Dividedness and rancor preside in anxious times when the center drifts. What to do? I am running for state government to reassert the center and to champion unity. I am a candidate for those disgusted and heartsick at the ruinous masquerade of corruption as leadership.
My values from a life given to family, profession, and community are to listen to others, to weigh options with them, and to stride together in an agreed-to direction.
If elected as a member of the Utah House of Representatives from District 64 (southeast Provo and northeast Springville), I will represent by:
- Maintaining an open ear and door
- Identifying issues and options for analysis
- Weighing options together with interested others
- Committing to a shared decision
Despite the existing supermajority in the Utah House and the newness of the United Utah Party, my candidacy is promising because I am not anchored to ideology (Republican, Democrat, or otherwise). I do not reflexively turn to a party line or parrot its stock phrases. I am nonpartisan and without hardened political identity. I will be in the enviable position of moving between and among existing coalitions, listening broadly to issues, examining a wider range of options, and proposing action that is free of party stamp.
Whatever the issue—education funding, clean air and water, public lands, income equality, affordable housing, economic prosperity, improved infrastructure, LGBTQ rights, population influx, gerrymandering, inland port—I will approach it with an ear to those I represent and enthused by the prospect of taking a wider, longer view undictated by party powerful. Given time and interchange, I will shape a fresh presence that shines the way to unity and away from corrosive difference.
JeNeal and I moved to Provo with three young children in 1975 and raised them and their five siblings in the home that remains our residence. I continue to profess psychology at BYU—teaching students, doing scholarly research and writing. My elected experience was a four-year term on the Provo City Council (2012-2016) during which the city government’s major achievements included:
- Sale of iProvo fiber-optic network to Google Fiber
- Creation of transportation utility fee for city-road maintenance and replacement
- Launch of online Provo Clear Air Toolkit for long-range strategic planning
- Construction of connector between I-15 and the Provo City Airport
- Redesign of the LDS Missionary Training Center campus
- Approval of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System
I urge your support of my campaign as you wish—canvassing, social media, financial contribution, house parties, public endorsement, word of mouth. I trust you to vote on or before Tuesday, 6 November. If you will vote in District 64, vote Hal for House!