Elections and Voting Information

Voter Information Pamphlet

Sample Ballot

Primary Election: August 11 • General Election: November 3

Citizens can vote for up to 3 City Council Candidates in both the Primary and General Election.

The top 6 vote-getters in the Primary will move on to the General Election.



Vote by Mail Progress Report

Total Ballots Submitted: 10,929 | Percent of Mailed Ballots Submitted: 25.65%


What is Vote by Mail doing for Primary Election Voter Turnout?

Voter Turnout by Precinct


 Get to know the 2015 City Council Candidates! 

Curtis Wood


Address: 449 E 900 N
Phone: 801-602-3502
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Website: www.curtisawoodorem.com

"I am Curtis A. Wood, a Candidate for Orem City Council. My wife Patricia and I have been Orem Homeowners since 2006, this is where we chose to retire after serving our Country for over 35 years in the U.S. Army. I retired in 2012 as a Colonel, highly decorated and I served two Combat Tours as a Commander in Iraq.

My education includes a Bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California Lutheran University and another Masters Degree from the US Army War College.

I have been active in the community on several issues and in many elections. I am currently a Delegate for the Republican Party and voted in the elections last Spring and Fall.

We have a great community and I plan to help keep it that way. I was against the Macquarie Deal on Utopia and supported the efforts to re-create University Place so as to secure this valuable resource for our future. I am fiscally conservative and believe we are allowing our elected officials to create too many laws, I am asking for your vote and trust to keep Orem a great place to live!"

Curtis' Interview Playlist

Hans Andersen


Address: 1724 S 165 W
Phone: 801-358-4829
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Website: www.voteforhans.com

"I have not and I will not vote to increase your taxes. The revenue the city brings in is more than enough to run this city. The problem is how they spend it. The Orem City Council has just proposed your Orem City utility bill go up unnecessarily $110 next year. Their proposal is to double that increase to $220 the next year. This continues for five years, until your current bill has increased $562 a year.

In May, 2012 the Orem City Council voted six to one to raise your property tax $100 a year. I voted no and said: Let the citizens vote. I was alone until you helped me do a citizens petition to stop the city council. 69% of you joined me and we stopped that unnecessary tax increase.

This time it’s an unnecessary utility bill increase. I disagree with the Orem City Council proposal. If you would like more information on why I disagree with the City Council, Visit my website: voteforhans.com. Please vote Hans Andersen. Call 801-225-0396 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help."

Hans' Interview Playlist


Debby Lauret


Address: 1869 N 80 E
Phone:  801-319-8655
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Website: www.votefordebby.com

"Debby Lauret is uniquely qualified to take on the role of an Orem City Councilwoman. She is the perfect blend of public and professional relations. Debby has volunteered in many capacities; ranging from the Orem Arts Council, Summerfest Parade committee, SCORE, Boy Scouts, and Rotary. With her executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from BYU, and extensive experience, she is equipt with a vast knowledge of government, non-profit, and business operations, which is an advantage that is noteworthy among her fellow candidates.

As a former Chamber Executive and Economic Developer in Utah County, Debby’s primary vision for Orem is strengthening the city’s economy: building businesses, offering more jobs, creating a qualified workforce, and decreasing tax costs for the public. All of this undoubtedly improves the quality of life within Orem. She is knowledgeable about the ins-and-outs of fiscal management and responsibility. So she can ensure that Orem will stay within its financial boundaries, while assisting in intelligent and calculated decisions for the best interest of Orem and the residents.

Debby has made Orem her home for 22 years while raising a blended family of 9 children here. She is personally invested and dedicated to the goal of having Orem prosper."

Debby's Interview Playlist


Sam Lentz


Address: 882 W 1720 N
Phone: 801-310-3276
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Website: www.sam4orem.com

"I am committed to Orem’s future. After serving an LDS mission and obtaining a master’s degree from BYU, I served as a volunteer in Kenya driving economic development and self-reliance. I’ve traveled the world working in technology and finance with Google, Apple, KPMG, Oracle, and EMC, but my family took root in Orem because this is Family City USA.

I envision Orem becoming the defining anchor of Utah County. We carry that title for retail sales, which helps keep our property tax rates low. But we can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our transportation and utility infrastructure to facilitate a robust, thriving economy and improve quality of life.

