New mayor taking over Taylorsville with an eye to the future


TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Taylorsville was one of four Salt Lake County cities where incumbent mayors lost their bids for reelection.

While residents voted for change, it is a familiar face taking over.

From a seat on the Taylorsville City Council, to the Mayor’s Office, Kristie Steadman Overson is the Mayor-Elect.

“We have really great city employees, planning commissioners, we have great residents, as I have met a lot of them, I’m just excited to get started,” said Overson.

Overson defeated incumbent Mayor Larry Johnson by about 14 percentage points according to the latest numbers.

“Lots of door knocking, close to 3000 doors in our city, and so, my whole focus was connecting with residents,” Overson said.

Before city council, Overson spent several years as a planning commissioner for the growing city.

She says that’s one of her top priorities moving forward.

“What is our city going to look like in 10 years, in 20 years? What are our needs going to be? What about young families? Are we planning for them? Are we going to have enough park space, open space? What are their housing needs?”

She says the best answers to those questions will come from residents, business owners and city officials all working together.

A perspective she gained on the campaign trail, while knocking those doors.

“Maybe a perception at City Hall about the needs of residents is different at City Hall, than it is talking on someone’s doorstep. So, I really hope to incorporate the ideas that I’ve heard from residents.”

When Overson is officially sworn in as mayor, city council will then pick her replacement to join them on the council.

She will be sworn in the first week of January, 2018.

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