I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC last week. The state legislators and county commissioners were invited to the White House to visit with elected officials and staff. What an amazing chance to talk with our national leaders about the needs, issues, and concerns in our state.
We had the opportunity to hear from the Vice President Mike Pence; Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee; and Congressmen Rob Bishop and John Curtis. I was particularly impressed with our Vice President, and his humble plea that we pray for our great nation.
We met with the Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary. As a group, we discussed several key issues:
White House Deputy Directors of Senate Affairs talked with us about upcoming Senate bills:
The Department of Interior Deputy Director talked with us about a few issues as well:
Next up was the Department of Labor:
We also heard from the Trump Administration on the grants they are helping with in Utah. Throw in a personal tour of the US Capitol Building from Congressman John Curtis, and it was a very eventful two days in Washington. I am so impressed with our current administration for reaching out to our local and state government leaders to see what and where they can help us. I’m thankful that they are trying to listen to our voice, understand our needs, and help when and where possible.
This is just a quick summary, if you have questions, please reach out to me, I’m always happy to listen. Thanks again for your trust and support, my family and I so appreciate it.
Hey there! Now that girls camp, a tonsillectomy, and a quick trip to DC are done, I've got a minute to share my thoughts. I apologize, my plan was to write this up last week, but other stuff took precedence in the campaign manager's life. Now that life is back on schedule, and Charli is on the mend, we are back to work.
As most of you know, Utah's primary election is tomorrow, June 26. Though it is too late to put your ballot in the mail, it is not too late to let your voice be heard. I encourage you to drop your ballot in a designated ballot box, or swing by your local county office and hand deliver it to your clerk. If you want the experience of personally casting your ballot, that is available at your county office as well. However you choose to vote, make sure your voice has a chance to be heard.
Some of you may wonder if voting in a primary election really matters. Maybe you think that one big name, or that incumbent already has the election in the bag, so your vote isn't important, it won't change the outcome anyway. I'm here to tell you that just isn't true. A few years ago, I was up against that one big name, that incumbent who everyone knew. When all was said and done, nine votes made the difference. Believe me when I say your one vote matters.
Maybe the political dynamic in your area has left a bad taste in your mouth, making you think that perhaps, not one of those guys is worth voting into office. Though politics can get heated, and passion may cause a candidate to speak or act in ways that may reflect badly on them in the heat of the moment, I have learned that most of us running for office are good men and women, who care about our communities, and want to help make them a better place to live. I encourage you to learn about each candidate, about their positions on the issues, find out what they value, what matters most to them. Listen to their ideas, what they want to see happen in your community, and how they will help make that happen. Then go and vote for the ones that most align with your values and views.
No matter which party you identify with, or what values and issues matter most to you, I encourage you to vote, to share your voice, and let it be heard. I truly believe that voting is not just our privilege, but it is our duty and obligation. I echo the words of President Rutherford B. Hayes, "To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible."
May we each hold that right, that privilege, that duty sacred. May we use our heads, and listen to our hearts, then go to the ballot and let our voices be heard.
Hello All! Just a quick update on what’s been happening the last few weeks. In case you wondered, your representatives don’t just lounge around and play while the session is out. We have interim work days and committee assignments that we fulfill all year long.
I have been asked to serve on two committees this summer:
Along with that, I have assigned committee work for Political Subdivisions, Transportation, and Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations:
Currently, I am also working on four bills for constituents within our district:
And on the Homefront:
Hello All! It's been a busy few months, and the blog has been neglected. As soon the session ends, the farming begins. Factor in calving, planting, a quick family trip, five county conventions, the state convention, shearing, and a campaign manager that's been focused on our first graduating daughter, and the blog was bound to fall by the wayside for a bit. Without further delay, here's what I've been up to since March:
On the non-rep side of life, here's what been keeping my family and busy the last few months:
That's about it, folks. As always, I am grateful for your continued support and trust in me. If you have any questions, needs, or concerns that I can help with, please contact me.
Hello All! Representative Wilde here. It’s been a crazy forty-five days, and I want to share a few of the highlights with the voters of District 53. There was a little bit of drama, wheeling and dealing, and of course, some unexpected highs and lows thrown in just for fun. Without further ado, here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of this session:
There you have it folks, the ups and downs of the legislative session. Of course, this is just a tiny bit of what happened on the Hill. If you have questions on a bill I didn’t cover, or just want to know where I stand on any of the issues that face us every day, please contact me at email@example.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can. As always, my family and I are so very thankful for your continued support. Thank you for trusting me with your vote. I hope to see many of you at your upcoming county conventions.
We’ve had an exciting week on the Hill, with visits from both Mitt Romney and Mia Love. Mitt called for fair trade between the US and other countries. Congresswoman Love spoke to the House Majority Caucus, asking us to work on tax reform. There are several bills this session addressing this very issue.
As the session winds up, the bills are coming in fast and furious, and our Floor time has increased as we try to hear as many as possible before the closing bell rings on Thursday night. Here are just a few of interest this week:
It’s been a good week. The session is winding down, or gearing up for the last two weeks, depending on your point of view. Really quick, here are the highlights from week five:
I met with constituents from Summit County Tuesday evening for a quick legislative update. As always, it is so good to meet with you and hear your comments, questions, and concerns. I’m hoping to get out to Duchesne County this week. In the meantime, I thank you for your continued support, it means so much to my family. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns.
I can’t believe we’re past the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. It’s been a busy week on the Hill. Here’s a little of what went down the fourth week.
HB181-presented by Representative Marc Roberts, this bill allows for zero regulation on foods that are produced and sold from home-based businesses. Although I am in favor of less regulation on home-based businesses, I had to vote against this bill. I didn’t feel it accomplished what the sponsor intended, and it created gray areas. Without this bill, a person can already sell raw produce, baked goods and certain processed foods which are made at home or produced in a garden without any state regulation.
This week, I had the opportunity to meet with high schoolers from Manila, who made the long trek to the Capitol for a field trip. I was able to meet with a homeschool group from Morgan. We talked about constitutionality and the important role it plays in legislation. My daughter Madi and her friend Michael came to visit Thursday. On Friday, I had the opportunity to meet with teachers and school board members from District 53. All in all, it was a pretty great week.
As always, I am thankful for the opportunity to represent you on the Hill. Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting my family and I in this adventure.
A rancher, family man and Council Chair in Morgan County, I will fight for local control of education, land, and agriculture in the Utah State Legislature
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