BIG FAMILY AND SMALL TOWNS
Brett is the 4th of 8 children. The "middle child." Some would say the awkward middle child. But, as the middle child, he learned how to bridge the gap between the older and younger siblings. His family didn't have much, but his dad (a forester) taught him to work. At about age 12, he worked on a ranch in Burns Oregon to buy his own school clothes. That's just how it was. If he wanted new clothes, he had to earn the money to buy them. He learned what an honest day's work meant.
28 MILES OF ROAD WITH TWO DEAD ENDS
In 1987, Brett's family moved to Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is a small island, with about 28 miles of road and two dead ends. He loved the outdoors and the rugged beauty of Alaska. His entire graduating high school class was less than 100 people. After graduation, he worked at a fish processing plant and a lumber/pulp mill. Those were long, hard days. Nothing was easy. Everything was earned in blood, sweat, and fish slime.
COLLEGE CLASSES BIGGER THAN HIS ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL
After graduating high school, Brett attended BYU. The school was about 5 times bigger than Sitka. Class sizes at BYU were bigger than his entire high school. Never fond of reading and writing, he studied finance. Numbers made sense, poetry didn't.
THERE ARE THOSE WHO SUFFER
After a semester at BYU, Brett served a mission for his Church in Davao, Philippines, from Jan. 1991-1993. That service changed him profoundly. He saw first-hand the devastating effects of deep and widespread poverty. He saw hunger. And yet he saw pride and perseverance. There will always be a soft-spot in his heart for those who hunger and lack basic necessities. He is convinced we can do more to help and lift others.
EVERYTHING GETS BETTER
Upon returning to BYU in 1993, he met Amy Rogers. With fiery blue eyes, a great sense of humor, a sharp intellect, and a deep compassion for others, she made everything better. For she was better than him and every way. She eventually agreed to marry Brett. They married in December of 1994. And, she did make everything better.
READING AND WRITING, AND A FAMILY
After getting their degrees from BYU, Brett and Amy and their one-year old son, Hunter, moved out east for law school at Washington & Lee. Brett's prior disdain for reading and writing would be put to the test. Turns out he liked it and with a lot of hard work, he developed a knack for it. Brett was invited to serve as a law student clerk to the Virginia Supreme Court and then served as a clerk to the Honorable Ross W. Krumm. He wrote, wrote, and wrote some more. He learned to analyze and solve problems. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. Along the way, a new daughter, Ashley, joined the family.
4-HOUR COMMUTES, EACH DAY!
After his clerkships, Brett began his law practice at a large law firm in Seattle Washington. He commuted 4 hours a day. With a commute like that, he had a lot of time to think. In 2007, he decided to move closer to his and Amy's families. Brett and Amy had just invited their third child, Logan, into the family, so adding a move to another state seemed just about right. In 2007, he accepted a job with Blackburn & Stoll, LC, a small boutique firm in Salt Lake City.
Growing up in small town made moving to Farmington an easy decision. Brett and Amy could have chosen anywhere to live, but they selected Farmington. There was something about this place. It was perfect. They planted trees and built their home. Brett finally got his dog, Neo. A 150-lb chocolate lab with a heart of gold.
UNPLANNED SERVICE ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION
A little more than 10 years ago, then-Mayor Harbertson invited Brett to serve on the planning commission. This was not in the plan. Brett was growing a law practice. Brett had never done planning and zoning before. He was willing to serve. There was much to learn. He worked on big projects, including Station Park, and dealt with the effects of the West Davis Corridor. From that experience, Brett saw first hand how these decisions affect real lives. He also learned that better decisions are made when we listen and consider different points of view.
It was during this time, that he and Amy received the final addition to their family, a little girl named Hayley. Now, the family was complete.
THE SOMEWHAT RELUCTANT CONTINUATION TO CITY COUNCIL
Serving on and chairing the planning commission gave Brett a desire to see these city issues through to the end. While he was not eager to run for public office (because what sane person is), he somewhat reluctantly decided to give it a go. He felt a desire to serve, to help, and to try to make a difference. Though he was busy with life, family, volunteer work, coaching, and church service, Brett was not afraid of a little more hard work. After being elected, he was appointed by the Mayor and the City Council to serve as the Mayor Pro Tempore (2019, 2020, 2021).
Brett believes the City exists to serve the people of Farmington, not the other way around. He believes the City's primary role is to provide for the safety and general welfare of the people. Brett does not have "pet projects." He is concerned with the overall welfare of Farmington citizens. He focuses on efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life, to provide basic services, and to keep taxes down.
It is, therefore, no surprise that Brett strongly supports emergency personnel and the police. If a resident calls 911, the City should be able to respond. Brett is adamant about enabling Farmington's police force to effectively fight and reduce the crime that hits our City. People should feel safe in Farmington. Brett's track record here is impeccable.
Brett champions the procurement of sustainable water. The current drought highlights the significance of effective water planning. He believes we need to plan and prepare now to address the water issues that future growth will create.
Brett supports efforts to maintain and repair our streets, and to install sidewalks to protect the children of Farmington. He is a friend of effective mobility and an enemy of traffic congestion. Remember, he commuted 4 hours a day for 5 years.
Brett is deeply concerned with residential density. Density affects traffic. Density affects our schools. It affects the look and feel of Farmington.
As a finance major, Brett understands the City's budget. As a city council member, Brett has helped the City secure a robust and strong fiscal budget and has grown the general fund.
As a real estate attorney, Brett understands complex land deals. Developers are here and more are coming. Developers are savvy and sophisticated. Developers know when they can strike a deal that favors them, at the cost of the residents. The North Station office park is the single largest and most significant land development that has and will occur in Farmington. If done correctly, it will be the economic engine of our City for decades to come. If done correctly, it will allow the City to provide the highest level of services to the residents. Of all the candidates running for Mayor, Brett is the most experienced and prepared to represent the City in high level negotiations with developers to make sure that the interests of the residents of Farmington are safeguarded. He is prepared to be in that room where the interests of Farmington need to be protected.
Brett has been engaged in the dispute involving the West Davis Corridor. As a candidate with over 20 years of litigating and solving problems in high stakes cases (cases involving 7, 8, and 9 digits before the decimal point), Brett is uniquely qualified to represent the City in these ongoing disputes with UDOT (or any other entity). The WDC will have a profound effect on our City. It will have a very real and negative effect on the lives of those in proximity to it. Brett is ready to represent and fight for Farmington, especially those most affected by the WDC. It is what he does. It's what he will do if elected. No one else is more prepared to take on that roll for Farmington.
Brett has the experience, the vision, and the fight that our City needs right now.