What’s the key to our success? Preparation. If we clearly define our objectives and collaborate to develop a strategic plan, all that’s left is to execute our plan with determination. No candidate has prepared to serve more than I have. For years I have participated in Council meetings and planning sessions, met with staff from each city department, and engaged with voters day after day. I see the big picture and understand how our challenges and opportunities impact each other. Let’s shape Orem’s future together using the right strategy starting now."

Sam's Interview Playlist


Mark Seastrand


Address: 35 W 1670 S
Phone: 801-885-7823
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Website: www.markseastrand.com

"Orem has been my home for most of my life. My wife Shelly and our two children love Orem and appreciate the quality of life we enjoy here. I graduated from Orem High and received an MBA from BYU. I have worked in management positions at several companies and started two successful businesses in Orem. I work for UVU as the Entrepreneurship Institute Director and understand the challenges involved in starting, growing and managing a business.

While serving on the City Council I have developed a reputation for being respectful, open-minded, reachable, and honest. Managing our resources and dealing with growth are vital for our future. We need appropriate building and development, efficient transportation solutions and efforts to maintain our quiet and peaceful neighborhoods. I support improving communications with our residents so you’re a bigger part of the discussion. I support workable relationships with Alpine School District, UVU, Utah County and City governments so we can effectively find solutions together. I support the recreation and cultural arts activities that add vitality to our City. I appreciate the dedicated employees and world-class volunteers that make the Orem experience a great value. Mostly, I thank you for your ongoing vote and support."

Mark's Interview Playlist


Jessica Joy Street


Address: 1078 W 500 S
Phone: 801-822-0748
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Website: www.jessica.street4orem.com

"Born February 13, 1986, Jessica Street began a journey of self-reliance. Raised by a mother who quilted stockings for Pajamas for Forgotten Children, Street was taught a passion for public service. Given the poverty struggles experienced by families in Utah County, Street recognizes opportunity for change. As an Orem resident for 20 years, she sees Orem city with a bright future as part of that change. For over 10 years, Street has been expanding her awareness of the Orem community. In 2004, Street became invested in community outreach and committed to creating a well-balanced society. For the last 3 years, she has been involved in organizations that give back to the community such as the Circles Initiative. Street envisions a holistic Orem that is financially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stable. Regardless of social status, race, or gender, Street believes that each Orem citizen has a voice and should be heard. Let your voice be heard, contact Jessica Street This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or jessica.street4orem.com."

Jessica's Interview Playlist


Tai Riser


Address:  526 N 450 W
Phone: 801-400-0662
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Website: www.riser4orem.com

"I was born in Tonga, thus the unique spelling of my first name, and was raised in Roosevelt, Utah. I played college basketball at UVCC (now UVU) and the University of Alaska Anchorage. I moved back to Orem in 1995 with my wife Jolene and our son Tyler. We have since added two daughters, Tess and Taya.

I have enjoyed a 19 year career as a financial planner with Ameriprise. I consult with clients on how to plan, prepare for and achieve their financial goals.

I currently serve in the community as Chair of the Orem City Public Works Advisory Commission, Chair of Legislative District 59 for the Utah County Republican Party, and on the Board of Directors for Kids on the Move.

My objective in running for City Council is to keep Orem a great place to live, work and play despite inevitable change coming with growth.

I am a collaborator. My role as a City Council member will be to learn about the issues, listen to concerns, partner with city staff, the Mayor and other City Council members to find solutions for the challenges as well as capitalize on opportunities that come Orem’s way."

Tai's Interview Playlist


Claude Richards


Address: 175 N 200 E
Phone: 801-372-4885
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Website: www.clauderichards.com

"I appreciate our heritage of freedom and I want to make sure that Orem keeps that freedom.

George Washington said, “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. Government is force; like fire it is a dangerous servant -- and a fearful master.”

That statement is easy to forget at the local level where we concern ourselves with parks, parades and flowers (which are great). The truth is that every time any government acts, some freedom is lost either through regulation, taxation or both.

