2020 UUP Candidates
These are the United Utah Party candidates running in 2020. Please visit their individual websites for more detail about each of them.
Congressional District 3
- Country over party. It's time for a candidate that's free from partisan pressure.
- It's time for real ideas to solve our pressing problems like the pandemic, health care, immigration, the financial health of Social Security, use of excessive force by the police, and the budget deficit.
- It's time for real reforms like laws to end gerrymandering and congressional term limits.
Congressional District 4
- It is time to plan and invest in the future by curbing our debt, our healthcare costs, and college student debt, and repairing our infrastructure, and our outdated entitlement programs.
- Our government has the obligation to protect the rights and dignity of citizens, immigrants and refugees. Mistreatment of our citizens, immigrants, and the exclusion of refugees can no longer be tolerated, but we cannot accept the notion that open borders is ever a good idea. Ensure all citizens are treated fairly.
- It is time for government to work in the best interests of all Americans, not just a few. Extreme partisanship in all parts of the government have prevented it from functioning properly for the American people. Common sense reforms will help our government get back to running properly.
- Jonia left the Republican party because they abandoned their principles. She will bring civility and decency into our discourse, have integrity and a high moral character, have and show respect for all people no matter where they come from, believe or identify, and ensure our nation remains free and true to the Constitution that has guided this country since its founding.
Utah State Auditor
House District 59
- Catherine graduated from BYU with a B.A. in English, followed by an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
- Putting her degrees to work, Catherine taught English at BYU, coached judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in China on legal English, and developed language learning software and language testing materials.
- Catherine has involved herself in a variety of community issues, such as voter registration and voter education and the improvement of Utah’s air quality.
- Since 2017, Catherine has been one of the Utah chapter leaders of Mormon Women for Ethical Government, a grassroots nonpartisan organization that seeks to inspire women of faith to advocate for ethical government.
House District 61 (Provo, Orem)
- Considers the most important aspect of his life to be his marriage to his wife Emily and being the father of his 4 children.
- Grew up in Utah and graduated from USU, followed up with a master’s degree in Public Administration.
- Has spent the bulk of his career (and volunteer work) oversees as a missionary in Russia, a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Romania, and as a personal advisor to six different ambassadors in a multitude of countries.
- Possesses an impressive community-building skillset, including improving education in Afghanistan, training judges and legislators in Kazakhstan, teaching civics to youth in Romania, working with refugees in Colombia, and increasing trade and economic development in Central and Southeast Asia.
- Desires to improve the community at home as he did abroad where the rubber meets the road - the campaign trail.
House District 56 (North Utah County)
- Has been an educator in Utah for 16 years and is currently teaching English in a 3rd grade emersion program.
- Cherishes her familial connections as a wife, mother, stepmother, and “dog mom”.
- Professes her passion for the arts, having directed school musicals, taken the stage in community theatre productions, and employed her vocal cords in various singing groups.
- Values the lessons she teaches her students about character, principles that she believes are not exclusive to children and should be translated to politics as well.
- Lives as a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she has served in various capacities including a Spanish speaking mission in Florida.
House District 60 (Orem)
- Attended Snow College and UVU, earning her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science.
- Brings to the table 13 years of experience in the insurance industry.
- Constantly volunteers in the community. Her service focuses on supporting victims of violence and helping the impoverished to achieve self-sufficiency. Examples include volunteering with the Utah County Rape Crisis Team, making blankets for Project Linus, mentoring as an Ally with Circles Utah Valley, ministering at the Utah State Hospital, and serving food at the Food and Care Coalition.
- She has been involved in local politics for decades and is interested in government reform.
Senate District 7 (West Utah County)
- Graduated from BYU in Business Entrepreneurship and knows by personal experience the challenges faced by small businesses and independent contractors here in Utah.
- Volunteered in the United States Peace Corps helping children in orphanages, assisting the homeless, and hosting language classes.
- Focuses on government reform, increasing voter engagement, and improving political dialogue
- Raises, with her husband Nils, a growing family of four children.
House District 6 (Northwest Utah County)
- Studied History at BYU followed by law school at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, engaging in subjects such as religious liberty and the regulation of energy markets.
- Returned to Utah to work as in-house council for a local software company.
- Die-hard Utah Jazz fan & indiscriminate lover of recreational sports – basketball, soccer, volleyball… - if you can supply the group, he’s game to play.
- Has been married to his wife Lacie for nearly 10 years and they have three beautiful daughters.
House District 63 (Provo)
- Pursuing a life-long aspiration of becoming a teacher, Austin left his native Ohio and obtained a degree in teaching social science from BYU in 2018.
- Austin now works his dream job as a teacher for Walden School of Liberal Arts, where he teaches four subjects. When the final bell rings, he picks up as the after-school coordinator with Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County.
- Glimpsing into his home life, he enjoys cooking, reading, video games, and traveling as much as possible.
- His driving philosophy is the need to prepare future generations for the challenges they will face and pay forward the mentorship he was given.
House District 48 (Provo/Orem)
Salt Lake County
House District 42 (Southwest Salt Lake County)
- Lives with his wife and three boys in South Jordan where he works as a technical recruiter for an innovative tech company.
- Shares his struggle with being legally blind and how he learned skills to provide for his family and live a fulfilling life.
- Aids others in the community experiencing disability as a member of the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) Advisory Council as well as the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (GCEPD).
- Is no stranger to politics from global to local, as a Fulbright alumni with a M.A. in International Relations and many years of local activism.
