The Women's Democratic Club of Utah endorses 2018 Utah Democratic candidates who support the mission of the Club:
- Encourage women to seek public office
- Support progressive Democrats seeking elective office
- Provide a forum for vigorous discussion of key issues
- Advocate balanced, open, and accountable government
- Work for equal rights and equal protections under law for all
2018 ENDORSED CANDIDATES
House District 18, Farmington/Centerville
Adam is the son of a Mexican immigrant and a descendant of Mormon pioneers. He is a graduate of Davis High School and he and his wife are delighted to be raising their four beautiful sons in Centerville.
Adam is qualified to bring fresh, moderate leadership to House District 18. He has served in leadership positions his entire life. And as a trial attorney, he fights for the rights of the little guy. He has effective advocacy skills and is a devoted team player. Adam knows how to solve problems and work with people of different backgrounds and opinions.
Adam intends to focus his efforts on improving public education, ensuring that all Utah’s have access to good healthcare, and protecting Utah's pristine and beautiful landscapes.
JASON M. ALLEN
House District 11, Washington Terrace/Riverdale
As a lifelong resident of House District 11, I have watched our community grow over the past few decades. As we continue to grow, strong leadership is needed at the State level to ensure that the needs of our community are addressed, and the rights of all Utahns are protected. I pledge to represent the citizens of District 11 with integrity and work to ensure that we hand off our great State to the next generation of Utahns in better shape than we found it.
My background makes me uniquely qualified to serve in the Utah State Legislature. I am a husband and a father. I am a licensed civil engineer, a former high school math teacher, and a small business owner. I am a baseball coach, and a member of the PTA. These diverse experiences have given me insight in how to best represent the people of Utah.
I will fight for a quality public education, a clean and safe environment, maintaining and expanding a strong economy, protecting our public lands, a fair and transparent government, infrastructure sustainability, and spending our tax dollars wisely.
House District 36, Millcreek/Salt Lake City
Representative Patrice Arent has served in the Utah House and Senate and has passed over 80 bills. She is the Co-Chair of the House Ethics Committee, Founder and Co-Chair of the Legislature’s bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cultural Caucus. A big believer in volunteer service, Patrice has served in countless roles with schools, community associations, charities, and political campaigns.
A graduate of the University of Utah and Cornell Law School, Patrice practiced law in a private firm, was a division chief in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and taught at the University of Utah College of Law. She currently works with her husband in a small family business.
Patrice has been active in the Democratic Party since she was a teenager. She has served as Utah’s Democratic Committeewoman and as a member of the State Party’s Executive Committee. Patrice is the winner of the Utah Democratic Party’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award and the Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s Spirit of Democracy Award.
Salt Lake County Council District 1
During my tenure on the County Council I have worked to defend and expand critical County programs and services while also maintaining the County’s AAA bond rating. I have fought for crucial funding for indigent legal defense, alternatives to incarceration, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment. I have worked to defend our canyons from development and supported funding for preservation of critical open spaces. I have pushed for greater accountability and transparency in the use of tax dollars in economic development projects and supported requirements that these developments support affordable housing. I have worked with my council colleagues to provide greater support to women and minority owned businesses and local small businesses when the county spends tax dollars to better keep these dollars in our local economy. In an effort to address our air quality issues I have worked on regulations on wood burning, advocated for increased funding for bicycle and other active and alternative transportation, and advocated for increased housing density and walkable communities oriented around transit. I am proud to call Salt Lake County home and will continue working to ensure it remains a welcoming, vibrant, and beautiful place for generations to come.
House District 25, Salt Lake City
Joel Briscoe is the Democratic Whip in the Utah House of Representatives. He was appointed to the legislature by Governor Herbert in 2010, and he is running this year for his fifth term.
Joel retired three years ago after 33 years in public education, most of them teaching U.S. Government and U.S. History at Bountiful High School.
He has devoted his energies in the legislature to conserving Utah’s water, cleaning Utah’s air, funding Utah’s public schools, fighting climate change, and making the state’s budget more transparent.
In the last legislative session Rep. Briscoe passed legislation so that 17 year-olds can vote in primary elections if they will be 18 before the November election. He also sponsored legislation that would have the state bond for $100 million for affordable housing in Utah.
KARINA ANDELIN BROWN
House District 5, Cache County
Family: My husband Karl and I enjoy spending time with our four children. It is important to be well balanced and music has been an activity that brings our family together. We all play the guitar, and I play the violin along with our daughter Elizabeth.
Community Involvement: FBI Citizens Academy - Begin September 6, 2018; Cache County Children’s Justice Center Friends Board Member; Healthcare Caucus Secretary; County and State Delegate, Cache County Democrats; Utah Decides Healthcare Ballot Initiative Sponsor, Proposition 3; Leader for Teen Girls - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Voterise 2020 Challenge Ambassador; Missionary, Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission, November 1993-May 1995
Education: Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Family Studies and Human Development, Arizona State University; Masters of Science, Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources, Eastern Michigan University
House District 30, West Valley City
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I studied Political Science and Business at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, one of the first historical colleges founded for the children of former slaves. While there I became a member of Omega Psi Phi, a worldwide fraternity primarily of African-American men dedicated to improving our communities through support of children.
After college I joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard ship in the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean. After serving and seeing the world, I continued my education at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island, and later, Utah Valley State College.
