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Congressional seats- Second District


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Jim Matheson

Jim Matheson is currently serving his fourth term as Utah's 2nd Congressional District Representative. Matheson is a sixth generation Utahn with family roots in Iron and Juab counties. He and his sister and two brothers attended Salt Lake City public schools.

Before being elected to Congress, Matheson worked for 13 years in the energy industry, both for several private companies and as the head of his own small business. His wife, Amy, is a pediatrician and they have two sons.

During his time in office, Matheson has championed bipartisanship, looking to reach across the aisle to find solutions to complex problems. His promise, from the first day on the job, is to put Utah first, ahead of politics, party or partisanship. Many of the initiatives he has pursued—such as removing radioactive waste from the banks of the Colorado River, securing funding to improve safety on Highway 6 and helping protect Carbon County water rights —came from listening to Utahns.

Matheson believes our dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic security. He has voted to expand oil refinery capacity, streamline permits for oil and gas drilling and enhance funding for research and development of new technologies and alternative fuels. Matheson wants more domestic oil production for offshore drilling as well as oil shale and tar sands. Matheson led the effort that resulted in the lifting of moratorium on oil shale leasing. Matheson also wrote legislation to crack down on oil speculators who manipulate oil prices and drive up the price at the pump.

Matheson believes Utah should not be the dumping ground for radioactive waste from foreign countries. He is the lone Utah congressman to stand up and oppose Utah becoming the final destination for waste from Italy, the United Kingdom and around the world.

Bill Dew

Bill Dew was raised in the home of a school teacher and learned the value of a good education and the importance of being self-reliant. He used those principles throughout his life in helping him run a successful home building business for 30 years and in his 10 years of service in the Army Reserve. Dew now wants to take those principles to Washington, D.C. as the congressional representative for Utah's Second District.

Bill Dew will lead the charge to strengthen the economy, lower taxes, make America energy independent, and secure our borders.

Bill has pledged to make the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent, something his opponent has continually blocked from happening. If these tax cuts expire congress will effectively be raising income and investment taxes, reinstating the death tax and the marriage penalty tax, and decreasing the child tax credit. Bill Dew will fight to restore transparency and accountability to government spending.

Bill knows we must address our nation's energy dependence by producing energy domestically. Bill will vote to drill offshore and in ANWR, he will also support clean coal and oil shale development here in Utah that will boost our local economy. While the market finds solutions for alternative fuels, the government needs to do its part to provide relief to the American people and lower energy costs.

Bill Dew believes congress has failed to secure our borders something that is a matter of national security. Legal immigrants should feel welcome to come here to America, but all immigrants should come in the front door so no one has to live in the shadows of society. Congress needs to show leadership on this important issue. Bill Dew will lead the charge to protect our families and our country.

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