On National Politics and Sexual Assualt: Safety First

The following is a public statement issued jointly by Rachel Nelson, Donna Gibbons, and Brooke Swallow-Fenton regarding comments made by Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump.

“In December of 1856, Abraham Lincoln said, “Our Government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion can change the government, practically just so much.” These words are as true today as yesterday.

Our presidential election is wrought with strong accusations and hateful rhetoric, and across the nation, the dialogue is changing. Even still, the last few weeks have exposed a glimpse of something much darker, more perverse. Mr Donald Trump, a candidate for President of the United States of America, now stands before national audiences, and the world, making light of sexual violence.

To put this issue into perspective, we must consider that 1 in 3 Utah women will be subjected to sexual violence within their lifetime. Again, 1 in 3 Utah women will face sexual violence. What is worse is that Utah’s rate of sexual violence is much higher than the national average, and has been since the year 2000.

Settled by pioneers, Utah’s history is filled with stories of families seeking refuge and prosperity. Nurturing a family-friendly community remains a top priority among residents throughout our state. A priority which is, in many ways, bolstered by the wonderful women we love so dearly. Our friends and neighbors understand the value of women, and our legislators must not take these threats to, and violence against, our safety lightly.

It is with this in mind, that we call upon our local leaders. Utah voters rely on our elected officials to provide information and insight during elections, and can not wait any longer for our legislators to take a public stand against anyone in a position of leadership promoting violence against women in any light. In this case, Mr Donald Trump.

In March, Mitt Romney had the good sense to state, in no uncertain terms, his opposition to the thoughtless words and actions of his party’s nominee. Time magazine shared Romney’s speech wherein he spoke many times of Trump’s views of women. The time has come when our representatives must choose to represent Utah women and families before their party, as each and every representative in Utah county is a member of the Republican party. We expect no less.”

—–Rachel Nelson, candidate for Utah House District 59
—–Donna Gibbons, candidate for Utah House District 6
—–Brooke Swallow-Fenton, candidate for Utah House District 60

Utah’s Online Financial Disclosures

It is no secret that raising a family, earning a college degree, building a career, and enjoying the company of our loved ones, with what little time we have, is more than enough to keep even the most determined and focused of our neighbors busy. We simply don’t all have the time to research and defend each and every need of our friends and neighbors. This is why our district representatives are elected to protect our best interests.

Rachel Nelson understands that it is the duty of our elected officials to remain focused on serving us and supporting our values. Through her pledge to refuse all corporate donations, she remains beholden to the people of Utah. It is essential that all of our elected officials do the same, because simply put, no man can serve two masters.

Our campaign does not wish to engage in any negative speak or inappropriate behavior, but we do support transparency. Fortunately, all financial disclosures for candidates are provided online by the Lietenant Governor’s office. We encourage you to review campaign funding and make an informed decision.

Rachel Nelson’s disclosures can be found here: https://disclosures.utah.gov/Search/PublicSearch/FolderDetails/1414553
Val Peterson’s disclosures can be found here: https://disclosures.utah.gov/Search/PublicSearch/FolderDetails/1409531

Utah’s Online Voter Registration

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Many Utah residents are frustrated with the presidential election and the unfortunate nature of the national media coverage. It is understandable, but local and state elections give us the ability to build up our own community. Let’s make sure that we don’t allow this upset to play a hand in our state and local elections.

Utah’s 2016 voter registration deadline by mail is October 9th, and in-person or online is November 1st. You can register, update your registration, and change your party affiliation online with the Lieutenant Governor’s office at https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html