Four years ago Brent Marshall claimed the mayor’s seat in Grantsville with 56 percent of the vote.
Tuesday night Grantsville voters gave him a landslide victory with 83 percent of the votes cast in a three-way race.
“I’m humbled by the support,” he said. “I think it is a sign that the residents are pleased with what we have done and the direction we are going as a city.”
Marshall campaigned hard, going door-to-door talking to residents, and stressing his record and plans for the future.
In his first four years, Marshall balanced a budget that had a $270,000 shortfall and settled a long-standing lawsuit with Tooele City resulting in the construction of a new library.
Long needed infrastructure also received attention. Sidewalks were completed, roads were repaired, a sewer plant expansion was finished, new parks were established and bonds were paid back early.
All this work was accomplished without a tax increase.
“I didn’t do this all by myself,” he said. “I work with the city council. We are a dynamic team.”
The improvements in Grantsville haven’t gone unnoticed.
“Brent knows how to get things done,” said Susan Johnsen, a member of the J. Reuben Clark farm board. “He did what he said he would do. There have been a lot of improvements.”
It could be said that based on Tuesday’s election results, Marshall’s accomplishments have made him popular. But his personality and dedication to the city are in the mix, too.
“My impression is that he really cares about the city and its residents,” said Barry Bunderson, owner of Civil Proj-Ex, a Grantsville-based engineering firm.
Bunderson recalled a time when he went to city hall with several contracts that needed the mayor’s signature.
“Mayor Marshall was on his way out when I arrived,” Bunderson said. “He was out the door and halfway to his car. He turned around and came back into the office and took care of business. That’s typical of him. He takes the time because he cares.”
With the election out of the way, Marshall is already working on more challenges.
According to him, the sewer system needs an upgrade to allow for growth on the city’s east end, and a new lift station is needed that powers up automatically from a generator when the power goes off. Water projects need to be done that will allow for more business development, more roads need to be repaired, and there’s work to be done on a cemetery expansion.
“We’ve got work to do,” concluded Marshall.