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Host Devin Thorpe, candidate for Utah's 3rd Congressional District, interviews guests to discuss social issues that impact Utahns. Paid for by Friends of Devin Thorpe.

Devin D. Thorpe

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Jennifer Fresques Explains the Role & Significance of the County Assessor - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2020 7:22

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jennifer Fresques Office Sought: Salt Lake County Assessor Issue: Most people don't know what the Assessor does or who the current Assessor is. One of my goals would be to change that, to make the office more accessible to the public. The Assessor's office has struggled to retain and attract experts in our field. This makes valuation more difficult. It also makes it more difficult for us to hold the valuations on higher valued properties which could result in undue burden on all others. Unfortunately, because people don't understand the role of the Assessor, they often don't really care who runs the office. This makes running for this office difficult. The Assessor plays an integral role in running the office as well as with the public. Within our office there is a desperate need for positive changes. The public needs to understand that without the right leadership, they will be affected. Customer service may suffer and the values may suffer. It's important to get the values correctly assessed in order to spread the tax burden equitably and without undue burden to our working class families. Bio: My name is Jennifer Fresques. My husband Rich and I have two incredible sons, a dog and a cat. We love spending time together as a family whether it’s watching a movie, playing board games or cards or having snowball fights. I love reading. I love laughing with my husband and kids. I am also passionate about surrogacy and our family was fortunate enough to be able to help three families grow when I was a surrogate for them. I have a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and I am a Certified General Appraiser. I have worked in the Salt Lake County Assessor’s office for 12 years. While in the Assessor’s office I have worked in various positions in the Commercial Department. I have been in leadership roles for several years now. I feel passionately about the work we do and about the people that I lead. My background in the county and in the Assessor’s office as well as my Certified General licensing makes me an excellent candidate for Salt Lake County Assessor. I have spent years observing the challenges in our office and speaking with my fellow employees about the issues they have in our office. I have striven to become a leader with an open door, ready to listen and always willing to advocate for our employees. I strongly believe the Assessor’s office needs fresh perspectives in management in order to make positive changes within the organization. The better our organization and the more effective and efficient our employees can become, the better our customer service and valuation can become. The closer the assessor’s office can get to the true fair market values of all properties, the better the tax burden can be fairly spread. My oath as a leader: I will lead with integrity and honesty. I will be the “fix it” leader who not only fixes things, but empowers others to fix things as well. I will set clear expectations and make certain that those expectations are clearly communicated to those I lead. I will provide the knowledge, tools and guidance to help build up those around me. I will strive for positive communication, transparency, consistency and competency. Website: jenniferfresques.com Facebook: @jennifer4assessor Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-fresques Instagram: @jennifer4assessor #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT Physicians for a Healthy Environment Founder On Opening Schools - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2020 11:32

