Chris and Susan biking across irelandAs a Sandy City Councilman for over nine years, Chris McCandless has helped focus the city’s vision for the future on business growth, jobs, and quality of life, while helping Sandy become one of the most financially sound cities in the state—without raising taxes.

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 and Sean, both of whom are attending the University of Utah.




Serving on the Sandy City Council 2005-2015: Bell Canyon conservation easement; provides a mechanism whereby the only way Sandy can sell the property is if the public votes to sell the property. Council Chairman first half of 2008 and present Chair 2015. Committee Member; Re-write the Land Development Code – 2008 Committee Chair; Re-write of Animal … Continue reading Accomplishments

Public Service

Chris serves on several civic based committees and organizations, such as the Great Salt Lake Boy Scout Council, the Sandy Honorary Colonels, the Public Utilities Advisory Board, Hale Center Theater Board, and is the current chairman of the Jordan River Commission, which he co-founded. Chris was also an active Rotary Club member (over twenty years), … Continue reading Public Service


An avid hiker, skier, and fly fisherman, Chris is passionate about protecting our parks and trails and preserving our canyons. He is often found at local ski resorts and backpacking along the peaks of the Wasatch range.