The story behind my passion for service
I grew up in the Midwest, and after seeing many parts of the United States, my husband Mark and I picked Utah to start our home. We chose Taylorsville 24 years ago for many of the same reasons that we stay here: the people, and the diverse values and cultures we all represent.
Working in our community over the past 15 years has helped me understand today how we are not being represented as we should be. Too often, I see firsthand the disconnect between our community’s values and our elected officials’ priorities. This needs to stop for Taylorsville and Kearns to grow into the future.
I am a moderate running to represent you, the people of Taylorsville and Kearns. I’m not from either side of the aisle, I come from the heart of the community.
Your priorities matter to me. In both my professional and my public service careers, I worked hard for solutions in education, transportation, air quality, housing, healthcare and animal services. These are the quality-of-life issues that matter most to the residents of Taylorsville and Kearns, and I am running to ensure your voices are accurately and truly represented in our legislature.
Lynette Wendel has served her home community in Taylorsville for more than 15 years as a volunteer who is committed to public service, advocacy and working for improved conditions for everyone in the community, not just the powerful and influential.
During this time, Lynette gained respect as a non-partisan leader with the ability to include all stakeholders and facilitate productive dialogue in a civil and respectful manner, due in part to her professional experience in mediation and conflict resolution.
Currently, Lynette is serving her fifth year as an appointed member of the Taylorsville Planning Commission. She has been instrumental in promoting Taylorsville with community leaders, investors, and policy makers. During her tenure, she has gained regional accolades for her ongoing work in building citizen engagement and involvement.
With the creation of a community-involvement book club and consistent attendance at regional community development events, Lynette has helped Taylorsville become well-recognized by community leaders, investors and policy makers alike.
Lynette attributes much of her success as a positive-change community leader to her wide experience as an effective mediator and manager.
Over the course of 10 years, Lynette gained extensive knowledge and experience as Center Director for a K-12 supplemental education center and in post-secondary school admissions. This unique exposure to such a wide-spectrum of education, along with her personal connection to the students, parents, educators and administrators, led Lynette to her career path in mediation.
Most recently, Lynette worked as a Mediator, Mentor and Training Coordinator with Utah Dispute Resolution. As a mediator, Lynette has used conflict resolution skills to improve systems and promote better relationships for nearly a decade.
Lynette is comfortable facilitating uncomfortable situations where she transforms difficult conversations into productive dialogue.
With her passion for education and desire for collaborative, effective solutions, Lynette helped train ~400 people in interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and mediation skills during her time with Utah Dispute Resolution.
Lynette and her husband, Mark, have been proud members of the Taylorsville community since 1995. In 2002, Lynette moved her mother and grandmother to a home next to her and Mark in Taylorsville in order to be able to care for them.
When not participating in committees or attending legislative sessions at the capitol, Lynette loves spending time outdoors with her husband Mark and their two rescue dogs, Ben and Molly, hiking around their beautiful state trying to wear off their dogs’ endless energy.
Lynette and Mark adopted Ben through CAWS, a local volunteer rescue group who help transition homeless pets to good homes. Before joining the Wendel household, Ben was feral in rural Utah for the first year of his life and was deemed “unadoptable” by two shelters because he was so afraid of people. Molly is also an adopted rescue with special needs. Not timid at all, Molly requires special routines, exercise, medication and training in helping her realize her potential.
In additional to Ben and Molly, the Wendels also welcome additional homeless dogs in need of fostering until they can be placed with their forever home.
Lynette leads a coalition to support and improve animal services for Taylorsville and West Valley City, which is just one example of her deep-rooted calling to advocate for all those without a voice.
Lynette is an avid long-distance swimmer, a passion she discovered while earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.
Most telling about her personality, Lynette believes her candidacy for Representative of Utah House District 39 is not about her, but the community and team of people who rely on her and who need someone to truly represent their voice.