© 2019 by Ana Valdemoros for Salt Lake City Council District 4

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About Me

I love our city! Building our community has been my passion since my arrival from Argentina 19 years ago. I started my career in city planning with Salt Lake City, where I worked on various master plans and projects. These projects included the Westside Master Plan and the North Temple Grand Boulevard plan in anticipation of the Airport TRAX line that opened in 2011. My team created the Transit Station Area zoning district that was implemented along North Temple and later along 400 South.

 

My work also covered Downtown Salt Lake City with the creation of the mid-block alleyways plan, later implemented in the Downtown Master Plan, as well as the Outdoor Design Dining guidelines for restaurants and bars. I then turned to working for the non-profit NeighborWorks Salt Lake where I worked closely with the River District Chamber, Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, and business owners in the area. I also served as an ex-officio member of the Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board and the Food Policy Task Force with the Sustainability Department.

 

When I first graduated from college and while I was working for the City, I spent my summers selling empanadas at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. After finding success at the Farmer's Market, I opened “Argentina’s Best Empanadas” in July 2016 in a small retail space of an existing older building (located at 357. S. 200 E.) in Downtown Salt Lake City. Stop by sometime to try a traditional Argentinean empanada filled with locally and sustainably grown ingredients.

 

Given my experience with a food related business, I co-founded the culinary incubator kitchen, Square Kitchen (located at 751 West 800 South), which opened its doors in the Spring of 2018. Square Kitchen provides affordable commercial cooking space and fosters business opportunities for all food entrepreneurs. We built this type of kitchen to be able to help other small business and food entrepreneurs like myself with business needs and startup costs.

 

In January 2019 I was selected unanimously by the City Council to serve the remaining year of former Council Member Derek Kitchen’s term after he was elected to serve as a Utah State Senator. I have been able to use my city planning experience and advocate for small businesses in my new role on the Council and proudly represent District Four.

 

I am running to retain the District Four seat because the decisions the Council makes today need to be made with several perspectives in mind in order to have a balanced and fair outcome for the entire city. I understand city planning, small business, and sustainability practices that lead to a better city for future generations. I am somebody that rolls up their sleeves and works to bring practical solutions to get the job done. I want to continue to fight along side my peers, city professionals, and the citizens of District 4 for the many issues that I've been working on for our city.

 

Through my professional skills and experience, I will ensure the residents of District 4 have an energetic advocate on the City Council; a partner that knows and appreciates the work of the many citizen groups that are part of the solution to our everyday issues. As a negotiator and mediator, I will build consensus among different groups with a District 4 focus, but also with a city wide perspective.

 

When I'm not busy at the City and County Building, campaigning, or running either one of my businesses, you can find me happily spending time with my husband, our three amazing children, and our extremely curious cat, Alexander Kittyton.

 

I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me a little better. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I hope that I can count on your vote later this year.

 

Sincerely,