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Utah House District 9

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  • Calvin Musselman
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    Steve Olsen
    (Dem)

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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.

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Campaign Mailing Address 561 Canyon Road
Ogden, Utah 84404
Campaign Email Address steveforutah9@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 390-3915
Current Employment Senior Principal Engineer and Data Scientist at Autoliv Ogden Technical Center
Education BS Applied Mathematics, WSU
Campaign Website steveforutah9.com
In a previous race for Utah Senate, my Republican opponent was on the record as saying: "Large campaign contributions don't buy my vote. But does it buy access? You bet it does." Give the man credit for honesty. As an experiment, during that race I called all the organizational donors that had given to my opponent, and gave them the opportunity to donate to my campaign also. You can guess how much I made from that effort ($0). Wealthy individuals and special interests aren't making political donations out of a sense of charity; they are purchasing access, and access means influence. The needs of average citizens have a hard time competing with that. Some balance is needed, and a good way to provide that balance is to limit campaign contributions. As a facts-and-data guy, I'd like to study this issue more before supporting individual proposals.
As an inner-city Ogden bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I experience every month the struggles of our less affluent members to afford their rising rent payments. If it wasn't for the Church and other charitable organizations, the homeless population in Utah would be much, much worse! These good people want to be self-sufficient, they hate asking for help, but struggle to make ends meet. A systemic problem in the Legislature is the outsize influence of the real estate/development industry; their numbers in the House and Senate are all out of proportion to their share of the population. In a time of skyrocketing home prices, rising rents and record profits for the industry, we need to explore new, innovative solutions to affordable housing. My team-building and problem solving skills can help bring interested parties together and fix this serious problem.
Equal opportunity and robust investment in Utah's children has the greatest economic return of any other way the state can spend its money. I would certainly support efforts that ensure schools in the less affluent communities in the state (including House District 9) receives the same resources as the more affluent areas.
I would vote for the ERA if it comes up for a vote in the Legislature.