Did you know Utah’s 3rd Congressional District is the youngest in the entire country? Well, neither do any of the other millennials here. We were raised to believe that our grandfathers lead and we follow quietly. But you know what? We are adults now and we are waking up. I am fighting for actual representation to redefine WHO WE ARE. Instead of burying my head in the sand and pretending that there aren’t issues that Utah needs to overcome both culturally and socially, I am starting conversation to help us move on from our past and put forward a new example of who Utahns are. I’m a millennial, I’m “Mormon”, AND I’m gay.
Originally, I started my campaign with the Utah Democratic Party and to say that that was a horrible experience would not quite cut it. I recognize that the Democratic Party may be different outside of Utah but my time with them here brought only unprofessionalism, bigotry, and blatant discrimination. This was not just my experience, it was the experience state wide. In the middle of the pandemic, without any voters having any say of who they wanted to represent them, the Utah Democratic Party chose to remove ALL millennial AND LGBT candidates from appearing on the primary ballots. Now every candidate, for every district on the general election ballot is a rich, white, straight, older, grandfather. They may be great and all but that certainly is not a fair representation of the people here. I spoke up and they chose to move forward with this closed minded decision. Rather than getting out of the race I have chosen to stay in and fight. Just because you hit roadblocks in doing what’s right does not mean you give up.