Key Issues

I’m excited to discuss these issues with you!

It has been a journey educating myself on these issues. I hope to be able to explain the important elements of each one. As you read, feel free to ask me additional questions or share some of your expertise on issues that are important to you. Discussion is essential and is what keeps our nation healthy and strong.

The Issues

Education

The quality of education in any society has a huge impact on so many other things. Good education leads to a stronger economy. Educated people are able to support themselves and help within their communities.

But, that all hinges on good education.

Utah’s educational system needs our support. Maybe that support comes in the form of dollars, maybe that support comes in getting more involved and helping. We have a beautifully diverse way of educating our children, including home school, charter schools, private schools, and public education. For a long time education has been a tool used to divide us and put us at odds with each other. It’s time to unite and work together to find the best path to a better education system.

Abortion

This topic is extremely important to me. It’s important because if you value life, like I do, you have to value it from the very beginning. As soon as we stop valuing that life, we start to lose other equally important societal values too.

Because of how important this topic is, I dedicated some time to researching it in depth. The abortion numbers in the United States are astonishing but steadily falling. I can’t help but notice that the fall of the abortion rate is corresponding with the rise of women’s overall sense of dignity and power over their own bodies. The more we help women feel protected and supported, the more we empower them to make a choice well before they are faced with an unwanted pregnancy.

I now feel passionate about a pro-prevention initiative that focuses on empowering both men and women to make more informed choices.

Environment

Like it or not, our earth is filled with limited resources. Our world functions on balanced ecosystems and interdependent relationships. Economies thrive best when making informed decisions about the short and long-term impacts of growth. As wise stewards we must consider our responsibility to the earth carefully, giving ear to the range of impacts.

On a lighter note, I enjoy looking for ways to consume less and reduce my personal impact on the world. I love repairing and reusing the things I have. These basic principles are at the heart of many fellow voters in Utah, regardless of political viewpoint.

Second Amendment

A study of the Constitution makes it clear why when drafting the Bill of Rights, the right to bear arms was among the first the Founding Fathers included. Many communities understand that right and the responsibility that goes with it. It’s hard to ignore, though, the communities that have been hurt by people who use these same rights of protection as instruments of death, especially preying upon the innocent. As lawmakers take a look at the rights and privileges we enjoy, we need to work together to find ways to close loopholes and protect people from those who do not bear arms responsibly.

Taxes

Utah’s tax system is a mess. Last year and this year our legislature made a failed attempt to fix it. Looking at the proposed fixes, it feels that our legislature doesn’t really understand how to negotiate and come up with solutions that everyone can be happy with. It’s been eye-opening watching long-time legislators say things that clearly indicate it’s been a while since they’ve had to worry about reelection. They are far removed from the everyday voter.

Like anything, when we are faced with problems we need to find answers together. Most of us don’t like to have to pay more than necessary, especially when we feel we have very little say in how tax money is spent. But there are answers out there for finding the right balance and regaining trust. No one politician has the answer. It’s going to take all of us working together to figure this out.

Key Reforms

Campaign Finance

I am interested in being the best candidate money can’t buy. Keeping money out of politics keeps us free to make the best decisions and not be influenced by those who want to steer things their way. I support United Utah Party’s call for limiting the amount a public official can receive from a single entity. Currently, Utah does not have any limits on how much a person can contribute to a candidate.

Term Limits for Elected Officials

I’ve never understood why elected officials want to make it their career to be in political leadership. It should be a public service, not a career. I support term limits.

More Grassroots Involvement

Legislators argue that voters can’t make good decisions without the hand-holding of legislators. They have designed legislation in such a way that grassroots initiatives are almost impossible to get on the ballot — not without significant money to jump over all of the hurdles. Rather than try to make things harder, legislators should partner with and involve the pubic more in coming up with better solutions.

Independent Districting

For a long time I didn’t understand the term gerrymandering. I now understand just how powerful it is. Imagine wanting to make a difference and getting together with like-minded neighbors to unitedly elect officials who will represent your voice. Now imagine your community gets divided up so that you’re now grouped with people who simply don’t agree. Your voice gets drowned out. It doesn’t matter what you want because you’re in the minority and no one has to listen to you. That is the problem when districts are drawn without proper consideration for the people who live in those areas. The map of Utah’s districts has me scratching my head, wondering why there are so many odd chunks and squiggles that don’t make sense. I support independent districting that uses best practices and avoids the pitfalls of gerrymandering.

Let’s do this together.

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