Salt Lake County Democratic Candidates
2018 General Election
November 6, 2018
Sim Gill, Salt Lake County DA
Sim was elected as Salt Lake County District Attorney in November 2010. As a veteran prosecutor, Sim has been a champion on issues of therapeutic justice, criminal prosecution and alternatives to prosecution. He has long been an advocate of taking a systems approach to the issues of criminal and social justice, focusing on collaborative and community-oriented approaches to problem solving.
Sim has collaborated on the creation and implementation of various therapeutic justice programs including Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Salt Lake City Domestic Violence Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center. These alternatives seek to transition those offenders out of the criminal justice system who can most benefit from other programs—giving them a much greater chance to not re-offend.
Rosie Rivera, Salt Lake County Sheriff
Sheriff Rivera started her career in 1993, she became the first person in her family to choose a career in law enforcement. She has always been very passionate about public safety and community interaction. She has worked her way up through the ranks of Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and Sheriff. She has also been in leadership positions for the past 17 years. Rosie has supervised and managed a variety of divisions in law enforcement to include the following: gangs, homicide, sex crimes, crimes against children, property crimes, identity theft, fraud, domestic violence, patrol, forensics, evidence, watch command, department spokesperson and media services. Rosie has worked for Weber State Police Department, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Taylorsville Police Department and served as the first female Deputy Chief for Unified Police Department. She is the first female Sheriff in the state of Utah.
Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk
Sherrie directs the Election, Marriage, Passport and Council Clerk Divisions for Salt Lake County.
Ms. Swensen believes in the fundamental right of all citizens to vote and, to that end, encourages voter participation by making the process as easy and accessible as possible. Since becoming County Clerk, Ms. Swensen has vigorously pursued voter registration efforts, encouraging all citizens to exercise their important right to vote.
As part of this effort, she implemented the "High School Voter Registration Program" and has annually conducted voter registration drives and encouraged student involvement in the electoral process. She established the countertop display boxes for mail-in voter registration forms. These displays appear in locations countywide, including post-offices, libraries and college campuses. Ms. Swensen also conducts voter registration drives at community events, conferences and business gatherings. She established the "Senior Tour," visiting senior citizen centers throughout the County, registering voters and encouraging participation in permanent vote by mail.
Rashelle has 15 years of experience working for the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office: starting as a temporary employee and working her way up through numerous positions in the Clerk’s Office three divisions. For the past two years, she has served as the Chief Deputy in the Clerk’s Office, managing a staff of over 35 employees. During her time at the County she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree (in Communications and Public Relations) from Westminster College.
She believes it is time for honest, open communication between the County Recorder’s Office and the citizens of Salt Lake County. She will bring integrity to the position of the County Recorder’s Office. Her two guiding principles will be transparency and accountability.
Garry Hrechkosy (Her-wreck-uh-see) is running to serve the great people of Salt Lake County in the capacity of County Auditor. Garry has spent the last 7 years working as an auditor with a “Big 4” accounting firm. Garry has become a trusted advisor for his clients and has provided feedback on their financial and operational processes to ensure the highest levels of transparency, efficiency, and savings. Garry will bring that experience to the county, ensuring audits are conducted with quality and independence, while providing feedback and recommendations to the different county agencies that will drive further results and savings for the taxpayers.
Garry is a licensed CPA in the State of Utah. If elected he will be the first CPA to lead the office in decades. The Certified Public Accountant license (CPA) is the gold standard certification for an auditor. It represents experience, integrity, and professional skepticism of the highest level.
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Jim Bradley, Salt Lake County Councilmember
Jim is a member of the Salt Lake County Council. He was first elected to the Council in 2000 where he has served as a county-wide At-Large member. He also served as Chairman of the former Salt Lake County Commission from 1990-1994.
As part of his Council responsibilities, he serves as Chairman of the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area Board of Trustees; is a member of the Board of the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District; represents Salt Lake County on the Central Wasatch Commission; and, is a board member of the Unified Police Department.
He is currently a member of several civic boards including the Utah Film Center where he was a founding member, and the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Past civic service also includes board memberships on the Children’s Service Society, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and The Repertory Dance Theatre.
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Arlyn Bradshaw, Salt Lake County Councilmember
Arlyn was elected to the Salt Lake County Council in November of 2010. At the age of 29, he is the youngest County Council Member ever elected in Utah, as well as the first openly gay person elected at the county level. Arlyn is currently serving as the Council representative on the Board of Health and the Visit Salt Lake Now Executive Board. Additionally, he sits on the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah board (PPAU).
For the three years prior to his election, Arlyn served as Council Advisor to Salt Lake County Council Chairman Joe Hatch. This was a dynamic period for the council because for the first time since the council’s inception, it saw a Democratic majority. During this time Arlyn oversaw many key policy initiatives, including securing domestic partner benefits for county employees, regulating pay day lending, enacting a labor friendly meet and confer ordinance, and working to enact the county’s first LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in the areas of housing and employment.
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