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Utah House District 16

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    Steve Handy
    (Rep)

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    Cheryl Nunn
    (Dem)

  • Brent Zimmerman
    (L)

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 Mailing Address 1355 E 625 N
Layton , UT 84040
Campaign Email Address StephenHandyUtah@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 699-2737
Twitter @StephenHandyUT
Current Employment Stephen G Handy Marketing Communications
Education B.A. English, University of Utah M.S. Human Resources Management, University of Utah
Campaign Website SteveHandyUtah.com
Over my few years in the Utah Legislature I have found that Utah's campaign finance laws work very well. Although there aren't donation limits, there is tremendous transparency. The public can see the amount of a donation and who it has come from at any time. In my experience there hasn't been any abuse so I feel that the open system works well. If anyone ever has concerns about donations they are free to ask me questions. To date, my donations have never been questioned. It sounds good to have limits but I'd have to be convinced that there are abuses that need to be fixed and so far I just haven't seen them.
Homelessness is a statewide problem and should be a concern to all Utahns. The Utah Legislature weighed in a few years ago to address the problems in Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park appropriating millions of dollars to build the remote centers in order to provide better services, curb crime, including the open and blatant selling of drugs, which I saw personally, and assisting these individuals with serious mental and societal issues to get the assistance they need. Great strides have been made all due to the leadership of former Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, who rallied state and local leaders and resources to address the problems. I was very pleased to support these additional expenditures. Affordable Housing is also an important topic and the legislature has begun to address it with incentives to cities to adjust their zoning to allow for more density. This is a generational challenge that won't be easily solved.
The inequities in school funding has been a topic of discussion and legislation and seeking for collaborative solutions for many, many years. The Weighted Pupil System, WPU, is a valiant attempt to address equalization and several bills in the recent years have looked at the issue as well. Legislators are well informed about the inequities and the brightest minds in Utah continually seek solutions to this dilemma. For example, there is special funding for public schools in rural counties where the tax base is low. I'm confident that as we continue to work together we'll find the solutions necessary. There is no more important issue in Utah today than to provide each child with an outstanding, publicly-funded education. Our future as a state and a leader with a sound and robust economy depends on how well we address this problem as we adjust to varying circumstances.
I'm not in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment as written. This isn't to say that I am not in favor of equal rights and pay for women because I am and have been a champion. Women have made great strides that are long overdue. As the father of four daughters and the grandfather of seven granddaughters I will fight fiercely for their rights just as I would for my sons and grandsons. However, the Equal Rights Amendment has seen its day, other laws have brought and will continue to bring laws into alignment. The legal scholars I have consulted caution approval because of many unintended consequences. The Utah Constitution already guarantees equal rights, Article IV Section 1: The rights of citizens of the state of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.
Campaign Mailing Address 2801 Hobbs Creek Drive
Layton, Utah 84040
Campaign Email Address cheryl.nunn@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (385) 231-0150
Twitter @cherylnunn
Current Employment I'm currently taking a "COVID Break" from my financial advisory services practice to home school my daughters' ages 9 & 12.  
Education Bachelors Degree in Finance from Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University
Campaign Website https://www.cherylnunn.com/
Yes I do. When reviewing my opponent's records of donations and others I see that they accept large donations from the very companies and lobby groups that they say on their website that they are against. For example, Energy Solutions with headquarters in Salt Lake City that persuades them to allow storage of nuclear waste in Utah from other states and foreign countries. Payday lenders like Title Max that charge upwards of 400% interest on our struggling Utah families. The Realtor Lobby that strives to legislate against discount commissions and consumer protection laws in real estate. Local oil refineries that get special tax credits from the legislature and others that do damage here to our environment, consumers and families. I do not accept any Lobbyist or Corporate donations.
Our Utah Legislature has NOT been addressing this severe issue and should. The solution to homelessness is straightforward: housing. Our legislature can and should take immediate action. Here are two proposals I would support: 

While we all agree we need more affordable housing, legislators and others still say "not in my back yard"! This mentality is largely responsible for our affordability housing shortage. We could override city & country zoning and building ordinances that have become so strict that many seniors, for example, can't hold on to their home with increases in property taxes every year by renting out their basement! Another family could share that large home and allow a senior to age in place and increase affordable housing in the area at the same time allow seniors to stay in their homes. 

Other zoning requiring no more than one home on an acre lot or very large lots only could be legislated out. The legislature should make accessory dwelling units legal thro
Distribution of property tax funds should be pooled rather than distributed to local schools only. Outcomes-based accountability should serve as a check on school funding systems. 

Student achievement and outcomes matter. Any approach to supporting school finance reform should ensure that the money supports the resources, programs, and services that all students need to be prepared to fully participate in the workforce and their community. Legislators must simultaneously refine education standards so they are aligned to the changing society and implement rigorous accountability systems to assess if schools are meeting these goals. States should use these outcomes, rather than local county dollars to local schools, to evaluate if schools are providing all students with a high-quality education.
Yes, and we need to extend the period to ratify this amendment. I have been endorsed as a candidate that supports the ERA by "The Utah ERA Coalition", they explain the need in Utah to approve it this way: 

1) As an amendment to the United States constitution, the Equal Rights Amendment is the permanent protection for gender equality. 2) This amendment would require a higher judicial standard of equal treatment for women and men by holding gender discrimination to a “strict scrutiny” standard in court cases. 3) Other distinguished groups, race, religion, and national origin, are protected by “strict scrutiny” under the law, while “sex” is only “intermediate scrutiny” – lower legal standard. 4) Utah’s state constitution included an equality clause in 1895. But the nation has yet to follow suit–the Equal Rights Amendment would be that.
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