Draper 2017 General Municipal Election

The 2017 General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Draper City will be open October 25-27 and November 1-3, 2017 for Early Voting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, Draper City and all other polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Click on this link for Early voting locations and Election Day voting locations. Also attached is a link to the SAMPLE Primary Election Ballot 2017 (Draper)Draper City is unique in that some residents live in Salt Lake County and some live in Utah County. To be eligible to vote you must register to vote in the county in which you reside.

The Official General Election ballot will have the following candidates listed:

Draper City Mayor  (Vote for One)

  • Michele Weeks
  • Troy K. Walker (Incumbent)

Draper City Council at Large  (Vote for up to Two)

  • William E. Rappleye
  • Mike Green
  • Tasha Lowery
  • Dan Wheatley

U.S. Representative District #3  (Vote for One)

  • Jim Bennett (United Utah Party)
  • Joe Buchman (Libertarian Party)
  • Kathie Allen (Democratic Party)
  • Jason Christensen (Independent American Party)
  • John Curtis (Republican Party)
  • Sean Whalen (Unaffiliated)

To assist you in making an informed voting decision, we have included a short biographical sketch of each candidate.

Draper City Mayor  (Vote for One)

Michele Weeks (www.micheleweeks.com)

Michele is currently serving as a council member. She graduated from Towson State University in Maryland. She is the mother of two sons, four stepchildren and two grandchildren. She has lived in Draper since 1999. She enjoys hiking, biking and play with her dog, Bernard. She is also an avid snow skier.

As a member of the Draper City Council, she is vice-chair of the Jordan River Commission, Draper City Tree Commission. She is also a member of the Suncrest Board and the Mountain Land Commission. Her main issues are:

  • Reduce the number of development agreements Draper City Council passes.
  • Maintain the bike paths in Corner Canyon and improve the trails throughout the city.
  • Complete Draper’s Master Plan.
  • Create more multi-use parks for kids and sports teams.
  • Appoint a citizen advisory committee to make recommendations on the State Prison site.
  • Stop Geneva Rock from continuing to excavate its site.
  • Reduce the amount of multi-residential housing.
  • Curtail excessive growth

Troy Walker (http://electtroywalker.com)

Troy has served as mayor of Draper City since 2013. He graduated from Alta High School, went on an LDS mission, completed an under graduate degree at the University of Utah and law school in Oregon. He and his wife have four children and is now a practicing attorney in Draper.

As mayor, he serves as appointee of the Salt Lake County Mayors to the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees. He enjoys mountain biking , coaching youth sports, and flying as a commercial-rated pilot. The key issues he is focusing on are:

Draper City Council at Large  (Vote for up to Two)

William E. Rappleye is affiliated with the Republican Party.  He has served on Draper City Council since 2010.  He is from Twin Falls Idaho, graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended the College of Southern Idaho.  He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren and has resided in Draper since 1998.

He is the Co-founder of Healthy Draper Corporation, Draper City Planning commission member, Co-founding member of the Draper-Riverton Rotary Club, Board member for Volunteers of America, Canyons School District Foundation and Community Advisory Board Member for the Alta View Hospital.  His website is http://billrappleyeforcouncil.com.

 

Mike Green has a long history of public service. He has been the Assistant Utah Attorney General since 2011. Previously, Mike was counsel to the Utah Medicaid Inspector General where is prosecuted several people for Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. Mike and his family own and operate the GoH2O Water Store. As a small business owner, he understands what it takes to run a business. His website is www.mikefordraper.com.

As a conservative, Mike is for fiscal responsibility in government. His other main issues are:

  • Appropriate development of the 680 acres of state prison property;
  • Protection and development of the parks and trail system;
  • Support of the police and fire department; and
  • Transparency in municipal government

 

Tasha Lowery considers herself a “clear voice for Draper.” Tasha is a former teacher and reading specialist. She is licensed in New York, California, Montana, and Utah. After graduating from Colgate University in New York with a double major in Education and Spanish and a teaching degree she returned to her home state of California to teach kindergarten through second grades. She later attended UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and received an MA in Education. Her website is https://tashafordrapercitycouncil.com.

The main issues for Tasha are:

  • Keeping Draper safe, prosperous and beautiful. She loves the canyons, the supportive community and the wonderful schools.
  • She is concerned about increasing traffic congestions, red air quality, and poorly planned homeless shelters.
  • She supports small business and strives for strategic economic growth.
  • She also supports a balanced city budget, the environment, the economy, and keeping pace with roads and infrastructure as growth continues.

 

Dan Wheatley doesn’t have a website, so it was difficult to find information about him, but his Facebook page does provide some insights into what he considers important. He is for positive change and greater transparency in city government.

U.S. Representative District #3  (Vote for One)

 

Another Hot topic on this ballot is the Canyons School District Bond:

The Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 endorsed a plan to continue building momentum in CSD’s efforts to modernize and upgrade schools across the District while also adequately planning for growth. Members of the Board of Education cast a historic vote to seek voter approval of a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.

For more information visit their website: https://bond.canyonsdistrict.org/