House District 41 (Riverton Bluffdale)
- Was born in Idaho, lived 8 years in Denver (where he served an LDS mission), and has lived in Salt Lake City ever since.
- Holds down the fort as a stay-at-home dad with his daughter and is happily married to his wife of 18 years.
- Has worked many jobs, but his dearest was owning and managing a game store.
- Has always been politically active, including serving as a precinct chair from 2014-2016.
House District 43 (southwest Salt Lake County)
- Has been married to his wife Pamela for 47 years with three children (one deceased) and four grandchildren.
- Graduated from BYU with a B. A. in Political Science.
- Worked 34 years for the Utah Department of Workforce Services in positions including adjudicator, compliance auditor, and program specialist.
- Has served West Jordan on the city’s Board of Adjustment, General Plan Committee, Design Review Committee.
- Encourages voters to think “outside the two-party box” and use a third-party vote to catch the attention of office holders.
House District 25 (Salt Lake City)
House District 35 (Salt Lake City)
- Works in construction and maintenance, a path he first embarked upon alongside his father (an excavator) as a teenager.
- Found satisfaction in keeping our parks tidy while employed by the Parks Department for nearly 7 years.
- Cares for his grandmother so she can continue to live at home.
- Loves traversing the winter backcountry through splitboarding, a mix of ski touring and snowboarding. When the snow is sparse, hiking and fishing are other wilderness favorites.
- Has spent years building up the community in the literal sense but would also like to apply his passion for politics to help people through rational and evidence-based policy.
House District 44 (Sandy)
- Grew up on a farm near Paul, Idaho. The area was the largest homestead project for veterans in the United States.
- Served a mission to Florida for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Served as sports editor at both Ricks College and BYU.
- President of the chess club. Sometimes played his opponents blindfolded.
- Ran a one-person newspaper in Castaic, Calif., at the time of the Rodney King riots. Many of the police officers involved lived in the Castaic community.
- Past president of the Lions Club.
- Long-time employee at C. R. England, one of the nation’s largest and finest trucking companies; based out of Salt Lake City.
San Juan County
San Juan County Commission
- Grew up in Spanish Valley as a proud 4th generation descendant of pioneer ranchers and farmers.
- Completed a training course in nursing before obtaining a BA in Technical Communication in Denver.
- Enjoyed a fruitful 40-year career in nursing, public affairs journalism, technical writing for the medical device industry, and management of apartment complexes.
- Understands the struggle of poverty that many Utahns experience as a single mother who raised her son while earning her college degree.
House District 72 (Iron County)
- Piper’s interest in politics blossomed early. In high school she attended Girl’s State and Girl’s Nation.
- While studying law at BYU, Piper met her husband Lance. They have made Utah their home ever since.
- To offset school costs (and for adventure), Piper joined the U.S. Army Reserve. This foray led to 20 years of life learning where she attained senior paralegal/court reporter Sergeant First Class before retiring.
- Piper also became a mother of three boys along the way, which taught her all kinds of things, especially patience and fixing broken furniture.
- Piper’s observation of her boys’ education acquainted her with the unique educational challenges that Utah faces, such as large class sizes and teacher shortages.
Sanpete and Juab Counties
Sanpete County Commission
- Graduated from BYU with a BS in Physics and Math and from the University of Texas with a PhD in Science Education.
- Swapped his graduate robes for a classroom of his own at Snow College where he has served as department chair, Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics, and other noteworthy positions.
- Delights youth groups with star shows at the Snow College Planetarium, where he is the director.
- Is married to Holly Ann Smith and has five children, whom he considers his top priority and source of joy.
House District 58 (San Pete and Juab County)
Millard County Commission
- Rolled up his sleeves and entered the construction industry where he worked projects in several western states, primarily as a supervisor.
- Took up law enforcement in his mid-30’s, a defining career move that saw him elected as Sheriff of Millard County for seven terms (28 years).
- Spent 13 years in the US Army Utah National Guard and graduated from the FBI National Academy.
- Served as President of the Western States Sheriffs Association, as a member on the Board of Directors of the National Sheriffs Association, and 2 years as Deputy Commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety.
House District 15 (North Davis County)
- Inherited an interest in political issues at a young age from a history-loving father and a politically involved mother.
- A native Utahn that has put down roots in Layton with his wife and three sons.
- Graduated from BYU and now works as an Electrical Engineer for L3Harris Technologies.
- Has promoted various political causes, including Evan McMullin’s 2016 campaign, RepresentUs, Stand Up Republic, and efforts to implement Ranked Choice Voting and Independent Redistricting.
- Enjoys distance running, reading good books, and playing with his sons.
Davis and Weber Counties
House District 12 (Davis and Weber)
- Let’s work together to ensure our children are safe, our families are strengthened, and our communities thrive.
- We Protect Children by investing in their education and advocating for our children’s safety and rights.
- We Strengthen Families by creating access to affordable and sustainable housing, breaking the cycles of generational poverty, and provide support to parents in helping them raise the future generation.
- We Build Thriving Communities by working with local leaders and businesses to help provide city and job growth and provide the infrastructure needed to sustain that growth.
Weber and Box Elder Counties
House District 29 (Box Elder and Weber County)
- Hails from Brigham City where he currently resides.
- Became interested in the political process early in life and has desired to dive in ever since.
- Graduated from SUU in 2019 with a BS in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies.
- Finds fulfillment in Utah’s wild beauty through hunting, fishing, and camping.