increase, I hope we can agree on that.
I haven’t spent time in your local park but I’ll try to take a look at it this weekend and see what we can do to make it better. With so much development coming to West Jordan, we need a strong voice to maintain our parks.
Q: “Hi Hyrum. I just received my mail in ballot today. And I am doing my research on who to vote for for City Council in West Jordan. I want to know if you have any real estate ties such as personal Construction Company home inspection company or do you sit on the board of UTA. I am looking to vote for someone who isn’t going to make a buck from a land deal. I read on your campaign website that you want to address openspaces , transportation and affordable housing for the incoming growth in West Jordan. Are you a real estate investor? Will you gain something by building more affordable housing in Open Spaces? Thanks for your time.”
A: I have no special interest organizations backing my candidacy, only working folk like you and I contributing to this campaign. Besides being an everyday plumber/pipefitter, I am an officer of my union, a trustee of the central federation of labor. These organizations only look after the same interests you or I would have as working people. I oppose having any real estate associations or the like backing my campaign, I work for you, not them. With a nearly 3% unemployment rate, it doesn’t make sense selling our land off at wholesale for any economic development that cannot pay their fair share of taxes. Those kind of deals shouldn’t happen with this kind of economy. As for affordable housing. That will be the question of our time county wide for decades to come with the kind of growth we have been having. I urge our city to start looking at reinventing our failed businesses, big box’s like the Kmart and others, repave, creating affordable communities around those centers involving local, Ma and Pa outlets. I envision a city where whatever stage of life our residents are in we can find a community near our families. Open space should be mandatory to any build- that is a quality of life issue.
Q: Hi, I’m a West Jordan resident, registered as an Independent. I’ve been researching and would like to know your views on a couple things: 1) What are your views on the LGBT community? 2) What do you consider to be West Jordan’s #1 priority right now? 3) My wife and I are heavily considering moving out of West Jordan because of the current housing situation: the population is incredibly dense, and we dislike how close together the homes are and how many apartments/townhouse complexes there are. As we’ve searched around the city, it’s hard to find anywhere that doesn’t feel claustrophobic. 4) What are your views on trees and plants (and the general beautification) of West Jordan?
A: #1 I’m incredibly comfortable, friendly and supportive of the LGBTQ community. I am hoping to help lead the new arts facility in events that more accepting of people of all backgrounds. I would combine #2 and #3. I hope you can support me with this. I believe accommodating the population growth will be the challenge of our time. Conservative estimates see West Jordan as having a population of 170,000 by 2040. I believe open space and parks should be a priority in maintaining and expanding as a quality of life issue. I believe in keeping our agriculture crop farms and maintaining property around those neighborhoods that have water rights to keep a diversity of land and experiences around West Jordan. But I am a believer in finding homes for those at any stage in their lives. I believe our children should be able to find living near their mothers. I believe we should be focusing in building homes people can afford up and down Mt. View corridor. We should be paving our broken business districts, revitalized with affordable housing and mom and pop stores. I want a Main Street feel somewhere in this city. I understand that is probably exactly the way you see your city to be, but I believe the route with the bigger and bigger homes on smaller property is the worst way to go for the future. I like the avenue the city is starting to use for trees. Local scaping rather than xeriscaping. More dedicated secondary water utilities to feed the plantings would be nice. The city has been hesitant to upgrade its secondary water utilities.
Q: I live here in West Jordan and am the President of a locally-based opera company, Lyrical Opera Theater. I have two questions for all of you. One is arts related and one is not (however a large percentage of people in the performing arts are part of the LGBTQ community). It would be wonderful to get your responses.
- What will you to ensure the performing arts are nurtured in West Jordan?
- How will you make sure the City of West Jordan is inclusive when it comes to transgender veterans?
A: Thank you for inviting me to your facebook page and allowing me to get back to you on this.
In all honestly, like you will hear from many of the candidates, it would be easy to talk about the new arts facility coming to our city. The existing council deserves all the credit there. I was talking to Mr. Vic Groves who also manages a performing company supported by the city, and all the trials he had in keeping his dream alive. He’s very excited, yet he seemed genuinely concerned about the new candidates to help keep it going knowing there are a lot of residents who do not understand the benefit. I am not one of those candidates. In 2015 I helped host The Joe Hill Centennial Celebration in Sugar House Park. That was two years in the planning and near $70,000 in cost I helped fundraise for. It was one of the hardest events I’ve ever participated in, but it was worth it. It was worth the history the event brought. Arts help people think, and open people to new ideas. That is incredibly important to a traditional one party town.
I believe I am a person that can communicate effectively with everyday people, and that is how I plan to keep that dream alive- by talking frankly to residents in West Jordan about values.
I think one of the best ways we can bring people together as a city is to get people working together. Any marginalized community as far as I am concerned should be welcomed here. Our city jobs should reflect our community- Men, Women, white, brown, gay, straight, or transgender. Equality should not just be phrased but acted on through employment. “Together” was not just a 2016 campaign promise. Thank you.
Q: Good evening, Hyrum,
I am trying to decide how to place my vote for the city council ballot and was wondering if you could answer the following questions so I can better understand your political leanings:
Were you in attendance at the city council meeting on Wednesday (8/9)? If so, I’d like to hear your thoughts. What is your position on council manager vs. council mayor form of government for West Jordan? And why?
I hope to hear from you before Monday so I can mail in my ballot 🙂