Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of “Another Look” articles by or about candidates who will be on the June 28 primary election ballot in Sanpete County.
Written by Sen. Derrin Owens
I write today to explain my complete support for Scott Collard to serve as our new county commissioner. This message is in no way derogatory toward any other candidate. We need the views and experiences of all in our representative form of government. I admire anyone willing to serve under the current challenging circumstances and unfortunate toxic times in society.
I have known Scott Collard for over 30 years and have watched him raise his family in Fountain Green. Scott has many years of valuable experience as a city council member and mayor of Fountain Green. Nobody out works this man. Not in the office, running heavy equipment, in the trench below ground that he just dug, or in the sky strapped to power pole or lift bucket.
Scott’s natural talents to work with, communicate with and lead teams has propelled him into executive management positions for Cache Valley Electric. Unless one pries, it would be hard to know that this good citizen, who is still the first to get his hands dirty at a community service project, is also a senior executive for a major Utah firm and ecclesiastical leader in his community. Why wouldn’t you know? Because he’s too busy getting the work done and doesn’t have the need to share his success.
I have watched from across town as Scott and Lisa have been dedicated parents, working hard to raise a good family. Suffering the devastating loss of their oldest son to suicide was an unwelcome and nearly unbearable challenge. Although it remains difficult, Scott has led his family forward to continually “see the good and be the good” in their communities.
Scott and Lisa’s daughter, Lacey, of Mt. Pleasant recently led a campaign to raise $10,000 which was donated to North Sanpete School District to secure a one of the leading suicide prevention specialists in the nation to train teachers and staff. The next generation of the Collard family is willing to work and get positive things done.
This is the type of servant and citizen I know in Scott Collard. I hope you’ll join me in voting for someone who is first to roll up his sleeves and get to work for Sanpete County. We would be wise in electing a person of this caliber help lead our county forward.