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Pete Ashdown

For the first time in the history of human democracy, we have the opportunity to make our government truly representative. I am uniquely suited to make this opportunity a reality. Through the use of modern communication and collaborative technologies, the public can have a voice equal to paid lobbyists who see our elected officials every day. Unfortunately, the majority of our federal representation not only lacks the ability to implement these changes, but the will to do so as well. They retain office through a system which depends on keeping the general public uninformed and cynical towards politics. Enabling the American voice to focus on our toughest problems will eliminate apathy towards our government. Implementing transparency in our representation will ensure that American public interest comes before private. This change will start by electing Pete Ashdown.

I am a husband and the father of three children. We live in the marmalade area of Salt Lake City. I am proud to be a native Utahn who was raised by two loving parents. Growing up in Bountiful, I was raised at the family home my mother and father built together by hand. I attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah. Eventually, I found that my time was completely occupied by computers. In 1993, I started Utah's first Internet service provider, XMission. Since then, it has become one of Utah's largest independent companies, with over 25,000 customers. I have tried to run XMission with business values, putting the needs of my employees, customers, and community above my own. That means paying a living wage, providing health care and pensions, and being charitable. XMission has an open donation policy, giving web services to over 250 non-profit organizations, regardless of mission.

One of the issues I care most about in this campaign is economic development throughout the state. While campaigning in East Carbon last year, and hearing echoes throughout the state, I found rural areas need better infrastructure. This goes beyond quality roads, though Highway 6 needs constant maintenance. It means high-speed rail networks criss-crossing Utah and America, from Price to Wendover. It also means building up fiber-optic networks in rural areas. In the past decade, the U.S. has dropped from first to sixteenth in broadband Internet access. I feel that good infrastructure prevents capital and labor flight to urban areas. Graduating students do not have to consider leaving town to find good jobs. Instead of companies outsourcing jobs overseas, they can be handled in rural areas. Tourism and technology can balance energy development, breaking the boom and bust cycle.

Roger Price

I am Roger Ira Price, a native of Huntsville. I am running for the office of United States Senator.

I was raised on a farm and I have worked in the auto mechanical and building construction/maintenance trades all my life. I have learned the dangers and responsibilities, the duties and rewards of being free through experience. I am not a Republican, a Democrat or a member of any other party which dictates how I will vote, act, believe or live: I am a Utah citizen and a United States citizen. I am on the November ballot through the Personal Choice Party, which party has the platform "Personal Choice". That platform does not infringe upon any of my unalienable rights. I can no longer passively permit the degradation of the principles upon which the United States was founded through tradition, precedent, ignorance, and willful disregard for the supreme law of the land that I have increasingly witnessed during my lifetime.

I stand against any and all adversaries of liberty, truth, and justice. I defend Utah, the United States, our republic, and our Constitution. All are constructed to protect the unalienable rights of all persons without regard or respect for wealth, family, social or public status, color, ethnicity, culture, religion, sex, mental acuity, physical ability, moral turpitude, or any of the other human characteristics that tend to segregate societies. Publicly or privately, I actively promote and protect the equal unalienable rights and moral agency of mankind.

I justify my position, in part, with: the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Utah State Constitution. I advocate the separation of church and state, but I further justify that position as well as all others with: 23rd Psalm; Joshua 24:14-15; 1 Samuel 8; Alma 51:2-9; Alma 30; D&C 101:76-80; D&C 134.

I ask you to weigh all matters carefully and vote in good conscience for your choices on November 7.

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