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Doug Cortney
Doug Cortney
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Website: ElectDougCortney.com

My name is Doug Cortney. I hope to serve Highland as a member of the City Council.

Highland faces significant challenges in the coming years, mostly related to the budget. We have two choices. Come together and overcome these challenges or let them tear us apart.

We can't afford to tear our community apart. We need to elect City Council members who will bring us together.

I am currently a member of the Library Board, and I volunteer with the Highland Fling and with the Beautification committee. I have attended City Council meetings for the last year. I have worked with many of you on land use or other issues before the Council. As a director of software development, my job has been bringing people together to solve problems. Let me do so for Highland.

I support
• Budgeting for future needs
• Solving the Open Space Fee issue
• Maintaining the character of Highland
• Honestly listening to the concerns of residents

I know that we won't always agree. When we disagree, you'll have an honest opportunity to change my mind.

My name is Doug Cortney, and I ask you to trust me with your vote.



Timothy A. Ball
Timothy A. Ball
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Website: www.timball4highland.com

I want to preserve the charming characteristics of Highland City that made it so attractive to us. I am concerned about the positions and voting records of some of our past representatives – particularly when it comes to zoning. Zoning has a huge effect on our local traffic, infrastructure and schools. My wife and I have fought hard to preserve the low density R-1-40 zoning that is unique to Highland, and are concerned that Highland is being redesigned one development at a time. I believe in the Highland brand, set forth in the Highland City Vision Statement and General Plan.

In addition to zoning, we must face critical issues including budget and finance, roads, parks and trails and business development. I am beholden to no one and have only in mind the best interest of Highland residents and ultimately, the City of Highland.












Brittney P. Bills
Brittney P. Bills
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Website: www.BrittneyBills.com

Like many of you, my family was drawn to Highland years ago because of its stunning beauty, excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and great families. As Highland grapples with many important issues, we need sound policy and leaders with the courage to make decisions that will secure the future of our city and protect the rich heritage of our past. 

I will preserve all that's good about Highland, while paving the way for sustainable, sensible growth. I am committed to keeping taxes as low as possible by finding efficiencies, reducing operational costs, and increasing revenue. I am committed to maintaining the small-town feel of Highland, and safeguarding its residents. As a current member of the Planning Commission, I have walked your neighborhoods, driven your roads, and responded to your feedback before voting. As a City Council member, I will continue to conduct extensive research, engage in respectful and civil discourse, and consider all viewpoints.

My education (Bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Public Policy Analysis) and many years of serving on numerous local councils, committees, and boards has qualified me for City Council, but more importantly, my public service experience has fueled my lifelong passion for bettering our community.



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Kim Rodela
Kim Rodela
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Website: www.kimrodela.com

My name is Kim Rodela and I'm running for Highland City Council. I have been a resident of Highland for 8 years and love living here! I am a wife and mother to 4 great kids. We moved here because of the amazing location, open space, and large lots. I'm committed to keeping Highland how we all envision it. I support low-density housing and responsible commercial property development.

I have a Master in Public Administration and have served in a variety of public services throughout my years, including the City of St. George, Budget Analyst for the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, Utah County Delegate, and currently PTA Treasurer and Executive Director of a Non-Profit. I am skilled in finding unique ways to decrease expenses and increase revenues in government budgets. It is the City's responsibility to be financially prudent with the tax payer's money. At the same time, I believe in being proactive in maintaining our City and not pushing off much needed projects.

I have become more and more convinced it's time for new ideas and a fresh perspective. I believe that I have the right background, education, and experience to Build a Better Highland Together. www.kimrodela.com



Kenneth S. Knapton III
Kenneth S. Knapton III
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Website: www.KenKnapton.com/Highland

My wife and I moved to Highland in order to bring our horses on to our property. We love the open feel of Highland, and we appreciate the distinction that it provides from our neighboring cities. We hope to make Highland our home for many years to come. I am running for Highland City Council because I want to do my part to help maintain the unique and open feel of Highland City. 

I am a registered independent. I consider myself a conservative, both socially and fiscally. I am a proponent of business, and I hold a strong belief in individual choice and accountability. 

My core beliefs are: 

I believe in a loving God who wants us all to be happy, and to have joy in this life. I believe that the United States constitution was inspired by that God to establish our freedoms in this country. I believe that we each have the right to choose what the pursuit of happiness means for us. I believe in diversity of thought. I believe that our individual differences make us stronger together. I believe that Highland is a unique and beautiful city. I believe that maintaining its distinctiveness is important.



Troy Dyches
Troy A. Dyches
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My name is Troy Dyches and I am running for Highland City Council. My two children and I, moved to Highland City just over a year ago. We’ve now settled in and have really enjoyed the time we’ve spent here. 

I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my professional life and have owned several businesses. Understanding financial statements and budgets is something that I have practical experience with. I consider myself a numbers guy and have the ability to really dive deep into the financial nuances to discover the solutions others might miss. 

I’m someone that believes that a good political candidate is guided by principles and virtues that serves the community as a whole and doesn’t violate the virtue of others. I’ve recently been involved in a project that has help me identify 91 virtues. Identifying these virtues and committing to living a life guided by these virtues allows me to come into public office with a set of guiding character excellences in mind to fulfill the responsibilities that Highland citizens have given me. 

Thank you for your consideration.



Wayne Knoll Tanaka
Wayne Knoll Tanaka
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"Keeping Highland Great” by recognition of resident wants and needs, maintain and upgrade city services, stay within budget, continue to secure Highland’s own zip code for tax income, seek a dog park, and use my business, supported the community garden and marketing to benefit city operations. Experience: Southern California Gas Co Executive overseeing energy programs both line and staff, energy consulting for SoCalEdison, San Diego Gas and Electric, PGandE, consulting on alternate vehicles and fuel stations, Assistant Advertising Manager SoCalGas, and Operations Manager 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for The Museum of Science and Industry at Exposition Park. Community and Business: former Loyola University Alumni Board; former Board Member Los Angeles Advertising Club; NRA Life Member; NRA Chief Range Safety Officer; NRA Refuse to be Victim Instructor; Supervisor Provo Shooting Sport Park; champion baseball and soccer coach; President Friends of the Highland City Library; and Board Member Highland Historical Society. Appreciate your vote so I can put my experience, and community commitment to “Keeping Highland Great”!





Christopher Thayne
Christopher Thayne
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Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/votethayne

As a life long resident of Highland City I have been on the receiving end of world class selfless civil servitude for 28 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back by serving our community as an advocate and civil servant. I want to meet your concerns and preserve the unique identity of Highland.

When I think about what makes Highland so special, I am immediately brought back to the memories of my youth; constructing tree huts in open fields; celebrating birthdays at city parks; and Scouting in American Fork Canyon. The accessibility and easy access to nature is, in my opinion, what makes our city the gem of Silicon Slopes. This is why as a member of City Council each action I take will be carried out with the ideal of maintaining the identity of Highland City for future generations.  

That said, as a civil servant I will be acting in the interest of all Highlanders, not just myself, so I would love to hear more from you. 

Please visit my official Facebook Campaign website and share your thoughts and concerns.  
www.facebook.com/votethayne