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Newly elected county council member begins term

Wednesday, January 09, 20133295 views

The residents of the Millcreek Township have a new voice to represent them on the Salt Lake County Council.

Sam Granato, a long-term area resident, was elected by local voters during the general election in November to serve a four-year term as a member of the Salt Lake County Council. He will act as the District 4 representative, which includes all four areas – Canyon Rim, East Millcreek, Millcreek and Mount Olympus – of the Millcreek Township.

Granato said he is proud to be able to represent his constituents beginning in January and will seek to be a voice of reason to promote common ground.

“I live in [Millcreek]. I grew up in the area. I’ve lived here most of my life,” he said.

Granato has lived in the Millcreek Community Council area for almost seven years. He and his wife moved to a neighborhood near St. Mark’s Hospital from East Millcreek as empty nesters seeking to downsize after their three children had all grown. The Granatos have nine grandchildren.

Granato’s ties to the community also include his local family business, Frank Granato Importing Company, which is operated in the area.

“I’m a businessman first and foremost, not a politician,” he said.

He said he will seek to use his experience as a local resident and business owner to promote the best interests of the community.

Granato also has experience as a public servant that he will bring to his term on the council.

He was a member of the Salt Lake Valley Board of Health for more than a decade and was appointed to the Utah State Board of Economic Development by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Granato said he is well versed in the issues that matter most to Millcreek residents, and decided to run for the council seat as a Democrat after former council member Iwamoto decided not to run for a second term.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being out and talking to people [during the campaign],” he said.

His goals for the upcoming term include support for the good work of local community councils, and he plans to take a special interest in area issues such as the installation of new sidewalks and protection of open space.

Granato, who is one of four Democrats on the nine-member council, said he will seek to serve the best interests of all residents while taking special care to speak for Millcreek.

“I’m not looking at it as partisan, but giving good government to everyone in Salt Lake County. I know I can work with people on both sides of the aisle,” he said.

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