Rose Park Community Council 2020 Election

Select your Rose Park Community Council representatives! In order to vote, you must live or own property within Rose Park neighborhood boundaries.

Fill out the ballot
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The ballot will be open between 8am and 8pm MST on Wednesday, September 2.


Candidate Biographies

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Blake Bratcher

Hi, neighbors! My name is Blake. Much like you, I claim Rose Park as my home and I want to ensure it’s welcoming for all, being the representation of what it means to be a true community. As a southern transplant, my partner and I moved to SLC in 2015 and right away knew it would be our permanent home. After graduating with my MEd in Educational Policy from the University of Utah in 2018, the tree-lined streets, access to parks/trails, and the friendly nature of those in Rose Park was something we wanted to join. Us, including our two dogs Everest and Mowgli, could not be happier. If elected, I’m eager to listen, advocate, and support our community in utilizing my current fundraising background from the U. This place would not be the same without you and I thank you for vote!

R. Brent Guymon

I have served on the Community Council since 2009. I have lived in the Rose Park area since 1985, I have been involved in the Community since that time period and have been a strong proponent of the Community Festival and helping to encourage and promote the Festival. I am currently involved in the Rose Park Connect project which is to help those without internet access to have the connections that are needed during these difficult times. I am dedicated to the this community and serving the community to the best of my ability.

Peter Hodgson

I’ve had the privilege of living in Rose Park for the last two years. When we first moved here from Arizona, I wasn’t sure if we were going to find a neighborhood like we had back home, but we have in Rose Park. From the community events to Rosie the Rose Park turkey, we felt at home as soon as we stepped into our new home. In Arizona, I was lucky enough to lead our neighborhood association, help fund and start a community garden and work with local officials on neighborhood grants and beautification projects. I’d like to be able to serve Rose Park next. I’d love to be considered for an open position on the council. I’d be excited to better understand the needs of my community and how I can serve it. Thank you for your consideration.

Richard Holman

My name is Richard Holman and I’ve been involved in the community for about 5 years. I am a business owner, husband, father and grandfather. I am a very involved and engaged citizen concerned for the well-being of the Westside, our Rose Park community and my neighbors. I am pleased to use my 35 years in management and engineering to the benefit of this community that I call home. I’ve been on the community council for 2 years and am seeking reelection. I also chair the Westside Coalition which is a coalition of all 6 Westside communities advocating for the health, safety and quality of life of Westside Salt Lake City residents. In addition, I was the principal driver to get the City and the RDA to fund the study that ultimately led to the approval of the new Public Market at Fair Park with funding from the City and State. I ask for the opportunity to continue to support our Rose Park Community.

Megan Lopez

Hi, I’m new to Rose Park but recently moved here from Poplar Grove.  I love the Westside of Salt Lake and I would love to get more involved in the community and neighborhood.  Before I took some time off of working to stay home with my kids I was the Club director at the Lied Boys & Girls Club in Poplar Grove.  I have a Masters Degree in Sociology and I have always been interested in community building and how much better a place can be when people work together.  I love walking my dog and going for bike rides with my family on the JRT and camping and hiking in our gorgeous state.  I am also the state events lead for the Utah chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots organization that works for common sense gun laws (NOT to take people’s guns away).  I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to represent our beautiful neighborhood on the community council. 

Ramesh Ganesh Rathinavelu

I live with my wife and step son in Rose Park. The reason why I wanted to be part of the Council is that I want to contribute to the community I am living in.

Courtney Reeser

I have been involved with the Rose Park Community Council since moving to the neighborhood in 2006, and have been on the board since 2010. In 2015, four members of the then current board enrolled and completed the Westside Leadership Institute program. We applied for and were awarded a grant to be used for connection and outreach to our community, and have strived to use those funds to benefit the Community Council and other outreach possibilities. This positive experience has inspired me to pursue a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Utah, with the hopes that I will be able to benefit my neighbors with building our diverse community. I would like to continue to use my skills and knowledge of resources and relationships as a member of the Community Council. This group is very proactive in community building, and I hope to remain a part of the ideas and opportunities that are created to benefit our neighbors.

Heidi Steed

Heidi Steed is a lifelong west-sider who loves living in Rose Park. As someone who enjoys giving back to her community, she represents District 1 on the City’s Community Development and Capital Improvement Board and she serves on the West View’s board. She welcomes the opportunity to serve her neighbors and her community on the Rose Park Community Council.

Craig Thomas

I have lived in Rose Park since 2004. My husband and I quickly feel in love with this community and have been fortunate to be involved with the Community Council since 2008. By day I have an amazing career working with community groups in West Valley City and helping them become organized, receive training, and provide access to city services. In addition to my volunteer work for the RPCC, I also serve on the board for the national Neighborhoods USA organizing. I am a USU alumni with BA degrees in Liberal Arts and Asian Studies. I also have a MA from USU in Landscape Architecture. Currently I am also finishing a MA in Community Leadership at Westminster. I am proud to call Rose Park my home and have greatly appreciated my time working on the Community Council as we strive to celebrate all the amazing aspects of our neighborhood.

The ballot will be open between 8am and 8pm MST on Wednesday, September 2.

Virtual Public Meeting & Election

Join the Rose Park Community Council for our next virtual meeting, taking place on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30pm on our Facebook page.

Our September 2020 meeting will include board elections. For those interested in running for the Rose Park Community Council Board, please submit your self-nomination to or text (801) 719-5569 by Monday, August 31. In your self-nomination, please include your name, contact information, and a couple of sentences about your background and why you’d like to join the Rose Park Community Council.

You must live or own property within Rose Park neighborhood boundaries to be nominated and elected to a board position.

RSVP to this meeting on Facebook.

Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In order to strive to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) through social distancing and to follow recommendations from state officials to limit large gatherings, the Rose Park Community Council has decided to cancel our April Community Council meeting.

There has not been an outbreak of COVID-19 in Salt Lake County as of March 13; however, we are exercising an abundance of caution in order to protect our neighbors.

While the current situation can be overwhelming, offering support and practicing kindness toward one another can keep our neighborhood strong. For local updates, please refer to Salt Lake City’s Coronavirus Fact Page or the Utah Department of Health’s website.