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Brian Moench Issue: Right now it's the pandemic and whether to open schools. Normally it's air pollution and the climate crisis. I've been involved in trying to raise awareness of the health consequences of air pollution/dirty energy, and shape public policy to improve Wasatch Front air quality. We're not doing anywhere enough to reduce pollution, and much more must be done. The proposed inland port will be the biggest new source of pollution in 50 years. Bio: Medical Background: - Graduate of U. of Utah Medical School - Internship in Internal Medicine at LDS Hospital - Residency in Anesthesiology at Mass. General Hospital - Fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine Mass. General Hospital - Former instructor in anesthesia, Harvard Medical School - Former Chairman, Anesthesia Dept., Holy Cross Hospital - Private practice in anesthesiology since 1981. Environmental expertise: - Former adjunct faculty member, U. of Utah Honors College, teaching public health and the environment. - President and founder, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, (UPHE). Since 2007 UPHE has become the largest civic organization of medical professionals in the Western US. We have been actively engaged in many environmental battles throughout the country and Western Canada. UPHE has worked closely with numerous national environmental groups like the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, and WildEarth Guardians. - Board Chairman, Doctors and Scientists Against Wood Smoke Pollution - Nominated by Pres. Obama as a finalist for the Award, Champions of Change, for my work on public health and the climate crisis, 2013. Writing and lecture experience: - I have had about 110 Op Eds published in newspapers throughout the country on numerous issues related to the environment and public health. - I have been the principal author of extensive and heavily referenced comments submitted to federal and state agencies on various types of environmental rule making, and courts briefs written for environmental lawsuits on behalf of UPHE. - I am the author of the health chapter in a soon to be published book, Air Pollution in Utah: Issues and Solutions. The book is under contract with the University of Utah press. - Author of the non-fiction book, Death by Corporation, an expose' of the dark, and all too often lethal business practices of major international corporations. - I have appeared on national television, MSNBC, Fox Business Chanel, to discuss the relationship between neonatal death and pollution from fracking. - I have been quoted in numerous national newspapers, appear regularly on local television and radio programs discussing the health consequences of air pollution and am well recognized by the Utah public as an expert on air pollution and health. I give dozens of lectures a year on numerous issues related to environmental contamination. - I have testified as an expert witness in environmental lawsuits, and am currently an expert witness on the effect of environmental contaminants on brain function for defendant in a murder trial. - On a lighter note, I was the first political opponent of the now infamous political guru for George W. Bush, Karl Rove, at Olympus High School, SLC, 1968. - I was the creator and founder of a humorous greeting card company, In Your Face Cards, which sold 35 million cards over 11 years. As a physician, humorous cartoonist, and creator of In Your Face Cards, CNN did a personal profile on me in the late 1990s. - I am an ongoing thorn in the side of Utah state government, industrial polluters, oil and gas drillers, and wood burners. Website: UPHE.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.moench.1 #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT House Candidate Sam Winkler On Growth: Pollution, Traffic, Overpopulation - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2020 7:59

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Samuel Winkler Office Sought: House District 42 Issue: Managing growth and what comes with it. The air has become more polluted and our roads are clogged with traffic. Our schools are overfull and I have a concern for the amount of water we actually have left. We need to manage growth to ensure that we will have water for future generations, that developments include transit, education, and commercial elements. Bio: Sam Winkler was born and raised in Utah, married with three children ages 2, 6 and 13. Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and enjoys spending time with his family camping, fishing, and just hanging around. Sam is a police sergeant for a local police department and has worked serving our community for over 20 years. Sam currently supervises the School Resource Officers, Traffic Unit, Community Outreach and fills in as a Public Information Officer. Sam's career has allowed him to see first-hand many of the issues we all face in our communities today - whether it's needing to invest more in education, to our deteriorating air quality, or growing pains and infrastructure. Even today, Sam has great ideas to work with the community on criminal justice and law enforcement reform. Sam will listen to all of the evidence and weigh all of the facts to make the best decisions for the people of our district and the State of Utah. Website: www.vote4samwinkler.com Twitter: @SamuelUtah Facebook: @SamWinkler4UTHouse42 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-winkler-b0924716/ Instagram: @SamWinkler4UTHouse42 #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

West High Student Discusses School Safety - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2020 8:22

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Iris Widlansky Issue: School safety. My school had to shelter in place because somebody brought a gun to school last fall. Guns were invented to kill people and animals. They don’t belong in our communities. Bio: I’m Iris Widlansky and I’m a student at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. In my free time, I enjoy acting, reading, dancing, and writing. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in social justice. I am an activist, and I try to stay informed about injustices in the world around me and how I can help people. Whether I’m going to a protest, signing petitions, or listening to members of marginalized communities, I try to help people as much as I can. A few months ago, my dad told me about Devin’s political campaign. I looked at his website and saw that he was looking to address many of the issues I was interested in (climate change, affordable healthcare, gun violence, etc.) and I wanted to get involved. I’m super excited to be working with Devin and his team, and to be making a lasting impact. Instagram: @a.little.messy #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

How We Can Make People's Voices Heard in Utah by Suzanne Harrison - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2020 6:19

