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When I became a stepparent to four elementary-age children, I was stunned when I attended my first back-to-school night. Teachers requested money for basic classroom supplies, critical learning assets and science equipment. At the time, we lived in downtown Salt Lake City and I asked my husband to drop me off at the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple. I told him -- jokingly, of course -- that I was going to knock on the front door, wake then-Governor Mike Leavitt from slumber (if necessary!) and demand to know why our schools were so underfunded.
We moved our family to Sandy in 2006 and I decided to volunteer at Mount Jordan Middle School, where my kids attended. I have a soft spot in my heart for the wonderful middle school teachers who helped me navigate my adolescence. I paid my PTA dues and I dedicated time to volunteer while balancing a career and my graduate studies.
During my tenure in various PTA organizations, I became aware of some of the critical issues affecting our teachers, children and their classrooms. I ran for School Community Council chair where I subsequently served a two-year term. We worked hard to ensure that the monies we were allotted from the Land Trust were used wisely to advance the educational opportunities at our schools. When Mount Jordan Middle School was threatened with closure, I organized community members to lobby the school board to save it.
I’m running for House District 45 because I care deeply about issues that affect the citizens in Sandy, Midvale and Cottonwood Heights, the very same issues that also affect my now-adult children and six grandchildren.
Our education funding should be protected and we should consider smart ways to retain and incentivize our teachers with increased wages and benefits.
Our classrooms should be properly funded and we should have reasonable class sizes to facilitate optimal learning conditions.
The air that my children, my grandchildren and my neighbors breathe should be clean. We can make better decisions that will improve our air quality now and into the future.
Cost of living on the Wasatch Front has made home ownership out of reach for most of my children. Availability and affordability of childcare causes a tremendous strain on families who rely on two incomes to provide for their household. We should do more to support working families in our state.
Basic healthcare costs can challenge families who carefully budget to pay for those expenses in addition to food, gas and utility bills. We should expand Medicaid to provide heathcare coverage for the neediest among us.
As the next representative from House District 45, I intend to represent the will of the voters in the district. When we turn out to vote on a critical ballot initiative, I will work tirelessly to ensure YOUR voices are represented above all else.
Thank you for your support!