“Big Money Returns to Orem Elections: Candidates Backed by Todd Pedersen Receive Financial Support”
– Over 70% of voters rejected Proposition 2, an effort to create an Orem-only school district.
– Todd Pedersen, who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting Prop 2, is now funding events to support his city council candidates.
In Orem, Utah, the rejection of Proposition 2, which aimed to establish an Orem-only school district, by over 70% of voters was a significant outcome. However, it seems that big money is once again playing a role in local elections. Todd Pedersen, along with Alex Dunn, who spent substantial amounts of money last year to sway voters in favor of Prop 2, is now back in the political arena. Previously, they funded “free food” events to promote their cause. This time, Pedersen is sponsoring events to stir up support for his chosen city council candidates. Crystal Muhlstein, Matt McKell, Spencer Rands, and Mike Carpenter are the individuals receiving financial backing from Pedersen. The numerous large signs, pricey mailers, and sponsored events serve as evidence that these candidates have significant financial support. However, it is crucial for the community to demonstrate that big money will not determine the outcome of city elections. Instead, voters should choose candidates who prioritize collaboration with the full city council, other communities and government agencies, and respect the opinions of Orem residents. It is essential to elect leaders who will put an end to the lack of collaboration and bloc voting among the current mayor and three city council members. Rusty Butler of Orem encourages voters to support Jenn Gale, Chris Killpack, and Jeff Lambson as they represent the majority of voters and did not support Prop 2. These candidates have demonstrated their ability to listen to constituents and make sound decisions for the community. Let’s make our voices heard and choose leaders who prioritize the interests of the people over big money.