• Conservative Leadership in Senate District 8

Senator Zehnder & Housing


Hi this is Brian Zehnder, your current Utah state senator. You know sometimes there are good problems to have and sometimes there are just problems to have. And with the growth in Utah, over the next 30 years, it's going to be more and more difficult for people to find an affordable house. That's just the reality of what's happening with our great state, the secret has gotten out. Clark Ivory, the president and CEO of Utah's largest home builder does say housing affordability is the key to economic development. And so having a difficult time getting a house is probably not a surprise for many of you. Housing prices are now currently exceeding the growth in people's incomes, so it's becoming more and more difficult for people to find an affordable house. What are some of the solutions? 

Some of the ideas come include a greater mix of housing types in neighborhoods, the use of accessory dwelling units in some homes, avoiding large-lot zoning, exercising restraint in impact and permit fee increases, and increasing the use of public transportation. One idea, and I love innovation, this comes from the University of Utah and they're coming up with a new initiative to address the housing affordability. It's called Design and Build Salt Lake.

 Students are actually taking a plot of land, measuring about 20,000 square feet, and they're dividing it up into three lots and they're coming up with some design ideas to make it much more affordable and more cost efficient and more energy efficient. They'll be building three 1500 square foot single family residences on a vacant lot in West Salt Lake. "It's an important partnership that will encourage "the next generation of housing innovations," says Todd Reader. 

They're taking small and odd-shaped lots from the city inventory and coming up with housing solutions, and that's not only going to improve the access to housing opportunities, but it will also advance design standards in the community. So there are some neat ideas that are coming our way. There are a lot of things to be thinking about. I'd love to hear your ideas on what should be done. So please send me an email or comment on this post today. 

So thanks again for tuning in. This is Brian Zehnder. Have a wonderful day, take care, bye bye.

Senator Zehnder discusses Education and PTA with Liz Zentner


-[Brian] Well, good afternoon everybody this is Brian Zehnder, Senator Brian Zehnder and I'm so privileged today to visit with Liz Zentner who's with education. You've been with education for a long, long time haven't you.

- [Liz] A long time.

- [Brian] Yeah, Liz has been a big fan of the PTA and education in our school system. Liz, just tell me briefly a little bit about yourself and, maybe one or two of the major roles that you've held over your career. I know you've been very involved with the governor and the state and the school board and everything like that.

- [Liz] Yeah, so I just as soon as my youngest child started school 35 years ago I got involved in the PTA and worked my way up through being a local president, the region director over all of Granite district and eventually I was state PTA president for two years.

- [Brian] Okay, and involved also with the governor's office I understand.

- [Liz] I was on the governor's education Excellence Commission.

- [Brian] Okay.

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Senator/Dr. Zehnder & Billy:


- [Brian] Well, good morning everyone, this is Senator BrIan Zehnder. I'm visiting with Billy this morning. Billy and I have been family, I guess you call it, for probably 25 years. I've been taking care of you as one of my valued patients here, and we've been through a lot together, haven't we?

- [Billy] You bet we have, yes. Yes we have.

- [Brian] What are a couple of the things that we had to help you with that you'd like to share with me this morning.

- [Billy] Well, my esophagus, I had problems with esophagus. You took good care of me and stretched it out.

- [Brian] So you have some trouble swallowing, and we were to help you with that, right? Then you got a blood clot once, right?

- [Billy] Yeah. A clot broke off and went behind my eye.

- [Brian] So you almost went blind, and we were able to help you with that, and now you have to take blood thinners, but there's worse things in life than taking blood thinners, right? So we've been getting' together and visiting every couple of months for about 25 years. Why do you still keep coming back to see me? What is it that you like about me, anyway?

- [Billy] You're a good man. You're a good doctor. You take care of me. I've lived to 85 years old because of being taken care of the right way.

- [Brian] Yeah, well it's been a real privilege to take care of Billy and his wife. How long you guys been married?