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Suzanne harrison Office Held: State rep Office Sought: State rep Issue: Feeling heard and prioritized. Bio: I grew up in Provo where my parents both spent their careers working at BYU. I went to Timpview High School and then attended Stanford University where I met my husband, John, who was raised in Centerville, Utah. After Stanford I graduated from medical school at the University of Utah, and completed my residency in anesthesiology at Harvard University. We’ve lived in District 32 for over a decade. Our children attend local public schools. John works as a Senior Director of Engineering at Lucid Software. I am a board-certified anesthesiologist at Riverton Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. I also volunteer at our children’s schools and sports leagues and in our church. Website: Votesuz.com Twitter: @votesuz Facebook: @votesuz Instagram: @votesuz #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Tim Chambless: Climate Change As A Common-Sense Issue - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2020 8:48

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Tim Chambless Office Sought: 2018 Utah State Senate District 2 Issue: Climate Change impacting the nation's demographics. I have observed erratic weather and temperature changes for half a century. The time to act is now. Bio: University Professor. Taught over 30,000 in 35 years. Utah resident 49 years. Involved in over 30 political campaigns. Worked for a Utah Governor, U.S. Senator and Utah Congressman, and Salt Lake City Mayor. Married and father. #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Doug Owens Talks Bipartisanship, Outdoor Recreation Economy

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 9:42

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Doug Owens Office Sought: Legislature, House District 36 Issue: Conservation. Started non-profit to help find common ground with people on the other end of the political spectrum. We can win friends to conservation by highlighting the importance of outdoor recreation for the economy. Bio: Doug Owens was born and raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah and Yale Law School. He and his wife Cynthia Smart Owens have four children and are proud to call Millcreek their home. As an attorney, Doug has three decades' experience resolving complex commercial, environmental, and employment issues. Twenty-five years ago, Doug took two years off from his career to stay home with three little boys while Cynthia finished medical residency. Cynthia currently practices medicine at St. Mark’s Hospital. Doug is committed to improving education, keeping Utah’s economy strong, protecting our air, and preserving the places that make Utah special. Doug is the founder of Utah Outdoor Partners, a non-profit organization launched to raise awareness of the value of Utah's outdoors and promote the creation of parks, trails and other recreation infrastructure to keep pace with population growth. Website: dougowensutah.com #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT HD-14 Candidate Olivia Jaramillo Talks Economic Challenges to the Middle Class - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2020 7:37

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Olivia Jaramillo Office Sought: Utah State Representative, House District 14 Issue: The impact of population growth and the economic and social changes its bringing and impacting the middle class. This is bringing to surface many issues that are difficult to deal with such as poverty and everything associated with it like bankruptcy. We need to address our economy, and make it more friendly to our middle class. Bio: Olivia Jaramillo is the Democratic candidate for the Utah House of Representatives, House District 14. Olivia was born and raised in Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 14. She joined the United States Air Force in 1999. She has served tours to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 7 years in Europe, and humanitarian missions into Sub-Saharan Africa (Mozambique, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa). She has written Military Legislation at local and regional Military levels. She retired from Active Duty Military Service after 20 years in March 2019. She currently Chairs the North Davis Communities that Care Coalition, has created a Veterans Benefits Fair in Davis County, in conjunction with Davis County Commissioners, founded and leads the Davis County Multicultural Committee; and is currently working with Davis County Sheriffs and all 15 City Mayors and City Councils on reforming their first responder training to include Implicit bias/race relations sensitivity education.. She was recently nominated to be the State’s PTA Diversity & Inclusion Board Specialist. She is committed and advocates for the preservation of Constitutional American Rights, the middle class, a proper State tax reform, public education, the environment, and minority communities such as Veterans of war, and the correction of public perception towards legal immigrants. Olivia lives in Syracuse, Utah with her 9 year old son Oliver. Website: www.oliviaforutah.com Twitter: @oliviaforutah Facebook: facebook.com/oliviaforutah Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/olivia-jaramillo Instagram: @oliviaforutah Photo credit: Hassison Spendlove #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Hear This 10-year-old's "Project Empathy" and How He's Making a Difference! - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2020 7:00

