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Utah House District 11

The Utah House of Representatives is comprised of 75 men and women, each representing different areas of the state, elected to two-year terms.

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    Shawn Ferriola
    (UU)

  • MIke Schultz
    (Rep)

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.

Campaign Mailing Address 4976 South 3900 West
Roy, Utah 84067
Campaign Email Address ferriolahouse12@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 368-5905
Current Employment U.S. Government and Sociology Teacher in Davis School District
Education B.S. in History Education, Minor in English, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT; M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Campaign Website https://www.ferriolahouse12.org/
I am disappointed by how much our political discourse, and our politics in general, succumbs to money. I was told at the beginning of this race that it would take about $20,000 to run a competitive campaign for a state legislator. We have not come close to raising or spending that amount. I have noticed, though, that some state legislative candidates have raised a lot more than $20,000 for their races with most of those contributions coming from corporations and big dollar donors. I worry that because of those donations, our state representatives will be beholden to those special interests when crafting legislation as opposed to being a true representative of their constituents. For that reason, I would like to limit donations from corporations and big donors so that our state leaders can more fully represent us. We can discuss what those limits should be, but we need to have our constituents' interests represented.
These two issues are interrelated but the focus for a long time in Utah has been on the homeless population. By the focused efforts and resources formulated in the so-called "Housing First Initiative" on the issue of homelessness, the state was able to formulate a blueprint to help all Utahns find quality, affordable housing.

Our economy is very strong in our state. We are adding jobs and opportunities for our children to work in our wonderful state. But, where will these hardworking, middle-class families live when they have families of their own and are looking for long-term housing in Utah? For too many of these families, the housing costs in Utah (even renting) are forcing people to consider opportunities outside of Utah. We need to work together to craft a long-term infrastructure plan that is focused on helping these working families find affordable and safe housing options across the state to help sustain Utah’s economic health for generations to come.
As an educator, this issue is really important to me. As this spring and fall have shown, the needs of Utah students go far beyond academics. The social, emotional, and physical needs of students have been laid bare during this pandemic. Some districts have done a better job than others at meeting these needs but I truly believe that each individual district has done their very best to rise to this challenge with the resources they have had at their disposal. No child in this state should be denied these basic needs simply because they live in an economically disadvantaged area of Utah. The legislature needs to prioritize this by fully investing in every child's education. By working together as a legislature, we can figure out ways to get supplies, equipment, personnel, and other needed resources to ensure that every child's basic academic, social, emotional, and physical needs are met, no matter where they live in Utah.
In concert with the ERA, other pieces of legislation that addresses the equality of the sexes such as the 14th Amendment (1868), Equal Pay Act (1963), Title IX (1972), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009), and state constitution statements like Utah’s, have tackled this important issue of equality between the sexes. These are not every law that addresses this issue, but I believe that the passage of these acts, as well as the interpretation of these acts by the courts, have substantially created an equality of the sexes in today's society that previous generations have not enjoyed. The ERA, when originally written, sought after many of the same protections that these laws address. Does government have a duty to be vigilant in ensuring the gains made by these laws remain in tact? Absolutely. And, so long as the courts and these laws continue to be upheld, I believe equality between the sexes will exist because the spirit of the ERA is already contained within them.
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