During my 8 years on the City Council, I have heard from hundreds of you. Residents approach elected officials to help navigate a system that can feel complex. A good mayor is a listener, first and foremost. Residents deserve to be listened to and treated with respect. I’m passionate about hearing you and representing your voice. I care about you and the challenges you are facing. I am a collaborator. I am accessible.
I am enthusiastic about Bountiful’s future and believe it must be developed intentionally with a robust public process. I commit to focusing more clearly on economic development and will work with existing and new businesses to promote vitality and to lessen the tax burden for residents while being mindful of balance for businesses, housing and outdoor recreation. I look forward to being an ambassador for our City whether it’s interacting with young residents at school assemblies, engaging with businesses that are a good fit for Bountiful or representing Bountiful at County and State levels. I’ll lead City Council meetings in a welcoming and collaborative way.
I’m a proven and reliable leader who seeks input from you. I’m ready and eager to represent you as the next Mayor of Bountiful.
Kendalyn (Keyes) Harris (46) was raised in Bountiful, Utah and is the daughter of Karl and Cozette Keyes. They taught her she could achieve her goals with hard work and she believes them. She was Mayor in 4th grade at Meadowbrook Elementary which is just west of “The Bubble” (the Rec Center for those under 30) and has wanted to be the Mayor of Bountiful ever since. After graduating from Viewmont High, she earned Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Utah. That same year she married Bountiful native James Harris (yes, they have gotten past the Viewmont-Bountiful rivalry). When James proposed, Kendalyn said “I’d love to marry you, but I need to give you fair warning that I plan to run for public office – it’s just something I’ve always felt called to do.” James has been on board ever since supporting her just as she supports him in his business and other endeavors.
I’ve always planned to run for Mayor and my eight years on the Council has prepared me well. I’ve interviewed other Mayors and other City leaders to get an in-depth sense of what the position requires and studied how different leaders choose to fill the role.
As a consequence, I’m excited to:
Start a new practice of offering Mayor’s office hours at City Hall to courteously engage with residents and genuinely listen to you.
Chair City Council meetings in a clear, welcoming and inclusive way.
Act as a gracious Ambassador at schools, businesses, and community events to recognize achievements and foster partnerships.
Work closely with City Staff to ensure effective coordination at City Hall and communication with residents. Bountiful is blessed with a wonderful City Manager, Recorder, Attorney, Finance professionals, and expert Department Heads over Law Enforcement, HR, Water, Streets & Sanitation, Power, Parks, Planning & Zoning, Engineering, and IT.
Collaborate with City Council members to facilitate dialogue and ensure that pros and cons of proposals are fully aired and discussed. As Mayor, I will ensure that each Council member is heard and not dismissed as they represent the residents views. I look forward to researching issues and being part of defining Bountiful’s priorities. I am excited about fresh perspectives two new Council members will bring to the decision making process and moving forward in a respectful, positive and collaborative way to do the people’s work.
Energetically advocate for Bountiful on regional boards. Building relationships has come easily in the boards I have served on and I enjoy the associations. I’ll do my homework to understand Bountiful’s interests, build consensus and find win-win solutions.
Oversee the development of a new City Master Plan. There was no immediate plan to initiate this, but I reached out and urged Planning Commissioners, the Mayor and City Council Members to make it a priority for the first time in the last 12 years. I am really looking forward to overseeing the new Master Plan development over the coming year. This will be an important tool in defining what we want Bountiful to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years. It will feature a robust public process to consider things like zoning, where apartments belong and where they don’t, commercial corridors, etc.
Work hard to foster economic development for Bountiful. Economic development creates jobs, a vibrant city, retail options for residents and reduces the tax burden for residents. I have worked on this in the past, and I will in the future as well. I am enthusiastic about focusing on fresh ideas for economic development.
It’s time for a new voice in the Mayor’s office. YOURS. To that end, I ask for your support in order to serve Bountiful as your next Mayor!
Government is not always the answer. Consider Susan Cheney with her family’s Christmas music production they put on for the community for decades or Dalane England with her Freedom’s Light Constitution Days event. These people are the kind that make Bountiful great. The windstorm from Sept 2020 is another example of how people in Bountiful came together to help their neighbors. Bountiful city and our Emergency Response Team of volunteers worked in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and residents to expedite cleanup and relieve suffering. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we don’t care who gets the credit. As the future Mayor of Bountiful, I believe we will find the best solutions by being open to many ideas. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to achieve great things in our City’s future.
You can help in any of the following ways:
Register to vote here https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/login.html?selection=REGISTER
July 28 6:30pm Meet the Candidate Night. View recording here: https://www.facebook.com/transparencyisaction/videos/506531603959336/
Aug 10 – Primary election day View results here: https://www.daviscountyutah.gov/docs/librariesprovider11/awards/primary-2021-summary.pdf?sfvrsn=c38e0253_1
September 29 7:00pm Meet the Candidate Night at Bountiful City Hall (for Mayor and City Council candidates) View recording here: https://fb.me/e/YzdNadoq
starting Oct 12 Ballots will be mailed to registered voters. Marked ballots can be mailed in (must be postmarked by Mon Nov 1) or dropped off at the ballot box at the Bountiful library.
Tuesday Nov 2 – Final election day You can drop off your ballot at the Bountiful Library. If you don’t have a ballot, (or if you want to surrender your ballot) you can vote in person there from 7:00am until 8:00pm.
Election Results can be viewed here (once released from the County on Nov 2 after 8:00pm) https://www.daviscountyutah.gov/clerk-auditor/elections/election-results
I’d love to hear your questions, concerns and ideas!