Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Election Results are In - Website will be going down

Thank you to all those who supported me in this election.  Now that the results are certified, I can breathe a sigh of relief.

I want everyone in District 2 to know that I will represent ALL of those who live or work in this district (whether you voted for me or my opponent). 

I will still be accessible to anyone who has a concern by phone, text or email. Although my main website will be closing soon, I will keep up this blog page. So bookmark this page if you would like to keep using it.

I will be assigned an official email address from Murray City, but I will still monitor all my other email accounts. I still won't have a Facebook page, but the City Council will have one that we can all use.  I prefer talking to you one-on-one rather than using social media.  That way, things will get done faster and problems/needs can be more accurately addressed.

I will no longer be working for Murray School District so I can focus 100% of my effort on the needs of the city.

Please feel free to get in touch with me through text, email, phone or in-person.  Being on the City Council means that I'm working for you!


Pam Cotter

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Campaign Finances (or how I'll treat Murray tax dollars)

All the candidates had to have their campaign financial statement into Murray this week.  

As promised, I was very wise with spending on my campaign and I did NOT take any money from any Political Party or Large Organization so I don't owe them any "special" favors.

I intend to be equally wise with the money Murray City spends because I respect our tax dollars and would never waste them.

Also, as I promised, there are no wasted expenses on mailers that went from your mailboxes directly into the trash or recycling, no impersonal robo-calls or robo-texts that always seem to arrive at an annoying time, and no T-shirts or hats that will be irrelevant by next month. 

That's why I left only one door hanger for you to learn where I stand. That's why I listed my personal phone number and email on my website so I can talk directly with you so we can get things done.  I do hear you and I will continue to hear you as your Murray City Council representative.

I only owe my allegiance to the people who live and work in Murray! That is what City Council should be about!

I'm posting my finances here, but you can see all the candidates' financial statements at

I suggest you look at all the candidates and see where their money came from and where they spent it. That may be a good indication of where their priorities lie.


Pam Cotter

Contributions received









Dale & Jann Cox



Elnora Ferrero



Sherryl & Matt Cowley



Dallas & Sallie DeFrancesco



Lester & Brenda Deering



Ed & Carol Hansen



Mike Henrie



Drew & Cathie Pearson



Dividends on checking account



Bill & Pam Cotter









Total Contributions received



Itemized expenses paid








Fast Signs (250 campaign signs)


SLCo Surveyor's Office (Large District Map)

$21.95 (parade candy)

$19.97 (parade candy)


Home Depot (zipties for signs)


SLCo Clerk (voter's list)


Murray Recorder's Passport (filing fee)


Office Depot (slanted sign holders)


Minuteman Press (3000 door hangars)


Murray Journal (1/4 page ad)


SLCo Surveyor's Office (Maps for Eggs & Issues)


Oriental Trading (candy for meet the Candidate)






Total expenses paid



In-Kind & Other Non-monetary Contributions











Chris Van Buskirk

Website (domain)


Dale & Jann Cox

Voter List


Chris Van Buskirk

Website design


Dale & Jann Cox

Taffy (Meet the candidate 2)









Total In-kind contributions




Monday, October 11, 2021

What I've Learned from the Great People of District 2


Dear Murray Friends,

For the last month or so, my husband and I have been walking every street in District 2. We have gone out twice a day, 6 days a week, afternoon and evening and talked with some really wonderful people.  We’ve also met quite a few people who are troubled, lost or frustrated by the things happening in their lives or in their neighborhood. Sometimes they just need someone to guide them toward what to do next to fix their problem. Sometimes their problem is bigger and will require coordinated efforts of Murray City departments to fix.

For example, we’ve met a woman who has had renters living a few houses away. The renters left behind a huge mess that is attracting rats to her neighborhood. She tried calling Murray City but was referred to Salt Lake County who got rid of the rats temporarily, but now they’re back.

We’ve met a man whose trees on the park strip have destroyed part of his curb and gutter. I was able to contact the department head involved and he was able to give us date to have the trees and curb and gutter taken care of.

Another street has had the whole length of sidewalk damaged by tree roots, lifting the concrete up all along the street. The home owners are worried about being sued if someone trips and is hurt.

We’ve met an 82 year old man who has lost his wife and his daughter. He is now trying to take care of his grand-daughter and great grand-daughter along with his own health problems.  He was distraught at receiving a letter from the city about cutting his weeds and facing the possibility of an $1800 fine and 5 months in jail.  With a phone call to our City Attorney, the case was closed and he was told that one of the free Murray dumpsters could be available for him to take care of his yard.  He was so grateful that this weight was lifted off his shoulders.

