Spencer Rands' Platform

Spencer Rands is running for Orem City Council becuase he knows how important our neighborhoods are to us and our families. Spencer is commited to giving community members a voice on the city council.

Accessible Councilors

Effective city government requires councilors who understand and address the concerns of our residents. I believe councilors should be accessible outside of meetings, actively listening to all sides of an issue and seeking a genuine understanding of our community's needs.

Communication with residents is at the core of a city council’s responsibilities. Without input from Orem’s residents, they cannot represent your interests. With large projects, like our recreation center, Library Hall, the city's new ten-million-gallon water tank, and the new city hall, we need to create forums for residents to not only share ideas but also concerns with projects. I intend to schedule meetings to be held with enough time for residents to review plans and express their concerns. As your city councilman, I will work to ensure that your voice is heard on city council.

To ensure your voice is heard I will be accessible by phone, text, email, and Facebook before and after the election.

Call or text me on my cell phone: (385) 200-1204

Email me at Spencer@VoteRands.com

Message me on Facebook: facebook.com/VoteRands

You can also message me with the contact form at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to meet face to face just let me know and we can make that happen too.

First Responders

Our first responders are the backbone of Orem's safety and well-being. They tirelessly protect our streets and are there when we need them the most. To maintain their exceptional service, we must prioritize their needs, ensuring they have the necessary support, equipment, and funding to carry out their crucial duties.

We all hope to never need our First Responders but if we do we want them to be experienced, qualified, and well equipped to do what they do best. Our Orem First Responders make Orem Family City USA, without them, Orem would not be the wonderful place to live that it is today. I have served on the Orem Public Safety Commision from its creation in 2022 to make sure they have what they need to do their jobs. As a City Councilor you can count on me to continue to support and look out for our First Responders.

Responsible Spending

Keeping Orem affordable for our families is one of my main priorities. More taxes are being proposed on a regular basis, 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.

When a project or department needs more funds to operate, Orem has several options; raise taxes, cut funds from another project or department, or take on debt via a bond. For many cities, raising taxes and taking on more debt is all too common. My business experience has taught me how to make the tough decisions and work within the budget. As your city councilman I will monitor the budget and make sure they money is going where it needs citizens need it to go. Additionally, I believe in Orem saving and planning for future projects and rainy days so that taking on debt is avoided.

Business Friendly

Nurturing new business growth is essential for a thriving economy and lower taxes. To attract and retain businesses in Orem, we must eliminate barriers and streamline processes. As a successful entrepreneur, I bring firsthand experience in starting businesses from the ground up, giving me the expertise to lead in this area.


Anyone who lives in Orem knows that traffic is a real issue. Most roads are as wide as they are going to get, which means we must be as efficient as possible with the roads we have. Ensuring that our traffic light systems are calibrated and running correctly is important. Also important is making sure road lines are clear and visible and that all road signs clearly indicate the appropriate actions. There is not one single big solution that will fix the problem but a combination of smaller ones like those mentioned here.

Keeping Orem Family City USA means making our streets safe for our kids and families. Families need to be able to safely walk to our beautiful parks without fear of being hit by cars. Some neighborhood arterials have become very busy and better markings and/or crosswalk lights are needed. Near the UVU campus, a very effective crosswalk lighting system called a HAWK Signal was installed. This has been great for UVU and I will work to make sure signals like these are put in place where needed to help our families stay safe.

Additionally, part of the solution is making sure we don't make the problem worse. What do I mean by this? Apartments, large developments, and other new buildings all need to have a heavy focus on how they will affect traffic before being approved or ultimately not being approved of the negative affect is too great to mange.  

Responsible Growth and Affordable Housing

Whether we like it or not, Utah County is growing and Orem along with it. It’s important that we manage this growth in a responsible and intentional way. It’s also important that we have diverse types of housing and a full range of affordability levels. However, we do not want this growth to come at the cost of safe neighborhoods and streets. The growth should and can be managed in a way that keeps Orem “Family City USA”.

As we grow, high-density housing or apartment-style dwellings are becoming an ever-increasing issue in Orem. Between UVU and the population growth of Utah County, the demand for these types of housing is only going to increase. With that said, there is an appropriate way for the city to allow such housing to be built, but it must be well planned and in areas that make sense for our city and its neighborhoods.
What do I mean by areas the make sense? I mean areas that have the appropriate infrastructure in place prior to construction. Appropriate infrastructure means the roads must be large enough to handle the increased traffic and burden on the area. When large high-density housing is built, it adds significant amounts of cars to the road. Based on current traffic, some roads can handle this but most cannot. Particularly small single lane roads built in neighborhoods designed for single-family dwellings are not a good fit for these kinds of projects. This means that neighborhoods designed and built for single-family dwellings would not and should not be candidates for high-density housing projects.

While small single lane roads are clearly not the place for large high-density complexes, some large roads may not work either. Some of Orem’s larger roads are already overburdened and cannot handle the large amounts of traffic these complexes bring; however, other larger roads still have the capacity and would make ideal locations for such types of housing. If the infrastructure is in place and the roads have the capacity, we still need to make sure the site plans also make sense. For example, if an apartment building builds insufficient parking to meet its tenants’ needs, the result is extra cars spilling out into street parking and other parking areas becoming a burden on the surrounding area. These are just some of the things that need to be weighed and considered before approving any kind of large housing projects. When the impacts are not clear or may be significant, public meetings need to be held to ensure all stakeholders positions are considered and taken seriously. I firmly believe that if all the right elements are not in place, Orem City Council should say no to a project or zoning change.

Orem is a fantastic place to raise a family, and I believe it is very important that as we grow, we ensure that there continues to be affordable housing for young families. At the same time, we need to ensure that the beautiful and safe neighborhoods Orem has enjoyed for so many years are not compromised by overburdened roads and insufficient infrastructure. I am committed to making sure Orem grows responsibly, planned, and without hurting existing communities.

C.A.R.E. Tax

The C.A.R.E. Tax helps to fund many of Orem's wonderful cultural arts and recreation programs such as the SCERA, the Hale Center Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Symphony & Opera, Roots of Freedom Foundation and many more. It has been my pleasure for the last four years to serve on the CARE Advisory Commission. On this commission we hear from each and every applicant who applies to receive CARE funds. Once we understand how and for what they would spend those funds we decide how to best allocate those funds. Sitting on that commission I have seen it as my duty to make sure that these taxes, fund organizations and projects that benefit Orem. As a city councilor I will take this same attitude with all of the taxes that Orem collects to make sure they are being spent efficiently and beneficially for Orem's benefit.

Families First

As Orem continues to grow, it is essential that we prioritize maintaining our family-friendly environment, which has earned us the title of "Family City USA." When making crucial decisions about Orem's future, our city council must always consider the impact on families. As a father of three boys, a little girl, and another on the way, I am committed to approaching every city council decision with a family-first mentality. With the right leaders on the council, we can preserve Orem's family-friendly character.

2nd Amendment

While the 2nd amendment in Utah is mostly affected at state-level politics I believe it is important to have a city council willing to protect it if needed. The right to bear arms is an essential right that I am very grateful we have here in America.

It is critical to make sure that Orem’s laws and ordinances do not infringe on our resident’s right to own firearms and to protect themselves and their families. I want to make sure Orem stays friendly to second amendment related businesses such as Gunnies, Get Some Guns & Ammo, Utah Airguns, and Ready Gunner. I will make sure Orem remains a 2nd Amendment friendly city.