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Chase Hansen Issue: How to overcome despair and human suffering. I see it around me. Complex challenges can we solves through listening and empowering others. Bio: When he was four years old Chase Hansen founded KID LABS, "a social impact corporation with a mission to be a global FORCE FOR GOOD." Of course, he had a little bit of help from his mentor and sidekick, a.k.a. his dad, John Hansen. The idea developed in 2013, when Salt Lake City - based father and son visited FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention and decided they too could be superheroes - now they focus on empowerment projects to create meaningful change in the world. Together they champion for others and take on unique social challenges through; innovative business development strategies, awesome collaborative marketing ventures, and creative social experiments. Website: http://bit.ly/Project_Empathy Twitter: @chiefkidofficer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/chiefkidofficer Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chase-hansen-72471111/ Instagram: @chiefkidofficer #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Kevin Perez on UT County Democrats' Vision: Caucuses, Dem Victory, and Involvement - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2020 9:05

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Kevin Perez Office Held: Vice Chair Utah County Dems Issue: Electing Democrats. The job as part of the EC is to elect democrats Bio: Kevin Perez is a 26 year old native from San Diego, CA who moved to Orem, UT at a young age. The son of Mexican immigrants, raised by a single mother. He has worked hard to make it through school and help raise his younger brother. Due to the hardships he’s faced his main concerns are that of every other american. Rising costs of education, Worsening pollution, Shrinking Health Care Coverage, and the 11.5 Million undocumented immigrants who live in the shadows. These are the issues that Kevin is the most passionate about, issues that should have been resolved years ago. Website: https://utcountydems.com Twitter: @utcountydems Facebook: https://facebook.com/utcountydems Instagram: @utcountydems #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Salt Lake Democratic Party Chair On Voter Education

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2020 6:45

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Emily Hase Office Held: Chair, Salt Lake County Democratic Party Issue: Voter education. Ensuring voters are educated on how to cast ballots, and the importance of voting in down-ballot races is important for electing Democrats in all offices. Bio: Emily Hase serves as the Chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party by night, and as a business analyst for a Fortune 100 company by day. She got her start in Utah politics in 2013 when she managed the re-election campaign for the great JoAnn Seghini, and has been working to elect local leaders ever since. She has worked on campaigns from city council to Governor, and serves on committees for the Salt Lake County and Utah Democratic Parties, local issue and identity caucuses, and the Young Democrats of America. Website: https://www.slcountydems.com/ Twitter: @emily_j_hase Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emily.Hase.UT/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyhase/ Instagram: @emily.j.d.hase #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Democrats CAN win in Utah -- Chris Peterson & Karina Brown -- #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2020 5:06

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Chris Peterson Office Sought: Utah Governor Bio: Chris' government and policy experience include: · Working as a Special Advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense where he helped lead the Pentagon’s efforts to protect military servicemembers from predatory lending. The Secretary of Defense awarded Peterson the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for his efforts on behalf of military families; · Serving in the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where Peterson’s team stopped deceptive and abusive practices by Wall Street banks, payday lenders, and debt collection agencies. His team won $12 billion in refunds and restitution for Americans who were victimized by illegal financial practices; and, · Leading at the University of Utah where he worked as an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with managerial responsibility for the educational mission of the University’s College of Law. Peterson is a national leader and authority on consumer protection. He has published several books including a university textbook on consumer law and an award winning book on predatory lending. The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, an association of state and local consumer law enforcement agencies, gave Peterson its national consumer advocate of the year award for his public service. Chris lives in Salt Lake City with his amazing wife and three wonderful kids. He's a fifth generation Utahn with deep pioneer roots. Chris was born and raised in West Valley City and attended Utah’s public schools. A father of three, Chris is married to Tera Peterson who is also a practicing attorney. Tera is an Assistant Solicitor General in the Utah Attorney General Office’s Criminal Appeals Division where she works to protect crime victims including especially abused children. The Petersons enjoy skiing in Utah's mountains and hiking our state's majestic deserts. Website: https://petersonforutah.com/ Twitter: @PetersonUtah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetersonforUtah/ Guest: Karina Brown Office Held: City of Nibley Planning Commissioner Office Sought: Lt. Governor Issue: Democrat elections Bio: Karina is President of the Cache County Friends of the Children's Justice Center Board and was a founding sponsor of the Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative (Proposition 3) adopted by Utah voters in 2018. She also serves on the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Cache Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee. She is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Nibley, Utah. And she is the co-founder of the Cache Valley United for Change organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement. Karina also currently serves as Co-Chair of Cache Celebration of Women's Suffrage 2020, an organization working to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The organization is dedicated to educating Utah students about voting history including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 1870 when Seraph Young of Utah was the first woman in America to vote under an equal suffrage law. The Women’s Suffrage 2020 curriculum includes an educational exhibit available to school districts across the state. Brown has an M.S. in Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Public Leadership Credential from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Karina is married to Dr. Karl Brown, a physician and Air Force veteran and is a mother of four fabulous children in Nibley, Utah (Cache Valley). Her hobbies include fitness, spending time with family, listening to audio books, and playing violin and guitar. Twitter: @petersonutah @karinaforutah Facebook: facebook.com/karinaandelinbrownforutah Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karina-andelin-brown-23067aa6 Instagram: @karinaforutah @petersonforutah Photo credit: Alina Brown #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Environmental Caucus Chair Alan Naumann On Utah Air - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2020 8:21

