Brian Kamerath for Govenor
I would say there are four key questions which our next governor should understand and safeguard: agency, responsibility, equality and empathy. Empathy is a hugely important social skill which is rarely mentioned in politics. It is important because it is the first thing you must employ any time you attempt to de-escalate a conflict. It’s how you identify with an adversary, calmly listen to them, then explain yourself in a way that both of you can leave with a better understanding of one another. I count myself lucky to have friends from many different backgrounds. Being able to empathize with them makes it easier to have a discerning view of how to see them and their needs with equality in mind.
Equality is often misunderstood. In government, it is vital we provide equality of opportunity for people regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other social qualifier used to describe people. This means we simplify the need and reason people have to involve government in their daily life, so that they cn feel the joy of accomplishment in how they responsibly seek to better themselves.
Responsibility or accountability are not Draconoian pejoratives – they are a recognition of individual motivation to learn, improve, and an avoidance of shifting blame for failures. As a Libertarian, the important note to make here is simply, “Where there is no victim, there is no crime.” There are too many ways in which our laws attempt to make government a victim of crimes which are only a problem of policy, not aggression against another. Responsibility then leads to agency.
W. Andrew McCullough for Attorney General
I have practiced law in Utah since 1973. I have also been a member of the New York State Bar since 1986. I do criminal defense and civil rights work and deal with the Attorney General’s office regularly, and I have developed a number of ideas about the need for changes in that office. I have argued cases in the Iowa Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and a number of Federal courts.
I am currently the chair of the Utah Libertarian Party. I am a graduate of both BYU (double major of Sociology and Political Science) and the University of Utah (law). I previously worked as an intern in the United States Senate. I spent several years on the Board of Trustees of the ACLU of Utah; and I am a former board member and Chair of the Utah County Council on Drug Abuse Rehabilitation.
Joe Buchman for Senate 14
Dr. Joe Buchman is a life-long libertarian. He has served as the Libertarian Party’s national platform committee chair, as the Utah state party secretary and is currently serving on the national party’s Audit Committee. Dr. Buchman holds a PhD in mass communications from Indiana University (1989), a Master’s of Science in finance from Purdue University (1983) and BS in marketing from Indiana University (1980). He and his wife Cindy have four children. Joe has taught in MBA programs in China and Mongolia. He was a key organizer of and moderator for the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure (Washington, DC 2013). Following his service as a tenured professor of marketing at Utah Valley State College (now UVU), he served as a lead course designer and subject matter expert for the University of Chicago’s online MBA programs. He is the author of several undergraduate and graduate-level college textbook chapters and has presented his research to meetings of the National Association of Broadcasters, American Psychological Association, Broadcast Education Association, TEDx, Popular Culture Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration. He retired from full-time teaching in 2014 and is active as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America (46 years), the Sundance Film Festival (12 years), an Introduction Leader for Landmark Worldwide (11 years), Burning Man Census Team (6 years), the Sonoma International Film Festival (3 years) and is currently serving as a volunteer in the Church Service Mission for the LDS Family History Library.
Craig Bowden for US Congress District 1
Barry Short for Lieutenant Governor
He believes firmly that the best solutions come from the bottom up, not from the top down. The people, and the marketplace, are agile; government is stodgy and slow to react.
Barry is a strong advocate for fundamental Libertarian principles – it is your right to live your life as you choose so long as your choices do not impair another person’s right to live as they choose. The only justifiable reason to even have a government is to facilitate the protection of your rights, and in any instance where government action infringes on individual rights, that action is improper and immoral. In areas where government actions do not directly affect rights, it is proper for the government to act in as fair and efficient a manner as possible.
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Brent Zimmerman for House District 16
I was born and raised in Utah. I’ve lived in Layton for the past 16 years with my wife and three children. I’m a software engineer at a home automation company. I’ve been active in the liberty movement for several years. I have held positions of leadership in the Libertarian Party of Utah at the county and state level. I want to shrink government to its proper size and limit it to its only legitimate purpose: protecting the rights of each individual.
Jim Dexter for Senate District 6
Chelsea Travis for Utah House District 35
Chelsea is a life long resident of South Salt Lake, and the mother of two children. She is employed as a legal secretary in the Law Office of W. Andrew McCullough; and she is the Utah State Libertarian Party Treasurer. Chelsea is a champion of personal freedom, and will work in the legislature to enable medical cannabis legislation, end civil forfeiture, and restrict crippling regulations of personal and business activities. Drug and alcohol abuse should be seen as a public health problem, and not as cause for jail or prison. The government should assist its citizens where possible, not put them in fear of retribution. Far too many people have had their lives ruined by the punitive actions of the State; and far too many are currently incarcerated for offenses which do not harm society.
Lee Anne Walker for Utah House District 46
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL – Lee Anne Walker, long-time Utah lawyer and activist, is running for Utah State House District 46 against an incumbent Democrat. That no Republican filed is a lucky break. Walker graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in history, political science, and genealogy; and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah. She practiced law in Utah from 1980 to 2015. She is disabled herself and founded the wheelchair van service Handi Van Inc. in 1984, which still serves Utahns today. “Several elections ago I became disillusioned with “the two partys.” They are hopelessly gridlocked, corrupt, greedy, and deaf to voters. Worst of all, they are resistant to change by honorable people within. We can no longer afford politicians using their power and big donors’ money to tax us to fund what they and big donors–not the people–want. ” Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially inclusive – the best of American politics,” says Walker.
Walker has worked for decades in support of Liberty and principled causes. She is currently running on a platform of electoral reform (see plan of Barry Short, Libertarian candidate for Lt Governor), ending “crony capitalism,” and ending government over-reach. She is for medical marijuana, education and for clean air, water, and land. “In my lifetime I have volunteered for many charitable and political causes. I run a business. I have been everything from boy scout merit badge counselor to a political organizer. I have followed my conscience and worked with all kinds of people, and I have long been unhappy with the Utah legislature. I know I can do a better job. I am regularly dismayed by the crony capitalism that bring big bucks short-term to the people in government, their relatives, and big donors but leave the rest of us paying for years…” I really want to stop the stupid spending and regulation where it creates monopolies.