Monday, September 19, 2005

Janneke House

Candidate for Salt Lake City Council District 3 Endorsed by Mayor Rocky Anderson. This endorsement will help her in District 3. The question is: will it help her enough? She has an impressive job for her age with the County. Which brings up another issue that will play out in this campaign: her age. Janneke is very young. Obviously this will be attractive for some, but it will discourage others. She'll need to really be on top of her game to show she has the experience and maturity many expect. This will be particularly critical because she runs the risk of being overshadowed in her own campaign by Mayor Anderson. If she's not personally aggressive, doubts about her age will be magnified by the dominating presence of the Mayor. I can't find a website for Janneke House, but I'm sure she must have one. If anyone knows it, please post it in the comments. I think that because of her job and her endorsement by Mayor Anderson, she may do better than Derek Dyer, an artist who has yet to unveil a major endorsement (that is an actual person). On the other hand, if the county party really cranks, she may lose out to Dyer as voters choose to follow the party rather than the Mayor.


Anonymous jem said...

I know Janneke House and my major opposition is not personal. I would not vote for someone right out of college. Their heads are filled with a great deal of theory (some of which is speculative at best) and not enough practical experience. Mayor Anderson's endorsement is definitely a negative. I congratulate her on being gutsy, and the name recognition she garners here could be put to good use down the road.

9/19/2005 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire Janneke House for running. People right out of college know a great deal and are current with new research and policies. What does Eric know about City planning?

Janneke's website is

9/22/2005 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Norton said...

Janneke is a young and aspiring leader, who owes allegiance to no political party or person. She offers fresh insight and a willingness to work to break the current logjam that infects the status quo of our local (and state and national) government. Since when has "practical experience" (per "jem") ever served the common good in SLC or Utah? Let's rally behind Janneke and help shake up the City Council, for the better!

9/23/2005 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

I don't know, Norton. That seems like a lot to place on the shoulders of someone so young with so little experience.
And, it's not true she has no allegiance. Being unkown to the grassroots arena, without the mayor, she would already be the "also ran".
And Mayor Anderson won't let her forget that.

9/23/2005 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Norton said...

I don't necessarily disagree with Ethan's point. However, the point that I am trying to make is that "practical experience" with government rarely translates into anything beneficial for the constituents. Experienced politicians remain entrenched in pet projects and refuse to abandon their oftentimes stale ways of viewing social dynamics and the problems that face people at the local, national and world levels - Orrin Hatch and Chris Buttars, for example, come to mind. The time for alternative approaches is here, and I, for one, am more than willing to give youth, enthusiasim and academic experience a shot. Further, I don't think a nod by Rocky equates to being in his pocket for the remainder of his mayoral tenure. My guess is that Janneke will show more responsibility to her constituents than merely becoming a yes-woman to the mayor.

9/23/2005 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous jem said...

When I said "practical experience", I didn't say practical "political" experience. I agree that too much of that type of experience can be detrimental to the taxpayer. I was talking about practical "life" experience. The kind of experience that really helps you evaluate the effect of legislation on the people you should be serving.

9/23/2005 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Norton said...

Practical experience is a good thing and, in general, I agree with jem in this respect. But George Bush could be considered a man with much practical experience - at least insofar as experience can be gained from living the good (and sheltered) life, surrounded by caretakers and silver spoons. The lower and middle classes have certainly not, however, benefitted from his experience, even when coupled with the collective experience of those who advise him. Indeed, good judgment often flows from experience, but common sense and an open ear to the concerns of constituents can just as readily produce quality decisions that benefit the many rather than the few. Given the status quo, we have little to lose and everything to gain by bucking the appeal of politicians having practical experience.

9/23/2005 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janneke House is not mature, is selfish and extremely fake. I wouldn't vote for her. She was my classmate at the University of Utah, and I know her personally. You should never trust someone who would do anything for money and fame.

9/29/2005 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Janneke for over 3 years now, she is a person who is committed to the problems we have in our community, and I know she is not anything of what was latter said about her. I trust her and know she will do all she can to help our community.

9/29/2005 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have known Janneke for a number of years and she is very mature, articulate, and intelligent. She brings no political baggage into the scene and will work hard for the people of the city.

9/29/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is hardly any money to be made as a city councilperson. They work hard and get paid very little. It's part time job.

9/29/2005 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger whiteinge said...

Janneke House's official website is

10/20/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janneke is smarter and more sincere than Eric... don't hate her cause she is beautiful... someone will eventually ask you out at the U!

10/31/2005 02:04:00 AM  

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