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Utah House District 21

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  • Douglas Sagers
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    Stormy Simon
    (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 507 No Broadway
Tooele, Utah 84074
Campaign Email Address votestormysimon@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 842-1993
Twitter @Stormy_Simon
Current Employment Podcast Host: Lunch with Stormy
Education Some college
Campaign Website www.votestormysimon.com
I believe reasonable campaign limits would level the playing field for candidates allowing more Utahn's the opportunity to participate in our government. I strongly support reasonable limitations, as the federal government has done. We all deserve to have our voices heard equally when it comes to elections, but that is compromised when wealthy individuals or corporations can donate an unlimited amount to influence their motives within an election. While many Republicans say that Democrats oppose corporations and the wealthy, I certainly do not. I disagree with a company or wealthy individual, having a greater voice in politics. I will support reasonable contribution limits because we need all candidates to be heard, not just those who can pay for the “privilege.”
A legislature's role would be to assure that state funding for our homeless goes toward solutions that provide long lasting stability to those in need rather than a system that provides temporary and on-going relief. For example, programs that facilitate one-year stable housing for people with mental illnesses, coupled with support services like cognitive and social skill training have proven to assist in longer term stability. With Utah's growing population and increase in housing prices in our main cities, we need to assure the state balances and protects affordable housing developments in urban, as well as rural areas. Families who are still poor, while working hard should always be able to find an affordable home near their workplace. It's a balance. As a corporate leader, no problem was solved simply by disagreement; we solve problems by working together. When the new governor takes office, whether Mr. Cox or Mr. Peterson, I will work with them to be part of the solution.
A Utah child’s public education should not vary based on the wealth of their zip code. I am running to change that. Utah’s youth is 29% of our population vs. 22.3% nationally. It’s our duty as custodians for the next generation to ensure Utahn youths have the opportunities and resources to achieve all that we know they are capable of. At the local level-most school districts in Utah haven't maximized their board and voter approved levies. This would go a long way to helping individual school districts. We should maximize our revenue potentials at the federal level. By not fully maximizing local funding, Utah doesn’t qualify for its fair share of federal education dollars—to the detriment of our future and our children. Grant programs at the state level can help small, rural districts face their unique challenges. Addressing disparities in transportation costs and the technology divide will help bridge disparities between differently resourced rural school districts like Tooele County
I would absolutely support a ratification to match that of our US Constitution. It should be clear and concise that Utah will not deny equal rights to any citizen, regardless of race, color, sex, gender, or creed, in any manner. If we indeed are all created equal, this debate should have ended long ago and should not be subject to further discussion. I will proudly support any legislation that would brings us closer to our nation’s goal of equality for all.