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Utah House District 39

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    Lynette Wendel
    (Dem)

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.

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Campaign Mailing Address 6591 S Slalom Way
Taylorsville, UT 84129
Campaign Email Address lynette@votelynette.com
Campaign Phone (801) 839-5717
Twitter @votelynette
Current Employment Self
Education BA, Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Campaign Website www.votelynette.com
I support limiting campaign contributions from both individuals and corporations. We need campaign finance policy that encourages candidates to come from a cross-section of our population. Without inclusive and fair policies, we cater to only the most affluent people and give corporations and groups too much influence. Campaign finance limits would also decrease the resources divide between incumbents and challengers in all races. This would allow for the race to be based primarily on the merit of candidates, not the ability to fundraise.

Good governance and a community's right to fair and accurate representation is a priority to me.
Commitment from the state is critical in maximizing attention and resources to address the problem.

First, taking a proactive approach will help us identify the best possible solutions by utilizing early intervention to prevent homelessness.

Second, we need to address the systems that create the category of “working poor”. We need investments in education, skills training and economic development that focus on viable employment opportunities and elevating our workforce to be self-sustaining.

Third, astute community planning reduces all expenses and improves accessibility for all of our citizens. We can aim to avoid and/or reduce other expenses that reduce the amount of money people have for their housing needs, ie: food sales tax, transportation, healthcare and childcare.
My house district experiences some of the most significant inequities in education resourcing. As a matter of fact, COVID clearly demonstrated this when 20% of kids, on average across the state never logged in for online learning after school closures in March. Many of my schools were at 40% or higher due to a lack of resourcing within schools and homes.

Targeting special programs that will encourage investment in our communities and schools is one way to increase revenues available in underperforming communities. For example, as opposed to “designating” low income areas and developments, we do a better job in our community planning where greater socio-economic diversity exists within neighborhoods. This promotes more opportunity to equalize property tax revenues while creating an environment that supports upward mobility for all.
When I was born, women were not able to obtain their own credit cards or own property in their name. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 changed that and the trajectory of outcomes for women in my family.

Both my mother and grandmother fled from brutal physical abuses perpetrated by their fathers and spouses. My grandmother fled ten years prior to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 and my mother just after in 1975. Without it, I likely would not have lived a better life than my mother and grandmother.

Because of the courage of my mother and grandmother, I am strong, educated and successful. I have only known safe, healthy and loving relationships. Because of the law, my hard work has led to financial independence.

Today, the cycle of women being treated unequally still exists and the ability to realize our potential is unprotected. I stand by the ERA and all people who need the law to provide for equity, their equality and the realization of their full potential.