How to Define Public Policy

Hello everyone! Long-time no blog. I’m looking forward to ramping up my campaign and meeting with/speaking to as many of you as possible over the next eight months.  Most of my policy stances here haven’t changed, especially on guns, opiates, and air quality – so please do read through those if you haven’t had the chance. That stated, I must say it has been a reflective year for me, politically and personally.

I wanted to start today, by addressing a comment on a short blurb that the Standard Examiner ran regarding my reengagement with the campaign, I hope Mr. Becker doesn’t mind my linking to his comments here, but he raised some valid comments that I’d like to address: Standard Article

The quotes in this article are but one bit of my statement/platform, so I appreciate the opportunity to clarify for you here.  I will admit, I’ve used and reverted to identity politics in the past, but since Donald Trump was elected, I’ve come to realize they are toxic and corrosive, and they are used as much by the right, as they are by the left.  I actually agree with most of your statement here. I want to bring rational argument to the legislature, based on evidence, to arrive at the best policy outcomes for the most people in this state, particularly in District 9.  Part of that MUST take into account, people who are underrepresented in Utah.  As I refer to here – those with lower incomes and minorities.

That is not to say I believe one perspective is better than another, Mr. Becker, but we must both admit that a pretty narrow perspective has made the laws in this state since its inception, and given the lack of progress on some of the biggest issues facing this state, I believe the legislature could really use a fresh perspective that isn’t, you know… white, and male.  What someone identifies as, however (race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.) is not what is important when considering laws. What is important are the best ideas that we can find to fix the problems this state faces, and if we lean on science, the data that is, for the most part, already there, instead of standing on these types of identity politics, we can make the decisions that are best for ALL of us.  This applies to guns, clean air, education, abortion, domestic violence, opioid addiction, teen suicide, and breastfeeding.  For example, science says breastfed babies are healthier babies, it’s only logical to make our state a safe space, that is legally protected, for moms to feed their babies!  This happens to benefit not only women, but our population as a whole will be raised as healthier, happy people. 

I agree with you fully, Mr. Becker, that we won’t fix anything by continuing to focus on the things that divide us, but those that unite us – clean air, the opioid epidemic, our education model, and I’m sure that if we do that, in a scientific manner – the “downtrodden” will benefit; those that have been, truly underrepresented in our state government, but also the rest of the state as a whole, including you and me. 

I hope you’ll still consider voting for me, sir. I want to propose ideas to fix these issues, and if they don’t work for the majority of my constituents, I want all voters to know that I am willing to go back and try something new, to revisit my stance – the way we should all hope for a government to function.  I think I’d give it a better shot than Mr. Peterson has, at the very least.