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State House of Representatives District 27

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Democrat Mike Dmitrich

I was born Oct. 23, 1936 in Murray and then moved to Carbon County at the age of 5. Most of my professional life has involved mining and mining issues. My wife Georgia (Bo) and I have three children, Stephanie, Anthony and Dana, and three grandsons, M.J., Beux and Alex.

I am a strong supporter of public education and Utah's public education system faces many challenges. Adequate funding for textbooks, teaching materials, programs, teacher salaries, class size, etc., continue to strain our state budget. These problems seriously jeopardize our children's opportunities to excel. Raising taxes, however, is not the answer to these complicated issues.

Our region is rich in natural resources, and while I believe that reasonable wilderness areas are necessary , the responsible improvement of these assets is vital to the economic survival of our communities. Public lands comprise 85 percent of this region, while only 15 percent is privately owned. I support the productive use of a larger percentage of public lands for mining, ranching, recreation and tourism.

We must have strong leadership to maximize our economic prospects. Since our region is vast with many miles between communities, strengthening transportation and communication bonds among counties is crucial to economic growth.

From both myself and my wife Bo, it has been a privilege and honor to serve the people of Utah for all these years. In my tradition of believing in the open government system, I urge all of you to talk to me about your problems or concerns. Call me at 435-637-0426 or visit my website at so that you can fully read my position on a wide range of subjects.

We in Eastern Utah cannot afford to lose local representation. It's not about Democrat vs. Republican. It's about urban vs. rural and my opponent is from Utah County. My senority and connections allow me to get things done right.

This area needs a senator who has been in and understands resource production and water issues. I am a good coalition builder. One thing we are trying to work on is to assist PacifiCorp in being able to construct Hunter IV power plant. Not only will Hunter IV provide a stable source of power for the people of Utah, it will provide an incredible boost to the local economy.

Republican Phill Peay

Phill Peay, Republican candidate for the 27th District in the State Senate, was raised in Springville and currently lives in Mapleton. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in business from Brigham Young University. Phill served for 34 years in the Utah National Guard, retiring in 2000 as Deputy Adjutant General. During his career, he received numerous Army awards and special assignments, including the Executive Committee of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command and the Governor's Cabinet Council. Through his assignments, he has gained extensive experience working at the highest levels with both the state and federal government. He successfully and responsibly managed an annual federal budget in excess of $100 million.

In this campaign, he has identified five issues that demand timely corrective action: Education, Economy, Public Lands, Transportation and Water Rights. Phill believes if these issues are resolved, our communities will reap great benefits.

Education: Phill supports local control of education, believing that we would be better off without federal intervention in our schools. The federal government provides less than 10percent of the money we use in Utah schools, but over half of the regulations that our teachers must comply with. Within the state government, regulation of education should also be minimal. Just as a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. does not know what Utah children need, a bureaucrat in Salt Lake is highly unlikely to know what a child in Price or Moab needs. Educational decisions must be made at the local level. To ensure this, we must limit the power of the State school board over local school boards and cut state education regulations. If necessary, we must forgo federal funds to remove federal bureaucratic regulations from our classrooms, to allow our teachers to really teach.

Economy: Phill believes we need to lower the personal and corporate income tax rates. We must also cut unnecessary regulations, which burden business. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, but they have been smothered with the endless paperwork and licensing that is required by government agencies. Additionally, Utah must promote tourism by developing a campaign in conjunction with county and local officials. The Board of Regents and legislature need to implement a new strategy for our higher education institutions that will tailor our academic programs to meet the needs of Utah businesses, and promote advancement into them.

Public Lands: Phill believes the Federal government must divest itself of much of the land it controls in Utah and turn it over to local control. This would create jobs and dramatically increase the funding for our schools, roads and water development. Phill also supports school trust land swaps, to ensure that natural resources are developed, and billions of dollars get to Utah's schools.

