OPINION – Are you tired of the same old rhetoric coming out of Salt Lake City every time the Legislature is in session?
If you answered yes, please keep reading!
Are your concerns being addressed by our current representatives who refer to themselves as the “Sunshine Delegation”?
Did I hear a resounding “No”?
I’m Dorothy Engelman and I want to be the new voice from Southern Utah in the 2015 Legislature by representing the citizens of western Washington County living in House District 74.
My husband, Gary, and I chose to live in this beautiful part of the world and like many of you have lived here less than 15 years. We attend City Council meetings, cultural events, and enjoy being part of this vibrant community. I quickly became active in local organizations such as the Downtown Farmers Market, the Volunteer Center, American Association of University Women, Utah Business Women, Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation, Dixie Tubthumpers Toastmasters Club, the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle, and Rocky Mountain Hospice. I wrote the “Looking Forward” column in the Spectrum for three years while chair of the Washington County Democratic Party.
It’s important to give back to the community and that’s why I want to represent you in our state Legislature. As a former teacher, I’m proud to be endorsed by the Washington County Education Association.
Soon after deciding to run, I met with mayors, school officials, small business owners, and people just like you to listen to their concerns about the direction southern Utah is going. I asked three questions:
- What are the three best things about living here?
- What three challenges or opportunities do we face?
- What is your reaction to how our current legislature is doing?
As you might imagine, our beautiful scenery, the weather, and friendly people topped the first set of responses. Growth, the Lake Powell pipeline and education were among the next replies. The last question, in regards to our current legislators, rendered these reactions: they don’t listen, they represent special interest groups, and they fail to respond to citizens.
Local elections are about local issues and it’s important for voters to know each candidate’s position on topics of interest. I believe that mine will resonate with many of you.
- The Lake Powell pipeline is too expensive and not needed. It will benefit the people who own the land and contractors while costing the citizens of Washington County billions of dollars! The State of Utah has already said it won’t pay for it.
- All citzens of Utah deserve health care; I urge the Legislature to expand Medicaid coverage. You and I have already paid for it through our federal income taxes, why should the money go to other states when we have great need here? Utahns are compassionate and want to help those less fortunate until they’re able to care for themselves.
- Pay inequity for women is a concern as 61 percent of Utah’s women work outside the home but, on average, earn 70 cents for every $1 a man earns. We are the fourth worst state for pay equity. Women provide for families and all families are important to us.
- Public schools are the foundation of a community and I support the hard-working people who are educating our children. The Legislature needs to let the professionals do what they do best, without burdening them with more directives and restrictions.
- Educational funding has suffered in the past 20 years as a result of the Legislature diverting money from education by offering tax loopholes to businesses and limiting revenue through amendments to the state constitution.
- Additional educational revenue can come from increasing the severance tax on nonrenewable resources such as oil, gas, and coal. A severance tax is paid by companies who profit from these nonrenewables; surrounding states are already using this revenue to fund education. Why aren’t we?
I look forward to listening to your concerns and suggestions for making this special place even better. Call me at 435-879-1558 or email at [email protected]. I will listen.
As veterans, my father and husband, fought to preserve our right to vote; yet too many of us do not take advantage of this privilege.
In Utah, many believe their vote just doesn’t matter. This year, there is a choice and your voice and your vote do matter!
Vote for a new voice from Southern Utah.
Vote for Dorothy Engelman!
A D V E R T O R I A L
This letter is produced and paid for by the Dorothy Engelman Election Campaign
- Contact Dorothy Engelman – Telephone 435-879-1558 | Email [email protected]
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