Hi, friends! Like many of you, 2017 came with a lot of disappointment in my representation on local, state, and federal government level. I have felt especially that no one is standing up for me, my family, my neighbors, and my community. Extremism, divisiveness, and partisanship are getting in the way of finding solutions to the problems we are facing. I want to have a government that works for us. In Utah there may be up to 6 ballot initiatives this election because our representatives are ignoring the needs of the people who elected them.
The election process is designed to allow constituents to share concerns and solutions, provide transparency, clarifications on policy positions, and accountability to voters. Currently, my School Board member, city councilman, state legislator, and state senator all ran unopposed in their last elections. This has led to extreme partisan views going unchallenged, no accountability to voters, and lack of engagement with constituents. Our current legislators have shown they are only concerned with partisan politics and special interests, and not with advocating for the members of the community they are supposed to represent. Speaking to the issue one of our current Provo city councilmen told me “What kind of democracy is that!”
So what am I going to do about it? I’m going to run for office! I am running for Utah State House District 61. This district covers most of Provo west of State Street and Orem south of University Parkway.