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Letter to the Editor: a former city employee makes their election endorsements

Oct 02, 2019 01:15PM ● By City Journals Staff


Letter to the Editor:

Since my retirement over four months ago, I have realized how deeply I care and want the best for the City of West Jordan. It was a privilege to serve the citizens and my community as the city clerk and Election Official for 19 years. For that, I thank the citizens for this honor. 

This general election, and the change in the form of government to a mayor/council, is a very important time in our history. The majority of the power will be given to the strong mayor, without regard to the Council member’s opinions or direction. The mayor will be given more power than the city manager has in our current council/manager form of government. I am concerned if the current mayor is reelected, this responsibility will be controlled by other staff. This election will set the direction of the city for the future. This is our opportunity to become the “shining star” of the state of Utah.

During my years of service, the city has experienced many things ranging from highly regarded by other communities, developers and businesses, to completely being broken over the years. When I drive around the valley and see all of the commercial and residential development being constructed, this is a signal that developers and individuals don’t want to work or live in our city.

With those experiences and knowledge of the individuals running for office, my personal endorsements of the following candidates are: Dirk Burton, mayor; Dave Newton, At-Large (Write In); Chris McConnehey, District 1; Amy Martz, District 3; and David Pack, District 4.

You should have already received your ballot in the mail. I urge you to please consider carefully your choice of the individuals to serve our city. OUR future depends on it!

A very concerned citizen and retired employee after 33 years,

Melanie Briggs

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