2019 City Council Candidate Information

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

I am passionate about improving public policy. That is why my campaign website has the most comprehensive, detailed platform of any candidate. Real solutions do not fit on bumper stickers. We need elected officials who thoroughly research, engage the public, and consider each perspective.

I am the first and only Councilmember with a page dedicated to communicating with Orem residents. Whatever I may lack in eloquence, I overcome with a relentless dedication to openness and transparency. Gathering input with an open mind is at the heart of my commitment to representing you as we:

  • Balance our budget, reduce our debt burden, and strengthen our local economy
  • Hire more police officers, and provide better compensation for Police and Fire
  • Complete Orem’s UTOPIA fiber network without adding city debt, taxes, or fees
  • Enhance our parks with inclusive playgrounds, sport courts, and a splash pad
  • Develop master plans for each city utility, State Street, and every neighborhood
  • Improve transparency with video-recorded meetings and downloadable presentations

My professional background in technology and finance (BYU master’s degree; KPMG, Apple, Google, Oracle, Dell EMC) helps me analyze complex issues with precision and clarity. I ask for your vote, so we can continue solving challenging problems together.

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.

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!



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

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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