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State senate seats- District 27

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Brad King

It has been my pleasure to serve the people of southeast Utah for the past 12 years as their state representative.

I have now, with the endorsement of Senator Mike Dmitrich, thrown my hat into the ring for his state senate seat.

My candidacy is primarily about experience and effectiveness. Serving in the legislative leadership for 10 of my 12 years has given me invaluable experience. Only a handful of legislators have served longer and likely no legislator has served longer in legislative leadership.

My committee assignments have ranged from transportation to economic development and from education to executive appropriations. I understand the complicated process and I know the people in both parties and both in the house and the senate.

My desire is to continue to serve the people of southeast Utah and put that experience to work for you.

My major goals are to continue the work on Highway 6 as it has been from 1997 when I started my legislative service. I am proud of the progress that we have made not only in increasing the number of four lane miles, but the decreasing of the number of fatalities per year. (see website:

I wish to continue to push for more funding for education and for rational education reform. I have battled for many years against vouchers and other so called "reform" which would hurt our schools. I have stood for local control when the legislature has wanted to take away our ability to select our own state school board representatives and act as a "super school board".

And finally it is my goal to continue to work for rural economic development, continuing to give the rural counties the tools needed to attract new business and grow our own local businesses. I will continue to make sure that rural Utah gets its fair share of economic development funds.

On Utah's Capitol Hill I have a reputation as a person who would rather make a difference than make a point. I don't care to make headlines or be in the spotlight. I don't care which party good ideas come from or who is sponsoring a bill. I try hard to build consensus and coalitions to do what is right for Utah.

Please allow me to put my experience to work for you in the state senate. I ask for your vote on November 4th.

David Hinkins

I am a rancher and a mining businessman from Emery County. I understand our critical issues, like water and economic development. I won't accept an unsafe Highway 6. I won't accept extreme environmentalists locking down our land. I'll fight for responsible multiple access and use of our resources and trust lands so we can provide for our families and educate our children.

We need to be heard on Capitol Hill and we need strong lungs to be heard.

Senate District 27 is a sprawling rural region populated largely by miners and ranchers, has been in Democratic hands for four decades.

I am running for the legislature to give the people in my community a chance to be heard. A voice in the senate that will be heard loud and clear. My roots are in rural Utah. I was raised in Emery County as were my parents. We have raised our four children here and understand the difficulties and needs of other families who have also chosen to make this their home. I have enjoyed many successes in my life and feel that I can contribute in a substantive way to improving our quality of life both along and off the Wasatch Front. Job creation and economic development is key to sustaining our communities and to providing employment opportunities that will allow us to keep our children close and families together.

We live in one of the most energy rich areas in the world. This senate district possesses energy resources that can drastically reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil. The families in this district deserve a senator who understands these industries, who has worked in these industries and who can provide clear leadership to make sure these resources are responsibly explored and extracted for the benefit of our local communities, Utah, and our nation as a whole.

I also have the ability to navigate the political waters as a member of the majority party in this state. I will have the ability to work with our legislative leadership to get meaningful legislation passed, legislation that will benefit families in this district. It is the only way the senate district can lose someone of great respect and stature like Senator Mike Dmitrich to retirement and not lose ground.

I think we need to be represented by a Republican for a change.

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