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In addition to choosing a
president, Utahns have a choice to make very soon regarding who they will elect
for U.S. Senator. As in any other state, the person they pick will be a clear
reflection of their moral values and the example they would like to set for the
This is the first of several short articles discussing this choice. There are five candidates running for Senator Orrin Hatch's position. Hatch is again running and has occupied this office since 1976.
My hope is to present a sprinkling of what I see as significant issues that I believe Utahns should ponder before entering the voting booth. I believe it is fair to say that these issues go to the heart of the candidates' values. All candidates have their own website and can be studied individually in more depth.
Republican, Senator Hatch, loudly beat the drums for entering the
Howell spends most of his campaign time attacking the alleged short-comings of
Hatch, while offering vague and fuzzy notions of what he would actually do if
elected to the Senate. He makes much noise of not sending
Constitution Party is represented by Shaun McClausland. In his own words,
Shaun: "simply loves our country and the
Bill Barron, running as an independent, "believes that there needs to be a political revolution that is not driven by partisanship but rather our morality and humanity." And that "[t]here is an opportunity to unite as citizens and address the urgency to which we must change course as a country to protect our natural world and defend the air we breathe and the water that sustains us."
Daniel Geery, of the Justice Party and writer of this article, argues that we should seriously put children first and hold that concept as our major guiding light; that we should have single payer healthcare for all; that we should get money out of politics--starting with himself, who if elected, has pledged one third of his salary back to Utah for programs that help people get on their feet; and he advocates ending our numerous wars and bringing our military home (while simultaneously developing a lean effective military, as opposed to the bloated pork barrel that does little or nothing to protect us now).
More information on these candidates can be found at this link and by Googling their names for official websites: http://www.voteutah.org/candidates/us-senate
It should be noted that Mitt Romney, formerly a Utahn, has thrown his support behind Senator Hatch (and to my knowledge has not communicated with any other candidates).