My name is Steve Waldrip and I’m running to be your representative to the Utah State Legislature.
Getting to Utah
I was born and raised in Orange County, California, in a family of 5 brothers and one sister. My father was a lawyer and state court judge, and my mother was a homemaker who moonlighted as a playwright and theater producer and director.
After high school, I attended Brigham Young University on an academic scholarship that lasted exactly one semester, when my idea of college life collided with the reality of professors actually grading work. I walked on and played JV basketball for BYU.
My School, My Wife, My Career
Following my freshman year at BYU, I served a two-year LDS mission in Haiti, which was a life and perspective-altering experience. I loved it.
After my mission, I returned to BYU, where I played another year of JV basketball and half a year of Varsity ball. I appeared in one game, took one shot, made it, and I can proudly say that I never missed a shot in Division I competition, and that I currently hold the all-time NCAA record for field goal percentage (100%).
I improved my study habits and graduated from BYU with a BA in English. I then betrayed my loyalties and attended law school at the University of Utah. During this time, I met my wife, Jenny. She was living with a friend of mine from California, and showed up in an old Jeep Cherokee full of her stuff. I helped her unload that day, and I like to say I’ve been serving her ever since. We married during my second year of law school and lived in Salt Lake. I received my JD from the University of Utah Law School, and we moved to Seattle with Andrew, who was born 3 weeks prior to the move. I received an LL.M (Masters) in taxation law from the University of Washington School of Law, and then moved to Spokane where I accepted a position with a regional law firm in their taxation group.
I passed the Washington State Bar and then practiced law in Spokane for all of 9 months. My wife thought this was a pretty lousy return on the 4-year investment of law and tax school, but I had decided at that point that practicing law was not for me.
Building Weber County
Shortly after, I accepted a position with the Boyer Company as a project manager for the Business Depot Ogden (BDO) redevelopment project. For 13 years I managed marketing, new development and leasing for the BDO project in Ogden. During this time, I negotiated more than $500 million in lease transactions and more than $250 million in direct investment. BDO added 4,000 jobs to Ogden, revitalizing Ogden City with a revenue stream that has funded much of the growth currently evident in downtown and other locations throughout the community.
BDO was a joint development partnership with Ogden City, and my time there provided me with the opportunity to work with everyone from the Mayor to the public works staff. This interaction and observation exposed me to the processes, strengths and weaknesses of city government.
Additionally, this provided to the opportunity to collaborate with the state, city and county economic development leadership and staff to create and implement economic development plans for the 1100 acre BDO project, as well as consult on other economic development projects.
In 2013, I left the Boyer Company to do independent consulting work, spend more time with my family and spend more time on community and charitable causes. I co-founded a social benefit fund, the Rocky Mountain Homes Fund, dedicated to providing opportunities for home ownership to working class families in Ogden. I continue to work in independent real estate consulting and development.
Why I’m Running
In 2014, I became sufficiently irritated with my own whining about politics and became increasingly involved in the party. I started by serving as a county delegate. Most recently, I’ve served as the Legislative District 8 Chair.
Professionally, I’ve had experience in law, taxation, economic development, real estate acquisition, leasing and development, and service on both business and community-based boards. I feel this background gives me a unique opportunity to apply those lessons to the challenges that confront our community and state today.
On a more personal level, and as the father of four boys, aged 19 to 10, I want to create a better place for them to live, grow, and work. They deserve it. I believe that we have a duty to ourselves, our neighbors, and our children to leave them with a community that is better than ours today. That is the task that I will undertake as your representative in the Utah State Legislature.
- Board Member, Utah Chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), 2004-2013; President 2010-2011
- Board Member, Ogden Nature Center, Ogden, Utah; 2007-2012
- United Way Northern Utah Board Member, 2014-present
- Ogden Valley Planning Commission Member, 2015-2016; 2017-present.
- Eden Park Board Chair; 2007-2011