I am presently President of the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), a national organization of 33 chapters helping to preserve African American history. I serve on the board of the Utah Black Roundtable (UBR) whose vision is “To serve as a collective voice in support of a better Utah” and where I serve on the committee for Juvenile & Criminal Justice/Re-entry & Restoration. I serve on the board of Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage (SDUSMP), a lineage society dedicated to recording the descendants of enslaved people in the United States. I am also active in my church where I serve as a Sunday School Teacher and Family History Director.
Senate District 11, Draper/Riverton
Christian Burridge is a fifth generation Utahn who grew up in Riverton and attended Utah public schools where he learned the values of hard work, respect for others and teamwork. Although he was lucky enough to travel around our great country for school, Christian came back to Utah for his career and to raise a family. Christian is a graduate of BYU Law School and currently practices law in South Jordan where he is a partner in his firm. Christian and his wife, Marissa, live with their four daughters in Draper.
In 2006, Christian was the Democratic nominee for United States Congress for Utah’s 3rd District. After a great run for Congress, Christian turned to serve locally as Salt Lake County Democratic Party Chairman. Now he has been asked by the party to run for this open seat and serve District 11 in the State Senate.
Christian is running for State Senate because he wants to improve our public education system and make sure that residents have a say in what schools are being developed in their community. He also wants to protect the wonderful quality of life that we all enjoy. This means preserving our open spaces and improving our air quality. As a father of four daughters women’s equality is a deeply important issue to him. Christian is working hard to be able to represent progressives and women in Utah.
LEE CASTILLO, MSC, CSW
U.S. Congress District 1
Now I know that I don’t fit the traditional congressional stereotype of an old, rich, white lawyer / businessman, but that’s the point: Our district isn’t made up solely of old, rich white lawyers – So why should that be a requirement for all of our representatives when our government runs best when we have representatives of all races, gender, and economic levels that ensures all voices are heard?
Like many of you, I was born and raised here in Utah. I worked in the agricultural fields, I attended the public schools, and I have been serving professionally in our communities for over fifteen years. Since receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, I have served our Airmen at Hill Air Force Base’s Family Practice Clinic, helped keep families together through the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, and am currently working for the Utah State Hospital, helping with the people suffering from mental illness in our county jails. Through these experiences, I have seen first hand that hard times can fall on even the best of us and that Utahns truly are compassionate and believe in second chances.
Senate District 28, Springdale/Cedar City
I am a democrat because I believe in cultivating inclusion, promoting equality for all, respecting differing voices, and working together to find solutions.
I am a fifth generation Utahn, born and raised in Salt Lake City. Nine years ago I settled in Springdale. Since then, I have served on the Springdale Town Council, Secondary Water Advisory Board and the Southwest Mosquito Abatement Board.
As the Ticketing Director for the Sundance Film Festival, Utah Symphony and Opera, and ArtTix I gained a strong fiscal background, tracking more than $15 million in ticket sales annually, managing budgets over $800,000, and supervising workforces of more than 50 employees. I worked closely with the Salt Lake County auditor, attorney, treasurer and elected officials. I served on the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Visitor’s Bureau, the International Ticketing Association, and Z-Arts.
As a native of this beautiful state, I stand firmly on the principal that federal lands should remain federally, and not state, controlled.
I believe that the availability of affordable health care and a well-funded public education system are necessary to ensure our prosperous future; especially for those in rural communities.
In the interest of truly serving local constituents, I would work for legislative decisions about issues such as outdoor signage and VRBOs be at the municipal level not the state.
Senate District 12, Magna/Tooele
Clare is running for the State Senate because she is passionate about her community. Clare has lived in the district with her husband, Que Collard, for 27 years. She raised her two sons, Zach and Chaz, in Magna. She has seen her neighbors struggle to put food on the table; she has seen children drop out of school, and seen the lack of opportunities in the district.
Clare is committed to finding lasting solutions to these challenges. Clare is former Chair of the Magna Township Planning Commission, overseeing planning and zoning, and has served on the SLCo Planning Commission and also chaired Mayor Corroon’s Social Service Block Grant Allocation Fund, allocating funds for programs that make a difference in the lives of those that need it the most.
In her day job, Clare has worked in the Credit Union industry for more than 20 years in roles of leadership and management. Clare is currently employed by Cyprus Credit Union. Over the years Clare has worked in HR, Business Development, Community Development, Public Relations, Corporate Training as well as in Regional Branch Management. She has also worked in the Non-Profit sector and has been a small business owner.
House District 24, Salt Lake City
As a member of the WDC and former member of the executive committee, I am passionate about and dedicated to the mission of the organization. I am working hard to win a seat that his been filled, for the last ten years, by one of Utah’s strongest Democratic women, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck. Additionally, I have been volunteering by canvassing and phone banking as well as providing financial support to several other women candidates including Shireen Ghorbani, Jenny Wilson, Karen Kwan, Wendy Garvin, Suzanne Harrison, Angela Romero, Deana Froerer, Sherrie Swenson, and Rashelle Hobbs. I am committed to making sure that I can be as instrumental as possible in helping more women get elected in Utah.
As a life long Democrat, I am proud to prioritize progressive policy issues in my platform. Some examples include universal access to high quality healthcare, improving air quality and preserving our environment, supporting and protecting our friends and family members in the LGBTQIA+ community, encouraging development and proliferation of clean energy, establishing responsible gun control, addressing the opioid crisis and addiction, and finding solutions to assist those experiencing homelessness. Of course, the only way we can start to finally fix some of our state’s most pervasive problems is to engage all constituents in the discussion, encouraging robust, open-minded, and comprehensive problem solving efforts. As a democrat in the super minority in Utah, I have worked for years on building skills that have helped me work with legislators across the political spectrum in order to get good, meaningful work done on Utah’s capitol hill.
