ST. GEORGE – Democratic candidate Dorothy Engelman is running for Utah House District 74 and seeks to give voice to those in the district who feel disenfranchised and unrepresented. She also hopes to bring diversity of opinion and makeup to the Legislature.
House District 74 consists of Bloomington, Bloomington Hills, Dixie Downs, Entrada, Ivins, Santa Clara, the Shizwits Reservation, and SunRiver, and is presently represented by incumbent Republican Rep. V. Lowry Snow.
Representing the people
“More than 50 percent of the district is made up of people who have lived here less than 15 years,” Engelman said, adding that with those move-ins comes a different perspective that may not be adequately represented. “A representative represents those people in his or her district, and not necessarily what they perceive the thoughts of the people to be.”
If elected to office, Engelman said she hopes to help change the seemingly one-sided way the Legislature does things.
“Anyone who knows me knows I can be a squeaky wheel,” she said. “We need squeaky wheels and that’s what I want to be in the Legislature.”
Engelman moved to Southern Utah five years ago and has since made a name for herself in Southern Utah politics as the former chair of the Washington County Democratic Party. She has made her opinion known on a variety of subjects as well, not the least of which are the ever-present and often belabored issues of public lands and the Lake Powell Pipeline.
Public lands, public education funding, and the Lake Powell Pipeline
On the issue of public lands, Engelman said, she feels the state’s attempting to force the federal government to transfer management of lands to the state “shows a lack of judgment by the current Legislature.”
There likely are public lands that can be negotiated over, she said, but even if those are transferred over to state management through a compromise, how those lands would be used is still a concern.
On the related subject of using the state’s land assets to fund education, Engelman said, she has looked into ways to achieve better funding and she favors applying a severance tax on coal mined in the state.
A severance tax is a state tax applied to companies extracting nonrenewable resources from below the earth. Utah has a severance tax that currently applies to gas and oil only.
“Not that money is a panacea, but we need to provide adequate, sustainable funding for our schools,” she said.
Engelman is a former educator herself, and said she is proud to be endorsed by the Washington County Education Association.
As for Engelman’s stand on the Lake Powell Pipeline? “It’s still ‘no,’” she said.
Overall, she continues to support the need for an enforceable water conservation plan, as well as people paying the actual price of the water they use over the cost being subsidized by property taxes.
Will Engelman support a renewed effort by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, to pass a nondiscrimination bill related to housing and employment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community? “Definitely,” she said.
“I commend Sen. Urquhart for bringing that bill,” Engelman said, noting it’s likely been to the senator’s detriment in some ways.
“It’s a disservice to our citizens to not broaden our definition of discrimination,” she said, “and make it so all citizens in the state of Utah have the same rights.”
Voters who would like to meet Engelman in person can do so on Tuesday at Perks! Espresso & Smoothies at 1515 W. Sunset Blvd. at 6 p.m.
For more information on Engelman and where she stands on the issues, visit her website.
Ed. note: It was originally written that Engelman moved to the area 15 years ago. This was incorrect and has been corrected in the body of the text.
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