A few years ago I was frustrated enough with the divisiveness and rancor of politics that I decided to give up on the whole process. For years I had been involved in going to the caucuses and trying to fit into first the Republican, then the Democratic parties. I reached a point where I didn't feel comfortable in either party because they both seemed to be moving farther and farther away from my moderate views, and closer to the extreme ideology of party leaders. Just about when I had decided I wouldn't waste my time at another disappointing and contentious neighborhood caucus, I discovered the United Utah Party. As I explored their website, I felt more and more at home, and less and less discouraged. Here was a platform that made sense to me and offered some pragmatic solutions instead of party dogma. They favored working together over empire-building.
I decided to take a chance and attend the United Utah Party caucus in 2018, and I'm glad I did. I was amazed at how many people were there who had the same frustrations with the other parties as I had, and the same hope for the future in this brand-new party. That very night I registered to vote as a Uniter. My frustrations with a political climate that shuns pragmatic solutions in favor of blind party obedience led me to consider actually doing something besides complaining or giving up on the process. And that's what brings me here. We can make a difference. We can come together and work for a better Utah. There are enough of us who believe in collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork to make that difference. As we band together and raise our voices in support of civility and unity, we can change the way we govern for the better in Utah!