The Founders made it very clear what the Second Amendment means, and I have been a strong supporter and defender throughout my public service. We must fight against any and all attempts to infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms.
- I am a gun owner.
- I have a strong voting record defending the 2nd Amendment.
- I have already proven this by voting FOR constitutional carry legislation.
- I have also voted in favor of overriding the Governor’s veto of this bill.
- As Governor I will encourage the passage of Constitutional Carry and/or Common-Sense Carry legislation.
- I do not support Red Flag laws that violate due process and I have yet to see one that doesn’t.
- I believe the legal age to purchase a gun should be 18.
As a strong supporter of the caucus/convention nominating system for political candidates in Utah, I will not be gathering signatures to advance to the primary election. I will be putting my full faith in the delegates elected at neighborhood caucus meetings.
Each voting precinct holds party caucuses to select delegates who vet our candidate pool. This system allows neighborhoods to select fellow neighbors to meet, listen to, and pose questions to those who would seek to represent us.
There has been criticism that delegates chosen from respective political parties are too extreme and do not represent the opinions or values of the general public. I don’t agree with this, but the answer to that criticism would be to encourage greater public participation, not abandon the process. In addition, I have been very impressed over the years with the quality of delegates who have contributed to what I believe is the most substantive election cycle in the country.
Direct access to the primaries through signature gathering is not a vetting process. These campaigns are dependent on TV, radio, billboards, direct mail, yard signs, and messaging to large populations. Mass communications are very expensive, and do not allow for an in-depth discussion of issues. The financially well off and those with access to special interest contributions become more politically viable than candidates with less resources – but possibly better ideas and vision.
Primaries can be very hard on good candidates. If two opponents from the same party aren’t careful, they can damage that party’s ability to mount a strong opposition to another party’s candidate who was not required to go through a primary. We have seen this nationally.
It will be a sad day if we see the last true delegate election in America go away. Sound bites and campaign slogans shouldn’t replace in-depth analysis of our candidates.
We need to make sure that there are jobs and opportunities for Utahns throughout the state, not just along the Wasatch Front. The Inland Port, an idea contemplated and planned for since at least the 1970s, can provide such an opportunity for those in resource-rich areas of Utah. Due to massive backlogs at many coastal ports around the world, inland ports are being built. Vision and foresight will enable us to begin to build the necessary rail spurs and other infrastructure for a system of U.S. Customs Bonded inland ports throughout the entire state of Utah.
Along the western coast, from Long Beach to Seattle, all transportation that pulls cargo from those ports travels through Utah, whether it be by train or truck. Salt Lake City is finishing up a complete airport rebuild and we have rail, road and air capabilities second to none. Ports draw development around them as well, from warehouse space to manufacturing and production. Everything that we currently export from this state, and more, could easily go through a system of inland ports.
As your next governor, I will be focused on fighting back against federal encroachment in our education system. Additionally, I will consistently work to evaluate and develop policy solutions that lead to increased parental involvement and choice, better education delivery, a better economy to fund education and solutions on how to best use those dollars.
I will also use my bully pulpit and influence to encourage Utah to get out of Common Core and look at ways of rejecting federal funding that comes with strings attached. It is time that the federal government get out of public education and as a state we can lead that effort by example.
While we all have our parts to play when it comes to our public education system, it is important to understand the Utah Constitution and its intent as it relates to the proper roles we each play in government.
Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 states: “The general control and supervision of the public education system shall be vested in a State Board of Education.”
The Utah State Board of Education is a firewall which protects our students from the overreach of the federal government. They, and they alone, set the standards to which our educators teach. They can choose to adopt the same standards of other states, or not.
The members of the State Board are solely responsible for determining those standards for Utah schoolchildren, and they are answerable to their constituents.
The legislature appropriates funds for public education. They provide the resources and have the responsibility to see that those dollars are being spent wisely.