House District 9, Ogden/West Haven
Kathie grew up in Ogden and graduated Ben Lomond High School. She moved from inner city Ogden to Roy in 1972 and stayed for 20 years; in 1992 she moved back to Ogden for nine years. n 2001, she moved to West Haven and still resides there.
Kathie worked for the IRS from 1983 to 2014. She started her career as a GS2 Intermit Extractor and retired as a Senior Tax Analyst for Headquarters in Washington DC. She attended 28 weeks of Leadership Training.
Her career included positions as Operation Manager where she managed the daily operation of hundreds of people, she worked through all levels of leadership. She was a Recognized Employee Organization Mentor and she still mentors people with resumes and interviews.
She instructed classes in Performance Engagement/Personal Success, Diversity in the Workplace, and Generational Differences. She is a certified facilitator for Franklin Covey Speed of Trust.
She is recertifying as Utah State Bar Association Certified Mediator, specializing in dispute resolution and restorative dialogue. She provided mediation and workshop services to all of Ogden Campus and continues to volunteer in Weber County.
She has always been active in her community, starting in the late 70s. She was Room Mother Chairman at Valley View Elementary for many years. She also worked with March of Dimes Fundraising and was on Roy Days Committee for many years. She volunteers with Special Olympics for two decades. She was Chairwoman of Board of Directors at Enable Industries, employing People with Disabilities, for nine years. She is on the Board of Directors for Ogden’s Your Community Connection (YCC) Family Crisis Center where she is on all fundraising committees. She is on the Board of Directors at Roads To Independence, assisting people with disabilities in a myriad of ways. Since retirement, she added volunteering for the Utah State Judicial Process Evaluation Commission and is a Community Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross. She is member of the Ogden City Diversity Commission.
She has been married to her husband Joe for 17 years. She enjoys snow shoes, hiking, is an avid golfer, Harley Rider, street rod owner, and fly fishing enthusiast.
She and her husband have five grown children with spouses, and 12 adorable grandchildren in Utah and around the country.
DANIEL CRAIG FRIEND
House District 64, Provo
I came to Provo to study editing and the linguistics of English at BYU. Like many students, including my own grandparents, I met my wife there and got married. I’ve now lived in Provo for more than eight years, the last five of which have been in House District 64. We recently purchased a home here, where we will be starting our family when our first baby is born next year.
And that’s why I’m running for the Utah House of Representatives—because I want to make this state, and our community, the best possible place to raise a family. Provo, Springville, and Utah as a whole are already fantastic places, but I believe the legislature can make them even better. My goal is to take the principle that the family should be the central unit of society and put it into practice in state law. My website details how we can clean our air, improve our schools, and invigorate our economy.
EILEEN GALLAGHER, M.D.
Senate District 26, Uintah Basin/Wasatch Back
Dr. Eileen Gallagher is a pediatrician running for Senate District 26. She has spent her career listening to and caring for children and families and she is committed to ensuring a healthier Utah. Eileen has special training in rural health, health care delivery and clinic management. She plans to use her training to bring you better, more affordable health care in District 26. She and her husband Tim are raising five children and also own their own small business. Eileen is a firm believer in community service and she currently works as volunteer doctor at People's Health Clinic in Summit County. Dr. Gallagher hopes to work in District 26 to promote children health, responsible land use, economic opportunity and environmental stewardship.
House District 8, Murray/Midvale/Cottonwood Heights
I've been blessed with many opportunities in life and now I want to put my experience and energy into serving the people of Utah House District 8.
I stand ready to offer my time, energy and leadership. If you care about something, you must elect someone who can make decisions and care about what you care about. I intend to use this opportunity to bring people together who share common goals. What I ask is that you support me with your resources: your time, talent, and treasure.
Salt Lake County District Attorney
Sim Gill was elected as Salt Lake County District Attorney in November 2010. As a veteran prosecutor, Sim has been a champion on issues of therapeutic justice, criminal prosecution and alternatives to prosecution. He has long been an advocate of taking a systems approach to the issues of criminal and social justice, focusing on collaborative and community-oriented approaches to problem solving.
Sim has collaborated on the creation and implementation of various therapeutic justice programs including Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Salt Lake City Domestic Violence Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center. These alternatives seek to transition those offenders out of the criminal justice system who can most benefit from other programs—giving them a much greater chance to not re-offend.
Most recently Sim has been part of a collaborative effort to address the homeless population and drug trafficking in the Rio Grande area. This has been done by holding the criminals accountable and seeking treatment before jail for those who need it.
Sim graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy. He received his J. D. degree and certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Salt Lake County Council District 3
Lisa Gehrke is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County. She grew up in South Salt Lake, attended Granite High, and graduated from Westminster college with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a product of our public schools, as is her son, who graduated from Taylorsville high school. Lisa has worked as a nurse at Huntsman Cancer Hospital since 2010, specializing in hematological cancers. She has served as the chair of her unit's clinical practice council for two years, coordinating nurse lead initiatives to improve patient outcomes as well as staff and patient satisfaction. Lisa is passionate about Utah's mountains, lakes and deserts and is dedicated to their protection, especially our watersheds. Salt Lake county is on the precipice of tremendous growth. With that growth lies the opportunity for progress, to ensure that we create a framework for communities that will be sustainable for generations. If residents work together and demand more from our elected officials we can develop real solutions to the challenges we face. It is imperative that we develop noncarceral solutions to homelessness and recognize that every person has the right to shelter, health care, and the means to earn a living wage.
