District 3 - David Wilde
Phone - (385) 468-7456
David Wilde is a member of the Salt Lake County Council. He represents District 3, located in the center of the Salt Lake Valley. District 3 includes most of Murray and Taylorsville, as well as eastern West Valley City, and northern West Jordan. David was elected as one of the nine original members of the Council when Salt Lake County's form of government was changed from the Commission to the Mayor-Council form in November, 2000. He has been reelected three times. He has served twice as Chairman of the County Council.
David has been a strong advocate for more openness in Salt Lake County Government. He has sponsored several open meeting initiatives in Salt Lake County. His initiatives have included an ordinance requiring the Mayor's office to open cabinet meetings to the public, the first ordinance of its kind in the State of Utah. Also, David passed initiatives requiring board meetings of private groups receiving public funds (such as Hogle Zoo) to be held open to the public, and requiring those boards to diversify membership to include residents throughout Salt Lake County, including residents of varying ethnicity and background.
David has also been an effective advocate for open space issues in Salt Lake County. Of special significance is his participation with "Blueprint Jordan River," an initiative to protect open spaces along the Jordan River Corridor. In this effort, David prepared and presented to the Salt Lake County Council of Governments a resolution encouraging all governmental agencies within Salt Lake County to adopt the recommendations of "Blueprint Jordan River" and protect and enhance open and green spaces within the Jordan River Corridor. This resolution has now been adopted by cities throughout Salt Lake County. David currently serves as a member of the Jordan River Commission, and has been instrumental in furthering open space acquisitions and improvements near the Jordan River.
David has worked cooperatively with other members of the County Council and County Mayor's office to make Salt Lake County government more fiscally responsible and efficient. Growth in Salt Lake County spending has been reduced dramatically since David first took office. Of special note is that fact that Salt Lake County has had no general property tax increase during the more than ten years David has served.
David is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County. He grew up in Murray and graduated from Murray High School in 1974. He then attended the University of Utah, receiving a psychology degree in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1985. David currently practices law and publishes a newsletter reviewing verdicts from trial courts in three western states. He and Linda, his wife of 31 years, are parents of four children and have four grandchildren.