Candidates' Free Speech Messages

Regarding the order of candidates on this page

To be as fair as possible in ordering of candidates on this page the following scheme was utilized: Candidates are organized first by office for which they are running, and second alphabetical by last name. Offices are displayed in the following order: Utah Governor, U.S. Senate, Congressional Districts numerical (1, 2, 3, 4).


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Peter Cooke is a retired two-star general, small business owner, husband, father of five and a Democrat who is running to be Utah’s next Governor. Peter received a global education while his father worked for Pan American Airlines, spanning from New Jersey and Florida, to Thailand and Germany, where he graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1967. Peter earned both a bachelor’s (1971) and a master’s degree (1973) in political science from Utah State University. His 39 year career in the military began in Logan where he enrolled in USU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1967.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
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Gary Richard Herbert is the 17th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Utah. Having served as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, he assumed the governorship on August 11, 2009, following the resignation of Jon Huntsman, Jr., who was appointed United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China by President Barack Obama. Herbert was elected to serve out the remainder of the term in a special election in 2010, defeating his opponent 64%-32%. He is seeking election to a full four-year term in 2012.

Ken Larsen
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Ken Larsen was the Personal Choice Party candidate for governor of Utah in 2004, receiving 8,399 votes for 0.9%. He is a medical researcher in Salt Lake City and has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Brigham Young University. Larsen was a key player in the forming of the The Personal Choice Party in approximately 1997.
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Bill is running as an Independent in 2012 in Utah, because he believes that there needs to be a political revolution that is not driven by partisanship but rather our morality and humanity. “There is an opportunity to unite as citizens and address the urgency to which we must change course as a country to protect our natural world and defend the air we breathe and the water that sustains us.

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Daniel Geery, educator, writer, inventor. “We should put children first, seriously first, and make decisions in their interest and that of generations to come.” Geery will accept no money for his campaign, believing we should run our country on principles and good ideas, with no taint of money influencing decisions. He encourages visits to his website:  www.danielgeery.com

Orrin Hatch
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Senator Hatch's core values were learned at the knee of his father, a hard working metal lather, and his mother, a devout woman who encouraged her son's appetite for learning and giving service to others, and his spirit of patriotism for our country.
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For a decade (1991-2001), Scott served as a Utah State Senator - eight years as the Senate Minority Leader - and in doing so established a reputation for being an effective voice in government. In the private sector, Scott has worked as an IBM executive for 34 years, and spent the last five as the Policy Director for public sector sales throughout the U.S. and in other countries. There, he negotiated sensible policies to produce economic growth thus helping citizens both locally and nationally, through job creation, as well as utilizing technology's ability to transform societies.

Shaun McCausland
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Shaun McCausland believes that the reason we as a country have serious problems concerning debt, unnecessary involvement in foreign conflicts and a loss of personal freedom is that we have abandoned the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. He believes that the best way to restore the values, freedoms and greatness of our nation is to return to those principles of truth and require our representatives to do so also. The major parties are more interested in power and getting re-elected than they are in real solutions that will make our future better and our children free, productive and happy.To find out more, please visit the website at www.mrshaungoestowashington.com.

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Robert William "Rob" Bishop is the U.S. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

Donna McAleer
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In February 2000, Donna left the corporate world and moved to Park City, Utah, to fulfill a lifelong dream: training to represent the United States in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Bobsled. As a bobsled driver, she finished 4th in Olympic trials, missing the Olympic team by only two spots.

Shortly thereafter, Donna put her corporate experience and business acumen to use for the community, becoming the Executive Director of the People’s Health Clinic, a non–profit organization based in Summit County, Utah. In this role she led a major turnaround for an organization committed to providing quality healthcare for the uninsured.

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Because we have strayed so far from the Constitution, much needs to be done to bring us back to limited government whose sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property. I promise to live up to my oath to God to uphold the Constitution.
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I have resided in Utah since January 1969, with my wife, Barbara. I am an engineering professor at the University of Utah, having served in several administrative positions, including Dean of Engineering. I am a scientist and engineer with books, patents, and scientific publications. A fuller bio is at: www.joeandrade.org

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I cannot sit back and watch my children's freedom slip away. I want them to enjoy what I have. We need elected officials that will stand for principles over politics. Our elected officials need to be Statesmen, not Politicians. I am willing to devote my time and talents to being a Statesman, and support the principles which made our country experience the most freedom of any other nation.
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Residing for the past 20 years in Salt Lake City, Charles is the fifth youngest (of thirteen) child of June and Russell Kimball born in the seaside town of Portland, Maine. With deep working class roots and sustained values of hard work, Charles learned very early in life the importance of consensus and cooperation. Those lessons he hopes to take to Washington.

Visit www.kimballforcongress.com to learn more.

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Jay is a Utah native with roots dating back before statehood. He and his wife of 34 years Michelle Jolley Seegmiller have four children and four grandchildren. Jay and Michelle have family throughout central and southern Utah. They look forward to a day when they will retire in Hurricane.
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Chris Stewart is a New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the owner of a small business. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children. He considers being a father the most important and enjoyable job in the world.
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Søren is an architect, city planner, and educator. He has spent the past 25 years as a design and planning professional, including over a decade of public service as an appointed and elected official, with a focus on creating safe, healthy, beautiful and prosperous communities throughout the western United States. Søren Simonsen is a Principal of Community Studio, an urban design, planning and development services company based in Salt Lake City, UT.
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With no paid staff, no name recognition, no campaign debt and very little money Jason Chaffetz beat all odds. Standing firm on the conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense, Jason knocked out a 12-year incumbent and was elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional District in 2008.

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In November 2011, Mia Love filed to run for Utah’s newly formed 4th Congressional District based on her demonstrated leadership on conservative principles. She credits her parents with providing the foundation for her ideals. After many years of living in the unstable, regime-torn socialist island country of Haiti, her parents immigrated legally to the United States with $10 in their pockets in hopes of achieving the American Dream.
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Jim Matheson is a sixth-generation Utahn. His Utah roots and Utah values guide his daily commitment to solve problems and help people.

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