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Utah Senate District 23

Members of the Utah State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the Senators are up for re-election every two years. Utah legislators assume office the first or second day of session (January). Utah's state senators represent an average of 95,306 residents.

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    Marci Green Campbell

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The Utah constitution allows citizens to make laws through an initiative process. What is your opinion of the initiative process and would you change it, if you could?

What actions should Utah take to promote clean air and mitigate the effects of climate change?

According to the Kem Gardner Institute, projected population growth in Utah is an increase from 3 million (in 2015) to 5.8 million by 2065. Can we maintain the quality of life we value with this amount of growth — particularly on the Wasatch Front? What about water, transportation and schools?

Many Utahns go to work when sick, potentially exposing many other people to infections. This is because nationally, 40% of service jobs—retail sales, food service, child care, etc.) do not offer paid sick leave and almost 12% of Utahns lack health care insurance. How can this problem be addressed?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your po-sition.

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Bountiful, Utah 84010
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Current Employment Utah State University
Education BA: History/Spanish Secondary Ed. Masters: Counseling PhD: Human Development & Family
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There are pros and cons to the initiative process. I believe that we need to maintain the initiative process because it is an option for the voice of the citizens when they are not able to be heard through the legislative process. On the other hand, we need to be careful to not fall into the trap of initiatives taking over the legislative process in general. We are a constitutional republic that provides checks and balances between the voice of the people and a representative form of government. Both the initiative and referendum processes provide for such checks and balances. I was a key leader in the 2019 tax referendum, where we successfully gathered over 155,000 signatures which led to a repeal of the 2019 tax reform bill during the 2020 legislative session. I gathered signatures from countless citizens who felt frustrated that their voice had not been heard in recent years. This historic referendum provided a system for the voice of the people to be heard. Keep initiatives.
The first thing that Utah should do is formally recognize the need of clean air. Solutions: More availability of Tier 3 gas will help. But, I believe we need to have an increased system of mass transit that is affordable and efficient for drivers along the Wasatch Front. In my district, the refineries will need to continue to improve their air quality output especially during winter months. Finally, we need to recognize responsible growth rather than push for the #1 growth state year after year. Growth without stabilization and infrastructure becomes more burdensome and deleterious to quality of life. With regards to climate change, water is a key component. We are a fortunate state that receives snow each year. As we have grown, our water reservoirs are shrinking. I believe we need to look at alternative sites for new reservoirs that enable water use, but also would contribute to precipitation from evaporation that helps to clean the air.
Responsible growth is one of my main campaign issues. As a former real estate broker and developer in Utah, I have watched the cycles of growth and decline. We have been in a growth cycle that spikes housing prices, congestion, lower air quality, and water shortages. Responsible growth considers infrastructure prior to enticing too many outside businesses with incentives to move to the state. We are now out of balance along the Wasatch Front. Yet, many of our rural areas are struggling for work. We need to focus on growth in rural areas while we catch up on needed infrastructure along the Wasatch Front.
Getting sick is part of life. And it is a life-giving part of life to gain immunity from illnesses. We get out of the balance of life when we believe that we should never get sick. Having said that, access to health insurance is needed and possible. In the last 8 years, access to health insurance programs has grown across the country and in the state of Utah. However, it is difficult for many to fill out the necessary forms in person or online to gain access to the health insurance. Ideas: streamline the online application process, health insurance application assistance and education at emergency rooms where the uninsured go to seek medical help, and health insurance application assistance during school registration. We cannot assume that everyone knows how to fill out forms or find general/specialized practitioners.
One reason that I am running as a write-in candidate in 2020 is because NO new female was voted through the Republican primary during the Year of the Woman in Utah. I recognize the need to make some changes in many areas for equality in the state of Utah. While there are some great parts of the ERA platform, I worry about unintended consequences if not done correctly. I have a PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an expert in human development, we recognize there are differences amongst the sexes that if dismissed could be detrimental. For example: the majority of females are not as physically strong as males. If we maintain that we are to be treated equally in all areas, an unintended consequence could be the absence of domestic violence protections for females. I would love to work through some of my concerns to develop a movement forward that would emphasize our Utah Constitution while accounting for unintended consequences.
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