— 1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? —
I gathered signatures at the Magna Library with Representative Susan Duckworth.
— 2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? —
I am opposed to taxing food and gasoline. These are necessities for our everyday way of life. It adversely impacts working families and the working poor.
— 3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? —
I would not be opposed to exploring taxing luxury items, but products and services needed for everyday life should not be taxed, under any circumstances. As it places an undue burden on working families and people struggling to make ends meet.
— 4. Many Utahns felt that after the town halls and committee meetings that the legislative tax task force held throughout 2019 that their concerns were not heard and that special interests wielded too much influence. On the other hand, many legislators felt that the people didn’t understand the issue or the solutions that they put forth. If elected, how would you respond to the concerns and issues that your constituents bring to you and how would you educate them on the issues you are dealing with? —
I would hold (virtual, if necessary)town hall meetings where constituents could come and ask their legislators questions, and vice versa. I also think it is upon the elected official to reach out to its constituents, by direct mail, and even knocking on doors. Coming together to have these discussions will help mitigate any misunderstandings, and get everyone on the same page. The key is to listen. And to always represent the will of your constituents, we are elected to represent our constituents and must act accordingly.
— 5. Are you willing to vote against bills that legislative leadership wants you to support even when threatened with losing coveted committee positions, having your legislation held hostage, etc? Explain —
Yes I am willing. My duty as a Legislator is to represent my constituents. As such, we are there to represent the will and well being of the people. Therefore we must always strive to do what is in the best interest for the district and state of Utah.
— 6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not? —
I am opposed to this amendment. I don’t believe taking money from the education fund is in the best interest of our children and community.
— 7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. —
I have lived in HD 22 for 30 years, and have first handedly experienced many of the issues that it’s residents face on a daily basis. These experiences will allow me to be a better advocate for my neighbors and constituents. I have a strong name ID earned during my two senate races. I was able to win the Salt Lake County portion of my Senate race in 2018 by 5%. Almost all ( with the exception of four precincts) of my House District is within the boundaries of the senate district.
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Clare Collard Candidate House District 22
Clare is running for House District 22 because she is passionate about her community. Clare has lived in the district with her husband, Que Collard, for 30 years. She raised her two son’s Zach and Chaz in Magna. She has seen her neighbors struggle to put food on the table and support their families, she has seen children drop out of school, and seen lack of opportunities and lost potential. She has seen tremendous residential and commercial growth in her community and believes that growth has to be balanced with good policy and planning.
Clare is committed to finding lasting and meaningful solutions to these challenges.
Clare has been working in the district for the last 15 years in various volunteer capacities, she is currently serving on the Magna Metro Township Planning Commission, over seeing planning and zoning for the Township. Clare has served as Chair of the State Wide Women’s Caucus.
She has served on the Salt Lake County Planning Commission and also Chaired Mayor Corroon’s Social Service Block Grant Allocation Fund. Allocating funds for programs that make a difference in the lives of Salt Lake County residents; programs such as After-School Programs and programs that enable Welfare to Work.
In her day job, Clare has worked in the Credit Union industry for the last 20 plus years in roles of leadership and management. Clare is currently employed by Cyprus Credit Union as the Business Services Manager, working with small busiess owners. She has also worked in the Non-Profit sector and has been a small business owner.
She brings a vast knowledge of coaching and mentoring others and empowering people to do things that they never thought they were capable of doing.
As a former candidate for State Senate District 12 in 2014 and again in 2018 (winning the Salt Lake County portion of the district by 5%) and winning all precincts in House District 22, except one, which she lost by one vote.
Clare knows firsthand what it takes to run for office. She will never ask anyone to do something she has not done herself.
Clare would love to discuss her candidacy with you in further detail, call her at 801.520.8125 or feel free to contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at her website www.voteclare.com
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