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

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m pro-life. There is no question in my mind the value of an unborn child. However, as far as laws and debates are concerned, I believe we’ve been going about it the wrong way.

I have dedicated some time to researching this topic in-depth. The abortion numbers in the United States are actually 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 their own choice well before they are faced with an unwanted pregnancy.

In addition to being pro-life, I am now very passionate about a pro-prevention initiative that focuses on empowering both men and women to make more informed choices. That includes providing easy access to help and resources, without judgement. That includes removing stigma and shame. This, I believe, will help us save children.

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 wise decisions about the short and long-term impacts of growth. As good 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

Since running for office I have had many meaningful conversations with members of our district who are knowledgeable and concerned about this issue. As a candidate with the United Utah Party I am interested in practical solutions and maintaining protections as put forth in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

We do have some problems we need to figure out together, including with rates of suicide in our state and mass shootings on the national level. The solution could include a range of things, but not every solution requires more laws.

Gun control and gun rights have become so polarized, it’s difficult to talk it through. I hope to be the senator that brings all interested citizens to the table to figure out a way forward.

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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