Transportation: Phill strongly believes we must achieve a balance between maintaining major highways and developing better transportation routes to our rural areas, to allow better economic development. He also would like to pursue a commuter rail from Brigham City to Santaquin.

Water: In Utah's sixth year of drought, Phill expects water rights to be increasingly important. As the growing Western population fights for the existing water, we must maintain our share of the Colorado River Compact water. Additionally, water conservation must become part of our daily lives.

Constitutional Party William Sharp

I am William Sharp and I am the Constitution Party Candidate for State Senator in District 27 (Emery, Carbon, Grand, San Juan and Utah counties).

The Constitution Party name is the short description of what the party is all about. We are outspoken defenders of the original God given freedoms and rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution.

A few lines from the Constitution Party website will help explain why your support and vote for Constitution Party candidates is so vital to the future of America. "American needs and deserves representatives who will stand against the entrenched socialism, elitism and globalism which have a stranglehold on American political power. It is clear that both major parties are committed to the agenda of the New World Order and seek to enforce economic, military and social policies which are contrary to the interest of America..." Which president's term in office was characterized by support for the so-called assault weapon ban, a huge increase in deficit spending, bigger budgets for virtually every domestic, including Americorps and the National Endowment for the Arts, and signing into law a massive increase in federal government regulation of political speech, whose administration would you suspect they were describing? That of Democrat Bill Clinton? Nope. We're talking about the first term of Republican President George W. Bush. When it comes to Bush's first term in office, never has so much been overlooked by so many! Millions of Christians and conservatives continue to labor under the obviously erroneous belief that G.W. Bush is a conservative, that there is some huge difference between his policies and those of his Democratic rival, John Kerry. However, the facts do not bear this out. Consider: *Both Bush and Kerry support civil unions for homosexuals. *Both Bush and Kerry support extending the Clinton Gun Ban. *Both Bush and Kerry support expanding the size and scope of the federal government, Bush has actually outspent every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson. *Both Bush and Kerry support NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and the FTAA. The free trade agreements which have gutted the American stock market and economy destroying and endangering important segments of our domestic agriculture and industry, undercut the wages of our working men and women, and totally destroyed or shipped abroad the jobs on hundreds of thousands of workers.

The Republican and Democrat representatives here in Utah are carrying out the same agenda on the state level. Consider how 69 percent of Utahns voted to make it harder for the government to confiscate their home and property in last years general election (Citizens initiative B) and in this years session the Utah legislature defied this Constitutional right to property by voting to override the voice of the people and give government easy confiscation powers (SB 175 S2) and wipe out your rights to due process. Your State Senator Mike Dmitrich voted in favor of this defiance.

Consider the power the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), and how they wield that power picking and choosing whom they will and will not prosecute for leaving dirty dishes on the dining room table. No jury trial, no facing your accusers. Sure they are necessary in legitimate cases of serious abuse, but even the parents accused in these cases should have the Constitutional right to a jury trial thus avoiding the bonuses paid by the Feds to judges and DCFS workers for each child taken, working against the accused.

Consider the fact it was Utah Congressman Jim Hansen and Republicans who created and sponsored the fee program on public lands placing a government agent's thumb on your neck, while the original intent of free public lands was to avoid the very concept of "the kings land" and your having to pay for his permission before you entered. Consider the legislation stopping tax dollars from paying for abortions in Utah hospitals (SB 68 S3) and how Republican State Senator Curt Bramble gutted the bill after it had already passed by bringing in the ruling of the Utah Department of Health and allowing non-elected officials to override the law.

The ways and means being used by state leaders to subtly wip out your rights and freedoms are too numerous to all be mentioned here. I hope these few examples are enough to prompt you to take a closer look at the Constitution Party and consider voting for me for State Senator. Elected or not I will do all I can legally do to bring back Constitutional freedoms. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors they no longer have to vote for the lesser of two evils. The Constitution Party stands for your God given rights.

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