We voluntarily give up some of our freedoms in order to live together in society. City government is not constrained in the same way as federal. The federal government has a constitutional list of restraints (that it routinely ignores). At the local level, where there is no constraining list, it is critical elect representatives who understand the true nature and purpose of government – to protect the rights of the citizens equally.

We need to promote business by impacting our citizens as little as possible with regulation and taxes, and by administering those regulations equitably. Orem, as most other governments, is beginning to stray from these principles."

Claude's Interview Playlist


Shirl Finch


Address: 334 N 800 E
Phone: 801-225-4403 
Email: N/A
Website: N/A

"Raised in Orem to great parents. I have 3 great brothers. I am married to Diane Derry. We have six children, 29 grandchildren, 7 great children. Active in L.D.S. church.

I attended Spencer elementary school; Lincoln Jr. and Orem High. I played on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. I played trumpet in the band. I graduated from B.Y.U. I worked at Geneva Steel for 42 years until it went down. After retiring I worked for the Forest Service and substitute taught school for many years. I also ran our 2 acre fruit farm.

I coached little league baseball, and pony league baseball for many years. I coached Junior Jazz basketball, and flag football teams also.

Orem has been a wonderful city all my life, and I will do all I can to keep it that way. I read many years ago that the number one priority of a city official is the safety of every citizen in their city, and I believe the same way. There should be open door policy on all policy that involve tax increase (B.R.T, UTOPIA, etc.)"

Shirl's Interview Playlist


Lorne Grierson


Address: 1056 Riverside Lane
Phone: 801-361-3333 
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Website: www.votegrierson.org

"I love living in Orem and have lived here for over 25 years. We raised our family here and hope that our children will raise our grandchildren here. As citizens of Orem we have all worked hard to create a community that we can be proud of and I am running for Orem City Council because I am committed to using the skills and experience I gained from decades in business to give back to the community and citizens that have been such a great blessing to me.

I have the time, ability and the desire to serve the citizens of Orem as well as extensive experience solving large, complicated problems. Unprecedented growth presents us with serious challenges in transportation, housing, water and infrastructure, with issues like Utopia that need immediate attention. We must address these issues absolutely committed to open and honest government, preserving the freedom of our citizens and keeping our tax burden low.

I have a proven successful record of business management, long-term vision and problem solving. As your Councilman I will ensure that we are prepared for future opportunities and challenges so that Orem remains THE best place to live, work, and raise a family."

Lorne's Interview Playlist


* Paul Crossett withdrew from the election on June 24th.  

2015 Candidate Guide

Meet the Candidates Night Video Clips

Curtis Wood

Hans Andersen


Debby Lauret


Sam Lentz


Mark Seastrand


Jessica Street


Tai Riser


Claude Richards


Shirl Finch


Lorne Grierson


2015 City Council Candidate Responses by Question/Issue

Candidate Introductions

Why are you running for Orem City Council?

What experiences have prepared you for this opportunity to serve on the Orem City Council?

What do you perceive as being the three biggest opportunities/issues facing Orem?

The populations of Orem & Utah County are rapidly growing. What are your thoughts about managing that growth?

What are your thoughts about economic development?

Are you open to the use of incentives in the future?

What other ways would you promote economic development in Orem?

How should Orem build on its investment in UTOPIA for the good of the community?

Candidate Closing Remarks


Frequently Asked Questions

Municipal (City) Election Information

What are the requirements to run for municipal office?

Must be:

  • 18 years old
  • A US citizen
  • A registered voter
  • A resident of Orem (or a recently annexed area) for twelve consecutive months prior to the election.

Any mentally incompetent person, or any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to vote or hold elective office is restored as provided by statute.

How do I know when it is a Municipal Election or a County Election?

Municipal Elections are held on the odd-numbered years. County Elections are held on the even-numbered years.

Is there a filing fee?

For the municipal election there is a filing fee of $35.00 due at the time of filing.

How do I know what is legal when campaigning?

A candidate's guide will be provided upon filing, and there will be additional training scheduled after the filing period is over. Samples of old guides can be found below under Previous Elections.

How can I help with the election?

For the 2014 General Election, if you wish to be a poll worker, you will need to contact Utah County Elections at 801.851.8128.

