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.
A NOTE ON BALLOT INITIATIVES
This year, Utahns have a crowded ballot. Question 1, Proposition 2, Proposition 3, and Proposition 4 are dearly important to many voters. I would like to state unequivocally my support for all four of these measures. My opponent does not support any of theses measures, and has urged constituents to vote against Proposition 2 (medical cannabis) in particular. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss these initiatives and why I support them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.