Who am I?
I am an entrepreneur at heart. I started my first business at 25 with the belief that a business should be more than a business, it should be a part of each and every community that it is fortunate enough to be in. Owning my own business has given me a keen understanding of many of the issues facing small businesses and the average person. As a business owner, I understand that healthcare is the single largest expense for a business and thus we need to provide an option to businesses and move toward a single payer system. It makes sense as a business owner to ensure high wages, good benefits, and a constant ethic of educational advancement. I am younger than most traditional candidates, at 30 I am completely ingrained in my community. My oldest son is in kindergarten, I am paying student loans, and I have 27 years on my mortgage. I'm not the traditional candidate, but I am a candidate that is reflective of the middle class that is shrinking and desperately in need of assistance.
Why am I running?
Most of us are horrified at the constant unending attack on the very programs that have made America a land of opportunity for many. We are witnessing a political culture whose values are not reflective of our community and as a result I feel compelled to seek office. I am running to do this because I am fearful that if we don't take our government back, America will no longer be a place for entrepreneurs and our children will grow up in a world with far less opportunity. I am running against a 5 term incumbent Republican who supports a budget that would strip $1.5 - $2.4 trillion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid when the largest employer in my state is Intermountain Healthcare. This budget would cut $500 billion from Pell Grants and would allow student loan rates to rise, even though we have 3 applied technology colleges and 2 universities in my district alone. I am in a unique position to espouse the values of the Democratic Party because I am a 6th generation Combe in Weber County and as a result, my experiences of being LDS (Mormon) and going on a mission to Argentina uniquely prepare me to explain why we need programs of social uplift. While I was in Argentina, I witnessed a country without a stable, accountable government. I spent many days walking on dirt roads, talking to people who were illiterate, and spending days at a time locked in my apartment due to the instability outside.
My first goal will be to begin working for good jobs, helping my district diversify its economy, and working to improve the universities in my district. I believe that these goals can and will better our community by making it a place that is well-suited to serve the needs of our citizens. I will begin immediately working for the implementation of 'smart student loans' to ease the burden on our college graduates and students. I will create an advisory committee to explore reforms for housing and bankruptcy laws to protect our homeowners from dishonest and unfair practices and I will seek everyday to find a way for individuals to stay in their home during times of economic crisis. I believe we have a moral imperative to work to make our economic system focus more on stability for families and less on profits for Wall Street. As a congressman, I will define my legacy not in terms of my length of time in office, but rather in terms of what I accomplish for my community. I will work hard everyday to promote the values of community that are lacking in politics, and I will try to restore many of the broken promises made to my district.
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My campaign is already making history in Utah's first district because we have defied the odds many times. Utah still uses a convention and delegate system that I believe is antidemocratic in its very nature. We are running against a Democratic candidate that wants to use her military experience (she is a West Point graduate) to run on a platform that every Republican for 50 years in Utah has run on, Hill Air Force Base. Going into convention, we knew that we were out funded and out gunned but we were able to hold the line and make it to a primary. Our campaign has set a goal of registering 15,000 new voters by November, but we are now on track to reach 20,000 or more by November. We are working with other candidates to promote the Democratic Party and build the party so that we can win not only this election, but elections to come. Our campaign has launched the largest precinct organizing campaign in Northern Utah's history by hosting door to door voter registration drives, reaching out to Latino's (I am a Spanish speaker), and working to promote Democrat values. The second way we are a grassroots campaign is that we are using very non-traditional mediums to reach out to voters, we recently filmed some humorous commercials for Youtube to reach out to people who might be questioning their political persuasion. My campaign manager is organized and we have involved many younger voters in the process and we look forward to continue to do so.