As a family doctor, I have spent my 30 year professional career caring for my patients and 27 years in a nurturing relationship with my husband, 3 step-children and 2 grandkids. Now it is time to care for Utah. I believe that the democratic freedoms we have taken for granted are in trouble. The very nature of honesty and integrity has been under assault. My patients tell me that they want the truth, even when it is hard to hear. I will tell people the truth. A great doctor-patient relationship has the same elements as a great relationship between a State Senator and her constituents: listening, trust, clear communication, and partnership.

More medically trained people are needed in government. We can critically examine symptoms and produce an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Our democracy is ailing and we have a prescription. 

My Background:

I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Redlands, CA in 1975. Immediately after college, my first employment was as a Congressional Aide to Honorable Shirley N. Pettis, of the 37th Congressional District of California, my native state. I worked in this capacity for about 3 years, and learned a great deal about how the federal government functions and fails to function. I then worked in a County Housing program for 2 years while I finished preparing for medical school. Duties of this job included going out into the desert near 29 Palms and enrolling senior citizens in a housing repair program. I visited many residences that did not have indoor plumbing; some were literally shacks.

My professional training as a physician entailed four years at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where I graduated in the top third of my class. I then moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a 3 year residency in Family Medicine through the University of Utah, completed in 1987. I practiced in the West Valley area for most of my career, running my own business. This is predominantly a blue-collar area of Utah and one of the more racially diverse cities in the state. I had many Asian, LatinX, and Polynesian patients.

I have personally experienced the problems of small business owners. Toward the end of my tenure in private practice, it became difficult to make ends meet and to keep abreast of onerous regulations. I sold my privately owned practice to a large corporation with the intention of continuing to work for them for 5 years. I only lasted 3. The moral dilemma of choosing whether to do what I thought was right for my patients kept bumping up against the organization's desires that I enhance their bottom line. I am much happier in my current employment working in a private clinic where no money exchanges hands.

Past Leadership:

For about 25 years, I was involved in organized medicine. I am a past president of the Salt Lake County Medical Society. In the Utah Medical Association, I held many positions of leadership, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates. I was usually in a small minority of moderating voices. The underdog role is one with which I have intense familiarity. The UMA Women's Section awarded me the Deborah Robinson Memorial Award for my activism.

My Philosophy:

My approach to ideas is open; my approach to debate is respectful; and my approach to problem-solving is practical. First find common ground, then use common sense.  

I have been a Democrat for most of my life. My husband and I, along with a group of friends, visited Scandinavia last year. One thing that struck us in these social democracies was how seriously their citizens pledge to look after one another's welfare. In America, we state that we are created equal and have certain unalienable rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There are parts of the world which take this commitment to heart. I believe that people are not only created, but continue to actually be equal throughout their lives. Our Declaration of Independence ends with the following words: "We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." I pledge to you my service, our shared Fortunes as  Americans, and my sacred Honor to give you my best. 

Personal Life:

I have been married for 27 years to Craig Fineshriber, retired Utah Symphony Principal Percussionist. Craig devoted 40 years of his life to high art. I have three grown step-children and two grandchildren. Step-parenting is a skill that requires both kindness and firmness.

My interests are varied. I direct a Balkan Women’s Choir called “Darena” which presents the music of the Balkan countries. We performed during the 2002 Winter Games here in Salt Lake City. I am also on a Leave of Absence from the Mountain Jubilee Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International (lady’s barbershop) and play several musical instruments, including the accordion. I am quite fluent in French and have enjoyed international travel. Reading has always been important to me and has helped me develop empathy. I am a master gardener and maintain my garden with assistance mostly from the bees and the butterflies. I enjoy fitness and sports.

My Principles: 

Health Care, Substance Abuse, and Medical Cannabis 

*As a family doctor, healthcare has been my life’s work. My views about healthcare have evolved from the practice situations I have experienced.

*Health care is a need that is unpredictable, and most developed societies acknowledge this by instituting some type of universal healthcare. I have seen what happens when people do not have health insurance, and we cannot go back. A mature society takes care of its needy, its sick, its hungry, its homeless. 

*I support expanding Medicaid in Utah. It makes sense both ethically and economically! 

*Substance abuse and addiction problems are draining our world of potential. We need effective programs to prevent and rehabilitate those who have been afflicted by this scourge. It tears families apart and causes unbelievable pain. I know this firsthand, as I come from a family with many addiction problems. The current Senate proposal to add more funds to fight the opioid epidemic is vastly inadequate.  Law enforcement agencies and mental health workers need much more.

