I was born and raised in Lehi and have lived in Lehi my whole life. I have witnessed Lehi grow from a small community of around 8,000 to 67,000. I have a love of Lehi and the rich heritage we enjoy. As I was growing up, my parents taught me the importance of service in my community and church. The principle was simple: when you live in a city, you serve within that city. My dad used to always say “you don’t have a right to complain about your city unless you are offering your services to that city.”
I attended school in Lehi when Lehi only had two elementary schools, one Jr. High, and one high school. We have come a long ways. After graduating from Lehi High School, I attended Utah Technical School (now UVU). I learned a trade in the electrical field and operated an electrical business for over 30 years.
I married my wife, Beckie Peel Southwick, in 1975. Family has always been the most important part of our life. We raised six boys who all live in Lehi at the present time. We also have 19 grandchildren. I believe that the family is the very core of our city and civilization. Because of my belief in the importance of the family, I want to keep our great city and its activities and events family friendly. I believe that we need to keep our Lehi traditions alive by welcoming and including all citizens—new and old—in our plans and events.