Declared Candidates: Salt Lake County Council, Member at Large, seat A


Pamela Berry

I have worked in Radio, Film, TV and more for over 20 years. My motto in life is to make life around me more positive whether that’s serving my community or making sure I make a living doing what I love.

In addition to my creative work, I work with a local ad agency. Prior, I’ve worked as an account executive in the creative world in Sales/Marketing/Business Development and continue to teach filmmakers and photographers how to be better at what they do. If time allows I write for an online photo magazine and have been a long time producer/co-host for their podcast. I teach and assist at various conferences such as NAB, Photoshop World, WPPI, PPE, Adobe Max and more.

I've tech edited and written books about film and photography and I continue to work with Oscar and DGA winning Directors. I’m currently in pre-production for a documentary I’m directing.

Outside of the creative world, I volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign, Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, Utah Pride and currently serve as Precinct Chair and former Vice chair in our Leg district. I’m also an ambassador with the Murray Chamber of Commerce.

I look forward to bringing ideas to the table that will positively impact our community.


Steven Burge

I'm running for Salt Lake County Council because I'm qualified and passionate about the issues facing County residents. I already understand County Government because I successfully served as a Carbon County Commissioner for 5.5 years. I've been a corporate executive for a national company, having served as Vice-President of Safety, Health & Environment. In addition, I'm an attorney, was tenured college faculty, and am currently a Fatherhood Education Coordinator for USU Extension.

I can make a real difference because I am a compassionate and experienced leader who will be a strong voice for the 3 P's: people, places, and planet. We need progressive policies that address the growing challenges too many individuals and families are facing with respect to healthcare, housing, transportation, education, addiction, wages, childcare, and overall diminishing life quality. We live in an amazing place but out-of-control growth is threatening our neighborhoods on so many fronts. Pollution, water, and other environmental concerns need more attention--now. I am a collaborator, strategist, consensus shaper, and peacemaker who is committed to doing my part to elevate our shared humanity and communities. My wife, Denette, and I live in Midvale.

Phone: 801-803-2140


Stone Fonua

Please don’t vote for me, vote for yourself. I truly believe in the People by the People. I would be your servant and advocator for lower auto, healthcare, and housing & transportation monthly payments.

Estate Creation is a “Financial Benefit Package” for those U.S. Americans that are making less than $250K, but mostly for the under underprivileged and poverty.

What are the financial Benefits?

1. Both House & Auto Monthly at $750 for singles and $1,000 for caregivers. Caregivers are individuals that are caring for children, elderlies, disabilities, mental-Illness, handicaps, foster-care, etc…

2. Auto Insurance Monthly at $10 or less.

3. Healthcare Monthly at $25 or less

4. No more working overtime or pay-day to pay-day.

5. All past, current, and future debts paid and a 90 days of pre-paid future debts and billing. (Always 90 days ahead of all debts and billing cycles)

In the past you have voted for the status quo. If you are satisfied with the status quo for the next five years. Then I am not your guy. But if you want to pay-off past, current and future debts, (taxes, credit cards, school loans, etc...) make the change for yourself and your family and vote Stone Fonua. Smiling

Phone: (385) 259-5151
Alternative: (385) 313-1116 Text is Best


Shireen Ghorbani

I’m running for the Salt Lake County Council because I believe in public service. I’m running for a future where working families are put ahead of corporate interest, where mental healthcare and addiction treatment services are put ahead of incarceration, and where we are working to expand education and protect our environment.

Running for office is a privilege. It’s been my honor to connect with you over these last few months. I listened as you talked about growth, the environment, our air quality, affordable housing, and social services. I hear you. I’m driven by these same issues and a desire to serve. I will work for inclusive growth, aggressive sustainability policies, and a social safety net that works.

I bring executive experience in facilities management, two Master’s degrees in organizational communication and policy; I’m certified in process improvement and work daily on strategy, implementation, and communication and outreach. I’m the board chair of the Rape Recovery Center, and I’ve served our country in the United States Peace Corps as an economic development volunteer. I’m ready to go to work for the residents of our county. You know me; you know I’ll fight for you.

I’m asking for your vote.

CLICK HERE to heck out Shireen’s website
Twitter: @ShireenGhorbani
Instagram: @ShireenGhorbani
Phone number: 385-275-0970


Terry Marasco

My candidacy is grounded in the scope of my academic and teaching experience (education - 1st grade thru college)); business experience and ownership (large corporations/senior manager for 12 internet startups/small business owner); community activism (air quality, water quality and supply, education); recreationalist (sailor, skier, motorcyclist, camper, bicyclist); and, have been published and appeared on national, state, and local media.

I lobbied for air quality and water quality and supply, and motorcycle safety treating legislators, the governor, and agencies with respect.

Community contributions: Central City Neighborhood Council Board member; Coordinator Utah Clean Air Alliance; Interim Director Utah Moms for Clean Air and Board Member ; Pride Center Board; Co-Founder and Member Utah Governor’s Clean Air Team representing Utah Moms for Clean Air; Volunteer Tutor Salt Lake Metro Jail; Water Symposium Planning Committee, University of Utah; and, panelist (University of Utah Debate Society) and presenter.

Fairness dominates my social philosophy re: civil and human rights; economy; support for the most vulnerable; and, that economic growth is balanced with the health and well-being of citizens.

