POSITIONS

Education

Education is an investment, and the Utah Legislature needs to take that investment more seriously. Utah is still toward the very last in the nation in per pupil spending. The Utah Legislature hasn’t done enough to help increase teacher wages and decrease class sizes. With the Legislature's track record of consistently underfunding public education, we need to elect leaders who will give public education funding more than just lip service.

Local Control

The more local the government control, the better. Individual counties deserve the ability to govern themselves on local issues without interference from the Utah Legislature. Just as Federal Government overreach is wrong, so is State Government overreach. Iron County knows what's best for Iron County.

Respect for Life

I uphold the sanctity of life, and support efforts to curb abortion. I believe those efforts should be focused on programs that offer solutions and real help to those with unwanted pregnancies. These include allowing faith-based adoption and foster groups to join others in using federal funding for their programs, and thereby increasing opportunities for serving children and families. Let’s spend our resources on finding solutions rather than on endless and expensive litigation.

Environmental Stewardship

Our air quality is important. Our water resources have become a critical issue. I support policies that recognize our stewardship for our natural resources and the impact we have on those resources. We need to take a long view when it comes to the environment, and balance that with good policy that doesn’t promote extreme environmental ideology.

Government Reform

I support efforts that increase transparency in government. Transparency shouldn't be suppressed by further restricting members of the press. I support an independent redistricting commission that has actual authority, instead of the watered-down version we have now. We should get to vote for our leaders instead of party leaders choosing that for us through unfair boundary creation.

Second Amendment

I support the right to possess firearms. I also support common-sense legislation to keep them out of the hands of those who demonstrate that they can’t use them responsibly.