Candidates for Mayor

Tom Dolan

From his first day in office, Mayor Tom Dolan's vision for Sandy City has been to transform Sandy City into the best suburban community in the Intermountain West - A city in which the residents are safe, their children attend high-quality schools and where the entire family can live, work and play.

Tom, his staff and the City Council have focused on selective economic development, bringing great businesses into the City while still supporting those who have been the economic backbone of the community for decades. The result of this economic growth has been to achieve the lowest property taxes in the County and where taxes have NOT increased once during Mayor Dolan's time in office.

Mayor Dolan is dedicated to helping build the finest, most effective police and fire departments anywhere. Tom believes there is no greater role for local government than to assure the residents are safe.

He has also worked to expand access to outdoor recreation through increased trails and open space in Sandy City, and serves on numerous community boards and task forces on important issues including air quality, mass transportation and canyons planning, county and city cooperation, and smart growth.

A resident of Sandy City since 1980, Tom Dolan was originally born in Washington, D.C., where his father was a firefighter and his mother was a nurse and a medical administrator. Tom lived in Maryland and Colorado before settling in Utah. He attended BYU and the University of Utah, graduating with a bachelor's of science degree in history from the U in 1967.

Mayor Dolan and his wife, Linda, a retired accountant, have been married for 46 years and have one son, Mike.

David Perry

Now is the time to change the 20 year "business as usual" cycle with fresh new eyes and I am ready-to-serve.

FAMILY: Retired business man, 66, lifelong resident of the valley, Sandy resident 8 years, married to Julie Perry 38 years, 11 children, 25 grandchildren.

CIVIC: Scoutmaster, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Planning and Zoning, City Councilman, Inner City Missionary.

BUSINESS: Texaco service center, structural steel designer (Westech Engineering), Perry's Postal and Print, Perry Brothers' Honda World.

My election as Mayor will bring a new perspective to Sandy City. As Mayor I will:

  • Work to promote the physical, emotional, and family oriented well-being of Sandy Citizens.
  • Work to ensure Sandy's safety and security as we continue to fortify our city now and for future generations.
  • Work to have open communication with Sandy citizens. I want your input. I want citizens to feel their voices are being heard. I have served as a mediator between city administration and citizens on the Draper Planning Commission and the City Council. I will listen.
  • Work to fortify the Community with Volunteerism in our neighborhoods, schools, and government which will lead to a greater voice of our citizens in making the best decisions for Sandy City.
  • Work with the Canyons School Board as we address our education, growth, and building needs with tax-payer dollars.

My philosophy is that City Government needs to be run with the same maximum efficiency and integrity required for private businesses.

As Mayor I will set the example and lead out with staff and department heads. I will carefully review our priorities and assets, and set our expenditures to align with our revenues. I will be your voice.


Candidates for District 1

Scott Cowdell

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Candidates for District 3

Kris Nicholl

Kris Nicholl is a 35+ year resident of Sandy City. She grew up in Willow Creek, and her parents still live in that same home. Now, Kris and her husband are passing on the tradition by raising their children here too. Kris loves hiking in Dimple Dell Canyon, watching her son's baseball games at Flat Iron Mesa Park, and her daughter's swimming lessons at Alta Canyon Rec Center.

Previously, Kris sat on the Sandy City Planning Commission for two years before being voted onto the City Council. Kris supports smart land use policy, low taxes, and a safe community in which to raise her children. As an active member of the community, Kris regularly volunteers for Sandy Pride Day, participates in the neighborhood watch program as a Block Leader, and is active in the Community in many other ways.

As a small business owner in Sandy for the past 20 years, Kris has strong ties to the Sandy business community. Kris has been a member of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Women in Business Board for the Chamber, championed the Breast Cancer Screening Program, and served as a board member for the Chamber Golf Tournament. In recognition of Kris's many years of dedication and service to the community, The Sandy Chamber awarded her the CLARK AND BARBARA STRINGHAM VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2012.

Kris loves living and working in Sandy City. She appreciates that this great community was built on the efforts of caring and interested individuals and solid leadership. Real leadership comes from those who will listen to, respect and consider differing points of view and opinions before making decisions that affect our community. Above all, Kris cares and listens. Kris firmly believes that nothing happens to Sandy... Sandy MAKES things happen.

Candidates for At-Large Council

Germaine Barnes

Germaine Barnes - Candidate for Sandy City Council

Police Officer, Teacher, Community Servant, Small Business Owner, Mother

Now a local resident for a several years, Germaine came to Utah in search of a town that matched her values and felt like home. Sandy won her heart with the family-oriented parks and open hiking trails.

Now a local resident for a several years, Germaine came to Utah in search of a town that matched her values and felt like home. Sandy won her heart with the family-oriented parks and open hiking trails.

Germaine is no stranger to the importance of public servants who care and serve the community with passion. Germaine served in the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years before retiring as a Lieutenant in 2003. While serving the citizens, Germaine received the Police Chief's Unit Award for leading her officers in Community Based Policing efforts to reduce crime in several neighborhoods.

Education is a very important part of Germaine's life. She has used her two Masters of Education Degrees serving as a teacher, coach, and student council advisor for middle school students. While teaching Social Studies and Government to her students, Germaine stressed the importance of being involved in government.

Community development organizations including the YMCA and the Salvation Army Youth Center benefited from Germaine's knowledge, skills and dedication as she served in executive leadership positions. She enjoyed serving as an Executive Board Member of the YMCA, and as President of the Salvation Army Youth Center serving under privileged youth and families. During her tenure, she was instrumental in creating an after school-tutoring center resulting in significant improvement in student achievement.

Germaine is also a loving mother to one adult son currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona.

Germaine Barnes has a proven track record of bringing stakeholders together to solve community needs and issues, and she will make that her priority on the Sandy City Council. Who better than a Police Officer, Teacher, Small Business Owner, Community Servant and Mother to insure all voices are heard?

Steve Smith

Sandy City is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are not without our challenges but there are also many opportunities ahead. Some of the issues we are working on deal with improving and expanding our infrastructure, developing open space, water source development and watershed protection, expanding and diversifying our economic base, and improving our quality of life. While these issues may seem intimidating, I am optimistic that we will be successful in meeting our responsibilities and commitments to Sandy residents.

The recent economic downturn has affected everyone, including governments. Revenues are down, while costs are up. I believe economic uncertainty is the most pressing issue we face today. With over 25 years of experience as a CPA and business leader, I give Sandy residents a balanced and reasoned voice in managing our city's finances, in delivering services efficiently and in enhancing our quality of life.

When I was first elected, I ran on a platform of openness, honesty and accountability. I believe the best government is closest to the citizens. Actions I take and the counsel I give should be subject to review and inquiry, and citizens should have a fair and equal opportunity to express their views on city business. I treat my position as a public trust. I understand my task is to promote and protect your interests, and I have at all times tried to perform my duties as your representative with honesty and integrity. As a steward of your tax dollars, I have worked to ensure that city services are delivered with the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost.

Thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in me these past eight years. I am asking again for your trust, your support and your vote.