S.L. County Council candidate slams incumbent over attendance

His council meeting attendance is only 30%, candidate says

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  • Dave W.
    Sept. 24, 2008 10:00 a.m.

    I work with Mike Jensen on the county council. For those who believe he is somehow out of touch with the issues, nothing is further from the truth. Mike knows the issues - particularly those affecting his district - as well as any and better than most.

    People also ought to know that Jensen does a LOT of things outside county council meetings. He serves on the board of the Salt Lake County Council of Governments, the board of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the CUP board, plus several others. He's worked hard on committees that established the Unified Fire Authority and now the Unified Police Department.

    There is no question Mike Jensen is doing a VERY effective job representing his constituents. Anyone who argues otherwise doesn't really know what they're saying, or is playing politics.

  • Bob Who?
    Sept. 24, 2008 7:35 a.m.

    Bob, the absurdity of your comments and blatant misrepresentation of Jensen and his record are a clear indication of your political purpose. The unfortunate reality of blogging is you can write anything without any form of accountability whatsoever (not unlike most pedophiles). Bobs rambling stream of consciousness fails to point out that Jensen is an ardent defender of the West side, is a centrist on the Council he somehow equates attendance with effectiveness and omits the fact that Jensen is highly regarded by his colleagues on both sides of the isle.

  • Bob G
    Sept. 24, 2008 6:17 a.m.

    I have to agree with the first two comments that Jensen is being paid to do a job of representing his district. He probably is unavailable to his constituents also. If Jensen is only in it for the money and kickbacks he should have the decency to withdraw and remove himself from office. Knowledge is power and if he has no knowledge of issues how can he have and use his powers to represent the people? But us constituents are forgetting one thing, these elected officials don't represent the people, not any more. That has been legislated out of the constitution. It has been legislated that elected officials, at all levels, represent the city, county, state, or elected position they hold. We the people only have the vote of who represents these positions and our voice of government policy is zero. The focus of government is on the needs of business and corporations, none of which have a vote in government except by the power of their money. Jensen fits right in with who he represents, and its not the people. We are all disolusioned to think we the people have representation. Our greedy elected government entities only represents itself.

  • Melissa
    Sept. 23, 2008 12:35 p.m.

    Since when is pointing out facts "going negative"? It's very sad to me that Jensen so blithely dismisses his absences. First of all, he is "hired" to do a job, and that job includes attendance at the meetings. Secondly, at the county meetings there is a time set aside for specific public comment. Apparently hearing from his constituency is not important. Thirdly, while wide sweeping change may not be discussed at every meeting, in each meeting someone's life is directly impacted (from zoning issues to individuals' tax debts). Apparently those people's lives are just not important to Jensen.

  • Phoebe
    Sept. 23, 2008 9:19 a.m.

    This isn't "negative" campaigning; it's just pointing out the facts. If Jensen thinks his attendance record is irrelevant, that's fine, but if the voters disagree, at least now they know what the facts are and can vote accordingly.