Piper spent 20 years as a Soldier in the Army Reserve learning about leadership, and these Army Core Values are central to how she will lead as she represents you in the Utah Legislature.
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The Army teaches that loyalty is bearing true faith and allegiance, which is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something. I am loyal to you as constituents first, and the United Utah Party wouldn’t have it any other way. I will show my loyalty to Utah and Iron County by defending local government control.
Duty is being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team. Fulfilling my obligations means resisting the temptation to take shortcuts that might undermine the integrity of the outcome. Doing things like introducing a highly controversial bill in the final hours of the legislative session not only undermines the integrity of that bill, but the integrity of the entire legislative process. Duty requires me to do the hard work required to find the common ground that grows into sound policy and not just sound bites.
Respect is treating people as they should be treated and expecting others to do the same. It means listening to all opinions and striving to understand others. It means that I treat others cordially and without disparagement or denigration, no matter our differences of opinion. It requires me to take seriously the experiences of others and truly listen to their stories.
In the Army, selfless service is putting the welfare of the nation, the Army, and my subordinates before my own. As a legislator, this means putting the welfare of Utah and Iron County before my own, and acting in their best interests. It means that as a legislator, I will never participate in unfairly drawing new district boundaries that advantage me or my party to the detriment of my constituents.
Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living these values in everything I do. I bring honor to the Utah State Legislature, and to Iron County citizens, as I live these values.
Integrity is doing what’s right, legally and morally. It requires honesty and adherence to moral principles. It may be legal to contrive the legislative process to give the legislature undue power, and then rush to assert that power without a shred of public input in the first days of a general session, but it lacks integrity. Integrity requires respecting the process and not distorting the rules to get what you want as quickly as possible.
Personal courage is facing fear, danger, or adversity. It’s continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not the most popular choice. As a legislator it means I had better have the personal courage to be transparent in the disposition of my duties. It means I don’t further restrict access of the press in legislative sessions.