Family | Community | Integrity
Putting Family First
Keeping Orem family friendly is crucial to the city’s success
As Orem grows, it’s important that we not forget, people move here for the family friendly environment that makes Orem “Family City USA.” As city council makes crucial decisions about the future of Orem, families need to be the first priority. Each decision made needs to be weighed and considered by asking questions like “Will this be good for Orem families?” or “How will this affect new families’ desires to move to Orem?” As the father of three young boys, a little girl, and a second little girl on the way, I will approach city council decisions with a family first mentality. I truly believe with the right leaders on city council, we can keep Orem family friendly.
For our city government to be effective it is important that our city councilors understand the concerns and needs of the residents. For this to be possible councilors need to be accessible outside of city council meetings. They need to be prepared to listen and seek a real understanding of what is going on in the community.
Our First Responders need to be our first priority in Orem. Orem's First Responders keep our streets safe and are there when we need them most. We need to ensure they have the proper support, equipment, and funding to do their crucial jobs.
Keeping Orem affordable for our families is one of my main priorities. More taxes are being proposed regularly, but I am committed to conservative fiscal policies. I believe in spending within current city budgets and prioritizing our most critical services, like police and fire.
Businesses coming to Orem are a critical part of having the economic growth our town needs. Orem can attract businesses without offering huge tax incentives. The key to bringing business to Orem is making the town business friendly by removing barriers and streamlining the process of bringing a business here. Starting several businesses from the ground up has given me the experience needed to make this happen.
With the growth of Utah county and more cars on the road, traffic is becoming a real problem. We need to make the roads as efficient as possible to reduce congestion. We need to ensure that all road markings are clear and visible to reduce accidents. There isn’t just one big solution that is going to solve our traffic problems, it’s going to take lots of small steps and continuous management.
In the past several years the incredible growth of Utah County has brought more high-density housing to Orem. Many of these developments have been ill-planned and have overburdened the existing infrastructure of the surrounding areas and roadways. Residents need a voice of reason on city council to ensure the more poorly planned apartments don’t pop in neighborhoods.