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Vote Jen

URGENT BULLETIN:   9:47 am Tuesday August 11:

If nowhere else in the world, it's election day in Salt Lake City!!!

If you live in Salt Lake City's council district 4, (South Temple to 900 South, and I-15 to 1500 East) and you haven't already done so, for God's sake and for your own sake,


Remember:  You can still vote up until 8 PM Tuesday August 11, even if you missed the mail today. Or if you don't have a ballot - or haven't registered yet. Your vote matters! Check out the article for more on the election. With 5 candidates, it may well be close! A highlight: "A list of voting centers and drop-off boxes throughout Salt Lake County is online at slco.org/clerk.

"Excuse us--but who is Jen Colby?" you may be asking, "And why should we vote at all, let alone, for her?"

Thank you.  I thought you would never ask.

Here's why:

Our first campaign video!!!!   City council candidate Jen Colby reflects upon her meeting
Friday July  7, with Sally Jewell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

  • Honest
  • Diligent
  • Big, powerful mind
  • Listens
  • Cares
  • Experienced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thoughtful
  • Articulate
  • Compassionate
  • Green
  • Progressive
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, herself a very sharp cookie, was honored
to meet with open space ambassador Jen Colby at Salt Lake City's
premier new "Oxbow" nature park last Friday.

Jen chats with Secretary Jewell and Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker.   She is well known at city hall for her leadership as a community and environmental activist.
I could go on and on and on about the virtues of my long-time fellow social and environmental activist.  I will attach biographical material below, and you can see more at Jen's web site and Facebook Page
Here, though, before I run off to Jen's weird and wonderful City Council District 4--
NW Corner, 700 S. & 200 W
--to canvass for her right up to the final hour before polls close, I will only say that Jen, if she should make it through the primary, will not only win this race but four years from now will be mayor of Salt Lake City.
That would be very good because our city needs a true champion for the environment, for open space and clean air and climate change action, and we need this desperately.
Jen fits the bill.  She has put in decades as a professional in the businesses of outdoor recreation, public land management, and  "sustainability".  She understands environmental and social issues from the ground up.

Jen was recently endorsed by former city mayor Rocky Anderson for the best of all possible reasons:  like Rocky, she is a classic green progressive who puts clean air, a healthy environment, wise use of natural resources, and fairness to all persons without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, above quarterly shareholder profits for the vast multinational corporations that consider America's public lands and natural resources--including those, such as air itself, right here in Salt Lake City-- to be their exclusive treasure chest and and trash dump.
Should Jen win the primary vote tomorrow (Tuesday Aug. 11) you will be hearing more about her from me again.   If she does not make the primary cut you will be hearing from me anyway about our Nature in the City  master plan for the Jordan River corridor all the way across Salt Lake City.

Among all city and county council members and candidates, Jen is the only one who has had the vision and wisdom to endorse our master plan for urban riparian restoration and expansion of the city's off-street commuter bicycle commuter system.

In politics, friends, it doesn't get any better than Jen Colby.  

Official Candidate Profile:

View my official candidate profile here.

About Me

Jen Colby headshotMy career has been dedicated to service to community and to protecting and restoring the natural world around us. I was drawn to Utah, like so many others, by personal connections, work opportunities, and deep powder snow. My husband and I lived the dream for nearly a decade in Alta before moving to Salt Lake City.

Rooted in the District

We’ve been residents of the Bryant neighborhood for more than a dozen years. We moved just a few blocks east of our first apartment on 600 East when we bought a historic 1890's-era Victorian eclectic cottage on a quiet mid-block street. We love the character and flavor of the district and the diversity of fellow residents and businesses. We treasure the unparalleled access to Salt Lake City’s cultural and economic heart as well as the outdoor recreation and open space that provides such a high quality of life.

Qualified to Serve

I believe my breadth of experience, depth of knowledge of public sector governance, and range of community connections and interests makes me highly qualified to serve as your next District 4 city councilmember. I am the only candidate in the District 4 race with substantive experience in public policy development, successful project implementation, and civic governance.

I have extensive professional experience and a record of success in both the private and public sectors. Over the years, I have:

  • Started and run two successful small businesses, the first when I was 17 years old;
  • Worked in the tourism, hospitality, and outdoor education arenas;
  • Served in the U.S. Forest Service with an Enterprise Team and then on a local ranger district fostering partnerships and volunteerism;
  • Mentored students in service leadership at University of Utah’s Lowell Bennion Community Service Center; and
  • Created and built the U’s first Office of Sustainability alongside a terrific team of students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

As a city resident, I have also been active in neighborhood and community advocacy on many issues. These have ranged from improving pet ordinances and legalizing bee- and chicken-keeping in Salt Lake City to advocating for better transportation systems, historic preservation, and smart development policies.

Additionally, I have served on the non-profit boards of Alta Community Enrichment (founding board member) and Slow Food Utah and volunteered my time with numerous local organizations over the years. Professionally, I’ve participated in numerous interagency and regional teams and task forces on a wide range of topics, from food policy to air quality, oil spills to wildfire prevention.

I have a passion for good government and community development, tempered with a healthy streak of western independence. I am committed to a collaborative, solutions-oriented approach and a city government that works for all.

I welcome your support and your ideas.

--Jen Colby