About Spencer Rands

Family | Community | Integrity

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I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. My father is from Salt Lake City, UT (Sugar House) and my mother is from Vernal, UT. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Utah visiting family and feeding the ducks at Sugar House Park. After getting my Eagle Scout and graduating high school, I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Paraguay (Spanish speaking). Upon returning from my church mission, I went to school at Southern Utah University (SUU). SUU is where I met the love of my life, my wife Jana. After getting married, Jana and I moved into married couple housing at University of Utah, where I had transferred, so Jana could pursue her career as a CPA in Salt Lake City. While there, I started the Armed Self Defense Institute, a company that teaches the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit courses and firearms skills/safety courses. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Utah with my bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. During my final semester of college, I negotiated a deal to buy the rights to build out the Papa Murphy’s Pizza market in Las Vegas, NV. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, I got to work building the pizza franchises and Jana did the same while also working full time for McGladrey, a CPA firm. After years of struggling to start a family, Jana got pregnant through a fertility treatment known as IVF. In 2015 we had our first son, and our second in 2017. At this point our business in Utah was doing well and we longed to return. We decided to sell our 4 Papa Murphy’s Pizza restaurants and move to Utah. We spent much of 2017 finalizing the sale and transfer or our franchises and looking for the right place to move our family. After much thought and prayer, we settled on moving to Orem, Utah. We felt good about how family friendly the town was. We found a house in a great neighborhood in southwest Orem with a big backyard for our boys to run in and maybe even have a few chickens. Instantly, we loved Orem and everything it had to offer our growing family. In 2018 we had our third little boy, a miracle we never saw coming, our first child without the help of IVF. In 2019 I made a run for Orem City Council and did well but was ultimately unsuccessful. Since that run, I have stayed involved by serving on the Orem C.A.R.E. Tax Commission for the last four years. As a candidate for Orem City Council, I had pushed to have a Public Safety Commission created. It has been my honor to serve as a founding member of that commission since its creation in 2022. In 2021, we had our first little girl and based on what doctors were telling us, it would also be our last. In 2022, we were shocked to find out our little girl would be getting a sister in June of 2023, our second child without the help of IVF. Upon finding out about having a fifth child, we started looking for a home better suited for five kids, all of which are eight years old and younger. When looking for homes, we only looked in Orem. We have made Orem our family’s home, the place where we will raise our three boys and two girls. For this reason, I have decided to run for Orem City Council. On city council, I will make sure that Orem remains a family friendly town, with safe neighborhoods, and room to run and play.