Ensuring quality education for our children.
Every student deserves a quality education. The Utah Constitution established a permanent school fund to guarantee that all Utah children would have access to the best possible education. But, too often our government has failed to use and develop this fund to provide the resources our kids need. I will work to bring more resources to Utah’s K-12 schools and to make higher education better and more accessible. Utah should build the best public education system in America.
We should also give teachers the respect they deserve. They are the foundation of a good economy and good citizenry. Utah has some of the largest student-teacher ratios in the nation. Too many of our best teachers face burnout and leave the classroom after only a few years on the job. We need to increase compensation and provide more resources for textbooks, supplies, technology support, special needs students, counseling, and career training.
Expanding access to affordable health care.
In civilized society, all people deserve access to affordable health care. Health care is a basic human right.
Safeguarding consumer rights.
Every Utahn deserves to be treated with honesty and fairness in organizing their finances. Utah government has a responsibility to ensure that predatory businesses do not prey on working families. And honest businesses deserve a marketplace that is free from unfair competition.
Responsible environmental stewardship and clean air.
The Wasatch Front has some of the poorest air quality in the nation. Our children, families, and businesses need clean air to thrive. I will fight to reduce air pollution and transition to a clean energy future. Our national and state parks, forests, and wilderness areas are a heritage we should preserve for all.
Putting a stop to gerrymandering and political corruption.
Utahns voted for Proposition 4, creating a strong, independent redistricting commission to create fair and balanced legislative districts. I support fully respecting the will of voters and will insist that voters chose their representatives—not the other way around. We also need limits on campaign contributions.
Advocating for Disabled Utahns.
Utahns with disabilities have unique experiences and needs. Disabled Utahns, their families, and their communities should have access to the support, recognition, and resources they need to thrive.
Standing up for Utah’s workers.
Workers deserve good jobs, fair wages, and humane working conditions. Too many Utahns work hard, but cannot keep up with the rising cost of living. I will fight to ensure that Utah’s economy works for working families.
Helping small businesses succeed.
Small business is the foundation of Utah’s economy. Our small businesses need a level playing field and access to financing. I will work to expand financing opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses, cut unnecessary red-tape, and create incentives to invest in research and development, training, and employee capacity.
Growing rural Utah and family farms.
Family farms and ranches are an important part of Utah’s economy and culture. I will work to ensure that economic development and changing technology works to enhance and preserve this way of life. Utah government should use clean energy, technology sector jobs, and other resources to build our rural communities.
Technology and jobs.
Utah should continue to lead the way on the development of the technology sector. Utah government should leverage our growing population, quality of life, and educated workforce to build an economy of the future.
Tourism and culture.
Utah is blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant culture. I will work to promote tourism and the arts to enrich the lives of every Utahn.