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Utah House District 4

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    Mary K. Dasilva
    (Dem)

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    Dan Johnson
    (Rep)

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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 Mailing Address 358 Lauralin Dr
Logan, Utah 84321
Campaign Email Address dasilvaforutahhd4@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (512) 736-6306
Twitter @MaryforUtahhd4
Current Employment Retired, City of Austin
Education Weber State University, ADN The University of Texas at Austin, BA Anthropology, Minor Spanish
Campaign Website DaSilvaforUtah.org
There is a lot of special interest money flowing into the Legislature. The large campaign contributions cannot help but influence the lawmakers when it comes time to make a decision or enforce a regulation. What it comes down to, people work for whoever pays their salary. You can go to disclosures.utah.gov and see who the incumbents and the candidates are taking money from.

My campaign is funded by small donations from individuals. I will not take gifts or gratuities from corporations. When I was a City Employee, we were prohibited from taking any payment or gifts from clients in exchange for doing our job to avoid the appearance of favoritism. This is the standard that I will uphold when elected. I will not take any contributions or gifts from corporations. I will work for the people who elected me.
As our population grows, housing becomes scarcer and the market forces prices up. My two nephews in their 30's earn good wages as an electrician and a welder, but find that buying a home is extremely difficult. The state can consider incentives for construction of quality, modest sized homes for the middle income earners

The State must continue programs that can help with direct assistance to low wage earners.

We are all better if we can prevent foreclosures and homelessness before they happen.. Housing subsidies prevent evictions and are better than maintaining homeless shelters and jails.

Housing assistance creates stability in families and reduces poverty. Stable homes promote good school performance and less involvement with law enforcement. Subsidized housing creates safer communities.

We must support housing for everyone.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has intensified the differences in access to education by socioeconomic class. Students and teachers had to transition to online learning. Students who do not have access to internet at home are hampered in their ability to participate in distance learning. Universal Broadband access and technology are essential to meet the needs of students and teachers as they adapt to the new reality we have in 2020. Broadband access has become essential for employees and students to work from home. Therefore, broadband should be regulated and subsidized just like any other utility. Not only would this give students from neighborhoods with lower property values a more equal chance at success, it would boost the economy by allowing families to work from home, and bring about a containment of this viral pandemic sooner.
Utah should ratify the ERA to amend the US Constitution. Some say that the laws we have now already guarantee women equal treatment under the law. But laws can be and are changed with every new administration. Utah women have won the right to vote two times in history, the second time after it was taken away. A Constitutional amendment will provide a permanent guarantee for all women and men in the future that they will be considered equal. Women have fought hard to have access to education, property rights, inheritance and a say in their own children's welfare. Women have fought to have autonomy over their own bodies and reproductive rights, without asking for permission from a husband or authority figure. With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, it has become even more urgent that women be permanently protected from discrimination that may come from current or future lawmakers. The ERA would guarantee equality under law.
Campaign Mailing Address 526 W. 600 S.
Logan, UT 84321
Campaign Email Address danjohnsonhouse4@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (435) 770-7051
Twitter @djohnsonhouse4
Current Employment Retired Educator Currently serve as a Representative
Education BS MS Ed.S. Ed.D.
Campaign Website danohnson4utah.com
I do not have issues with this personally as I do not receive large corporate donations. I do believe the cost of running for office in contested races has become too expensive at every level. I think you could limit amounts and force candidates to use a more targeted, grass roots campaign in order to get elected.
The issue here is that at people work and get a pay increase the cost of rent continues to climb. It is very difficult for an individual to live the dream of owning property because the cost of entry into house ownership is so high. I favor the legislature putting more money into our already existing affordable housing programs.
We already try to fix this problem through allocation of funding to districts with lower valuation. I favor increasing the amount put into this program so that more equity is achieved.
I do not favor the ERA. I do favor all the laws that currently exist to provide access and equality for women in all walks of life. Women need to be treated with dignity and respect and should always have an opportunity to achieve whatever they want.