There have been many more cases like these, but it taught me that while the Murray City Council is working on projects like the new City Hall, redeveloping downtown and preserving historic buildings that we must always keep one eye out for those Murray citizens who are struggling.  Whether you elect me or not, I would like to challenge the Council members to be easily reachable by the citizens in their districts and to go out and visit them and get to know the people they serve. 

 There are many in this city who just need a little guidance, a helpful phone call to solve their problem or just someone to listen to like Burt who has just had to put his wife in a memory care facility.  He can’t visit her because of the Covid safety measures and he worries about her remembering him.

These are our neighbors. These people ARE Murray. They need our help.  That is why I’m running. That is why I’ve listed my personal email and phone number on my website. I want to hear from our neighbors with needs that I can help. We can be better toward our friends and neighbors. They’re not just nameless “citizens.”

Thank you all for teaching me,

Pam Cotter

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ali Ibanez - A Paralympian Medalist with Murray roots


We had a great privilege of attending the ceremony at Murray Park today to recognize Ali Ibanez, the Bronze Medalist at the 2020 Paralympic Games. Ali earned her medal in Wheelchair Basketball with the USA Paralympic Team.

Ali was born in Murray and attended Cottonwood High. This year, she will be a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign studying Graphic Design.

Ali spoke about how tough and competitive the Paralympic games are. She mentioned that people sometimes have the misconception that they are not serious and are just a participatory sport. I think Ali is a great ambassador for the Paralympic Games and Murray should be thrilled to share a small part of her story.  

We are proud of you and the entire USA Paralympic Team! Go Ali! We hope to see you in the 2024 Games!

Pam Cotter

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Robo Calls and Texts - NOT From Me

I just had a political robo-call and have received some robo-text messages.

I want everyone to know that you will not be getting any robo-calls or text messages from me.  I find them annoying, impersonal and downright offensive.

I would much rather meet everyone in person and we are trying to do that by canvassing the area (there are 2500 - 3000 homes, condos, town homes and apartments in this district).  In case you weren't home when we stopped by we are leaving my one and only door hanger with you.  As I've said before, I'm not going to bombard you with dozens of mailers that will just go to the landfill.  

I would much rather talk with you one-on-one by: 

Email -

Phone or Text - 801-541-8364

If you have a question or concern or would like to discuss any issue, please feel free to use any of these methods. I'm open to setting up in-person meetings, too.  Just contact me and we'll find a time that works for both of us.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Pam Cotter

Monday, August 30, 2021

Planning Meeting for Town homes at 5400 South and 700 West (Murray Heights)


 The planning and zoning commission will meet at 6:30p.m. this Thursday, September 2nd to decide on plans for the property located on the southwest corner of 5400 South and 700 West.  The proposal by Ivory Homes is to build 31 town homes that appear to be 2 or 3 stories tall plus a loft/deck as the 3rd/4th story.

All traffic in these town homes will enter and exit on 7th West.  Vehicles will have to enter from the North on 700 West and exit to the South due to the road divider on 7th West just west of Smith's.

If you would like to see the exact plans submitted, the website is  Scroll to pages 44 through 97 to see the submitted plans.

These will be the same style that Ivory built in the Daybreak area.  My husband and I visited these town homes and shot the following photos of the finished homes to get a better idea of how they will look.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Murray City's Proposed Redevelopment Project at 4800 S. State Street


I had the opportunity to see the plans for the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) project proposed for the property running south on State Street between 4800 South and 5th Avenue and west to Poplar Street.  This is the area just across the street to the south from Winger's Ale House Restaurant. The southern edge at 5th avenue is about half way between 4800 South and Vine Street.

 There are pros and cons to the project as it now stands.  The project would house 253 apartments, 9 town homes and several street level retail spaces. These are not subsidized housing or low income apartments and town homes.

The structure will be 6 stories high (5 if you don't count the mechanical items on top like A/C, elevator mechanics, etc.)  There would be green space on the rear and some on the 3rd floor around the parking and pool areas as shown in the 3rd photo.

 The building itself makes kind of a "U" shape viewed from above. There would be 3 stories of parking (423 stalls) located in the center of the U shape so there should not need to be street-side parking. The proposed plans meet or exceed all existing zoning code requirements.

The existing buildings are old and in need of repair. The estimate on the DAR building alone (the building in the center of the block) is $10 million to bring it up to code.

I've included photos of the displays for you to view and a Google Maps aerial photo with the proposed property highlighted to give you a better idea just where it will be located relative to existing buildings. More details and drawings can be found at 

Please post a reply or email me with your thoughts and feelings on this project.

As of now, it looks like this project is dead.  3 Council members are against it Brett Hales, Dale Cox and Dianne Turner.

Election Results are In - Website will be going down

Thank you to all those who supported me in this election.  Now that the results are certified, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I want everyo...