House District 69, GreenRiver/Duchesne/Price
Originally from West Jordan, Utah, Tim lives in Green River with his wife and two kids. He is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 69.
As someone who has committed his career to preserving the historic and cultural resources of Utah, Tim believes we can honor our past while creating a strong vision for our future. In rural Utah, we don't have to be limited by what we've been. We can celebrate our heritage, while we chase after the economic future we want for ourselves. Tim is running because he wants to serve our community, and he believes we're in a critical time for economic and community development.
Before moving to Green River, Tim earned his Bachelor and Master's of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Utah. He worked for the American West Center, writing a history of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and a document that outlines historic resource use for the Shoshone-Bannock tribes.
Tim sits on the Green River trails committee, serves on the board of directors for a local youth education non-profit organization, and has raised thousands of dollars for improvements to some of Green River's public spaces. On a state level, Tim sits on the Office of Museum Services advisory board with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and recently cycled off the Utah Museum Association board of trustees. He is also the chair of the Emery County Democratic Party.
U.S. House of Representatives District 2
Shireen Ghorbani is the Democrat running for the United States House of Representatives in Utah’s 2nd District, stretching from Salt Lake to St. George, from Bountiful to Big Water. Shireen is a full-time communications professional, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, the Board Chair for the Rape Recovery Center, a wife and mother to a three-year-old, and she knows we need new voices and creative minds in Congress, working together, to meet today’s challenges on healthcare, education, and fiscal fairness and responsibility.
Salt Lake County Council District 4
Ann Granato was elected as the Salt Lake County Council’s District 4 representative in June 2018, just weeks after her husband—two-time Councilman Sam Granato—died from cancer. Sam asked Ann to pick up the torch to ensure that the people of District 4 would continue to have strong representation on the Council.
Ann has been a resident of District 4 for 60 years. She is a mother of four, grandmother of nine and small business owner. A graduate of the University of Utah’s College of Pharmacy, Ann also works as a Medicaid specialist for the state health department where she helps individuals and families maximize their health care benefits, while managing costs.
As the District 4 councilwoman, Ann is focused on preserving the quality of life in Salt Lake County even as rapid growth and change increase the demands on public services and resources.
Ann is committed to balancing the county’s $1.3 billion budget, while also providing adequate funding for public safety and other critical services, including programs that support local business owners, help individuals families thrive. In addition, she’s focused on finding common-sense plans for growth that include efforts to improve air and water quality and preserve the county’s unique natural resources.
House District 1, Brigham City-Corinne
I am running for office this year because I feel that we, in District 1, are not being represented and our voices are not being heard. We need change and we need it now! I am willing to fight for your vote. I will represent the people of District 1 and I will be “A Voice For The People!”
I was born in Brigham City in 1980 and raised in Corinne. I graduated with honors from Box Elder High School in 1999. I am an Army Veteran. I married my wife Amber in November 2003. I attended Utah State University and finished my Associate’s Degree in Global Travel and Hospitality Management online at Kaplan University in 2010. I have traveled the United States, throughout Canada, and Europe. I have volunteered for numerous political events, candidates, and also campaigned for National Delegate Congressional District 1 in 2016 for Bernie Sanders.
Salt Lake County Recorder
I have 15 years of experience working for the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office: starting as a temporary employee and working my way up through numerous positions in the Clerk’s Office three divisions. For the past two years, I have served as the Chief Deputy in the Clerk’s Office, managing a staff of over 35 employees. During my time at the County I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree (in Communications and Public Relations) from Westminster College.
I know how the County works. I know the system and I know how to get things done.
I believe it is time for honest, open communication between the County Recorder’s Office and the citizens of Salt Lake County. I will bring integrity to the position of the County Recorder’s Office. My two guiding principles will be transparency and accountability.
House District 23, Northwest Salt Lake City
Sandra Hollins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she has been a resident of Salt Lake City for the past 30 years. Sandra and her husband David currently reside in Fair Park and have two daughters, Jaynell and Canice.
Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker, and the primary focus of her career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for SLC’s homeless population. She received her BA in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s in social work from the UofU. She is currently the homeless strategist and outreach coordinator for SLC.
Sandra is a member of the SL Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute, and has served on numerous boards and councils (past western director of Black Elected Legislative Women Organization, co-chair of Women and Children committee for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and is a member of Women in Government).
In the House of Representatives (since 2015), is a member of the Social Services Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Fairgrounds oversight, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice, Executive Appropriation and Child Welfare oversight panel. She is also the minority caucus manager.
GARRY HRECHKOSY, CPA
Salt Lake County Auditor
Garry Hrechkosy (Her-wreck-uh-see) is running to serve the citizens of Salt Lake County as the County Auditor. He believes that it is time for a CPA in the auditor’s office. Garry is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Utah. He has spent the last seven years working as an auditor with a “Big Four” public accounting firm. During his time in public accounting, he has seen the inner workings of numerous businesses, and has managed the audits for more than 15 companies. Throughout his career, Garry has maintained the highest levels of integrity, quality, and independence.
Garry graduated from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business with an honors bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in auditing. While at the University, Garry was elected as the Senator for the College of Business. Garry and his wife Jill reside in Murray with their three dogs, and just welcomed their first child Grace on August 20, 2018.
