I pledge to:
(1) Listen well, to value your concerns and interests above my own. For “representative” democracy to mean anything, your interests must come first.
(2) Insist that all legislation meets two standards: it must be (a) constitutional AND (b) make sense for the citizens of this district. Otherwise, I won’t vote for it.
(3) Make education a priority: promoting local control, greater transparency, and ensuring that the money we spend makes it into the classroom.
(4) To defend Utah’s caucus system, and to encourage greater public participation in that system. While it’s not perfect, the caucus system helps keep campaign costs low and encourages a face-to-face, thorough vetting of candidates.
(5) To represent your interests and no other. I want you to believe in me not because I have money or influence (which I don’t), but on the strength of my character and ideas.
(6) To be honest, transparent, and accountable. I promise to be open and inclusive in the way I evaluate legislation—seeking voter input at each and every opportunity, and looking to you, the citizens of House District 18, first and foremost. Please hold me accountable for the decisions I make, understanding that I will make mistakes and that we may have honest and principled differences of opinion. Having said that, I believe that people of good will and integrity can always find common ground.
(7) To sponsor “clean up, repeal, or simplify” bills frequently. Legislators too often see legislation as a first resort rather than a last resort. We need to work hard to reduce unnecessary, obsolete, or counter-productive legislation and simplify our code and regulations. Sometimes “getting stuff done” means getting the government to do less.
(8) To not take myself too seriously. I have a Dutch nose, a receding hair line, and a weakness for chocolate … and I’m okay with that.