226 East 100 North, Moab, UT 84532
I am a long-time resident of Moab. I graduated from GCHS and this year my daughter will do the same. I have seen our community go through many changes and believe I am uniquely qualified to serve on the Grand County Council. I offer practical solutions to the problems facing our community; I will not do things because they follow dogma or a party line, I will do them because they make sense. Diversifying our economy, increasing education options, encouraging development of low-income, mid-income, and seasonal housing, and sustainable, balanced, and ethical land use are the keys to maintaining our bright, happy, and healthy piece of heaven!
763 Palisade Drive, Moab, UT 84532
I’m a 6th generation Moab resident. I’m happily married to my beautiful wife Becky and a proud father to my daughter Elizabeth. I’m an experienced entrepreneur with a diverse business background and I’m focused on positive contributions to my community through youth sports and public service. I believe in investing in our youth and building bridges with our neighbors.
I’m running for the Grand County Council because leadership and balance is desperately needed on the Grand County Council. I’m frustrated and concerned as a taxpayer, with our current elected representatives in local government. I am confident that I can deliver the quality and transparency in local government that our taxpayers so desperately deserve.
630 Palisade Drive, Moab, UT 84532
I moved to Grand County more than a decade ago to raise my family in a small community and explore Moab’s world-class recreational areas. I manage a locally-owned guide service and my wife owns a small business.
I’ve worked numerous part-time and seasonal jobs in Moab, so I understand the challenges many residents face making ends meet in a tourist-based economy.
I’m committed to preparing Grand County to grow in smart and sustainable ways that preserve our quality of life.
I have experience supervising, planning, budgeting, and cooperating – skills that will come in handy as a County Council Member
102 E 300 N, Moab, UT 84532
I am a 3rd generation Grand County resident. I am engaged to Stephanie Hansell and we have two beautiful daughters, Tyler and Elliot. I am looking to streamline our local government and use a common sense approach in making decisions. I have worked in all areas of employment in Grand County so I feel my background will make these decisions easier. I want to create a better way of life for the citizens of Grand County with a diverse and balanced economy.
HC64 Box 3105 Castle Valley, UT 84532
I am a native Utahan. I retired to Grand County after 34 years of military service.
Castle Valley is my home, where I serve as a volunteer firefighter. I have been road manager, on Planning and Land Use and Hazard Mitigation committees.
I support public education. I do not support a Book Cliffs Road; no identified funding source, no responsible agency and the main benefactor status is uncertain. We need to spend our public funds in a more beneficial manner such as a business by-pass for Moab. No to the Bishop Public Lands Initiative – unnecessary, undesirable, expensive and misguided.
Heather Jo White
2075 Munsey Drive, Moab, UT 84532
I will bring fresh ideas and am excited for the opportunity to represent District 4, if elected, and I will provide stronger leadership and will be honest and open. I am hardworking and dedicated to bringing common sense solutions that acknowledge that big government will not save our lands, economy, or our community.
It is time to take an aggressive stance on the issues that we are facing as a county. For more information you can contact me at HeatherJoWhite2016@gmail.com or my Facebook page Heather Jo White for Grand County Council.
PO Box 704, Moab, UT 84532
My name is Rory Paxman and I am running for a second term on the Grand County Council, in District 5. I have a loving wife who has supported me and four kids that live in this community. I truly love this county and I enjoy serving and working hard for this community. There are a lot of important issues that our county is currently facing including Health care EMS, affordable housing, underfunded schools and law enforcement. I strongly believe if we elect more good people on this council, we can make the change our taxpayers so desperately deserve.
During my first term, I held true on my promise to promote a limited government, local control, and a healthy business environment. I approached each issue specifically and directly, and voted according to my core values.
My pledge to you for my second term is that I will continue to work hard for you, not special interest groups and outside influences that don't positively contribute to our community. I pledge that I will continue to promote fiscal responsibility during a period where this is so desperately needed. Despite all of the weighty issues and heated debates, I truly enjoyed my first term. I gained invaluable first-hand experience about our government and our community. I’d be disappointed to see the citizens of District 5 replace my experience and judgment with someone who wants more of the same dead-end policies, and that will have to start from scratch. Join me on November 8th so that I can leverage my knowledge and experience for you. Vote Rory Paxman.