If elected, Garry's mission for the Salt Lake County Auditor’s office will be ensuring the office is efficient, effective, independent, transparent, and fully accountable to its residents. To achieve this mission the county’s residents deserve the most qualified, best educated candidate that has diverse accounting, auditing, and business experience. These qualities and expertise insure your tax dollars are being spent wisely, programs are functioning as intended, and county government is operating in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Garry asks for your vote this November.
Senate District 4, Millcreek, Holladay, Salt Lake City
Jani Iwamoto was elected to the Utah State Senate in 2014. She was elected by her colleagues to serve in Senate leadership. As a state senator, Jani serves on over 20 committees, including Executive Appropriations, the committee that finalizes the entire budget. She previously served on the Salt Lake County Council. Jani graduated Magna Cum Laude in Mass Communications from the University of Utah, and thereafter received a JD from the UC Davis School of Law. She practiced law as a partner in a prominent California law firm. Except for the time she studied and practiced law in California, her life, and that of her family, has had its roots and future in this district. Jani and her husband Steve reside in Holladay with their three children – Nathan, Katie and Yuki (four-legged).
House District 28, East Salt Lake City/Pinebrook
In 2008, Brian was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives as the Democratic representative for District 28 in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the House Judiciary and Revenue & Taxation Standing committees. He also serves on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, the Executive Appropriations Committee, the Constitutional Defense Council and the Commission on Federalism. Following the 2014 and 2016 elections he was elected by his Democratic House colleagues to be the Leader of the House Democratic caucus. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1985 and has practiced law in Salt Lake City for over 30 years. Most of that time he has represented individuals suing health, life, and disability insurers and self funded employee benefit plans.
Senate District 2, Salt Lake City
I am running to be state senator for District 2. As a Salt Lake City Councilmember, I have advocated for progressive causes in the community. Salt Lake City needs a hardworking and collaborative partner in the State Legislature to continue the focus on issues that impact our community both locally and statewide.
Salt Lake is my home. I grew up here, attended the University of Utah, and have been a champion for progressive causes in our state. In 2014, my partner and I sued the State of Utah for marriage equality. Kitchen v. Herbert is the case which legalized marriage in Utah and 5 other states. I am also a small business owner, operating two businesses in Salt Lake. I have a food production company and a restaurant downtown where we hire refugees and new Americans.
As a Councilmember, I have learned firsthand the important role the State Legislature has in the big decisions that face Salt Lake City. Issues such as addressing homelessness & crime in our downtown, to the long-range economic development effort in the Northwest Quadrant, it’s clear that Salt Lake City needs to have strong champion in the legislature. I’m running to be that champion.
KAREN KWAN, PhD
House District 34, Taylorsville
Dr. Kwan and her family are long-time residents of the Taylorsville-West Valley City areas. Her family was involved in a local small business here for many years, and have been community advocates for even longer. Karen is a graduate of Pepperdine University with both a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Community Psychology. She also holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.
Karen is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Salt Lake Community College, where she was named the SLCC 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. She began her career working for a sheltered workshop for adults with Autism in Granada Hills, CA, then as a group home manager for abused and neglected children at Northridge, CA. She has also worked as program assistant at the Asian Association of Utah and Adviser at the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Utah.
House District 43, West Jordan
I decided to run for office because we need strong voices that will advocate for working families. I have worked for Laborers Local 295 for 20 years ensuring that hard-working families get the pay and benefits that all Americans deserve. I am running because we need better jobs and fair wages to keep our families strong. Honest representation does affect our day-to-day lives and we need to make strong commitments to our future by making our state a better, safer, and more equitable place that we can all call home. My platform focuses on: Employment: Better jobs with fair wages. Accountability: Honest representation and accountability of from our elected officials. Clean Air: Lasting solutions to our polluted air that won't hurt economic growth. Healthcare: Consistent access to quality healthcare for ALL Utahns and their families
Senate District 5, West Valley City
Serving as your Senator has been an honor. Living in the Senate District my entire life, raising my family, in West Valley City, has given me long loyal roots. As PTA President of West Kearns Elementary School or using my skills as a Para-Educator at South Kearns Elementary School, I have spent my life in service to our west side neighborhoods. Being in Senate Leadership has given me a voice to all legislation and appropriations for the state. Giving Taylorsville, Kearns, and West Valley a seat at the table on all legislative decisions. My committee duties outside of the legislature are numerous. From sitting on the Airport Authority Advisory Board, Executive Board of Odyssey, Workers Compensation Advisory Group to the AFL-CIO. Input from all makes good policy. Being Co-Chair of the Sentencing EvaluationTask Force and member of the Transportation and Tax Review Task Force gives the opportunity to share our communities input and concerns. I am experienced, noted as passing effective and numerous pieces of legislation. I am proud to be a strong voice for the west side.
When I met Alice, my wife, I moved to Utah to be with her. Alice and I are very proud of my three sons. I work in corporate compliance and food safety at Park City Group, headquartered in Salt Lake City.
House District 52
Dan McClellan is a husband to Aleen and a father to Aryn, Vivian, and Neke. He is a scripture translation supervisor for the LDS Church and an adjunct instructor of ancient scripture for BYU. He is a doctoral candidate in theology and religion at the University of Exeter where he is completing a dissertation on the cognitive science of religion.
House District 3
I am Marilyn Mecham, running for Utah House District 3. I have lived in Utah for 49 years raising my family and serving in the background. I am running to rearrange the priorities in Utah government. I want to make education funding our number one priority with affordable healthcare a close number two. I want to examine our funding sources and stop leaving money on the table when it is not necessary. I want to support women in the workforce making equality the norm.
