Meet the fourteen candidates for mayor of Taylorsville
The Taylorsville City Council will interview 14 applicants who want to serve as mayor on Wednesday, then select one of them for the position.
The interviews, which will be public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. (5325 South).
The applicants are:
• Daniel Jon Armstrong, 60, a certified public accountant. Armstrong said he wants to give the city financial stability and establish fiscal responsibility. Among its missteps, he said, Taylorsville has not always collected all court fees. "They need a little more direction," he said.
• Cher Bailey, 63, a Realtor and a sales associate at a furniture store. Bailey told The Tribune that her primary goal is to create more jobs by bringing more business to Taylorsville. A related issue is cleaning up the city, she said, because companies like to locate in communities that look "pristine."
• Dan Fazzini Jr., 47, vice president-treasurer, human resources manager and CFO for a company that provides services to adults with disabilities. Fazzini, who is a Taylorsville planning commissioner, said he wants to continue ongoing efforts in economic development. "Businesses are vital to our economic growth and keeping our property taxes low," he said.
• Jon Fidler, 42, Internet software engineer. Fidler, a leader in the opposition to Taylorsville joining the Salt Lake Fire Service Area District, said the city's spending has increased "dramatically" in the past few years while revenues have dropped. "As mayor, my vision will be focused on bringing businesses back to our city while paying down our new debt," he said.
• Israel Grossman, 52, who has a background in purchasing and procurement and currently serves as a Taylorsville planning commissioner. "The primary role of the government is public safety," he said. "Beyond that, my vision for the city is to take full advantage of its central location and make it a vibrant and thriving destination for the enjoyment of all."
• Laura Hyte-Richins, 45, a shock/trauma intensive care nurse, wants to use incentives to boost economic development in the city. "We have so many empty strip malls and so many big businesses leaving that it's affecting our tax base," she said.
• Royce G. Larsen, 71, retired federal employee. His primary goal is to ensure that Taylorsville joins the Salt Lake Fire Service Area District, which would remodel existing stations in the city and possibly build a new one, Larsen said. Providing adequate fire services by itself would force the city to impose a "huge" tax increase, he said.
• Reed Noble Larson, 57, a Realtor. "I love Taylorsville. I will make life better in this city by improving safety, transportation, recreation, beauty, and indeed the reputation of the city itself," Larson said. " I want Taylorsville to become an ultimate destination a place people want to live, work, and enjoy life."
• Monnica Manuel, 34, owner of a consulting firm. Manuel ranks the health and prosperity of families and businesses as a top priority and says her background as a mother and a entrepreneur is a plus. "I think the most important thing for Taylorsville is economic development," she said.
• Janice Auger Rasmussen, 71, who served two years on the City Council and eight years a Taylorsville mayor. Rassmussen said numerous people encouraged her to run. Her previous mayoral experience is an advantage because she'll be able to get on top of issues during the short term, she said.
• Jerry Rechtenbach, 60, independent insurance broker and a City Council member serving his third term representing District 3. In addition to public safety, Rechtenback says economic development and community revitalization are vital to Taylorsville. Investment in the community leads to lower crime rates and lower taxes, he said.
• Joseph S. Taggart, 31, tax attorney. He believes the city is on a good course. As interim mayor, he would assist the council in guiding the city and continue to run it effectively at a low cost while providing essential services.
• Doyle Unsworth, 36, union boilermaker. Beautification of the city, including building more parks, would be his focus as mayor, Unsworth said. That, in turn, would bring more people, businesses and revenue to Taylorsville, he said.
• Wendi Wengel, 28, business owner. Her goal is to encourage residents and businesses to contribute to make life better for everyone, she said. "I want to make it somewhere where people are proud to live," Wengel said.