Jim Matheson is currently serving his third term as Utah's Second 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. He says that his promise from the first day on the job was to put Utah first, ahead of politics, party or partisanship. He learned from discussions around the family dinner table that there are good ideas in both political parties. Many of the initiatives he has pursuedÃ¯Â¿Â½such as removing radioactive waste from the banks of the Colorado River, securing funding to improve safety on Highway 6 and helping returning National Guard and Reservists pursue education came from listening to Utahns.
As the son of a Downwinder, he learned you cannot always trust the federal government. He refuses to allow the government to take us down the path of renewed nuclear weapons testing. He opposes any new funding for research and development of new nuclear weapons. He said "show me the data" when the government planned a massive conventional bomb test at the Nevada Test SiteÃ¯Â¿Â½a blast that would produce a giant mushroom cloud. He promises not to let the health and safety of Utahns be compromised on his watch.
Matheson believes the federal government should have to balance its checkbook, just like Utah families. He is cautious and frugal when it comes to people's money. He fights hard for a return to fiscal sanity in Washington and for an end to the ever-growing mountain of debt. A good start, he believes, would be an end to automatic pay raises for Congress, absent an open, up-or-down vote.
Matheson is working to give parents more power to keep children safe online. It is wrong for pornographers to peddle adult material to kids. Sexual predators are hiding behind the anonymous nature of the Internet to harm children. Matheson is trying to put roadblocks in place that protect children. He is working to give law enforcement additional tools to combat these criminals.
Matheson wants the same thing for his family that you want for yoursÃ¯Â¿Â½a safe, healthy and prosperous community with an opportunity for all to succeed. That is why he does this job. He renews his promise to do what is best for Utah and always put Utah first.
LaVar Christensen is the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second Congressional District. He is an elected member of the Utah House of Representatives from the Sandy/Draper area. LaVar was born and raised in Southern California (Upland) but his family has pioneer heritage in Utah. His great great-grandfather was a member of Utah's first territorial House of Representatives. He received his B.A. degree from BYU and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. LaVar is married to Susan Kay Christensen. They have three children: Kenny, Karen, and Jeff. They currently have two grandchildren.
Christensen has studied America's history and political system throughout his life. When LaVar was a young man, Ronald ReaganÃ¯Â¿Â½then the Governor of Calif.Ã¯Â¿Â½asked LaVar's father to run for the California legislature. Christensen had an opportunity to meet the future president and was inspired by Governor Reagan's conservative philosophy and unwavering optimism about America's future. In 2002, Christensen entered into politics himself and was elected to serve in the Utah House of Representatives.
Christensen has a distinguished record of fighting to preserve traditional family values. In 2004, LaVar wrote and sponsored the Utah Constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This amendment was adopted by Utah voters and is an essential piece of legislation against liberal activist judges who seek to legislate from the judicial bench. Representative Christensen has also successfully sponsored important legislation that recognizes and strengthens parental rights as well as civic and character education in Utah's public schools. Christensen understands the absolute necessity of fighting and winning the war on terror. He understands that Iraq is the central front of that war and will stand with President Bush to ensure that the fragile new democracy within the country remains strong and intact. He sees the fallacy in the Democrat's plan to cut and run which would allow the terrorists to turn Iraq into another Islamofascist state like Iran.
Representative Christensen fully understands the important role that low taxes and fiscal discipline play in stimulating small business and sustaining a robust economy. He is committed to preserving the tax-cuts, and making them permanent. He also believes that we must put an end to the unrestrained spending in order to lower the deficit and provide our children with a prosperous future.
Christensen is committed to the development of new sources of energy as well as the increased production of oil within our borders. By tapping into the vast supply of oil at the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, America will not only be able to obtain cheaper energy, but will also strengthen it's national security by decreasing our reliance upon foreign oil. With Democrats poised to gain control of Congress in this November's midterm election, Christensen offers Utahns a chance to make a difference. LaVar Christensen and conservatives like him are committed to spreading freedom throughout the globe, while protecting citizens at home. Christensen will fight to keep our economy strong and believes in the power of individualsÃ¯Â¿Â½not the governmentÃ¯Â¿Â½to make and keep America great.
Bob Brister is the Green Party candidate for Utah's Second Congressional District. Voters in Utah's Second Congressional District deserve the right to vote for a candidate that wants the U.S. to leave Iraq now. Brister is that candidate.
The war in Iraq is a tragedy and a mess. Over 2,700 American soldiers have been killed. Over 100,000 Iraqi have been killed. Over $300 billion of our tax dollars have been spent on the war and occupation of Iraq. The U.S. has been in Iraq for three and one half years and the situation is getting worse. Iraq is now in a state of civil war. The U.S. presence in Iraq is generating more jihadi fighters. Don't leave American troops in the middle of the Iraq civil war.
Raise the minimum wage to a living wage. Work has worth and dignity. When we work all day in the richest country in history, we deserve to make enough money to live on. A living wage keeps families independent and not reliant on public services. We all deserve to make enough money to have life's necessities in 21st Century America and to fully participate in society and democracy.
National health insurance for all. It is wrong for over 45 million Americans to go without health insurance. Health care is a matter of human rights and dignity, not just another commodity to be bought and sold. Let's get rid of the private health insurance companies with their wasteful overhead. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a national health care system. Americans should not have to live in fear of bankruptcy if they get sick or injured. A single-payer national health insurance system like Medicare would cover everyone and cost no more than the patchwork of private health insurance that leaves so many uninsured and under-insured.
Protect the earth. We all need clean air and clean water. Safeguard our wildlife habitat on public lands. Utah's Second Congressional District has some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Let's value and protect these treasures. Utah should not be the dumping ground for the nation's toxic and nuclear waste. Shut down the nuclear power industry that is targeting Utah to be the nation's radioactive waste dump.
Brister is a five-year resident of Salt Lake City and lives near Liberty Park. He has a masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Brister has worked in public lands conservation for the past 10 years.