*It is time to legalize medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. The medical evidence for its effectiveness is compelling. It may even be helpful as an "exit drug" to help people stop using opioids. People do not die from the use of medical marijuana, but Utah remains in 8th place in the USA in deaths due to accidental prescription drug overdoses. 

*I am strongly against the privatizing of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. 

Public Education

*The needs of public education are pressing. A democracy cannot be nourished without an informed public. Critical thinking skills should be taught from an early age. Public education should help folks communicate civilly and respectfully.  Diverting money from public schools in the form of vouchers weakens them. We can’t afford that. We cannot afford Secretaries of Education like Betsy DeVos.

*The recruitment and retention of qualified teachers is a crucial issue in Utah. Teachers are underpaid and underappreciated and class sizes are too large. Our educational focus should be on preparing kids for 21st Century jobs that allow them to compete anywhere. We also need to acknowledge where the jobs are in our current economy.  75% are in the trades and crafts. Let's put shop classes and other practical experiences back in high schools. 

*Student debt is preventing millennials from higher education opportunities.  They should be able to refinance current high interest debt. I would like to see more Labor Union apprenticeships set up on high school and college campuses so that students could learn a practical trade and begin earning revenue while pursuing a liberal arts or science-based traditional education.  Out-and-out forgiveness of student debt should be considered if it is hampering our economy.  Under no circumstances should schools-of-prey be allowed to continue bilking students for tuition for worthless courses. Utah needs to regulate these predators, as other States do. Also, unethical lenders should be put out of business.

Immigration Issues and Discrimination Against Minorities

*The principles of embracing diversity and inclusion are ideals of the Democratic party, and they are mine as well. I firmly believe that humanity is part of a tapestry that links us with all other life forms on the planet. Often in our day-to-day lives, we may not appreciate this interconnection and interdependence, but it is there nonetheless. Humans caring for one another is not a platitude; it is a necessity. Empathy and respect should guide our interactions, even with those with whom we disagree.

*Marginalized citizens, including Muslims, African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos and others have been threatened for years, but this threat has worsened under the Trump Administration. I favor the Utah Compact and the efforts of the LDS Church to keep families from being torn apart by aggressive ICE policies. People who have resided in America for years and have borne and raised children here should be afforded legal protection, as was suggested in the Dreamer Act.  People of all faiths and belief systems are insured  religious freedoms as defined in our Constitution. They should live without threat to body or soul.

Campaign Finance Reform

*We need immediate reform of campaign funding. One should not be able to buy a public office. Corporate America is overly influencing our elections. I would like to see public financing of campaigns without reliance on large Super Pacs and other huge donations from corporations. Citizens United has been disastrous for America. Corporations are NOT people.

Tribal Issues and Tribal Sovereinty

I am embarrassed by the way State and Federal governments have treated Native Americans. With the reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, the Federal government has insulted our tribal peoples. The State of Utah needs to improve relationships with them and honor their sovereignty. In my trips to various chapter houses during my Congressional Campaign in 2017, I viewed first hand the extreme needs on the reservations for infrastructure, internet access, road maintenance, transportation, and education.  In addition, there are problems with the abduction of women from the reservations. The State of Utah should be cognizant of these concerns and should help where it can.

LGBTQIA+ Issues

*The LGBTQIA+ community is a vital part of life in Utah. Marriage equality strengthens families. Discrimination against any group of individuals is un-American. We should all have the agency to live our lives to the fullest and enjoy the blessings of liberty. Losing our LGBTQ youth to suicide highlights the need for support programs and education to stop this appalling trend. Recently the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employment protections for the  LGBTQIA+ community are covered by the Civil Rights Act. I support the Equality Act on the Federal level which would remove all doubt about it being illegal to discriminate against the LGBTQIA+ community in housing or employment.  Our country has more work to do to insure that LGBTQ folks have equal protections under the law. On a personal level, losing one of my gay friends to AIDS on a bleak Christmas morning is one of the most painful experiences of my life. This experience and others has engendered in me a desire to stand up for the civil rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and to call upon others to do the same.

Jobs, Economics, Livable Wage, Labor Unions

*Jobs feed both the table and the soul. As jobs have been displaced by technology and outsourcing, it is essential that we embrace new technologies and training programs and move forward to produce jobs for the 21st Century. Technological change is rarely reversible. When discussing ways to stimulate our economy, these facts must be acknowledged, and our focus should be on cutting edge and future technologies, not dying ones. Supporting clean energy industries as an option to those which are obsolete only makes sense.