House District 54, Wasatch Back
Meaghan has always been an advocate for social justice, so instead of getting mad she's getting elected. Meaghan is the development manager for People's Health Clinic, a 501.c.3 nonprofit serving the uninsured in Summit and Wastach Counties. She has over a decade of experience with healthcare policy, a diverse healthcare background and holds a Master's degree from University of Denver.
Meaghan currently lives in Park City with her husband and two sons and the family dog Fiona.
CAROL SPACKMAN MOSS
House District 37, Holladay/Murray
Carol Spackman Moss has served in the Utah House of Representatives since 2001, representing Holladay and Murray. Before serving in the legislature, she taught English and student government at Olympus High School for 30 years. She has a BA and MA in English, and an Educational Administration Certification from the University of Utah.
Rep. Moss serves on Public Education, Rules, Economic Development and Workforce Services, Administrative Rules, Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Committees, the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, the State Opioid Task Force, and the Utah Marriage Commission. Her charitable work includes having served on the boards of YouthLinc, the Inclusion Center, SpyHop, Prevent Child Abuse Utah, Salt Lake County Commission on Youth, and Children of Ethiopia Education Fund. She also served for six years as Assistant Democratic Whip.
Much of Carol’s legislative work has focused on improving public education, passing bills on bullying and hazing, securing ongoing funding for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and funding a teacher mentoring program, Peer Assistance Review, which Salt Lake City School District has implemented to train and retain quality teachers.
The past two years, Rep. Moss has worked extensively on Utah’s opioid overdose epidemic. In 2014 she passed the “Good Samaritan Law” (HB 11) to encourage people to call for help, and the “Naloxone Rescue” bill (HB119) that gives friends and families access to Naloxone, the lifesaving drug that can reverse an overdose to prescription painkillers and heroin. Additionally, she passed HB 238, expanding Naloxone access to police, EMT’s and addiction recovery centers. These laws have saved hundreds of lives and helped people get treatment.
This year she passed legislation to help our refugee community to achieve economic independence by assisting them with English language challenges in passing written driver’s license tests.
Carol takes pride in mentoring legislative candidates, training legislative and campaign interns, and preparing young people to be leaders. “We need to pass on whatever knowledge we have gained to encourage and teach others to be participants, not just spectators in the political process. “
Carol and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren. They also love traveling, reading, cycling, and politics.
House District 16, Layton/South Weber
Cheryl Nunn has used her skills in corporate & financial analysis to start up, run and advise companies and non-profit organizations as well as advise individuals. She has a business degree in finance from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University and has completed CFP (Certified Financial Planner) education and exams to earn that professional designation. She also has been licensed as a Registered Investment Adviser, in real estate, insurance, and securities with series 7 & 24 as a principal stockbroker with the NASD to manage major brokerage company offices. She is an active member of FPA The Financial Planning Association and currently the Democratic candidate for Utah State Legislature House District 16 (Layton, Utah). Cheryl is a grandmother of one boy and four "Little Women". She adopted two of her granddaughters in 2016 and is a newly single mom at age 63. Besides being a candidate in these mid-term elections, she is also the mother of one of our candidates, Dawn Nunn the Democratic candidate for Utah State Legislature House District 17 (Fruit Heights, Kaysville).
House District 17, Kaysville
As a stay at home mother of 3, I never imagined I would be running for office so soon. With our current political climate, I know I needed to find a way to help. I have been a citizen lobbyist for years. I spend most of my time at the Capitol most of the legislative session. I follow many bills and testify before committees. I am a political organizer, activist, held several positions at non-profits and women's organizations. I feel women are not being represented well on the hill and that children are often overlooked. I know I can make a real difference for the residents of Fruit Heights, Kaysville, and Layton as a representative.
House District 40, Millcreek/Holladay/Sugar House
Stephanie is a Utah native, a mother, and a longtime resident of HD40. She works as a Deputy District Attorney and prosecutes a variety of criminal offenses, including financial crimes, drug distribution, theft, domestic violence, and child abuse. Stephanie also works to advance legislation that supports women and working families. In 2015 she founded the Utah Women’s Coalition – a statewide, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women through thoughtful, research-driven public policy. In just three years, and under Stephanie's leadership, UWC has drafted, lobbied, and passed several bills that have made a measurable difference for Utah women and families.
MARIE H. POULSON
House District 46 , Cottonwood Heights
For the past 38 years, my husband Dan, a Holladay-based dentist, and I have lived in the Cottonwood Heights area where we have raised our five children and participated in community, school and church activities. A BYU cum laude graduate and an educator since 1971, I have taught English and U.S. History at Mount Jordan Middle School, Bingham High School and Riverton High School and have since retired. I was elected to the Utah State Legislature in 2008 serving on Public Education, Higher Education and Retirement Appropriations and standing committees/task forces for Public Education, Political Subdivisions, Economic Development, Natural Resources, Transportation, Retirement, Tax and Revenue, Healthcare, Veterans, Native Americans and Air Quality. As a legislator, I have worked to encourage high quality education; increased economic development; ethical, responsive government and a healthy, safe environment for our children and grandchildren.
Senate District 8, Cottonwood Heights
My family and I have lived in Cottonwood Heights for 13 years. My son and daughter attend schools in Canyons School district. We enjoying going on road trips and visiting National Parks and historic sites across the country.
I have been employed by Granite School District for 15 years. My career began at Pleasant Green in Magna. I have taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade in a looping setting and multi-level classrooms. Currently I am an Educational Technology specialist at Robert Frost and Fox Hills elementary.
