• Commissioner Elliott

    Davis County Commission, Age 34

     

    Commissioner Randy Elliott has always had an interest in public service. Years ago, he wrote to then Congressman, Jim Hansen, during his junior year of high school, asking how he could go about preparing to run for office later in life and what steps he should take now. His answer was to "pick issues you are passionate about, learn about them and go out and see what you can do to help on those issues. Do service and get involved in your community. Attend a higher education institute and do an internship." Elliott took advantage of the internship program and worked in Washington D.C. in Sen Mike Crapo's office. From there he started his own business but always thought about running for office someday. When asked about advice for millennials thinking about a run for office, Elliott said: "Don't fear it, just run and give it your all. You may be surprised by the outcome."

    Councilman Hood

    North Salt Lake City Council, Age 31

     

    Councilman James Hood is one of two millennials currently serving on the North Salt Lake City Council. He is passionate about government and ran to provide a trusted voice in government for neighbors, families and friends. When asked about the value of young voices in government, Councilman Hood noted: “Younger office holders have a different view of life than our older statesmen. We are better able to see the needs of the future.” In his role as city councilman Hood also has the privilege of serving as the Youth City Government advisor where he helps youth engage in government. For millennials looking to run for office, Hood advises to “have a firm base of friends and family. You can’t do it alone; it takes a team to run, even for small office”

    Mayor Wilson

    Cedar City Mayor, Age 30

     

    We live in an ever changing world that requires the ability to continually adapt to new ways of doing business. Because people under 35 have grown up in this evolving world, we tend to have the ability to easily readjust when necessary in order to accomplish what's needed to succeed.

     

    Throughout my previous government experience and business interactions, I've realized the benefits of increased utilization of new technological resources. In the ever-changing fast-paced-world we live in, it is critical that communities are taking advantage of these innovative resources--not only as additional tools to enhance communication with citizens--but also as a way to promote economic development and improve the State as a whole.

    Councilwoman Catten

    Millcreek City Council, Age 30

     

    Younger generations are empowered to do more. In many ways, we are a lot less limited than the generations before us and we are open to new ways of thinking and problem solving. One of the strongest elements of progress is that an issue can be explored from many sides. The younger office holders bring a perspective that is often missing in public office.

     

    I’ve always loved being involved in my community and engaged with what was going on in my neighborhood. I’ve served on my local community council for nearly six years and it seemed like a good time to take the leap. I have a sincere interest in what happens in my community and city. My interests are based on the quality of life that I want, not only for myself and family, but my neighbors, too.

    Representative Gardiner

    Utah House of Representatives, Age 29

     

    I was motivated at a young age to serve in public office because I had been around exemplary public officials since I was in grade school. I’ve always had a desire to get involved in politics and government. That desire was nurtured and fostered by my family, teachers, and neighbors. I was given every opportunity to succeed in the political realm as a young man, and as I worked local city council and mayoral races, I wanted to keep going. From there I worked on legislative races and state races, finally managing a Congressional race for Congressman Rob Bishop, working on his staff, and later for a Salt Lake County Council Member, I was able to see what qualities I admired and what qualities I would like to see more of in my elected officials.

    Councilman Nelson

    Elwood Town Council, Age 27

     

    Councilman Nelson believes in civic engagement that keeps both the short and long-terms in mind. With deep roots in Elwood Town (fourth generation), he sees the Town Council as a way to preserve the traditions, values, and strengths of his community. Councilman Nelson graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and partook in numerous local and state internships to complement his studies. Councilman Nelson’s top priorities are to avoid providing “band-aid” solutions to policy issues. He values transparency, forward-minded thinking, and active listening with his constituency.

      
    “I have also noticed that a majority of younger officeholders truly hold within them a desire to do what is best for their constituents, without an expectation of receiving any benefits in return.”

    Councilman Wells

    Grand County Council, Age 31

     

    Since 2016, Grand County Councilman Curtis Wells has been tackling local challenges head-on. With strong leadership and vision, Wells is committed to preparing for the future of Grand County, not just the present. Wells said: "I love my country. I'm proud of my country, and I want to contribute to the growth and enhancement of our values and experiences as Americans. To do this I realized I had to build a strong foundation in my own backyard that desperately needs attention."

    Commissioner Mellor

    Carbon County Commission, Age 33

     

    As an experienced business owner, Jake Mellor saw the opportunity to contribute to his community through serving on the county commission. About this, Mellor said: "Our area needed to change. One driving factor behind change begins with people. The now Sheriff Wood asked me to run for office to help bring about some of these changes." Mellor has served since 2015 and currently sits on 8 different boards or commissions in the community.

  • A Needed Perspective

    As the youngest state in the Nation, we need leaders in our government who can represent younger voices.

    98%

    Millennials want to make a difference in their community

    #1

    Youngest state in the Nation

    75%

    Percent of the workforce made up of Millennials by 2025

    821,474

    Millennial population in Utah

    37 %

    Millennial Voter Turnout in the 2016 General Election

    30

    Median age in Utah

    #1

    Fastest growing population in the Nation

    88%

    Millennials who consider community leadership important

    #2

    Largest Millennial population in the Nation