*In addition, there is much money lost in tax revenue from the "underground economy."  Paying for work "under the table" costs all of us who must make up for the lost income tax revenue.  

*I support Labor Unions and particularly applaud their apprenticeship and journeyman programs, which provide free training while paying a  starting wage.  After finishing such programs, workers have a viable career with a livable wage that provides full benefits including a pension in retirement.

*A livable wage will go far in strengthening Utah families. Most studies validate that this wage should be in the range of $15/hour.

Women's Issues

*Like many career women, I have had to fight for equal recognition and equal wages. I believe in equal pay for equal work. The powers in our world today are out of balance due to many factors, one of which is that the feminine archetype is largely missing. Government needs women who can build consensus, foster tolerance, and show compassion. We know how to nurture ideas and bring them to fruition just as we nurture our families. We know how to fight for what we believe with ferocity, just as we protect our kids. Our collective wisdom needs to be outed. Studies show that a critical mass of 3 women in a group of 10 can alter the "group-think," allowing breakthroughs that lead to creative solutions. The Equal Rights Amendment is a confirmation of the value of women to our society, and its long-overdue approval is the patriotic choice.

*Reproductive Rights and Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancy

Reproductive rights are complex and it is understandable that many people have strong feelings about them.  This is one of the gifts of living in a democracy where freedom of belief and freedom of religion are cherished rights. Abortions should be easily preventable, legal, and rare. Women do not grow up aspiring to have an abortion;  the experience can be unpleasant and often traumatizing. We are called upon to have compassion for any woman or family facing difficult circumstances related to pregnancy.  People of faith must walk with those in need but at the same time respect their agency to choose what is right for them.  Shaming those who terminate pregnancy only adds to human suffering. The emphasis should be on preventing unwanted pregnancies (see below). The Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision permitting abortion for any reason during the first 3 months of pregnancy is humane and respectful of a woman’s right to decide, in consultation with her doctor, family, clergy, and chosen confidants, and according to the dictates of her own faith, the fate of HER pregnancy.  A legal abortion rendered by a well-trained medical professional averts the potentially disastrous consequence of an abortion which is self-induced or rendered by incompetent individuals. Regardless of State and Federal mandates, women will always pursue abortions, so they absolutely must remain legal and safe.  Second and third-term abortions are rare and undertaken usually for fetal malformation, fetal non-viability, maternal risks, rape, and spontaneous loss of fetal life.  In medical parlance, before 20 weeks of gestation, a spontaneous pregnancy loss is known as a “miscarriage.”  After 20 weeks, it is known as pre-term labor.  At what juncture an embryo becomes a human being endowed with all the rights of other humans is subject to philosophical debate, but varying views on this subject cannot be allowed to interfere with access to safe and legal abortions.  In summary, our goal should be to minimize the need for abortions thru adequate support of women, families, and education; but to keep them legal and safe.

*Education about human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections should be offered in a medically accurate and age-appropriate manner.  Ninety-five percent of Americans have sex before marriage and the average US adolescent initiates sex around the age of 17.  The cerebral cortices of adolescent brains do not stop developing until late adolescence or early adulthood. The teen brain is impulsive and not always capable of making reasoned choices or of evaluating consequences.  Abstinence-Only programs ignore this basic reality. They have been found to be ineffective and they force educators to provide incomplete and inaccurate information to teens.  Such programs also reinforce gender stereotypes which can stigmatize those with alternative sexual orientations or gender identities.  A sound educational program combines parent-led discussions with science-based materials to help students understand their own sexuality.  Strong evidence, including a recent Colorado study, exists that comprehensive approaches to sex education actually delay sexual initiation. The number of sexual partners and sexual risk-taking is reduced. Another benefit is mutually supportive relationships when sexual activity does take place. For those who do decide to pursue early sexual relationships, condoms, contraceptives, and the HPV vaccine lessen the risk of unwanted pregnancy and SDIs. 

Taxation and Balanced Budget

*Tax cuts for the wealthy are unnecessary. The gap between those most and least fortunate keeps widening. Millionaires do not need tax loop holes. Trickle down economics does not work and what really trickles down is increased income disparity. Fiscal responsibility in spending is indeed important, and I support a balanced budget at both the State and Federal levels.  It is necessary to keep pointing out, however, that the economy fares better under Democratic leadership time and time again. The last balanced budget was handed to George W Bush at the end of the Clinton Presidency.

