Democrat Daniel P. Grey believes his experiences make him a commission candidate who can see outside the valley. Grey is running for Utah County Commission Seat A.

"Having lived with my family in four countries, I am aware of the blessings of being an American," Grey said. "I am also aware of a greater brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity, which goes above and beyond political boundaries."Grey has lived in Utah County with his family since 1992. Prior to that time, he served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan, England, Germany and in Arizona. He was an emergency preparedness officer for the Air Force.

He's also been part of the Utah County Sheriff's Emergency Preparedness Division and a member of the American Red Cross Damage Assessment Team.

He's currently a social worker at the Utah State Hospital for the Mentally Ill and a board member for Alpine House, a halfway house for the mentally ill.

He's an advocate for the disabled and a member of the Utah County Disability Action Team organized by the Legal Center for People with Disabilities.

This will be Grey's initial foray into community politics. He was prompted by a directive from The LDS Church's First Presidency suggesting its membership take more active political roles.

"As a Utah County Commissioner, my overriding concern will be how any decision before me impacts the quality of life of all law-abiding citizens in the county. No political party, no religious body, no ethnic nor racial group, no economic class, no, not even those to which I belong, should have more influence on my decisions than any other."

Grey plans to focus on a good recycling program for Utah County, mass transit improvements and emergency/disaster preparedness.

He wants to look at the status of preparation for natural emergencies like earthquakes and flooding as well as for toxic spills and/or chemical agent disasters.

"I think I have a really good understanding of health and community action kinds of needs, given my occupation," he said.

Grey wants to open up dialogue with young people such as local college students who've been on LDS missions or traveled to foreign countries. "I think they see things and ideas we can use here. We can learn from other cultures and countries about recycling, automobile safety, the preservation of green space."

"As the Olympics come and visitors come, we will have people who expect such things as timely, adequate transportation. We need to be ready," Grey said.