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Utah House District 18

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  • Timothy Hawkes
    (Rep)

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    Katherine Nicholson
    (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 544 North 350 West
Centerville, Ut 84014
Campaign Email Address katherinenicholsonhd18@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 520-0465
Twitter @KDN4utah_house
Current Employment http://www.CFPAU.org I am the Advocacy Director at a non profit Consumer Financial Protection Agency Utah. I write and investigate cases of unethical practices by professionals in the state of Utah. I also advocate for the victims.
Education Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Studies. (1996)
Campaign Website https://www.katherineforutah.com
I believe that until we reform do finance campaigning, we will continue to have a certain type of person that is attracted to politics. My opponent that does not even campaign, has raised 170,000 dollars over the last four years, all from corporations, lobbyists, or special interest groups. When you look at the sheer amount of money spent on negative ads, billboards, flyers, texting, or other expensive advertising it is hard not to become jaded or even sick to your stomach. I have thought what an amazing thing it would be to invest that money in your own community, school, housing for the working poor, food for the hungry, healthcare for the uninsured. What I would like to see is donations go to the government or another independent entity and any business that gifts money must match their donation and give to their community. This would be a tax deduction. The candidates would be given money to spend on campaigning, but it would be the same amount for each candidate.
The homeless topic is a complex issue that can be solved. Other countries have done it, and its essential that we do something, especially with Covid-19 pandemic. Legislature can fund programs to coordinate services. We need a bigger investment in mental health programs, and agencies and data to better help the homeless, persons with a psycho-social disability need more services to help them feel safe in getting off the street. The Legislature can raise the minimum wage to help the working poor afford suitable housing. The Legislature can also fund programs to help build subsidized housing. they can set aside money in the budget to build and maintain housing for homeless. Some are homeless because of inadequate health coverage and treatment. If we can solve these complex problems citizens will be healthier, happier able to participate in the community in a positive way!
I believe that the way we figure out the budget and disbursement to schools needs to be re-figured, and I would advocate for that. It needs to be based on needs. I would advocate for a base per pupil spending per school, and then also look at needs-based funds. Does the school need a reading specialist? Does the school need an ESL teacher? More money needs to be invested for kids that need special education. Studies show that per pupil spending has a direct influence on Gross Domestic Product. So if our students are doing well, we are all doing well!
The ERA needs to be in our constitution to ensure all women are on equal standing even if they leave our state. The ERA amendment was written in 1920 by Alice Paul. She and the suffragettes suffered much through incarceration, demonstrations, beatings, forced feedings and to me passing the ERA honors these women and excuses these injustices somewhat. To say that every woman is owed equal rights is an understatement. To say that we need to start over is a slap in the face to every woman. With the national government taking rights away from women and passing policies that punish women is why we need an amendment. It would not matter who is in the White House if the Equal Rights Amendment is added to the Constitution. Haven’t we waited long enough?