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Utah House District 70

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  • Carl Albrecht
    (Rep)

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    Jessica O'Leary
    (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 Email Address jesso4house70@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (435) 260-1628
Education B.S. Anthropology University of California, Davis M.S. Biology New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
I do support limits on donations to political campaigns, I believe that strong campaign and ethics laws will enhance voters’ power over their lawmakers and that a more transparent government will serve as a better government. Elected officials of all parties should be held accountable to these standards. I know our system needs meaningful change, and I am committed to delivering it.
The State Legislature needs to readdress the appointment of a homeless czar, a central leader to address homelessness in the State. The Legislature would then appoint this czar, give him or her a budget and authority. Appointing this person will help unsheltered communities and would promote accountability and responsibility in efforts to address homelessness in the state.
I recognize that changes in policies will require more funding commitment, but I reject the assertion that our state doesn’t have the resources to deliver quality education to all Utahns. I criticize our state government for tax and education policy changes that make schools compete for money against other interests. Utah Democrats will work on a long-term plan to sufficiently fund and staff our education system to invest in Utahns’ and our economy’s futures. Currently SITLA (Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands) has 2.5 billion in endowments yet the state of Utah repeatedly ranks the lowest in per student spending. Utah was also ranked 51 in most at risk for teachers getting COVID 19. While some PPE was paid for by CARES funding but it was not enough. If a global pandemic won't prompt SITLA to allocate more funds to schools what will?
I absolutely support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams, no matter their gender. Within District 70 29% of households have women as head of household, yet Utah is one of the lowest ranking states in the gender wage gap. This hurts Utah families. We need to ratify the ERA and close the gender wage gap.