- [Billy]  We've been married 63 years.

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Senator Zehnder & Kathy


- [Brian] Well good morning, this is Brian Zehnder. I'm here visiting with Kathy today. I'm just in my office taking care of people and I came across, I saw Kathy I says, "Kathy, how long have we known each other?" and she said 1991 and I thought oh my goodness, one of us is getting old.

- [Kathy] It must be you.

- [Brian] So maybe just share with me a little bit about our relationship together over the last 20 some years, and things that strike you about me as your doctor and how you think I might be able to represent the rest of my district.

- [Kathy] Well, he's conscientious. He's been following up with me for a long time.

- [Brian] Yeah.

- [Kathy] If he sees anything that's worrisome,

- [Brian] Yeah.

- [Kathy] He brings it to my attention,

- [Brian] K?

- [Kathy] and we set out a plan to make that better.

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Senator Zehnder: It's Time For Early Voting!


Good morning, it's Senator Brian Zehnder. Just want to talk with you briefly about voting. As you probably know, the primary elections are being conducted primarily by mail in which registered voters in Salt Lake County were mailed a ballot. But in addition to mail, you can also vote in person by early voting. You have to bring a valid identification card with you and you can vote now if you want to in the County Clerk's office which is located at the County Government Center, 2001 South State Street between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00 p.m., between now and June 25th. 

So you can vote in person if you want. In addition, there will also be early voting locations at any one of the following locations between June 20th and June 25th between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. That's between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., June 20th to the 25th and for most of you in District 8, that would be either Cottonwood Heights City Hall or Murray City Hall and those locations, I'm sure most of you are aware of those. So early voting at the County building or at Cottonwood Heights or Murray City Hall between June 20th and the 25th.

It's been so fun getting to know each and every one of you on your door steps. This is probably the most fun part of the campaign: getting to know everyone! I've really enjoyed the process. Make sure you vote, get those post-marked by the 25th of June if you don't vote in person. 

Thanks again and have a great day. Take care!

Highlights from normal interim committees


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather! This week we returned to the Capitol for our monthly interim meetings. This week we met on Tuesday in our appropriations meetings to help us take a deeper dive into budget issues. We also met on Wednesday in our normal interim committees. Here are some highlights from the week:

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Senator Zehnder is "No Dummy" - Mr. Brady says so!

- [Brian] Hey, this is Doctor Brian Zehnder, Senator Zehnder. I'm here with Mr. Brady. We just got together and I said, "Hey, let me tell you about myself." and then what did you tell me?

-- [Mr. Brady] I told you that I've already voted and that I did vote for you because I think that you have had the experience and that the 'doctor' by your name does tells me you're not a dummy!

-- [Brian] I'm not a dummy! Wow, that's cool! So great! Well you know, this was unscripted. Oh here I am! This was unscripted, I had a great time meeting Mr. Brady. You have a wonderful place here! Thank you so much for letting me visit with you!

- [Mr. Brady]  Okay.

- [Brian] Thanks again and say goodbye.

- [Mr. Brady]  Oh, say goodbye. Okay!

Senator Zehnder: Golf


-[Senator] Well, this is Senator Zehnder. I'm just visiting with Mr. Cutler, who tells me he's... How old did you say you were?

- [Mr. Cutler] Ninety.

- [Senator] Ninety, and he says, "I've got a joke for you," and I said you gotta tell me a joke 'cause I'm a golfer like you are, so go ahead and tell me the joke.

- [Mr. Cutler] Well, they want you to wear two pair of pants now if you play golf.

- [Senator] And why do you have to wear two pair of pants?

- [Mr. Cutler] In case you get a hole in one.

- [Senator] In case you get a hole in one He says, "I think I voted for you. "I'm not sure, but I am gonna double-check, "so that I can change my vote just in case." Thank you so much for visiting with me. You have a great day.

-[Mr. Cutler]  All right.


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