"In the Democratic party I have found social awareness, respect, and data driven solutions. I am fiscally responsible and socially progressive. "
I have been registered as a Republican, Independent, Libertarian, and Democrat at various times in my life. When I turned 18, my parents took me down to register to vote. Utah was a red state and so the only elections that really mattered were the primaries. I registered Republican, hoping to bring compassion and moderation. I was elected as a caucus representative and had the chance to meet my local representatives that very first year.
As a student earning my degree in Economics at Arizona State I felt that the Republican platform supported my interests, despite being aware of historical government discrimination. I even interned for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch(R) during college. I began to describe myself as financially conservative and socially liberal.
I then took that to the extreme as many in the pure Economics field do, and aligned as a Libertarian. A total aversion to taxes and a complete belief in the free market as the great equalizing force. As I entered the workforce I quickly found that this theory works in controlled statistical models, but not in real life.
Since having my children, becoming a manager, and now as a small business owner I’ve learned a lot about life. We all evolve from our early ideals and the weight of responsibilities, bills, and challenges along the way informs my views. I thought that perhaps the more moderate Republican party would again make sense for me. Sadly, the Republican party no longer represents fiscal responsibility or personal freedoms, and so they have lost the factors that kept me affiliated.
In the Democratic party I have found social awareness, respect, and data driven solutions. I am fiscally responsible and socially progressive. The democrats I know have a deep love for our Country and a forward looking problem solving mentality that I find inspiring and necessary to tackle the daily challenges we all face. I am proud to be aligned with the Democratic party and encourage you to see if it is a good fit as well.