November 8, Election Day: I spoke on the phone with my tenth-grade history teacher last night. I learned that he's been a community activist most of the time that I've been a teacher, myself. We talked about how this election has produced extraordinary images of our country and is definitely a time in which our votes will portray us in history.
My excitement today is for every individual voter who takes part in this election. The campaigns have urged us with messages about who we are and critical choices we face together, but we are the ones who create the direction. Our votes acknowledge what we value and what leadership we believe represents us, our lives, and our views.
Today we vote and watch the conclusion of the election and the beginning of the next versions of our local, state, and federal governing bodies. We choose those people. Electing them takes action as well as hope.
Friday, November 4: This is a great day to mail that ballot ... before the weekend. Then, it's done!
This is the year of movements and action. The election will be over in a few days, but afterward, we begin building on all we have accomplished - the connections, the awareness, definitely the active liaison with our elected officials. As a candidate, I have had the privilege to meet neighbors who live throughout District 31 and learn their views and concerns. These thoughts and ideas are the basis of true representation by whomever is elected to any office. Members of our State House of Representatives can easily lose themselves in the regimen at the Capitol, so the first order of business is to acknowledge constituents and, with them, develop realistic networks for sharing ideas. The more we work together, the more valid we make our government and the stronger our community grows.
Thursday, November 3: It helps people make their voting choices when they interact with and learn the background about the candidate, in addition to what they can learn from printed statements on issues. We candidates come to election contests with true stories about what motivated us to seek public office.
My background and motivation come from students, colleagues, and classrooms where I have taught. Even before I became a teacher, I began taking my ideas to people in policy-making positions to discuss different views and best options. This is how I became comfortable, not threatened, around various levels of administration. This is how I learned the value but also the common avoidance of our front-line views as teachers and citizens. This is how I grew bolder and exhilarated with the challenge of speaking up and supporting others to speak up together.
In this election cycle, we are seeing the power of moving together. We are seeing anger, fear, and distrust move people while most of us would rather move together in a more honorable, constructive way that integrates all of our good ideas and nurtures goodwill. Most of us recognize the value of building trust and a system in which we can expect our elected officials to listen and consider our views. There's definitely work to do.
I want to be a Representative because I believe in what that word means - leadership based on active outreach and interaction with my neighbors in West Valley. I understand the doubtful reactions to such a statement, but conversation after conversation with voters and their families have confirmed that a stronger, better representation is about all of us. It is truly a good year to vote.
Every day, I meet people who show me the strength, wisdom, and integrity behind the votes they will cast this year. I am honored to be a candidate to represent my neighbors in our state government.
History shows us that the united voices of workers create a balance of power for assuring fair contracts, safe working conditions, and benefits. I am joining these union members to grow and assure the voice of working families in our government.
We are the people who build the foundations of our communities, state, and country.
my union's endorsement
I am endorsed by a number of local labor unions. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the people and values upheld by them all. It is particularly meaningful to note, first, the endorsement from the union of which I am a member and former officer. The American Federation of Teachers, along with my students and education colleagues, turned me into the activist and now, a candidate. The endorsement from AFT Utah acknowledges me as a leader, ready to act on the same principles which unite and guide its members.
To be more specific, I can refer to the AFT mission statement: "The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do."
I belong to AFT for the same reasons I want to be a Utah State Representative. As a teacher, I have witnessed how economic opportunity, high-quality public education, and healthcare shape my students' lives. Standing for them, their families, and our communities is the job I look forward to. Thank you for your vote of support in this year's election.