In 5th grade I was inspired by my teacher Mrs. Hahn. Her class was a place where struggling students like me felt like they could succeed. She helped me gain the academic confidence I needed. I aspire constantly to be an educator that empowers students to succeed.
I not only bring my experience as a teacher, but the memory of my struggles as a student. These experiences guide my decisions while working on the State School Board. As a teacher I have experienced the needs of families in our communities. Our families need a healthy environment and reasonable development.
House District 26, West Salt Lake
Angela Romero has always had a passion to serve. Growing up in Tooele, Utah, Angela was raised by her grandparents. Their dedication to raising a hard-working, well-educated woman inspired her to pursue college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. In 2012, she won election to represent House District 26 at the Utah State Legislature. In 2016, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the House Democratic Assistant Whip. Her upbringing, paired with her education, gives Angela a unique perspective into the needs of Utah’s changing demographics.
Now just shy of two decades of public service, Angela spends her time between her work of supporting communities throughout Salt Lake City and her legislative duties that impact the entire state of Utah. Working with local government, Angela oversees community programs and initiatives in the Division of Youth and Family Programs, including supervising the YouthCity Government Program. At the state legislature, she champions issues that include victim’s rights, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and clean energy initiatives that will provide Utah with a sustainable and stable future.
In addition to her professional career and legislative duties, Angela currently serves as the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislator’s 1st Vice Chair. She also serves on the Prevent Child Abuse Utah Board of Directors, Utah’s Rape Kit Processing Work Group, Friends for Sight Board of Directors, Salt Lake Acting Company Board of Directors, and is the National Foundation for Women Legislator’s Utah State Director. Angela received the 2017 Senator Arthur Watkins Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Utah Chapter and the 2017 Pete Suazo Political Action Award from the Utah Pride Center for her work on sexual violence, immigration, economic, and environmental justice issues.
JAMES COURAGE SINGER
U. S. Congress District 3
James grew up in Kearns, Utah. He attended Kearns High School and then was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina. After returning to Utah, he attended Salt Lake Community College and then Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where he graduated both institutions with honors.
In college, he began working for the Diné Policy Institute, a public policy institution based in the Navajo Nation. After graduating from Westminster College, he moved to Arizona so he could work there full-time.
James returned to Utah to attend the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program at Westminster College. His research focused on poverty and living wage policies. Immediately after, he started a doctorate program in the Sociology of Labor Markets and Social Policy at Utah State University where he is working on his dissertation research.
Tooele County Commission Seat B
Brenda Spearman is running for Tooele County Commission Seat B. Brenda has lived in Tooele County for the last 16 years. She has been married to her husband Mike for 22 years and they have five daughters. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from the University of Utah and a Master’s of Business Administration from Western Governor’s University. She is currently the Executive Director of the Utah Infertility Resource Center. Brenda is also the founder and board chair of Bonneville Academy a public charter school located in Stansbury Park. Last fall Brenda was elected to be on the Stansbury Service Agency board, a special service district. Brenda believes in transparency in government. She would like to see tax payer dollars spent more effectively and is committed to work to bring about better infrastructure and planning. She is running to give voters an opportunity to create change in their county and to have a partner in government.
House District 44, Midvale
As the current lead Murray City Prosecutor and Midvale Community Council Chair, with strong ties to schools and communities in Murray, Midvale, and Sandy, I am constantly seeking new opportunities to create bold, innovative change that will benefit all people in HD44. I've spent my life in Utah, and graduated first from Brighton High, then the University of Utah, and finally BYU’s Law School (although there is no doubt where my fan allegiance lies. Go Utes!). I met my wife, Rachel, at the U, where she studied psychology before receiving a Master's in School Counseling from Utah State University. We are raising our three boys Jackson, Logan, and Boston here in the same community where we both grew up and plan to stay.
My run for office is motivated by a desire to work proactively for the people of this district. I believe that economic expansion should not come at the expense of the middle class, and in a district growing and developing as quickly as HD44, we must be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to ensuring our communities are protected. As a young father, I see firsthand the struggles faced by a population that is getting younger and more diverse, but as a public servant, I also see the challenges experienced by Utahns of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed. We should build communities that work for all of us, through increased economic opportunity, expansion of access to resources like healthcare and education, and a strong commitment to making the American dream achievable for every Utahn. Nobody who works and contributes to our communities should have to worry about housing, childcare, medical expenses, or putting food on the table, and those who seek work and opportunity should be supported rather than cast aside. I am determined to combine my knowledge of the law and my experience as a community advocate in ways that will benefit my neighbors and fellow Utahns.
House District 49, Cottonwood Heights/Granite/Draper
Anthony is an elementary school teacher and principal who grew up in Sandy. He's spent his entire career fighting for Utah children. After working for years in the Salt Lake City School District, he founded a high performing, non-profit, charter school designed to prepare low-income kids for college (In its first year alone, they were one of the highest performing schools).
Utah faces many hurdles, including air pollution, affordable health care, stagnant wages, and an education system that is being starved of the basic funding our students need. As a pragmatic leader, Anthony will look for solutions and build partnerships to tackle these problems head-on. We are a state that was founded by people that faced many challenges, but they put their minds and energy together to find common ground and solve their issues. We need legislators that are ready to find solutions and not only in talk about them year after year. Anthony lives with his wife, Laura, and two-year-old daughter, Addie. They love to hike the Wasatch Mountains, and they love to travel.
