Erin Preston - Salt Lake County Recorder Candidate
I grew up in Southwest Idaho in a farming, ranching, and construction family. As a young girl, I was fortunate to spend much time with my grandparents. I worked with my Grandfather in feeding and caring for the horses, working on concrete crews, and clean up jobs. Luckily, my Grandmother saw to it that I learned domestic skills too. Not only did we grow and raise most of our family’s food; but I also learned to plant and keep a garden and orchard, raise chickens, and cook pies and biscuits.
I attended BYU on a scholarship. Upon graduation, a friend who was heading to law school dared me to take the LSAT with him. I accepted the dare, took the test, was offered positions at BYU law school and others, and signed up for BYU Law School.
After my first year of law school, I applied for and received a paid clerkship in DC working for newly elected Idaho Senator Dirk Kempthorne. During this time, I met and interacted with the likes of Bob Dole, John McCain, John Glenn, Ted Kennedy, Alan Simpson, and others. My time in DC taught me about the power of politics on people’s lives, the need for good leaders to serve the best interests of those they represent, and the need for bravery and hard work. Having a behind the scenes view of how these leaders acted when the cameras were off and the press were gone was its own lesson.
I moved on and worked as a paid law clerk in the Securities Law division of a prominent Wall Street law firm. Shortly thereafter, I returned to BYU Law for my last 2 years where I served as Student Body Vice President, founding the Rexlee Run for Cancer Research, among other projects.
After graduating law school, I accepted a job prosecuting Stock Fraud for the SEC in Salt Lake City. I spent 3 years investigating and prosecuting financial crimes against Utah citizens.
Over the next several years, I started a school, a family, I became a school superintendent, bought a house, over-saw business finance, and construction, and advocated politically for important issues, including education.
In 2014, I formed a legal practice specializing in education law, with a focus on property rights, land transactions, and fighting off predatory developers intending to damage my clients. I have seen first hand the devastating effects of wrongful liens, the lack of notice, and unnecessary disputes. I have also witnessed a system that oftentimes does not protect our most vulnerable. I have protected clients from large corporations, intent on succeeding regardless of the impact on others. I have also seen the County Recorders Office used as a weapon to disrupt, intimidate, and destroy people's assets, their home, and quality of life. I believe the residents of Salt Lake County deserve a legal expert as their County Recorder and I believe my education and experience provide that to them.
Unfortunately, in 2018, my dear husband died unexpectedly. Although this has been a tremendous challenge for my kids and me, it has driven home further the sacred nature of home, of security, and importance of protecting the private property rights of Salt Lake County residents.
Our wonderful home is filled with echoes of laugher, love, and the markings of a family. There are growth charts of the kids I’ve kept in ink, head-shaped dents in the walls from teenage boys roughhousing, and scratches on doors and doorknobs from our beloved dogs trying to break in.
There are notes written on mirrors and other glass surfaces to and from my husband and me, and to and from our kids. One of the last written by my husband on my bathroom mirror shortly before he passed was “Love You Wife”. I don’t want to clean or fix these marks of love and our family history – none of us do. This is our home. These are our memoriesI want to protect our home and our property and I want to do the same for all Salt Lake County home owners.
Property ownership is fundamental to the stability of families and businesses. Much of what my great-grandma Mattie was able to accomplish was because she owned her land. Much of the security that I provide my children, is because we have a place to call home.
I am running for the office of Salt Lake County Recorder because I believe more needs to be done to ensure your private property rights, especially when it comes to one's home. In a time of such instability, that reassurance is a critical stabilizer.
The Recorders Office must do better to ensure its obligation to the residents of Salt Lake County. See my Resume