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Utah Congressional District 2

Utah's 2nd Congressional District currently serves Salt Lake City and the largely rural western and southern portions of Utah, including St. George and Tooele.

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  • J. Robert Latham
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    Chris Stewart
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    Kael Weston
    (Dem)

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Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 540370
North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Campaign Email Address info@StewartForUtah.com
Campaign Phone (801) 602-7713
Twitter @StewartForUtah
Current Employment U.S. Congress
Education Utah State University, Economics
Campaign Website www.StewartForUtah.com
I have spent almost 8 years in Congress fighting for national security and against the national debt and federal overreach. Because of my record, I am the only republican in Congress that House Leadership assigned to both the Appropriations and Budget committees. I also serve on the powerful Intelligence Committee, defending national security just as I did as an Air Force bomber pilot. I am at the forefront of many battles that others won't address. I founded the caucus against socialism, sponsored or supported legislation on suicide prevention, multiple use land management, economic development, funding for Hill AFB, newborn protections, religious freedom and LGBT rights, privacy, FISA reforms, and reining in the power of the federal government. Unlike many who only focus on our flaws, I firmly believe that America, while not yet a perfect union, is fundamentally good and has been the greatest force for good in the history of the world. I fight to defend and improve this country.
Healthcare is a complex issue requiring a much more thorough discussion than a brief summary here, but I firmly believe that affordable healthcare is something every American desires, myself included. I also believe that the government has proven unable to effectively and efficiently administer healthcare with acceptable results. The bureaucracy of administration leads to undesirable outcomes for the patients, which means that the private sector, while not perfect, is better equipped to provide affordable excellent healthcare. There are many changes to the private insurance system that I do support, including, but not limited to, covering pre-existing conditions, encouraging more competition from insurers across state lines and in different risk markets, and ensuring price transparency in all healthcare providers so that more informed decisions can be made and allow the market to seek after more efficient and effective use of healthcare spending.
I believe the first amendment guarantees citizens the right to support candidates and policies with campaign contributions, and I am hesitant to support restricting someones freedom to support a cause or policy as they desire. However, I also think that there are times when money in politics can cloud issues and restrict qualified candidates. I strongly support the caucus system in Utah, as it is very efficient and effective at responding to the needs of the people. I support a system where a qualified candidate can work hard earning the support of delegates and secure a nomination with very little money spent where other states, allowing more common primary systems, guarantee only the best funded, not necessarily the best qualified, candidates receive the nomination.
COVID19 has taught us enough lessons to fill volumes as we continue to learn. Some of the highlights include learning how vulnerable our inventory and distribution systems are to foreign control, particularly with medical emergencies. We must have more control of domestic PPE, medical, and pharmaceutical production. And we have learned that the federal government is not able to quickly and easily handle any problem thrown at it. It does not have all of the answers or solutions. Even when good decisions are made quickly, we must not rely on the federal response to secure us, and therefore more local and individual response is necessary. We must encourage our local communities and individual citizens to plan and prepare themselves for inevitable future catastrophic events, and government resources can help facilitate that planning and preparation.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 522288
Salt Lake City, UT 84152
Campaign Email Address contact@westonforcongress.com
Campaign Phone (801) 382-9207
Twitter @KaelWeston
Current Employment Instructor, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA (Endowed chair holder)
Education University of Utah, B.A.; Cambridge University, M.Phil.; Fulbright Scholarship, Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, London School of Economics.
Campaign Website www.westonforcongress.com
For over a decade, I represented the U.S. officially as a member of the U.S. State Department, including seven years in two wars. This professional background has prepared me well to represent Utah's 2nd Congressional District. As a diplomat working in Iraq and Afghanistan I learned to listen, to build bridges, to find real solutions to hard problems. I brought the U.S. military and the Taliban to the table in the middle of a war zone, and I spent years helping rebuild cities and lives. I am ready to bring those skills home to work for you in Congress. My time in government showed me that when government and policymakers fail, people are hurt, sometimes killed. That was true in Iraq, and tragically it is now true in our own country. I am a Utah native who believes that CD2 offers an opportunity to find common ground and bridging issues between urban and rural communities. Healthy debate is how we find real solutions, and that means all of us working together for the common good.
Health care is a human right. Arguably no area is more important right now for millions of Americans than implementing health care for all. How we get there is a conversation that we can and should have, but the goal must be health care for all. Not some. Not even most. All. We must protect and improve the Affordable Care Act while we work towards that urgent goal. The ACA has done more to help Americans' mental health than any other piece of legislation while also expanding coverage to millions (including me; I have been on the individual market for a decade.) Though I do not favor immediately replacing private insurance, we must offer a public option and look at ways to reduce costs. We need to expand rural care and remove the tie between employment and healthcare. We need more choices and coverage for all Americans so that no family goes bankrupt because of medical bills or has to choose between food and prescriptions. We can work together to build a system that prioritizes people.
Reducing money in politics is crucial so that elections are not limited to millionaires or billionaires only. For me, this is one of the most critical issues when it comes to improving accountability and ethics in government. I have run my campaign following this principled position: we have taken no corporate PAC money. Money buys influence. We must find a way to ensure the voiceless in our communities are heard and their interests are prioritized. I favor legislation or a constitutional amendment that would provide for public financing so that there's no financial bar to entry into politics allowing more teachers, city workers, small business owners, or mothers, for example, to bring their unique skills and experiences to government work. By reducing the role of money in politics our elected officials should prioritize what is right, what is best for people and for the common good, rather than what they feel beholden to work towards based on their donors.
The current administration failed us by dismantling our pandemic preparedness systems, politicizing the virus, and not encouraging masks when it would have mattered most. They should have provided reliable and transparent information based on science, used the Defense Production Act to build up our supplies, worked with other governments (including supporting the WHO), and trusted the American people to handle the truth and facts. Going forward we must invest in healthcare at home and abroad, including healthcare for all. We need global solutions to combat infections that don’t care about lines on a map. We need to properly fund the agencies charged with protecting public health, including those focused on global health security. We need to prioritize climate change and recognize the connection to our collective health. My time in the State Department taught me to prepare for worst-case scenarios, a skill we need now. Serious times demand serious experience.