I AM READY TO WORK FOR YOU.

As a lifelong resident of the Salt Lake Valley, District 44 has shaped who I am today. I was raised in Sandy, live in Midvale, and work in Murray. I know this community and I am committed to serving its people. As your Representative, I will be an advocate for the people of District 44 -- regardless of background, circumstance, or affiliation.

I've talked to the people of my district about the issues they face, and the changes Capitol Hill needs to make to conquer those challenges.  Together, we have created some extraordinary ideas of what is possible in this district and in the state of Utah. I'm ready to be a champion for our vision and build a better community.

Have questions or ideas? Drop me a line. Nobody knows this district better than we do, and together we can work on building our community into the strongest, safest, and best place to live in the valley.

CORE PRINCIPLES

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PUBLIC SAFETY

I am committed to building a safer community. Working as a city prosecutor, I've seen first hand that the rapid pace of development in this part of the valley brings new challenges, including populations experiencing homelessness and an increase in pedestrian accidents. As your legislator, I will commit to using my influence on Capitol Hill to provide resources to House District 44. The citizens of this district have elected to shoulder the burdens of growth and are entitled to the support of the state.

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EDUCATION

An educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a strong community. I will make fully funding Utah’s schools a priority, and work to free teachers from constraints that keep them from bringing out the best in their students. Education doesn’t stop at high school, and I will take action to empower higher education - not just at four year universities, but also through state support of trade education, community college, and other programs that will create a dynamic, self-sustaining workforce to usher Utah into the tech age.

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HEALTHCARE

Healthcare is too important to be treated like just any business. I support programs that improve access and affordability for healthcare and insurance and that help patients make informed decisions about what care they want and what it will cost. I am ready to advocate for patients and work to expand access to resources across the state.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

My work as a prosecutor has shown me where the criminal justice system works, and where it doesn’t. I want to reform the process to make it more clear and accessible. Every day I work to hold violent criminals accountable for their behavior, but I believe many minor offenders need to receive mental health, drug treatment, and other services to be rehabilitated into productive members of the community. I support comprehensive, evidence-driven criminal justice reform.

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HOUSING

It is easy to see the housing crisis facing Utahns. Home prices and rents continue to rise, pricing hard working citizens out of the American Dream. I am driven to create opportunities for home buyers and renters alike to improve their station including down payment assistance loans, rent assistance, and other programs that will create secure and long lasting places to live for Utah residents.

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LABOR

Creating a realistic opportunity for self-sufficiency should be a cornerstone of any economy. I support increasing the minimum wage, strengthening protections for workers, including laws that encourage and permit workers to associate, laws that provide paid parental leave, and increasing access to workman’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and new job training for displaced workers.

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IMMIGRATION

I believe that we work best by working together, and that immigration policy must be driven by wisdom, not fear. I always want to be with my own family, and our immigrant communities are entitled to that same opportunity. Utah is defined by our welcoming spirit, and our State government must reflect that value and welcome people from all over the world, serving as a safe haven and wholesome new community for refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of trafficking, crime, and domestic violence.

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AIR QUALITY

Utah’s government has spent too long with their heads in the sand on this crucial issue, and they are letting our communities down. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are not just inconvenienced by the air in the valley- their lives are in danger. I pledge to take concrete steps to preserve air quality that will grow and strengthen Utah’s economy- steps like incentivizing telecommuting on red air days and overhauling Salt Lake’s public transit system.

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 Like most of us, I believe in a government that treasures the principle that all are created equal, and that all should have equal access to the opportunities Utah provides. I support legislating equal pay for women, a statewide accommodation law that requires businesses not to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, or sexuality, and hate crimes legislation that will create stiff punishments for those who threaten the safety or livelihood of marginalized and minority populations.

Like most of us, I believe in a government that treasures the principle that all are created equal, and that all should have equal access to the opportunities Utah provides. I support legislating equal pay for women, a statewide accommodation law that requires businesses not to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, or sexuality, and hate crimes legislation that will create stiff punishments for those who threaten the safety or livelihood of marginalized and minority populations.

 Government must be by the people and for the people if the people are to have confidence in it. Politicians must put their constituents first, not their donors, political party, or personal inner circle. I am committed to personal accessibility, and will support legislation that raises the volume of voter’s voices and limits the influence of special interests.

Government must be by the people and for the people if the people are to have confidence in it. Politicians must put their constituents first, not their donors, political party, or personal inner circle. I am committed to personal accessibility, and will support legislation that raises the volume of voter’s voices and limits the influence of special interests.

 I support a fair, balanced tax system that ensures every Utahn pays their fair share of what it takes to build a better community. The current tax system is based on outdated ideas and relies on taxes that disproportionately target low- to middle-income families -- we know better and can do better than our current system.

I support a fair, balanced tax system that ensures every Utahn pays their fair share of what it takes to build a better community. The current tax system is based on outdated ideas and relies on taxes that disproportionately target low- to middle-income families -- we know better and can do better than our current system.

 It is my belief that reproductive decisions are a private matter to be decided between doctor and patient. I want every child brought into this world to be looked after with the same care I give to my own children, and I support programs that will help achieve that goal -- thorough sex education, access to contraception, more and better adoption programs, and a fully funded safety net for disabled, neglected, and abused babies and youth.

It is my belief that reproductive decisions are a private matter to be decided between doctor and patient. I want every child brought into this world to be looked after with the same care I give to my own children, and I support programs that will help achieve that goal -- thorough sex education, access to contraception, more and better adoption programs, and a fully funded safety net for disabled, neglected, and abused babies and youth.

 A legislator is the servant of his or her community. That means respecting the will of the people when they certify and pass an initiative. In the 2018 election season, there will be three ballot initiatives: Medical Cannabis, Independent Redistricting, and Medicaid Expansion. I support and endorse all three of these initiatives and as your legislator will work to ensure that they are faithfully executed.

A legislator is the servant of his or her community. That means respecting the will of the people when they certify and pass an initiative. In the 2018 election season, there will be three ballot initiatives: Medical Cannabis, Independent Redistricting, and Medicaid Expansion. I support and endorse all three of these initiatives and as your legislator will work to ensure that they are faithfully executed.

 Children should feel safe when they go to school. My family background in education has taught me that children don’t learn well in a fortress. I support confronting the school violence epidemic by creating red flag protective orders, expanding background checks for the purchase of firearms, and educating firearm owners about the importance of responsible gun ownership habits.

Children should feel safe when they go to school. My family background in education has taught me that children don’t learn well in a fortress. I support confronting the school violence epidemic by creating red flag protective orders, expanding background checks for the purchase of firearms, and educating firearm owners about the importance of responsible gun ownership habits.