UUP Candidate for Senate District 7
I have always been interested in making the world a better place, but I haven’t always been interested in politics. For a while, politics was just another word for divisiveness and arguments. I have since dedicated the last few years to educating myself and figuring out a way to change that. It’s not easy, but it’s so important.
Politics needs us, all of us. Without our involvement things are going to keep getting worse. That’s why I’m running. I hope to show you just how much you’re needed and how much you have to contribute. We often doubt ourselves, thinking that the political world is too corrupt for us to really make a difference. But you can. We can. All of us together can make a huge difference.
My connection to Utah:
I’ve lived in a variety of places all my life, but Utah has been the one constant, stable place I call home. It was home when my father attended Brigham Young University (BYU). I spent elementary, middle, and junior high school in Utah county, back when most of the cities were small and rural. I came back to attend BYU and graduated with a business degree from the Marriott School of Business. I worked for two different start-up companies here. Three of my four children were born in Utah. Two of my children attend elementary school.
With all of these experiences there are several things I’d like to highlight:
- I know what it’s like to go through the school system in Utah, having received the bulk of my education here. I can also compare that experience to what I have seen in my years living overseas.
- I’ve seen communities grow and change dramatically over the years.
- I know what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in Utah.
- I know what it’s like to deal with the health care system, not only for the deliveries of my children but for several surgeries as well.
- I am a member of the School Community Council and work to stay up-to-date on issues in my community.
- Because of immediate family members, I understand what it’s like for people who need specific accommodations. Deaf education is especially important to me.
My professional experience:
I have spent a number of years in the business world, working for large and small companies. I’m a certified American Sign Language interpreter and know what it’s like to be a trades person, paid hourly for specialized services. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and spent a year and a half working with Eastern European organizations. I learned to speak the local language (Romanian). I spent an additional 8 years overseas while my husband worked as a diplomat. In those 8 years I learned the local language of each place we lived (Spanish, Russian, and Indonesian) and volunteered my time to see what I could do to contribute to the communities around me. From working a small farm in Kazakhstan to walking the streets and helping the homeless of Indonesia, I learned so much about human ingenuity and goodness. Little things can have a huge impact. Never doubt what you can do.
For many years, I didn’t vote. I didn’t think my vote mattered. Other, more educated people were surely taking care of things. No one needed me.
I’ve since learned how wrong I was. Every vote counts. Every person is important. I started a political blog to help educate myself on issues as well as to help me appreciate the beautiful variety we have in our political spectrum. From the far left to the far right and everything in between, every person has something meaningful to contribute.
I have served as a county vice chair in both Cache County and Utah County for the United Utah Party. I have organized civic events to help educate communities on political topics. My goal is to help break down the barriers that keep us from being engaged in politics. Politics can be complicated, so let’s find ways to make information more accessible. Politics can be divisive, so let’s set the example by engaging in more respectful and open-minded conversations. I have learned so much from people who hold differing opinions and have been able to better round out my own political ideologies. For more on where I stand on the issues, click here.
I love looking for connections and opportunities to collaborate. Feel free to contact me and let me know your thoughts and questions. I love using my business background, my interpreting skills, my volunteer and international experience to make policy that is practical and lasting.
I look forward to serving you in the Utah Senate.