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Candidate spotlights for Nov. 6 election day

School board-Orangeville Nanette Tanner Nanette Hinkins Tanner is finishing her first term as a school board member. Elected in 2008, she has worked for nearly four years helping to strengthen the district. A native of Emery County, and a champion for excellence in education, Nanette has worked with teachers, administration and students and their families to strive together for the good of education. Nanette's children have attended local schools and Nanette has taught at Cleveland and Huntington Elementary. She has the knowledge, understanding, drive and interest in the school district that makes her a great board member. During this term Nanette built and started the Heritage Home, a full service mortuary. She has poured her heart and soul into serving the residents of Emery County. She continues to be an integral part of the educational system in the county, with a child in high school, two in junior high and two in elementary. She understands the long term needs and commitments required in order to sustain, develop and improve the educational offerings here. Nanette will continue her service to the district through her next term on the board. She expresses her thanks for your support, input and work to bring quality education to our children.
State House-district 70 Kay McIff Rep. Kay McIff serves citizens in the counties of Emery, Sevier and Grand. He is the only Utah legislator with extensive experience in all three branches of government. He served for many years as a district court judge, prior to which he was a practicing attorney and served as an elected county attorney. His service in the executive branch also includes chair of a University Board of Trustees and a member of the State Board of Regents. Rep. McIff is a native of South Sanpete, a graduate of Manti High School, Utah State University and the University of Utah where he received a juris doctorate degree. He was instrumental in the establishment of Snow College Richfield and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1996. He and his wife Renee live in Richfield and have five children and 12 grandchildren. Rep. McIff chairs the House Judiciary Committee and also serves on Public Education and Higher Education Committees. During his years as a legislator he has been a strong advocate for excellence in education and continued access to and multiple uses of public lands. In all of these assignments, he brings a voice of reason, experience and common sense.
State Senate-district 27 Mike Binyon I am the Democratic candidate for the Utah State Senate District 27. The District includes all of San Juan, Grand, Emery and Carbon Counties and parts of Utah and Wasatch Counties. I am a 50-year member of Local Union 354 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, live in Moab, and retired after having worked as a construction electrician for 42 years. The AFL-CIO endorses my candidacy. As an electrician, I made a very good living back in the 1970s-1980's working on the construction and maintenance of several of the powerhouse units in Emery County and I am well aware of the need for better enforcement of safety standards on mining and industial sites in Utah. I think that we must find ways to fund Public Education more adequately . It is embarrassing to note that Utah has the lowest per pupil funding in the Nation. In the 21st Century, it is more important then ever to properly educate our children; the Legislature should have no higher priority. Under the Affordable Care Act, the State should set up a legitimate model exchange program and should fully participate in the expansion of Medicaid, so that all citizens have medical coverage.
School board-Ferron-Clawson Sam Singleton Most of my life has been spent in pursuing educational goals and accomplishments. Seventeen years were spent in getting an education which included graduating from South Emery High School, an Associate degree from Carbon College, a Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree from Utah State University. I returned to Emery County and spend 41 years working with our wonderful youth, the most rewarding years of my life. Serving on the Emery County School Board for the past 12 years has given me the opportunity to continue a life in the educational field. Spending two years in the US Army is an experience I appreciate very much. I am dedicated to the youth of our area. I support them in their activities and praise them for their many accomplishments. I have a great appreciation for our teachers and others who make Emery County schools so successful. My wife, three sons and 10 grandchildren make my life so meaningful. I want to continue my service in helping our schools in Emery County to achieve success. I appreciate your support in the November election.
School board-Ferron-Clawson Bruce Funk I attended USU obtaining a B.S. Degree in Secondary Education in Physical Science Education, teaching several years at Duchesne High School in subjects from math, physics, chemistry and general science. I prepared each day for a wide spectrum of student abilities. We must try and meet the needs of students and teachers. I served as Teachers Association President and negotiated directly for teacher salaries/benefits. Making sure we have the best teachers is of greatest importance to me. It disturbs me when we lose good teachers for lack of support for their programs without consideration of the beneficial impact on the students or school. I would pledge to every teacher and staff members to give them the courtesy of listening to their concerns and following up on concerns. I am committed to doing everything possible to make our schools the best. I have six grandchildren in school. I understand governmental accounting from the years I served as Emery County Clerk/Auditor. I am a contractor and painting contractor and will bring expertise to the district's maintenance needs. With the uncertainties of future school growth and finances, it is important to consider a candidate that can hit the floor running and maintain stability in the future.
School board-Castle Dale Laurel Johansen We are all grateful that we live in this valley. Sixteen years ago, I decided that one way I could give back to the community was to serve on the school board. I had children in school then and appreciated the fine education they received. Now I have grandchildren in school. We have worked hard, through both good and bad times, to keep class size low, to pay our teachers and other employees fairly, to help our students continue to excel, and to manage our aging buildings. Our students do well in college and on competency exams. They received $615,000 in scholarships last year and 1,307 college credits last year, saving parents $242,000 plus room, board and transportation costs. We face challenges. Enrollment has declined nearly 1,200 students since 1989, state funding has not kept pace with our needs. Fuel costs for buses, cost of heating and cooling our buildings, and health insurance costs are soaring. We have an effective and professional staff and faculty who have been equal to every challenge that has come our way. Parental input is important as we strive to improve our school system and it has been my pleasure to represent the citizens of my district.
United States Senate Scott Howell Scott was born in Provo and grew up in Salt Lake City. He spent his summers in Castle Dale on his grandpa's farm where he learned the values of hard work and service. He attended Dixie State College on a football scholarship, and graduated from the UoU in political science. Scott went to work with IBM, where he advanced to become the director of Global System Integrators/Channel Strategies and the Executive of IBM Public Sector operations. In these roles, he helped governments worldwide increase effectiveness and efficiency through information technology as a"Smart Communities" advocate to shape the future of the world's community governments in today's global technology revolution. Scott retired from IBM in March of this year. Scott served in the Utah Senate for three terms, including eight years as the Senate Democratic Leader. Assignments included health and human services, education, government innovation, transportation, and Olympic Sports Authority. He was a ranking member of the Executive Appropriations Committee. National memberships include the Harvard Policy Group at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the United States Internet Council, and the Democratic Leadership Council. Scott served on the "2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee." He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four sons.
United States House of Representatives Soren Simonsen Utah's District three is diverse. From rapidly growing cities and towns, to vast agricultural valleys and plains, to culturally and resource rich canyon country, Utah needs a thoughtful and disciplined partner. Soren is a problem-solver who exhibits diplomacy, thrift, stewardship and collaboration. He has two decades of experience working with federal, state and local governments strengthening Utah communities in the Third District, including 13 years as an appointed and elected official. Ethics: Work for comprehensive ethics and campaign finance reform to restore constitutional rights guaranteed to the people of the United States. Economy: Reduce national debt, streamline tax codes, and sustain local jobs to fortify our prosperity. Invest wisely in future needs such as domestic renewable energy production and critical transportation infrastructure.Education: Support innovative public education programs—the foundation of a strong economy—and strengthen public education as one of America's treasures. Environment: Protect Utah's wild lands from private interests, preserve public access for future generations, and ensure that our national landmarks are well managed and maintained. Equality: Remove barriers to women, minorities, and families, extend marriage equality to all, and rebuild our prominence as a welcoming land to immigrants who contribute to society. More information at www.sorensimonsen.com.

Candidate spotlights for Nov. 6 election day




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