Corey Rushton  Family Legacy


About Corey Rushton

Edward Rushton


Edward Rushton Jr.


Alma E. Rushton


Laurence Rushton


Terry L. Rushton


Corey Rushton


In the mid-1800s Edward Rushton settled in and became one of the original homesteaders of our area. Over 130 years later, Corey Rushton continues in his family heritage, throughout the generations of local pioneers, farmers, small business owners, teachers, laborers, sportsmen, and ballplayers.

As a sixth generation resident of our area, Corey has been able to grow with the community.  As a part of the first class to go all the way through Hunter Elementary and then again through Hunter High, Corey feels a great amount of pride in being part of such a unique and expanding community.

  1. The areas first school, Whittier Elementary, was built in 1890.  It was originally know as the 50th District School.  In 1906 it was renamed Hunter School until 1908 when it became Whittier School after American poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

  2. Cyprus High School was built in 1925.  Area kids attended Cyprus by riding the school wagon out to Magna until the 1940s when most rode the Orem-Bamberger railroad train to attend Cyprus.

  3. In July 1881 water from the Utah and Salt Lake Canal arrived to the area.

  4. The areas first telephone was in 1904, although not common until 1950s.

  5. Electric power reached the area in 1911, followed by natural gas in 1936.

  6. At one time the Hunter area had an old style Saloon named ‘Moss’s Beer Parlor’.

  7. 3500 South was first paved in 1918 as part of the Lincoln Highway.  1925 was the first year that a snowplow was used on it.

  8. The most common problems that early area pioneers faced was lack of water and grasshoppers.  Surprisingly many settlers also cited loneliness and isolation as major drawbacks to settling in the area.

  9. Home loans were very hard to obtain even into the 1950s because lenders felt that the area was too far west and would be eventually abandoned.

  10. After the turn of the 20th century, roaming bands of gypsies and Indians would pass through to barter and steal goods.  The especially coveted brightly colored cloth from Nielson’s store.

Corey Rushton was first elected to the West Valley City Council in November 2007. He was selected from a field of seven candidates during an election that recorded the highest voter turnout in the history of West Valley City Municipal Elections. In addition to serving as Councilmember at-large Corey Rushton has been elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem of West Valley City.

Councilman Rushton has deep roots within the West Valley community going back over 140 years. He is the sixth generation of the Rushton family to reside within the same square mile. He continues to be active with his neighborhood and helps with the operations at the local family farm, which was awarded a West Valley City Outstanding Business Award in 2003.

Councilman Rushton received numerous debate awards as a member of the first full graduating class of Hunter High. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Utah and has fond memories of serving a church mission in New England.

Politically, Councilman Rushton has widespread experience in government forums and notable policy achievements and partnerships with County, State, and Federal officials. He continues to represent West Valley City in the broader community, by serving as a Trustee to the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Vice Chair of a National League of Cities Steering Council, and as Chair of the Jordan River Commission. At City Council meetings, Councilman Rushton has been particularly interested in issues of neighborhood vitality, economic development, government accountability, and in combatting graffiti and crime.

When not involved in civic duties, Councilman Rushton currently works as a Marketing Manager and has many hobbies and interests. He loves to follow Major League Baseball and participates locally in ice hockey, bowling, and softball leagues. He is an avid reader of news periodicals, history books, and other nonfiction titles. He also takes pleasure in the arts and theatre, fishing and the outdoors, as well as traveling around the United States. He enjoys playing games with his extended family, especially his nieces, nephews, and god-son that all live nearby.

Councilman Rushton is happily married to a real southern belle, Emily Suzanne. Together they are very excited for the opportunities and challenges of a growing and changing West Valley City.


Mayor Pro Tem of West Valley City Trustee Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Chair of the Jordan River Commission

Chair of the West Valley City Audit Review Committee Chair of National League of Cities Steering Committee

Member of the Salt Lake County Council of Governments Member of West Valley City Monument Review Board

Past Chair of the WVC Redevelopment Agency Past Chair of the WVC Municipal Building Authority

Past Chair of the WVC Housing Authority

Part of a West Valley City Legacy

Ten Interesting Early Area Facts

Timeline of Area Events

Pictures of Corey and his Family