339 West 400 North, Moab, UT 84532
My name is Rachel Nelson and I am running for Grand County Council in District 5. I moved to Moab ten years ago as a mountain bike guide, then fell in love with this place, bought a house, started a family, and stayed. Currently, I work at Utah State University, Moab. I teach courses in Recreation Resource Management, continuing 20 years working in the recreation and tourism industries as a guide, instructor, researcher, and professor. I believe we can strengthen our community by creating housing opportunities for workers, diversifying our economy, balancing the needs of residents and visitors, and making land use decisions that make sense for our economy.
Melissa Byrd - School Board District #2
I was born and raised in Moab and I graduated from Grand County High School. I attended the University of Utah and received my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. After college, I moved back to Moab and married my husband, Ben. We have two kids who attend Grand County Schools. My husband and I own and operate a small business and I am the bookkeeper and office manager for our company. I understand the importance of good fiscal planning and budgeting in private business, government, and home and bring those valuable skills to the Board.
The past four years serving as a school board member have been very fulfilling. I would like to continue helping the District create a long-lasting, productive educational environment for all students. I am committed to our community and will do all I can to build a strong education system in Grand County.
I respect and value education. I believe academic achievement and vocational training should be the top priority of our school district and community. I appreciate the diversity of our community and welcome input from all.
I would be honored to have your support and ask for your vote in the upcoming election.
David "Dave" Bierschied- School Board District #3
Hello Fellow Citizens,
I have been a Grand County resident for the past 62 years and have owned my own Real Estate Brokerage, Moab Realty, for more than 20 years. I am married, with a 9 year old daughter Makenna, who is a 4th grader at HMK.
Friends have asked, “Why are you running for the Grand County School Board?” First and foremost, I am not running against my opponent, rather I am running for the children and teachers of Grand County. I feel the School Board and District personnel have done an impressive job transitioning the Grand County School District from dire financial straits, to a financially stable and fiscally responsible position. What do I feel I can bring to the table to further improve the District?
I have a good business sense and the energy to project school district needs in a positive light. I can help garner support for, and help with understanding of, various issues that may arise. There is always a need for any Board to have members that are able to present agendas and issues to the public. I enjoy speaking with the public and feel I have the ability to present issues clearly and keep citizens informed.
Over the last 4 years, I have taken an active role in my daughter’s education. I have spent several hours each week, volunteering in the classroom. This experience has kept me abreast of the current school system and allowed me to see, firsthand not only the great things going on but also the shortfalls that occasionally arise. I currently serve on the HMK Community Council, which helps with my awareness of the immediate needs of the teachers and students.
I am the recipient of the Friend of Education award for co-chairing a facilities committee. We spent several months researching school facilities. The committee was only advisory in nature, but my participation allowed me to see firsthand the positives and negatives with regard to our school facilities. I feel the District works hard monitoring the viability of the existing middle school. I am certain that at some point in the future, we will need to do a full assessment of the existing school to determine the best path to take concerning the long term needs of our middle school students.
Finally, I fully support the School Board Voted Levy, Proposition 4. Grand County is next to last when it comes to teachers salaries. In order to hire and retain new teaching staff we need to bring our salaries in line with the other school districts in Utah.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
James "Jim" Webster- School Board District #3
I’ve served on the school board since 2005, was Board President 2011-15, and currently serve as Board Vice President. I’ll continue using my leadership skills to build on our district’s considerable successes.
- Helped create / lead
- School district representation into San Juan County (Spanish Valley)
- District-wide facilities assessment process, leading to two new state-of-the-art school buildings
- Member of school/community safety committee; USU-Moab Dean’s Council
- Member of statewide committee for Utah Legislature public education priorities
- Have effective working relationships with local and state legislators
- Strong belief in bringing school, business, community and elected leaders together to strengthen our school