These skills and experiences have application across city and town boundaries in our county and can be useful in collaborating with neighboring counties to solve common regional problems.



Darlene McDonald

Seventeen years ago, Darlene McDonald arrived in Salt Lake City with $250, two sons, a nephew, and the determination to make a new life for her and her family. Darlene has worked in information technology for over thirty years. She is currently a technology analyst and project lead for Oracle. Darlene’s experience working in the financial, healthcare, and technology has given her a unique understanding of the value of an educational system that prepares students to compete in a global economy.

Darlene currently serves as the Outreach Director for the Women’s Democratic Club, a board member for the CD4 Coalition and Utah Women of Color Council. She also serves as a member-at-large for the American Friends Service Committee Corporation and will serve on the Friends Relations Committee. Darlene is a delegate for League of United Latin American Citizens. As a national best-selling author of four novels and has used her skills to mentor underserved young women.

Darlene believes that we must use investments in technology, infrastructure, and education as drivers to prepare for the 21st century.

Darlene is married to Michael McDonald. They are parents to seven adult children and are thrilled to welcome their first grandchild later this year.

CLICK HERE to check out Darlene’s website
Twitter: @votedarlene
Phone number: 801-835-8200


Jeff Merchant

Jeff Merchant is native of Salt Lake County and the son of an Indian immigrant father and a Swiss mother who taught him about hard work and the value of diversity. Jeff grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Kearns and Sandy -- hiking and skiing in Utah’s canyons, playing baseball, and attending public schools. Jeff has a BA in Political Science and a JD from the University of Utah. He worked at the Utah State Legislature, as a Campaign Volunteer and Field Coordinator, and as a Policy Advisor for Congressman Jim Matheson, where he specialized in campaign finance, environment, and justice. Jeff practiced law at Parsons, Behle and Latimer where he focused on natural resources and environmental law. He also worked on administrative law and appeals for the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Jeff presently owns and operates several small assisted living homes throughout Utah, including in West Jordan, Millcreek and Salt Lake. He regularly advocates for the needs of Utah’s elderly, particularly those depending on Medicaid assistance. He also serves as the Board President for an educational non-profit supporting programs for children and their parents. Jeff resides in Holladay with his wife, Emily (a school principal) and three daughters.

CLICK HERE to check out Jeff’s website
Twitter: @jeffreymerchant
Instagram: @jmmerchant
Phone number: 801-834-3039

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Paul Olsen

Salt Lake County naturally benefits from democratic principles. Residents want to find clean air solutions in a valley prone to inversion and to advocate for the environment in a community surrounded by nature. You’ll agree that more than ever, this county needs strong democratic representation from someone who will promote its soundness.

I offer a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah, political campaign experience (for Ben McAdams and Kathie Allen) and in the last two years, I have reached out to at least half of state legislators to advocate for campaign finance reform.

« Keep city infrastructure in-sync with growth.
« Pool funding sources for low-income housing.
« Promote safe policing practices.
« Wildfire preparedness.
« Incentivize clean air choices.
« Continue Ben McAdams’ legacy of providing programs for the homeless.

These are just some issues in Salt Lake County that we must continue to address. As a member of the County Council, I will vow to keep them in the forefront.

On February 23, 2019, the Democratic Central Committee will vote to fill the Salt Lake County Council At-Large Seat, and I ask for your vote.


Nigel Swaby

Though born in Jamaica, West Indies, Nigel Swaby has spent most of his life in Salt Lake County. Growing up on Salt Lake’s west side, he attended Glendale Junior High and graduated from South High School. He’s an experienced entrepreneur and manager with knowledge in technology, real estate, mortgage finance and marketing. He currently holds a Utah real estate license and serves on the Salt Lake Board of Realtors Government Affairs Committee and Commercial Alliance.

Active in his local community, Nigel serves as Chair of the River District Chamber in Salt Lake City and 1st Vice Chair of the Fairpark Community Council. He also writes a quarterly column for The West View community newspaper addressing current community topics.The biggest issues he sees facing Salt Lake County are environmental quality, sustainable development, homelessness, criminal justice reform and workforce development.

Swaby believes a big part of Salt Lake County’s growth is happening on the west side and the county deserves representatives who know and understand the challenges of that part of the valley. He lives in Fairpark with his four year old daughter and enjoys golf, travel and college football.

Get results with Nigel!


Josie Valdez

Dear Fellow Democrat,

My name is Josie Valdez and I am a candidate for the Salt Lake County Council At-Large Seat. I am a Lifelong Democrat who served as Vice Chair for the Utah Democratic Party from 2012-2013. I have been the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Utah and ran for the Utah State Senate in 2012.

Many of you know me as an energetic advocate for our shared Democratic Values. Equality, workers’ rights, women’s rights and the protection of our children to mention just a few. Over the years, I have built a reputation as a dynamic leader and an ardent community activist serving as a volunteer in a myriad of organizations representing women, minorities, youth, people with disabilities, veterans, and entrepreneurs.

I will use my vast experience to focus on critical issues such as: clean air, open space, transportation, suicide prevention, addiction treatment and opioid abuse solutions. I will lend my expertise in economic development as the county faces a population influx estimated to 500 thousand people over the next thirty years.

There is much to do. Let’s get to work!

Web page: Twitter: @josie4c

Facebook: Instagram: @Josievaldez801