Salt Lake County Sheriff
Sheriff Rivera started her career in 1993, she became the first person in her family to choose a career in law enforcement. She has always been very passionate about public safety and community interaction. She has worked in a variety of assignments to include patrol, investigations, gangs, narcotics, public information, and the Taylorsville Police Department during her career. During that time, she has worked assignments in media relations and watch command. In addition to serving as a public information officer and an Executive Lieutenant. She has been involved throughout the years in community policing and many leadership positions. Rivera has also worked for Weber State College, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. She was the first female Deputy Chief for the Unified Police Department and is the first female Sheriff in the state of Utah.
"I believe that police officers should have a passion about protecting the communities they serve. Public Safety has always been a priority for me."
Salt Lake County Clerk
I am honored to serve the citizens of Salt Lake County, where I oversee the Marriage, Passport, Council Clerk and Election Divisions. I have lead by example, with integrity and dedication.
I believe in the fundamental right of all citizens to vote and have vigorously pursued voter outreach at high schools, colleges, senior centers and countless community events. I chose to implement a Vote-by-Mail System, in conjunction with early voting and Election Day Vote Centers to provide voters with convenient options.
I spearhead legislation to protect voter information, provide for emergency absentee ballots, add urgent-situation vote centers, and update the antiquated marriage law for minor children. Senate Bill 74, sponsored by Senator Karen Mayne at my request, became law in 2018. It allows voters the option of making their voter information private and protects their day of birth from being disseminated on lists.
This past year, thousands of citizens signed petitions so they will have the opportunity to vote on the statewide initiatives. My office had the responsibility of verifying the petition signatures. I implemented a process to ensure that as many signatures as possible were counted. The feedback from petition sponsors was that the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office excelled in their acceptance rate. I am pleased that three of the initiatives will be on the ballot (Propositions #2, #3 & #4).
I will continue working hard to ensure that Salt Lake County residents are well-served and elections are conducted securely, accurately and fairly. My experience and knowledge are crucial to achieving this goal. I would appreciate your vote.
House District 31, West Valley City
It is an honor to represent the people of House District 31 in West Valley City. I have been in public service as a teacher for 32 years, and the perspective I’ve gained from working with youth, their families, and their neighborhoods is foundational to the work I do in the legislature. As a sixth-generation Utahn, I also carry a sense of duty to the quality and purpose of the people who built our state. My family roots are in rural Utah, where my parents worked to provide, but also to open opportunities for my three sisters and me. I earned a degree in education from Utah State University, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and a number of teaching endorsements. Music, teaching, and community service led me to meet my husband, Alan, in a band that performed at Liberty Park on Sunday evenings. He, a trumpet player, and I, on trombone, performed together in a number of ensembles, were active in union work, and owned a music teaching studio until his death in 1992. Our son is a business manager in Logan.
House District 35, South Salt Lake
Representative Wheatley believes strong families are the foundation for a strong community. He has a history of supporting women running for office and is married to Josie Valdez whom he has always supported in her efforts to seek public office. He has been in office 14 years and is seeking re-election.
He voted to keep our neighborhoods and families safe from criminal elements which harm our community. This session, he secured $100,000 for drug addiction/ mental health programs at the University of Utah. He supported legislation for smaller class sizes and funding for teachers. He supported tax reform benefitting Utah families and small businesses, not just large corporations. He voted to raise the minimum wage so working families can provide for their loved ones. He supported health care reform. He supported bills to protect older citizens and their homes. He voted in support of legislation for veterans. He promoted funding for Salt Lake County Aging Services. He supported bills promoting clean air, water and open space. He has fought for and will continue to fight for equal rights and protection for all.
He serves on many important legislative committees. He is an officer of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. He is a voice of balance and reason on Capitol Hill.
A fifth-generation Utahn, Jenny Wilson is serving her second six-year term on the Salt Lake County Council. In 2005, she became the first woman elected to the Council, where she has led numerous policy initiatives, including ethics reform, government efficiency, criminal justice reform and open space preservation. She was a co-founder of the Jordan River Commission.
Wilson has experience at all levels of government, having served as press secretary to U.S. Rep. Les AuCoin (D-OR) and as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton (D-UT), a Blue Dog Democrat. She also served as an aide to the Utah state legislature and was a candidate for Salt Lake City Mayor in 2007.
In addition to her service in government, Wilson has broad experience working in the private and nonprofit sectors, serving in key positions for the Sundance Institute and Film Festival, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Voices for Utah Children and the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center. She has served on numerous boards of trustees and community positions. Most recently, Wilson directed and produced a documentary film, THE GRAND RESCUE, which aired on PBS stations throughout the United States. It is the story of a 1967 rescue on the north face of the Grand Teton, in which her father, Ted Wilson, was one of the park service rescuers.
One of five children, Jenny is the daughter of former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson and Kathy Wilson, an artist and small business owner. She is a graduate of East High School in Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, and received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Wilson and her husband have two sons.
Write in! State Senate District 9, Sandy
Monica Z is a:
- Long-term Utah Resident (22 years, 15+ years in Sandy)
- Small Business Owner (Liberty Park Emporium Antique Shop)
- Community Organizer (Founder & President of Dimple Dell Preservation Community)
- Family Lawyer, Community Justice Advocate
- Member of a big family (#9 of 10 children!), raised in NW Ohio by Depression-era Parents
- Active member of St. Vincent’s Parish
- Sandy City Prosecutor, 2003–2005
- JD, University Toledo Law, Toledo, OH
- Member of the Utah State Bar since 1996
- Washington, DC Congressional Aide 1990–1993