2019 City Council Candidate Information

Mickey W. Cochran - City Council Candidate

Mickey has lived and served in Orem for over 36 years. He and his wife, Kathy, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. All of his family – except a married daughter – live across the street from each other. He loves Orem! 

He currently serves on the Orem City Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments. He was a member of the first Neighborhood Planning Committee and has assisted in the drafting and implementation of several important zoning and ordinance changes for Orem City that greatly improve the residential neighborhoods in Orem. 

After attending Solano College, University of Utah, Oregon State University, and Brigham Young University, Mr. Cochran received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Brigham Young University in 1975. 

He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with minor studies in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 1982. 

He completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Instructional Design with a minor in Statistics from Brigham Young University in 1989. 

He has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels from 1975 to 2015, extensive experience in the financing, development, and funding of real-estate projects, and started and owned several businesses.  

Jeffrey K. Lambson - City Council Candidate

As a life-long resident of Orem I am excited to be  a candidate for the Orem City Council. Orem is where I grew up and went to school. My wife Darla and I are both Orem High School graduates. Here, together we have built our home and raised our six children.  

We built a successful business here in Orem. I understand what it means to live within a budget. We have attended countless outdoor recreational activities, and have volunteered for both civic and religious organizations. 

I served for several years on the Orem City Summerfest Committee, including leadership roles as Chairman and Vice-chair. I also served for two terms on the Orem C.A.R.E. Commission. 

I have the endorsement of each member of the current city council, as well as Mayor Richard Brunst, former Mayor Jim Evans, former city councilor Margaret Black and a growing list of many others. 

This is a critical time for Orem and I believe that some strong measures need to be taken to ensure that our beautiful, clean and safe city, stays that way. I am committed to this cause. I would love to be involved in “Bringing Orem Together” and keeping this treasure one of the best places in the world, to live, work and play. 

Debby Lauret - City Council Candidate

Orem is a strong community—strong people, a vibrant economy, great neighborhoods, and award-winning park amenities. 

It has been my privilege to help strategically plan for our future needs.  As a council, we have mastered planned Orem state street and all of our public utilities.  As a BYU Public Admin master’s degree graduate, I am fiscally conservative and believe in a “pay as you go” philosophy.   We have meet with seven local neighborhoods to create and adopt unique neighborhood plans.  As a former Economic Development director, I have worked to create a business-friendly climate while keeping the costs of doing business low. 

I have served the community on the Summerfest, Arts Council, Planning Commission, Beautification, Heritage, and Library boards and understand the needs of our citizenry.   

I am committed to our strong quality of life.  The fitness center and library hall are under construction for the next few years.  During the last four years, we have developed the All-Together Playground, dog and splash pads, pickle-ball courts, and new playgrounds at many of our parks.   As a grandmother of 26 kids, I want Orem to continue to be a great place to work, play, and raise a family. 

Sam Lentz - City Council Candidate

Some politicians thrive on vague catchphrases that avoid taking any substantive position. My approach is different. Solutions to complex issues like growth, public safety, and economic sustainability don’t fit on bumper stickers. We need elected officials who thoroughly research, engage with the public, and consider each perspective.

No other Orem City Councilmember has a page dedicated to communicating with residents as an elected official. What I lack in eloquence, I overcome with a relentless dedication to openness and transparency. Gathering input with this two-way communication is at the heart of my commitment to representing you.

When I took office, UTOPIA was a political landmine. Nobody wanted to tackle such a divisive issue. Debt payments were increasing each year, and most residents had no idea if the network would ever reach them. With my professional background in technology and finance (BYU master’s degree; KPMG, Apple, Google, Oracle, Dell EMC), I embraced the challenge and attacked the problem head on. As a result, fiber will now be available throughout the entire city within 3-4 years, and increased revenues are decreasing Orem’s debt burden without any tax or fee increases.

I ask for your vote, so we can continue solving challenging problems together.

Tommy Williams - City Council Candidate

Orem has always had a place in my heart. We have amazing education systems, neighborhoods, recreational activities, and most importantly, people! For the majority of my life, I have lived in Orem. I grew up in the schools of Orem, graduated from Mountain View High School, and attended UVU. I have always loved living here, and I want the best for my home city. 

Natural growth of the city is what we want, not unchecked growth made possible by the construction of multiple apartment buildings and other means of creating resident density. It pains me to see that all we have become is just another huge apartment complex. Developers are wanting to increase the building of apartments for profit, not caring about Orem Citizen opinions. Orem, once known as “Family City,” could be referred to now as a “Miniature New York.”      

