Tracey Harty for Salt Lake City Council District 6 2015

Tracey A. Harty

  • Salt Lake City native
  • Small business owner – Harty Marketing & Communications
    ( HOD Corp LLC)
  • University of Utah – B.A. Mass Communications;
    graduate certificate Integrated Marketing Communications
  • East High School graduate

Leadership and Experience

  • WTS Advancing Women in Transportation – 2013-14 Northern Utah Chapter President
  • K.E.E.P. Yalecrest neighborhood non-profit preservation organization – Founding Board Member
  • Craft Lake City, advancing local artisans – Advisory Board Member
  • Yalecrest Neighborhood Council

Personal Interests

  • Husband Bill; daughters, Katelin and Jessianne; family dog, Indy
  • Biking, hiking, quilting, golf, Orangetheory Fitness
  • Historic preservation

June 8, 2015  — Tracey Harty, a longtime Yalecrest Neighborhood resident and local communications and marketing consultant, today filed a declaration of candidacy for the office of Salt Lake City Council District 6, which is located along Salt Lake City’s East Bench.

A candidate for the same seat in 2011, Harty sees many of the issues of that time are still not resolved today.

“It’s time for real community wide leadership in District 6. I will be a strong voice working hard to improve air quality and enhance community wellbeing for all of District 6. Supporting healthy, high-quality neighborhoods, protecting property value and being mindful of household budgets are all priorities for me,” said Harty. “I see transportation as one of the key areas where we must be able to work together to clean our air as well as create active, healthy, and secure District 6 neighborhoods.”

“I intend to help District 6 residents by developing and delivering on quality transportation options for Foothill Drive and complete streets for Sunnyside Avenue and 2100 South. Since 2011, those options have still not materialized and it is time for a change for the better. I will join with the community to move solutions forward, and I am the person who can work collaboratively with our area and officials to make these quality changes for District 6 happen,” she added.

An updated East Bench Master Plan is currently in draft form, with “yet another study soon to be undertaken for Foothill Drive.

“We missed the boat on creating a aesthetically pleasing, multi-modal corridor for Sunnyside Avenue, and now District 6 is worse off for it,” she said.

After months of community meetings in 2011 and input from residents on features they’d like to see on Sunnyside Avenue—including things such as intermittent medians, landscaping, human-scale lighting, changing lane configurations, trails and bike lanes—a “road diet” test was recommend to study the measurable effects of reducing the number of driving lanes and how to make the street more safe.

“Council member Luke ignored science and safety, and turned his back on neighborhoods when he worked behind the scenes to stop the recommended six-week test during his second month in office,” said Harty. “The consequences of his actions mean that now we actually have a more incomplete street than we started with. We have a wide swath of concrete and asphalt, and one less bike lane, and we have more health and safety challenges for children, youth, residents and travelers.”

In 2010, Harty became known for her involvement in the Yalecrest Neighborhood efforts to create a local historic district, to put an end to razing historic structures and the resulting loss of streetscape character.

In 2012, she and neighbors formed a non-profit organization called K.E.E.P. Yalecrest (Keep Educating and Encouraging Preservation of Yalecrest). The group has been successful in creating four local historic districts within the Yalecrest National Historic District boundaries, with three additional areas currently in the application process.

“I’m thrilled we are able to now prevent the demolition of some historic homes in one of Salt Lake’s most sought-after neighborhoods,” says Harty. “Council member Luke admits he’s not a preservationist. He doesn’t see the pressing need to preserve these City treasures.”

Along with historic preservation and healthy transportation, Harty wants to be a strong voice for promoting and growing a dynamic District 6. “Unlike other areas of the City, District 6 has not seen much positive change in the past four years and this is not good for our area.”

To bring positive change, she will give the district more time and attention. Her priorities include focusing on creating vibrant and safe places, engaging local commerce, working for high quality design standards and remaining mindful of taxpayers’ pocket books.

“Preserving our neighborhoods also means taking care of our infrastructure and planning for future growth in a smart way, with housing, commercial and open space options for District 6 that are sustainable, functional and scalable,” says Harty.

“With a number of master plans and studies under way for areas of District 6 and throughout the City, I will assure residents know they can participate, actually have a say in their future, and know the various ways to do so,” she added. “I want to lead District 6 residents to ensure our voices our heard at City Hall and that our area receives the attention it deserves.”

Harty currently works as a local business owner in marketing and communications consulting. Previously she worked for a Salt Lake advertising agency. In addition to K.E.E.P. Yalecrest, she serves on other non-profit boards, including WTS – Advancing Women in Transportation Northern Utah Chapter and Craft Lake City advisory board. An important matter for her is the need to see more Utah women in leadership roles. In this area Harty is working with others to strengthen Utah’s women’s voices by reducing the significant gender gap in Utah’s decision-making bodies. In 2015, Utah received a last place ranking and F grade for its political participation of women in the Institute for Women’s Policy Research Status of Women in the States: 2015 project.

A graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications and a graduate certificate in integrated marketing communications, Tracey has an active family life with her husband Bill Harty, chief software architect for Premier Inc; daughters, Katelin Turner, graduating June 15 from the University of Oregon and Jessianne Turner, who recently completed her first year at Colorado State University; as well as the family dog, Indy. Tracey enjoys road cycling, quilting, reading, gardening and playing golf in her free time.


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