Related Links


General Election Information

Voter Registration

Find Out if You Are Registered

You may check your voter registration online by clicking here.

How to Register to Vote

You MAY now be eligible to register to vote online The new State database draws your information from your driver's license, so your correct home address must be listed on your license in order to qualify. Click here if you qualify.

(click here to see Utah County's Voter Registration FAQ)

Qualified individuals need to fill out a registration form and submit it to the Utah County Clerk's office. Have the form postmarked 20 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

Where to Find Voter Registration Forms

You can find the forms for voter registration at:

  • The Utah County Clerk, Election's Office, located at 100 East Center Street, Room 3600, Provo, UT 84606
  • At the Orem City Recorder's office.
  • Mail Voter Registration form to Utah County Clerk, Election's Office, located at 100 East Center Street, Room 3600, Provo, UT 84606
  • State online voter registration (if you qualify)

Contact the Utah County Elections Office at (801) 370-8128.

What is Valid Voter Identification?

Per State Code Section 20A-1-101(83), "Valid voter identification" means:

  • A form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may include:
    • A currently valid Utah driver license
    • A currently valid identification card that is issued by:
      • the state; or
      • a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
    • A currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
    • A currently valid United States passport; or
    • A currently valid United States military identification card;
  • One of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter:
    • A valid tribal identification card;
    • A Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or
    • A tribal treaty card; or
  • Two forms of identification not listed under Subsection (83)(a) or (b) but that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:
    • A current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the election;
    • A bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
    • A certified birth certificate;
    • A valid Social Security card;
    • A check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
    • A paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
    • A currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
    • Certified naturalization documentation;
    • A currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
    • A certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
    • A valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card;
    • A currently valid identification card issued by:
      • A local government within the state;
      • An employer for an employee; or
      • A college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state; or
  • A current Utah vehicle registration.

Vote by Mail (VBM) / Absentee Voting

For the 2015 municipal election, the City is conducting a vote by mail election. All voters registered in Orem will be mailed a ballot. For the Primary (August 11th) the ballots should begin arriving in voter's mailboxes around the middle of July. If you have any questions regarding a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot please call (801) 229-7298. Return postage is paid by the City, but you can also drop off your ballot at the City Recorder's Office at 56 North State Street, Room 101, at any time--including Election Day.

It is important that voter registration information is current.

  • Only registered voters will receive ballots.
    • Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Check vote.utah.gov 
    • Have you moved but haven’t updated your information for the DMV and voter registration? See State Voter Registration page.
  • If you have voter registration questions, you can call the Utah County Clerk’s office at 801.851.8128


Forms can be obtained from the:
• Orem City Recorder’s office at 56 N. State, Room 101
• Utah County clerk’s office (100 East Center Street--Provo)
• County webpage  (Mail or deliver a paper copy to County.)
• City webpage  (Mail or deliver a paper copy to County.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Orem City Recorder’s Office at 801.229.7298 or 801.229.7421.

If you would like an "Election Day experience" feel free to deliver your voted ballot to the City Recorder's Office that day.

For mailed ballots to be counted, they MUST be postmarked BEFORE the election. 

Early Voting

Because all voters will be mailed ballots, there will not be Early Voting, per se. Voters wishing to "vote early" may simply do so and put it in the mail (postage paid by the City) or drop it off at the City Recorder's Office at 56 North State Street, Room 101.

Precinct Map

Click here to view a map of the Orem voting precincts on a pdf file.

Click here for a more detailed map that includes the state and federal district boundaries.

For municipal voting on odd-numbered years, the City of Orem tries to use the same polling locations that Utah County does. The County, when choosing polling locations, must consider a variety of issues, including state and federal district boundaries.


Previous Elections & Campaign Financial Reports



Campaign Financial Disclosures--Successful Mayoral Candidates
Campaign Financial Disclosures--Successful City Council Candidates



2009 Election Results

Campaign Financial Disclosures--Successful Mayoral Candidates

Campaign Financial Disclosures--Successful City Council Candidates


2007 Election Results

Campaign Financial Disclosures--Successful City Council Candidates

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Orem City

Orem, UT // 56 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.7000


About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population passes 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem becoming the fifth-largest city in Utah according to the 2010 US Census.