Orem Citizens should have a say in what happens to our city. I will continue to work on making your declarations heard, and our potential visions for the future of Orem an achievability. Am I a politician out for themselves? No. We need someone who cares for Orem on the City Council. Vote for me to make this happen.

Declaration of Candidacy

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Contact Information

119 North 1140 West

Orem, UT 84057




Martin Wright - City Council Candidate

It is all about Orem.

Nineteen years ago, Martin moved to Orem with his young family. Since that time, he is amazed at how great a place Orem is to raise a family and the many opportunities that are available to all citizens of this great city to utilize.

A few years ago, he took up running. Twenty-two marathons later, he still enjoys running fast and furious. What he has learned from training to run long distances is that you have to plan and be willing to give it your all.

He has worked with the planning commission and the city council to change code requirements that will protect our neighborhoods as well as the rights of property owners. He feels that it is important for both city officials and the citizens to be involved in activities and plans that will be of benefit to the whole of Orem.   

His vision for Orem is to manage growth and provide quality services while remaining fiscally responsible in allocating tax funds to maximize benefits to the citizens of Orem.  By properly planning, he feels that Orem will continue to be the great city and community that we are proud to call home.

Spencer Rands - City Council Candidate

I choose to raise my family in Orem because it’s a wonderful and family friendly city. On city council I will make decisions with a “family first” mentality as we discuss schools, roads, parks, and the safety of our city. I want to make sure that families, whether they are young with little kids or all grown up with grandchildren, have a voice on city council.

I am passionate about Orem and I want to use the experience that I have gained running businesses to help Orem succeed. Making Orem friendly to businesses and supporting economic growth is critical to making sure our taxes stay low. Orem’s property taxes have not risen in 41 years, but current proposals would have it increase. I believe the city’s goals can be achieved without raising taxes and burdening its residents.

For more information on my positions on issues such as: traffic, economic growth, high density residential, affordable housing, private property rights, and more visit VoteRands.com. I thank you for your support and ask you to vote Spencer Rands for Orem City Council.

David Halliday - City Council Candidate

David Halliday is a civil engineer with a degree from Brigham Young University. His past experiences of living in the developing country of Paraguay, coupled with his education in civil and environmental engineering, have taught him the importance of proper city planning and infrastructure development. He has an understanding of roadway maintenance, water resources, modern sustainability solutions, and other facets of municipal infrastructure, which have served him well both in his career as a truss designer and as an active Orem resident who regularly participates in civic responsibilities. 

Candidate Halliday’s three core issues are:
1) Responsive and Responsible Housing
2) Better Funding for Public Safety
3) Sustainable Growth

Over the past four years, David has dedicated his time to various nonprofit groups in an effort to enrich others’ community experience. He brings this same passion for outreach and inclusion to his moral and political values. Like television’s Mr. Rogers, David believes that, “In every neighborhood…there are good people insisting on a good start for the young, and doing something about it.” Aspiring to this ideal, David invites you to join him in ensuring Orem remains a safe and successful city for generations to come.  

Terry D. Peterson - City Council Candidate


Age: 65

Occupation: Retired Sr. Vice President Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley 

City: Orem     

Years of residence in city: 55

Email address: Peterson4Orem@gmail.com  

Web address: www.PetersonForOrem.com



Orem is an amazing city, our family loves it here. I care about preserving our neighborhoods.

In the last few years I have realized the need for more city council members that value public input and look out for the interests of our neighborhoods.

My wife and I met at Orem High and we raised our 5 daughters and 1 son in Orem. We have 20 grandchildren. 

Recently I have retired from professionally managing financial accounts, foundations, pension accounts, and portfolios for individuals and corporations. 

I have the desire and passion to serve you as a fully invested member of the City Council.

My education at BYU, success in business and experience on Board of Trustees for several organizations, including past service on the  Alpine School District Board of Education have instilled in me the value of being fiscally responsible, principles of limited government, and working together as a community to find solutions. 

I will be your City Council member that listens and seeks out the input and the concerns of the people and businesses. 

I am grateful for the support I have received. I am listening.  

I ask for your Vote!



David G. Przybyla - City Council Candidate

I never thought I would be someone to run for public office. A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine said to me, “You know Dave, local politics will have a much more direct impact on your day-to-day life than the President of the United States.”

