Here's where I stand on the issues of the day!

These are just a handful of the issues that are currently before Congress. I’ll be updating this page with more information throughout the campaign, and as I get an opportunity to visit with voters and get a better understanding of how to best represent the people of the Third District. So check back often!

BEARS EARS

The  Antiquities Act gives the president too much power and is due for reform, and it wasn’t the appropriate vehicle to protect Bears Ears. But there’s absolutely no question about the fact that Bears Ears needs to be protected.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Yes, the climate is changing, and human activity is having a significant impact. But the “solutions” being proposed to solve the problem are more symbolism than substance, and they act as a regressive tax on the poorest of the poor.

THE ECONOMY

Wealth must be created before it can be redistributed. Government attempts to give everyone a bigger piece of the pie can do more economic damage than good.

EDUCATION

We need a federal education role that is not one-size-fits-all. Utah has unique education needs because of our large under 18 population, and I want to bridge the divide between conservatives and liberals in bringing federal education dollars to support our state.

ENTITLEMENT REFORM

Unless we make Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid sustainable, they will collapse and take the global economy down with them. Both Republicans and Democrats are united in their unwillingness to confront this reality.

FREE TRADE

Trump is openly hostile to free markets. Trade increases wealth on both sides, and Trump’s protectionism poses a significant threat to national and global economic growth.

HEALTHCARE

The Affordable Care Act is collapsing, but all Republican proposals have been sorely lacking. Repealing without a replacement is a terrible idea, and it’s no use tearing down a bad law if we can’t build something better in its place.

IMMIGRATION

Along with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I support the five immigration principles outlined in the 2010 Utah Compact, which was signed by a coalition of business, law enforcement, and religious leaders, yet was opposed by the Utah Republican Party.

 

LGBT RIGHTS

I accept that gay marriage is the law of the land, and I support Utah’s landmark 2015 anti-discrimination law and its wise balance of LGBT rights and religious freedoms.

PUBLIC LANDS

We must preserve our singular natural heritage while attracting tourists and still welcome recreational users to our state.  I will take the same approach by father did in seeking to bridge the divide and build coalitions around those goals.

ROE V. WADE & ABORTION

I am pro-life, although I believe abortion needs to be available in cases of rape, incest, and when there is a serious threat to the mother. I also believe that Roe v. Wade is an affront to the Constitution that needs to be overturned.

SECOND AMENDMENT

I support the constitutional right for individuals to keep and bear arms, although I think guns should not be available to convicted felons or the mentally ill. Most gun control legislation, while well-intentioned, doesn’t solve the problems it is designed to solve.

TAX REFORM

Taxes should be designed to raise revenue from the government, not to pursue social engineering and other policy goals. Since lower rates can increase revenue, tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes is the wisest approach.