— 1. What did you do to help with the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum? —
I signed the referendum, and took my parents to Harmon’s to do the same. I also encouraged my siblings to do the same.
— 2. What is your position of taxes on food and gasoline? —
I think both of those taxes unfairly and disproportionately impact lower income households, and as such should be avoided.
— 3. What if any taxes would you implement on services and why? —
I feel that many employees of the various service industries are already faced with enough issues, usually relying mostly on tips. I think we would need to look at whether or not it would be taking extra money out of the pockets of employees before moving forward.
— 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? —
Communication (or the lack thereof) and transparency is KEY.
Some of our current Legislators seem to forget that they are not our leaders, they are our representatives. As such they need to vote in the way that we express that we would like them to vote. If there were truly redeeming qualities to this bill, they should have been brought up for discussion with constituents beforehand.
— 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 —
Legislative leadership is not who is electing me to represent them. My friends and neighbors in House District 38 are. My duty is to represent them and be their voice on the hill.
— 6. Are you in favor of the Utah School Income Tax Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on in November? Why or not? —
I’d like to speak with members of the Teachers Union and School Boards before I could decide either way.
— 7. Name one reason you are the best candidate for the position you signed for. —
Because I am a reflection of exactly who House District 38 is, and I will always do what is best for Utah’s working families.
— Email —
My name is Ashlee Matthews, and I am running to represent my neighbors and friends of House District 38. I believe I can bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to tackle the issues and bring real change to working families in Utah.
I have had the opportunity to serve the public for the last nine years in my work for the Utah Department of Transportation, and my husband is a Union Pipefitter. Together we are raising our two small boys in the home that my husband grew up in, in the neighborhood of Oquirrh Shadows.
I believe the areas of focus for our campaign are non-partisan issues. They are working family issues, and I will look to get to tackling these issues right out of the gate:
- Accessibility to childcare and after school programs
- Improving infrastructure and accessibility to the West side
- Liveable wages and healthcare for workers, through reinstating the state prevailing wage
- Encouraging the renewable energy industry by bringing the manufacturing of materials to Utah
I have had the opportunity to serve my community in several capacities, and look forward to using my experience to make sure that all of Utah’s working class families have a seat at the table.
- Mentor – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
- Founding Board Member & Director of Events – The Single Parent Project
- Giving Tree Coordinator – UA Local 140 Ladies Auxiliary
- Foster, Foster Coordinator, Volunteer – Cause for Paws Utah
- Foster – Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation
The incumbent in this race retained this seat by a mere 118 votes last election cycle, which to me says that the residents of Kearns are ready for change. I know that with the support of the community we can flip this seat and get straight to work on the issues that impact us most directly.
Again, my name is Ashlee Matthews and I thank you for the opportunity to earn your support now and in November as we fight to ensure that working families of House District 38 and statewide are represented in Utah’s legislature.