It seems like that quote has been a premonition.  Since that time, local politics have had impressive impact with my family. I am running for Orem City Council to add a seat of reason, a voice of the people, a chance to unite Orem behind a strong mission and vision. Orem was once known as “family city – USA.” Now, if I ask Oremites what is “Orem’s identity” I get a different answer from everyone. Honestly, I don’t want this job; but if we don’t stand up for what’s right, then the wrong things will continue to prevail.

I promise more transparency and accountability. I promise to return my entire stipend to Orem charities. Remember, Orem, 2 vowels; Przybyla, 1 vowel.  Please vote David G. Przybyla for Orem City Council. 

Nichelle Jensen - City Council Candidate

A little about me…

My perspective as a relatively young woman and working mother of young children is a perspective that needs representation in the Orem City Council. I frequent our library, our parks, our splash pads, our hiking and biking trails, and I have an elementary age child in our neighborhood schools. My stage in life represents a large chunk of the population of Orem and I’m motivated to represent our voices. I have lived in Orem for 3 years with my husband and young children and I have grown to love this city. We moved here when I took a newly created event planning job at University Place that gave way to my love for this city. In that role I created all of the community events that are now ongoing staples at University Place and I was able to deep dive into so many community partnerships and relationships right out of the gate. I learned so much SO QUICKLY about Orem by being a part of and creating those events for the community and I got to spend countless hours with Orem residents talking to them one on one about their hopes and frustrations.

I would love people to know that I am full of kindness and empathy and I operate from love and wanting to lift up the community. I care deeply about every individual in our city and want to hear from all sides before making the best decision I can make from love. I am seriously passionate about unity and solutions and I hope to prove that to my city.

My top issues:

– High-density housing: ​We need more nuanced answers. They might be often site-specific, but they are also critical to building a better city. I’m in favor of incremental and moderate increases to density in the places that are not already sufficiently dense, broad sweeping mixed zoning, and accompanying increased density with mitigation of impact.

-Sustainability and environmental stewardship: I’d like to address by first implementing the already approved active transportation plan. ​I believe addressing this will have the greatest effect on our rising traffic levels. I want to go after FTA grants for subsidized rideshare pilot programs for transit connections, generate plans for better bike lanes and pedestrian bridges, and implement more traffic calming spots to accompany heavily biked routes. 

– Smart economic development: I want to make sure we continue to maintain and hopefully increase the sales taxes the city currently receives generated by local businesses. University Place produces nearly 25% of our sales taxes coming into the city and I want to continue to make Orem an attractive place to do business so that we can continue to benefit from the sales taxes.

My vision for Orem

My vision for Orem is a one of unity. While we have Orem families with Orem pioneer pedigrees, we also have transplants, immigrants, refugees, homeless, young professionals, students, and so many other groups of people. I’d like to change the idea that we are a homogenous community and focus on celebrating our unity as a diverse community.

My approach to growth

I think Orem’s rapid growth is exciting if approached strategically and within a long-term lense. We need to be fully invested in the growth by requiring accompanying transportation plans to any development that comes through the city. To me that means accepting inevitable rapid growth and taking accountability as a city to know what to ask for from developers as well as creating plans and strategies ourselves completely independent of developers.


I am super motivated to work within a balanced budget, but we have to be willing to give up what that may mean. If we as a city as are opposed to raising taxes for certain services, we have to be willing to compromise on a way to provide for those services somehow. If that means incentivizing new developments to generate more sales tax for our city, that would be fantastic. But I am not opposed to raising taxes if basic public safety needs cannot be met.

UVU development

I see the growth of a university and an educational community as strength to our city but I do not believe our city can sustain an uncapped number of registered students. With every new development we have to address a corresponding transportation plan. I am interested in equally dispersing high density housing and doing away with single family housing restrictions across the board so that there is not one single neighborhood having to bear the burden of growth, but rather it is equally dispersed and as such allows property values to maintain their status quo.


I’d love to do away with SFH zoning across Orem to provide an opportunity for more affordable housing. The more we equally mix up every neighborhood with low income housing, high density housing, affordable multi family housing options and other options, the more all of our properties will hold their values instead of the burden being felt by singled out neighborhoods. It’s good for homelessness, diversity, homelessness, and school funding and property values.

