You Decide 2014: What to know on candidates, issues, polling locations, times

Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-04 17:37:54-05

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  • House District 1: Rob Bishop (R-Incumbent) vs. Donna McAleer (D)

Bishop: As a school teacher, legislator and lifelong Utah  resident, Republican Rob Bishop has consistently served his community, defended our values and fought to empower our state.

In Congress, Rob is known as a workhorse who has strengthened our national security, defended our military installations, cut taxes, reduced spending, promoted job growth, looked after our lands, and opposed government overreach. He helps lead the fight for border security, energy independence, and protection of our Constitutional rights.

Born in Kaysville, Rob attended Davis High and the University of Utah. He and his wife, Jeralynn, live in Brigham City and have five children.

McAleer: She is a West Point graduate, Army veteran, businesswoman, non-profit leader, award-winning author and ski instructor. McAleer served our country as an Army officer in Germany. She serves on the Defense Advisory Council on Women. She earned an MBA from the University of Virginia and led a global logistics division for GenRad, a technology firm.

She earned a spot in the National and Olympic Trials for the U.S. Woman's Bobsled Team. McAleer then led the Public Health Clinic, a non-profit organization providing health care to the uninsured.

She lives in Summit County with Ted, her husband, and her daughter.

  • House District 2: Chris Stewart (R-Incumbent) vs. Luz Robles (D)

Stewart: Many speak of the deficit of trust between Americans and government. Recent events have eroded that trust to a dangerous level. I have one goal in Congress: to increase our personal freedoms by reducing the size and scope of government.

Whether working to reduce the power of federal agencies, standing up for conservative principles, or protecting our freedom in a dangerous world, I am fighting to restore the balance of power our Founding Fathers intended. Conservative principles are the only thing that can save us. I will continue to fight for those principles. I will continue to fight for you!

Robles: Senator Luz Robles currently serves her second term in the Utah State Senate. Both her undergraduate and MPA are from the University of Utah. She currently works as Vice President for Zions Bank and has experience in both the private and public sector.

She is committed to improving the quality of life of all Utahans and has a record of hard work and making things happen by working across the aisle on issues that truly impact the life of the working families in our state. She will use these same principles in Congress by assuring YOUR voice is represented.

  • House District 3: Jason Chaffetz (R-Incumbent) vs. Brian Wonnacott (D)

Chaffetz: Jason Chaffetz believes in Fiscal Discipline, Limited Government, Accountability, and a Strong National Defense. He has worked hard to represent Utah to Washington, D.C, not Washington D.C. to Utah. His success has come from working in a bi-partisan way to achieve results while always staying true to his principles. Congressman Chaffetz is a graduate of BYU.

Previous to being elected to Congress, he spent 16 years in the local business community. Jason Chaffetz and his wife of 23 years have three children and they live in Alpine.

Wonnacott: He said he is a hard-working man with a creative bent, nearing retirement after a long career as a software engineer. Wonnacott said is married to his wife of nearly 40 years. He likes to hike, bike and has climbed Mt. Rainier and Kilimanjaro.

He said he is known among his colleagues as someone who ensures each side understands the point of view of the other side, even if he disagrees. He said he believes the political sides are not as far apart as they seem and he would like to work at bridging that gap.

  • House District 4: Mia Love (R) vs. Doug Owens (D)

Love: The people of Utah deserve an honest, transparent government with experienced leaders who are committed to solving problems rather than pointing fingers. As a mayor, I saw firsthand the impact government has on our homes. I balanced the budget each year of my mayoral term and dealt with budgetary challenges by successfully stretching precious taxpayer dollars to only provide essential services.

I plan on doing the same in Washington and am ready to make the tough but necessary decisions to move America forward. I pledge to run a positive, issues-oriented campaign because I am dedicated to attacking problems, not people.

Owens: Owens is a sixth-generation Utahn, Salt Lake City Native, and proud father of four. Owens is a successful corporate attorney who is running for Congress to help end dysfunction in Washington and find pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to revive the American middle class and strengthen Utah families.

As an expert in employment law, Owens said he will work to reduce government regulation on businesses, expand economic opportunities, and protect Medicare and Social Security for today's seniors and future generations. Owens said he understands what's important to Utahns and will always put Utah values first.

  • Attorney General: Sean Reyes (R) vs. Charles Stormont (D)

Reyes: Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes is recognized nationally for his superior legal skills, leadership and unparalleled commitment to ethical public service. He is restoring honor, integrity and trust to all facets of the AG office while combating violent crime, including human trafficking, sexual abuse, bullying and violence against women and children.

A protector of businesses and consumers, he has expanded his white collar crime division and increased prosecutions of frauds and cybercrimes in Utah. He values smaller government, states’ rights, more local control of education and public lands while still seeking sensible ways to preserve our environment and health.

Stormont: Charles has served the public as an attorney for the state for the past six years. Before that, Charles worked on complex civil litigation in private practice. Charles also has extensive business experience as a restaurant owner and managing his family’s 6,000 acre farm.

Charles is committed to make reliable, professional legal services the bedrock from which the Attorney General's Office operates. He will not let politics dictate the practice of law. He will create a State Ethics Office and implement real structural reforms so the Attorney General’s Office serves all Utahns, not just special interests.