The Arts in Society

*I wholeheartedly support the arts. They feed and nourish us, especially at times when we are collectively stressed. They lift us out of ourselves and propel our culture to examine itself. The idea that the NEA and public radio could be defunded is appalling to me.

*Some scientific studies show that children exposed to music have enhanced intellectual development. All children should have this opportunity, not just those in "arts-focused" charter schools. 

Unnecessary Regulations

*Over-regulation is a common complaint for people in business. Having run my own small business family practice clinic for many years, I understand the frustration.  Rules should protect people, the workplace, and the environment.  They should concern safety and should enhance productivity. Unnecessary and burdensome regulations  hamper innovation and morale.

2nd Amendment

*I know that our Constitution protects the right to bear arms. Of course, the founders did not foresee the types of killing machines we have available today.  We need common sense policies that protect hunters and sportsmen but prevent dangerous weaponry from falling into the hands of mass murderers.  I favor universal background checks and biometric gun locks. I also favor tightening communications between agencies so that those who have been convicted of domestic abuse or received dishonorable discharges from the military for violent acts are not allowed to have guns. 

Public Lands

*National parks and monuments fulfill a unique niche wherein human beings can appreciate that they, too, are natural beings in a complex ecosystem. Like many Utahns, I am frustrated by efforts of people within our State to diminish our National Monuments in favor of uranium mining, coal mining, and other industries that pollute our environment. We need to preserve our unique landscapes for future generations. Let's invest in clean energy instead of moribund industries that pollute our environment. 

Truth, Facts, Science, and Environment

*The truth needs honoring. We cannot make good policy unless we base our understanding firmly upon it. 

*There is an epidemic of misinformation in our society. It has done great harm to the fabric of our democracy. We must teach people skills to distinguish propaganda from facts.

* Climate change is real and we, as stewards of our planet, need to recognize it and combat it aggressively. Putrid air has dire health consequences for human beings and for Planet Earth. We must protect the purity of our planet for our children and our grandchildren.

*The findings of science can be used to help mankind. They can also be misused for harm.  But scientific truth itself has no agenda. I am appalled at the lack of respect for science that the Trump administration has shown.  

*Acknowledging that complex problems do not have simple solutions is an initial step toward solving those problems. We need realists who can acknowledge the gravity of a situation while simultaneously thinking creatively and inventively about possible solutions. Let's talk values; values are the root of the humanity tree just as issues are its top growth.

Veterans Benefits and Concerns

*Veterans deserve timely medical care in state-of-the-art facilities. They deserve primary care doctors and specialists customized for treating loss of limb, PTSD, and other needs. Veterans on Native American Reservations must not face hurtles to obtaining medical care. The VA Services needs more funding to achieve these goals. Most of all, Veterans deserve our thanks.

One Person One Vote, Gerrymandering, and Voter Suppression

*Gerrymandering is akin to a botched surgery. Our legislative districts should not be resected into pieces specifically designed to disenfranchise a political party, a race, or any other group. A democracy cannot function without checks and balances, as our founding fathers made abundantly clear. A one party system with no opposing voice creates a ripe environment for tyrrany and loss of constitutional protections that every American cheriches. After working on this issue for many months, I am convinced that there are fair ways for districts to be drawn. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will understand that the end result of gerrymandering is extreme partisanship and disenfranchisement of more moderate voices.  I hope that it will rule against the State of Wisconsin after it hears the case this October.

*Continued acts to suppress voters by removing them selectively from voter rolls must be stopped. Onerous rules designed to discriminate against minorities 

Working Together for Change

*Extreme partisanship is destroying civil discourse and debate. We need new men and women in government who can reach across the aisle and forge alliances for the betterment of our nation. Stonewalling is destructive and unpatriotic. Forward progress is what America has always been about. It is in our national DNA. We reject our own heritage when we put partisanship above loyalty to our core values.

*Patience and persistence are what produces change. It may not come as quickly as we wish, but citizens must engage for the long-run and celebrate small victories as they come. We face daunting obstacles and it will take stamina to make positive change happen. We need to set minor differences aside for the greater good, and unite in a common cause to protect our rights and freedoms.


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    “Kathie is a true Progressive for Utah. She's committed to getting money out of politics and a real healthcare system that works for all of its citizens, and not just those who can afford it.”