Important Election Dates and Deadlines

Primary Election

  • June 2, 2019 – June 7, 2019: Declaration of candidacy period.
  • June 28, 2019: Ballots are transmitted to overseas and military (UOCAVA) voters.
  • July 15, 2019: Last day to mail a paper voter registration form.
  • July 23, 2019: Mail ballots are sent to voters.
  • July 30, 2019: In-person early voting begins.  Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at an early polling location. Early voting may not be available in certain municipalities.
  • August 6, 2019: Last day to request a mail ballot and register to vote online or at the county clerk’s office.
  • August 9, 2019: In-person early voting ends.
  • August 13, 2019: Municipal Primary Election.  Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at a polling location. 

General Election

  • September 6, 2019: Last day to declare write-in candidacy.
  • September 20, 2019: Ballots are transmitted to overseas and military (UOCAVA) voters.
  • October 7, 2019: Last day to mail a paper voter registration form.
  • October 15, 2019: Mail ballots are sent to voters.
  • October 22, 2019: In-person early voting begins.  Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at an early polling location. Early voting may not be available in certain municipalities.
  • October 29, 2019: Last day to request a mail ballot and register to vote online or at the county clerk’s office.
  • November 1, 2019: In-person early voting ends.
  • November 5, 2019: Municipal General Election. Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at a polling location. 

Frequently Asked Questions

General Election Information

Voter Registration

You may be eligible to register to vote online.  The 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.

Qualified individuals need to fill out a registration form and submit it to the Utah County Clerk’s office.

Voter Registration Forms can be obtained from the:
• Orem City Recorder’s office (56 N. State Street) 801-229-7298
• Utah County clerk’s office (100 East Center Street–Provo) 801-851-8128
• 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 801.229.7074.

Deadline for submitting registration form:

  • By Mail: This form must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
  • Walk In: This form must be delivered in person to your county clerk at least 7 days before the election to be eligible to vote in that election.

Vote by Mail (VBM)

The 2019 City of Orem Municipal Elections will be conducted by an all Vote by Mail (VBM) election. All active registered voters will be mailed a ballot approximately 21 days prior to the election(s). That would be July 19th (if a Primary is needed) and October 11th for the General Election.

It is important that voter registration information is current because only active registered voters will receive a ballot.

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

For mailed ballots to be counted, they must be postmarked the day BEFORE Election Day. (Monday)

The City of Orem has added 2 BALLOT DROP BOXES at the Orem City Center for your convenience.  (56 North State Street)

  • North side along 100 North – next to the Library and Utility Drop Boxes
  • South side in the south parking lot – next to the Postal Box.

Drop Boxes will be checked and emptied daily.  You can drop off your ballots up to the close of Election Day (8:00 pm Election Day)

Early Voting

The City is contracting with Utah County to conduct an all Vote by Mail election. Since everyone will have been mailed ballots, the only Early Voting location will be at the Utah County Election Office.

Further questions, please contact the County Election Office at (801) 851-8128

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.

Municipal (City) Election Information

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.

What are the requirements to run for municipal office?

Requirements to declare yourself a candidate you must answer the following questions:

  1. Are you a United States Citizen?
  2. Are you a registered voter of this (Orem) municipality?
  3. Will you be at least 18 years at the time of the next municipal election?
  4. Will you have been a resident of the municipality for 12 consecutive month’s immediately before the date of the election?
  5. Have you ever been deemed mentally incompetent, convicted of a felony, or convicted of treason or crime against the elective franchise (Orem)?


If the prospective candidate does not meet the qualification requirements for the office, the filing officer may not accept the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition.

If it appears that the prospective candidate meets the requirements of candidacy, they are to file a declaration of candidacy, in person with the City Recorder during the office hours of 8:00 am -5:00 pm between June 1st and June 7th, 2019 and pay the filing fee required by municipal ordinance.  (O-2019-0004)

For all campaign-related questions, please contact the City of Orem Recorder’s Office at (801) 224-7298 or (801) 224-7074

Is there a filing fee?

There is a filing fee for all those that qualify for Declaration of Candidacy.

  • For each person seeking to become a candidate for Mayor, the filing fee shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00); and
  • For each person seeking to become a candidate for Council Member the filing fee shall be seventy-five dollars ($75.00).

For all campaign-related questions, please contact the City of Orem Recorder’s Office at (801) 224-7298 or (801) 224-7074

How can I help with the election?

If you wish to be a poll worker, you will need to contact Utah County Elections at 801.851.8128.

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