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Utah House District 17

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  • Stewart E. Barlow
    (Rep)

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    Eric Last
    (Dem)

  • Jeanette Proctor
    (Con)

Biographical Information

Utah continues to be one of only 11 states with no limit on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political campaign, and one of only 5 states with no limits on what a corporation can contribute. Do you favor any limits on donations to political campaigns? Why or why not?

What is the legislature’s role in addressing the homeless problem and assuring affordable housing for the working poor?

Not all school districts are able to provide the same resources for their students. How should we support school districts with lesser ability (primarily because of lower property values) to raise revenue?

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 position.

Campaign Phone (801) 721-5551
Current Employment Self employed
Education B.S. University of Utah, Psychology M.D. Georgetown University, Medical Doctorate PGY 5 Georgetown University, Otolaryngology
Campaign Website Votestewartbarlow.com
Supreme Court‘a decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling declaring that limits on the total amount of money an individual can contribute violates the First Amendment, and are therefore unconstitutional. This will have to be challenged before any significant reforms can be made.
The Legislature role is to be supportive of municipalities and and countries leaders as they work to solve their unique problems and create solutions that fit the needs of their communities.
The Legislature needs to continue to work on creating equalization rates that help cover the different counties school property taxes. All students deserve equal school opportunities.
In general I support the overall concepts of the ERA. But some of the language is not written clearly leaving room for interpretation that might lead to gender inequality. It may also jeopardise single-sex programs and schools. ie forced integration of fraternities, sororities, boys state and girls state. It also states that only Congress has the power to enforce its provisions by passing states rights.
Campaign Mailing Address 664 E 250 N
Kaysville, UT 84037
Campaign Email Address eric@lastforutah.com
Twitter @Last4UtahHD17
Current Employment Mechanical Engineer at Biofire Diagnostics in Salt Lake City
Education Bachelor's, Spanish Language and Literature, Weber State University; Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Weber State University
Campaign Website http://www.last4utah.com
Money has a huge influence on the success of political campaigns. I support limiting contributions to political campaigns. This would encourage candidates to seek support from a large number of contributors, rather than a few well connected friends.
Housing priced are increasing much faster than wages. It is becoming more and more difficult for low income individuals and families to find affordable housing. I believe the legislature should have a role in helping those in need to find affordable housing. The legislature should provide funding to support affordable housing programs at the local level as well as at the state level. Our government "of the people" is a reflection of our society. We have a moral obligation to help those in need.
There should be outreach programs in place at the state level to help districts that are struggling to catch up. We should be working hard to ensure that all of our students have the best chance at good educational outcomes.
What a no-brainer. There are zero good reasons not to pass the ERA. All men and women should be considered equal under the law, and the ERA is the way we can codify that fact.
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