Michael Aaron of QSaltLake Magazine pounded the pavement seeking out LGBTQ state candidates in Utah. He asked these three probing questions of each candidate:
I feel I’m the better candidate because I’m part of the gay community. I have a personal experience that can relate to voters — fighting for our voices to be heard.
To the QSaltLake readers, I’m offering my voice in the House of Representatives to advocate for LGBTQ rights, and I stand strong for District 21.
Representation matters. It’s important to have someone with an LGBTQ lived experience working with state lawmakers. I’d be a voice for the queer, marginalized, and underrepresented communities.
As a Councilmember, I’ve seen firsthand the need for collaboration and bridge-building with the Utah State Legislature. I’m here to advocate for progressive causes like protecting public lands, increased funding for education, and legalized cannabis. I have the experience and the capacity to be a good partner for our city in the legislature. I hope I can count on your support.
As a gay Hispanic I have experienced discrimination, injustice, and inequalities. Those experiences helped me understand that the human experience for everyone is the same. We all want treatment of respect, equal opportunities to thrive.
I believe that Utah is for everybody, including LGBTQ+ people; and that God is for everybody, including LGBTQ+ people. God wants us to know that sometimes humans get His message wrong and He loves us. And I’d love your support with my campaign.
I don’t believe being gay makes me a better candidate. I do believe, however, being gay has instilled a unique understanding of other people. Based on my life experiences, I’m able to better understand the issues the LGBTQ+ community faces. Our fight forges on; it’s nowhere near being over.
We have fought endlessly to preserve our freedoms, yet all aspects of them are under attack. Join me and the many other candidates across the state whose commitment is providing an alternative to the political norm.
Ironically, I’m finding it easier to run as an openly gay man in Southern Utah than as a Democrat. The people I have talked to thus far are supportive when I talk about my husband, but take a step back when I say I’m the Democratic candidate.
Everyone needs to stay involved. Vote, sign up and encourage others to join “iwillvote.com“. Support your candidates, volunteer, donate and be active.
I have lived in District 21 since I was 8 years-old and I look forward to raising my own family here. I continually engage in making this community a better place. For instance, I’ve volunteered my time as McGruff the Crime Dog and taught self-defense classes to teachers, church groups, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
I express my gratitude for this opportunity and hope you’ll never hesitate to contact me with any questions about my campaign or concerns about our community. I will work for you.
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