About Me

Councilman Chris McCandless has focused one of the city’s priorities on business growth and job creation helping to make Sandy one of the most financially stable in the state. The most pressing issue facing our City and Country today is the economy and the creation of new jobs. Chris provides 25 years of business experience which helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including a sporting goods store and Workers Compensation Fund. He supported construction of major community venues, which have brought in outside visitors. Chris founded the tourism committee to attract winter visitors to Sandy and advocates for the expansion of Sandy’s business district protecting the existing tax base and enhancing mass transportation systems.

Chris serves in civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, a Boy Scout/youth leader, Rotary Club member, Sandy Honorary Colonels, Sandy Sister Cities, Canyons Education Foundation and the Public Utilities Advisory Board.

A Sandy City Councilman for the last six years, Chris McCandless helped focus the city’s vision on business growth, job creation, and quality of life, while helping make Sandy one of the most financially stable in the state without raising taxes. As a private enterprise business owner, Chris provides 25 years experience in real estate development/management and community service to the City. He helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including a sporting goods store, (430 future jobs) and Workers Compensation Fund, (290 jobs). He supported the construction of major community venues, which have brought in outside visitors increasing the city’s stability.

Chris founded a tourism committee to attract winter visits to Sandy and is advocating for expansion of Sandy’s central business district protecting the existing tax base while enhancing mass transportation systems.

Chris serves in many civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, which seeks to complete the lake-to-lake trail vision. He served as a Boy Scout/youth leader for 20 years, been an active member of Rotary International, the Jordan Education Foundation, Sandy Honorary Colonels, and a founding member of the Sandy Sister Cities Committee and Canyons Education Foundation.

As a Sandy City Councilman for six years, Chris McCandless has helped focus the vision for the future on business growth, jobs, and quality of life, while helping Sandy be one of the most financially sound cities in the state.

As a business owner, managing large-scale real estate projects for 25 years, Chris understands the challenges of business. His expertise is pivotal, since he estimates that 70 percent of Council decisions involve real estate. This expertise has helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including Workers Compensation Fund (290 jobs), and a major sporting goods retailer (430 jobs). He has supported the construction of other significant community venues, which have brought visitors and increased the city’s tax base. Chris founded a tourism committee to attract winter visits to Sandy and is now advocating for expansion in Sandy’s central business district and enhancement of its mass transportation, which will protect the tax base.

Chris serves in many civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, which seeks to promote and preserve that natural resource. He served as a youth and Boy Scout leader for 20 years, and has been an active member of Rotary International, the Jordan Education Foundation, Sandy Honorary Colonels, and is a founding member of the Sandy Sister Cities Committee and Canyons Education Foundation. In 2002, he was named the Humanitarian of the Year, by Sandy City, and in 2009, received Sandy’s Noel Bateman Award.

An avid hiker, skier, and fly fisherman, Chris is passionate about protecting our parks and trails and preserving our canyons. He has lived in Sandy for over 35 years and is married to Susan McCandless, a teacher in the Jordan School District; they have two children, Meagan, who recently graduated from Utah State University, and Sean attending the University of Utah.

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