  • Salt Lake County District Attorney: Sim Gill (D-Incumbent) vs. Steve Nelson (R)

Gill: Sim Gill was elected Salt Lake County District Attorney in November 2010.  As a veteran prosecutor, Sim has been a champion on issues of therapeutic justice, criminal prosecution and alternatives to prosecution. He has long been an advocate of taking a systems approach to the issues of criminal and social justice, focusing on collaborative and community-oriented approaches to problem solving.

Sim collaborated on the creation and implementation of various therapeutic justice programs including Mental Health Court, Salt Lake City Domestic Violence Court, Misdemeanor Drug Court, the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center and the Early Case Resolution program.  These alternatives seek to transition out of the criminal justice system those offenders who can most benefit from other programs—giving them a much greater chance to not re-offend.

Sim graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy. He received his J. D. degree and certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.​ (Info from Gill's website)

Nelson: Nelson is currently the Unit Chief of the Violent Felonies Unit of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. In his career, Steve has chaired approximately 70 felony jury trials in state and federal courts.

While working in the District Attorney's Office, Nelson began working closely with local, state, and national efforts to protect drug endangered children and is a major advocate for the cause. Steve is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science and has also taught at Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College.

Nelson has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Westminster College and he graduated from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2002.  Steve holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah.​ (Info from Nelson's website)

  • Salt Lake County Sheriff: Jim Winder (D-Incumbent) vs. Jake Petersen (R)

Winder: Jim Winder has been working for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office for 29 years and has served as the Salt Lake County Sheriff since January 2007. Prior to taking office, Winder led Special Operations, Training, Investigative and Community Oriented Policing Units within the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Winder graduated from Utah POST, North Rhine German State Police School and an Anti-Terrorism program in Northern Ireland. He attended Westminster College and currently instructs leadership classes through the University of Utah. Winder headed the creation of the Unified Police Department (UPD). Winder re-opened the Oxbow jail to address overcrowding in the Adult Detention Center, at no additional cost to Salt Lake County citizens.

He reduced early releases and created a "programs-based" approach to prisoner management, meaning the programs offer inmates the ability to gain skills necessary to turn their lives around and become contributing members of society. Winder also led the development of Acute Medical Unit, the ability to treat more inmates within the facility, instead of transporting prisoners to local hospitals for treatment. The program has saved taxpayers over two million.

Winder believes maintaining public safety, ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency is central to the Office of Sheriff. (Info from Winder's website)

Peterson: Jake Petersen began his public safety career 15  years ago as a correctional officer in the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Metro Jail. After, he worked as a Sheriff's deputy in patrol and as a member of both the 2002 Olympic Public Order and SWAT teams.

Petersen currently serves as the Chair of the Salt Lake County Highway Safety Task Force, which is comprised of numerous public safety agencies working together to reduce traffic-related fatalities. In 2013, Petersen was recognized as the "Supportive Housing Services Employee of the Year" by the Salt Lake County Homeless Contributing Council for his off-duty volunteer efforts.

Petersen attended Salt Lake Community College and then Brigham Young University, where he earned a B.S. in psychology and a Master's degree in Public Administration. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Utah in the Political Science department, with an emphasis on public administration and American government. (Info from Peterson's website)

  • Salt Lake County Proposal 1: ZAP Tax

Salt Lake County voters will have the opportunity to decide whether they want to continue the long-running Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program. When you pay sales tax in Salt Lake County, a portion (one penny for every $10 spent) funds 30+ parks and recreational facilities and provides grants to over 160 arts and cultural organizations. Since 1997, the public has voted in support of the ZAP Program and renewed it twice. In 2004, this proposal was approved by 71% of voters.

The Zoo, Arts, and Parks (“ZAP”) sales and use tax was first approved by voters in 1996, was  renewed by voters in 2004, and will expire at the end of 2016. The tax may be reauthorized for a period of 10 years. Shall Salt Lake County, Utah, be authorized to impose a 0.1% sales and use tax for the purpose of funding recreational, cultural, and zoological facilities located within Salt
Lake County as well as ongoing operating expenses of recreational facilities and botanical, cultural, and zoological organizations, such as the following:

1. Publicly owned or operated parks, campgrounds, playgrounds, athletic fields,
gymnasiums, swimming pools, and trails, or other facilities used for recreational
purposes; and
2. Non-profit organizations, institutions, and municipal or county cultural councils
having as a primary purpose the advancement and preservation of natural history,
art, music, theater, dance, or cultural arts; and
3. Non-profit organizations having as a primary purpose the advancement and
preservation of plant science or zoology through display, research, exhibition, and
community education

  • Washington County Proposition 3: RAP Tax

Should Washington County Impose a one tenth of one percent (1/10th of 1%) sales and use tax for the purpose of funding recreational and cultural facilities and organizations such as the following:

a. Publicly owned or operated athletic fields, parks, playgrounds, gymnasiums, swimming pools, campgrounds, trails, or other facilities used for recreational purposes; and
b. Non-profit organizations, institutions, and municipal or county cultural councils having as their primary purpose the advancement and preservation of art, music, theater, dance, cultural arts, or natural history?

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