Senior Policy Advisor at the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office
Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah
I do support limits on political campaigns. It is critical that for candidates to be accountable to their constituents, not special interest groups.
The legislature's role in addressing the homeless population should be to help bolster programs that help address the underlying symptoms of why an individual is homeless, whether that be addressing mental health issues or providing a space to deal with substance abuse issues. I also believe we should be investing in affordable housing, so we can provide the working poor the opportunity to better their lives. I firmly believe no one working 40 hours a week should be struggling to make ends meet.
Continuing to look at alternative ideas to fund public education is critical, especially in working class areas and areas with larger populations of people of color. I believe we should look into a number of different options to raise revenue for school districts that face these budget issues.
I absolutely believe Utah should ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Our state carries the proud heritage of acceptance and tolerance, and has been very welcoming to immigrants and to refugees like myself. Taking the step to ratifying the ERA and codifying that the equal rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex is critical to pursuing equity for all Utahns.
Attorney - Intermountain Healthcare
Bachelors, Political Science - Utah State, 1997; Law degree - Baylor Law School, 1999
Yes. I favor limits on donations to political campaigns. Limiting donation amounts will help lessen the possibility of undue influence upon candidates. This has been a focus of my efforts on Capitol Hill, as I have passed legislation requiring greater financial disclosure for political candidates, and more transparency for lobbyists.
This is an issue that should be dealt with on a statewide basis. We need to acknowledge that Utah’s population will continue to grow at significant rates. If we do not address the issue now, the issue of affordable house will get worse. The key is to increase the number of housing units. We also need to encourage municipalities to welcome multifamily development. I supported and voted for a 2020 bill that provided several million dollars specifically for affordable residential construction, and I will continue efforts to encourage affordable housing throughout the State.
I absolutely favor efforts to increase equalization of funds to school districts throughout the State. Students who happen to live in areas where property values are lower should have the same education opportunities and resources as students who live in more affluent areas of the State.
Yes. Utah should ratify the ERA, which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution. It is past time that Utah do this!