— 1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? —
I voted AGAINST the tax reform bill when it came to the legislature. I also voted for the REPEAL of the tax reform bill. In short, there were simply too many policy issues in the bill with which I disagreed. But more importantly in determining my NO vote, it was very clear that the overwhelming majority of my constituents disagreed with the bill.
— 2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? —
I would prefer the State do away with sales tax on unprepared food. Gas tax should be used for State and local roads.
— 3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? —
I believe the State should not tax any additional services, particularly at this time when we need our economy to recover.
— 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 pride myself on being accessible to my constituents. I go out of my way to communicate as much as possible to those within West Valley. I send regular emails, and post frequent social media updates to my thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers. I return phone calls and emails.
I voted NO on the tax reform bill precisely because I took the time to listen to West Valley residents.
I want to express my sincere thanks for the dozens (hundreds?) of constituents that reached out to me regarding the tax reform bill. It quickly became very clear how the overwhelming majority of my constituents felt about the bill. During the time I’ve had the honor to represent District 33, I have tried to be exactly that, your REPRESENTATIVE. To represent YOUR voice at the state legislature. I represent YOU.
— 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 —
I have shown throughout my legislative service that I will vote for what is best for West Valley, regardless of who the bill sponsor is, or who is applying pressure to vote in a certain way. This includes my NO vote on the tax reform bill, and my YES vote on Medicaid expansion.
— 6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not? —
I voted for the constitutional amendment. I am grateful that all stakeholders came to language on the bill that they could agree on. Thank you to the Utah Education Association (teachers association) and the Utah State School Board for their support of the proposed constitutional amendment.
— 7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. —
Since being elected, I have received broad-based support from many individuals, families and groups. They recognize my effectiveness as a legislator on Capitol Hill. In fact, I have been named as one of Capitol Hill’s “most effective” legislators. I will continue to provide a strong voice for those who live, work and send their children to schools in West Valley City.
I care most about getting things done for my constituents. I have worked together with all interested parties, and across party lines, to accomplish great things for West Valley the State of Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune has labeled me as “refreshing” and a “healthy example of bipartisanship.”
Having lived in District 33 for 33 years, I realize that the majority of voters care most about having a representative that will listen to their concerns, be responsive, and has the ability to get things done. For me, it has been gratifying to receive the diverse support from strong families and individuals living throughout District 33.
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