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Utah Governor

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  • Tyler Scott Batty
    (Unaf)

  • Kristena M. Collin
    (Unaf)

  • Daniel R. Cottam
    (L)

  • Spencer J. Cox
    (Rep)

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    Greg Duerden
    (IA)

  • Chris Peterson
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What criteria will you use as governor to select the Chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission?

Did the recent COVID-19 pandemic change your ideas about unemployment benefits, health care benefits, housing insecurity, and Utah’s care for our poor (or suddenly poor)? Please explain.

Do you favor the constitutional amendment proposal that will be on the ballot in November to allow income tax revenue to fund programs for special needs children and disabled adults? Why or why not?

What will your top three priorities be if you are elected?

Have you signed the Pledge for Election Integrity developed by the Alliance for Democracies? (https://www.thinkb4utweet.com/pledge-for-election-integrity) If you have not yet, will you?

Please state the name of your running mate for Lieutenant Governor and provide a description of their experience.

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Campaign Email Address danamycottam@yahoo.com
Current Employment I own my own surgical practice
Education I have a MD degree from the U of Texas at San Antonio
Campaign Website cottamforutah.org
I will appoint only libertarians to the redistricting commission.

The truth is if any republican or democrat is on this commission they will make boundaries that suite them and not the public at large.

Only a truly third party can create boundaries that are not ideological because it is impossible for the libertarian to create a district that favors a Libertarian.
The Covid pandemic showed us how crony capitalism by both republican and democrats hurts the poor and needy. Truly new ways to approach poverty during financial crisis are needed.

I favor direct subsidies to people for small amounts of time and only from emergency funds. Money should go directly to the people. They can decide what to do with the money.
Absolutely not. We have plenty of revenue in this state. We can fund these needs without changing the constitution.
Reform qualified immunity

End the useless covid mandates by the Cox administration that only serve to generate more unemployment while actually killing more people. It would seem impossible but this administration has settled on a policy that kills the most vulnerable while simultaneously killing small and medium businesses.

Allow funding to follow the child for education, in the home, in private school or public school. Only through education competition will we stop penalizing the poor and rural in Utah. The current policy hurts the poor and rural and its unethical.
I have not seen this pledge but i am happy to sign it. I don't tweet or say bad things about other candidates so I am thinking this is not a problem i have.
Barry Short is my running mate and he has been great in helping me do this campaign. Truly a nice person whom I can't say enough good about.
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Campaign Mailing Address 433 West 165 South
Orem, UT 84058
Campaign Phone (801) 970-1076
Current Employment Story Teller Productions by Marilyn Grace
Education BA in history; Misc. leadership courses in US Air Force, as well as top graduate from B-52 Gunner's School, Castle AFB, CA; & NCO Leadership School, etc.
Campaign Website www.gduerden.us
First, and foremost, they must not be an elected official or past elected official over 3 years ago or more. Next, they should be politically aware and active in background (e.g., leader of an initiative or referendum, advisor to candidates or political parties, active member of the media – esp. a political writer or editorial writer; etc.) Finally, they should seek that position.
This mis-handled ‘emergency’ showed many flaws in the social safety net, but having it propped up by the Federal Government (unemployment benefits, et al) just shows how far out of reality all of those benefits currently are - unemployment, healthcare after losing employment, just how insecure our housing IS … and just how far we need to work to properly ‘care’ for the poor! Utah should be able to take care of their own, properly, without having the Federal Government intercede.
NO! Emphatically so!! The Amendment would end the earmark for Public Education and that would leave us to just ‘trust’ our legislature to maintain proper funding for Education – remember we are still 51st in the Nation in per pupil funding and our legislature has an extremely l-o-n-g history of broken promises to teachers and K-12 Public Education students!!

However, I do agree special need children and disabled adult programs need better funding, but NOT at the expense of ‘trusting’ legislators to do the right thing … because that would mean we would have to suspend history and their multi-decades of promises broken (and their cooking the books by combining Higher Ed and Public Ed into a single ‘Education’ line item, so they can add money to state colleges and say they have increased money to ‘Education’ again, for example).
Day One – First priority will be to “Terminate” this ‘State of Emergency’ – if it hasn’t been done before that via lawsuits, legislation, or Utahns action. Next priority is to introduce and work for adoption of K-12 Public Education solutions: a) getting teacher a raise, statewide, to the National Median Salary (going from $39k to $59k annually as a base for entry level certified teachers) – without raising any taxes to do so; b) adding 200+ certified educators to the rolls of Utah Teachers – without raising any taxes to do so; c) begin negotiations with State Tax Commission to allow K-12 PubEd teachers to be exempt from State Income Tax in their teacher’s salary (since they are paid from property tax revenue, it is improper to tax that tax revenue given to teachers as salary) – without raising any taxes to compensate for it; The third priority would be to beginning to RE-instill the idea of ‘Public Service’ and being ‘Public Servants,’ that the PEOPLE are their real bosses.
Their concept of truth is variable – The “question ‘Is it true’ (is) no longer a simple, binary proposition? Or, are answers to questions necessarily dependent on context, come in various shades of gray and may change with the passage of time.” If ‘truth’ “may change with the passage of time” then what they are looking for is NOT TRUTH. Truth is a constant, and eternal principle … or it is NOT TRUTH. Truth is the same, yesterday, today and forever … or it is NOT TRUTH … but a man-made facsimile rationalized/justified imitation of real truth. Just like the premise that there is a “war for our democracy” because the TRUTH is that these United States are NOT a “democracy” but – according to the founding documents (the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) is a Republic.

But yes, I signed an amended version of the Democratic-leaning pledge. see my blog on gduerden.us for details of my version.
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