Meet Emily

Normally when you get to this section, it’s an opportunity for me to toot my own horn and tell everyone how awesome I am. I certainly intend to do that, because people still do want to know who I am. But before I do, I just want to say it’s not all that easy for someone like me to lay it all out for everyone to see.

My connection to Utah:

An important thing I’d like to mention right away is my connection to Utah. I’ve lived in a variety of places all my life, but Utah has been the one constant, stable thing. It was home for me when my father attended BYU. I spent elementary, middle, and junior high schools in Utah county. I came back as a BYU student myself and graduated with a business degree from the Marriott School of Business. I worked for two different start-up companies here. Three of my four children were born in Utah. My children currently attend elementary school here.

With all of those experiences there are several things I’d like to highlight:

  • I know what it’s like to go through the school system here in Utah, having received the bulk of my education here.
  • I know what it’s like for Utah entrepreneurs.
  • I know what it’s like to deal with the health care system, not only for the deliveries of my children but for several surgeries as well.
  • Because of immediate family members, I understand what it’s like for people who need special accommodations here in this state. Deaf education has been especially important to me.

My professional experience:

I have spent a number of years in the business world, working for large and small companies. I’m a certified American Sign Language interpreter and know what it’s like to be a regular trades person, paid hourly for specialized services. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and spent a year and a half working with Eastern European organizations. I spent 8 years overseas while my husband worked as a diplomat. In those 8 years I learned the local language of each place we lived and volunteered my time to see what I could do to contribute to the communities around me. From working a small farm in Kazakhstan to walking the streets and helping the homeless of Jakarta, I learned so much about human ingenuity and goodness. Little things can have a huge impact. Never doubt what you can do.

Political Experience:

For many years, I didn’t vote. I didn’t think my vote mattered. Other, more educated people were surely taking care of things. No one needed me.

I’ve learned over the last few years just how wrong I was. Every vote counts. Every person is important. I started a political blog to help educate myself on issues as well as to help me appreciate the beautiful variety we have in our political spectrum. From the far left to the far right and everything in between, every person has something meaningful to contribute.

I love looking for connections and opportunities to collaborate. I love using my business background and my interpreting skills to make policy that is practical and lasting. I look forward to serving you in the Utah Senate.

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