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Alan Naumann Office Held: Chair, Environmental Caucus, Chair, Flip 7 Committee Office Sought: Support Utah House races Issue: Air Quality. Health is threatened. Need to drastically reduce burning fossil fuels Bio: Solar and EV charging contractor, Chair, Environmental Caucus, Chair, Flip & Committee Twitter: @alanrnaumann Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alan.naumann.90 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-naumann-72608b45/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT Rep Brian King Discusses Public Education, Clean Air, Economics, and Health Care - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2020 9:53

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Brian King Office Held: Representative, House District 28, Utah State Legislature; Leader, House Minority Caucus Office Sought: Re-election to that office Issue: Public education, clean air, quality outdoor life, economic development, access to health care. They are critically important quality of life issues. I am in favor of all of them! Bio: Brian S. King serves in the Utah state House of Representatives. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1985 and has practiced law in Salt Lake City for over 30 years. Most of that time he has represented individuals suing health, life, and disability insurers and self funded employee benefit plans. This work usually involves the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"). He has lectured across the country and written frequently on the topic. Mr. King was invited to testify before the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. regarding proposed changes to ERISA's claims and appeals procedures and also testified before the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury about changes to the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. He has been lead counsel in hundreds of trial and appellate cases across the country involving health, life, and disability claims. Mr. King has also been lead counsel for plaintiffs in over a dozen class actions, mostly involving ERISA cases. He has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and in many Federal Circuit and District courts. He is a past president of the Utah Association for Justice (formerly the Utah Trial Lawyers Association). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rape Recovery Center and on the Board for the ACLU of Utah. In 2008 Brian was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives as the Democratic representative for District 28 in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the House Judiciary and Business and Labor Standing committees. He also serves on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, the Constitutional Defense Council, and the Federalism Commission. He was elected by his Democratic House colleagues as the Leader of the House Democratic caucus in 2014 and continues to serve in that position. Website: www.kingforrep.com Twitter: @RepBrianKing Facebook: Facebook.com/Brian.king.7528/ Instagram: @briansking #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Cities4Peace Founder On Nonviolence & Social Justice - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 8:29

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Mandar Apte Issue: Promoting peace, compassion, nonviolence and social justice. Violence affects everyone - me - you - everyone - irrespective of our socio-economic status, political views, or where we live. We have to come together to end systemic racism and promote compassion, nonviolence and harmonious co-existence Bio: Mandar is a former Shell GameChanger who used to manage Shell's investment portfolio on social innovations that create shared value - both social impact and business value. After working at Shell for 17 years, Mandar became a Visiting Scholar at George Mason and started an innovation lab on the Business for Peace that provides innovation consulting to brands to find novel ways to make peace profitable. Currently, he manages a nonprofit peace consultancy 'Cities4Peace' that actively promotes peace and compassion in cities across the world. His flagship work in 2019 was in Los Angeles - working closely with the LAPD and the LA Mayors Office for Gang Reduction in Los Angeles. In 2017, Mandar produced/directed a documentary film 'From India With Love' (now on Amazon Prime). The documentary showcases the journey to India that he hosted for the parents from the Sandy Hook school, Black Lives Matter activists and a former gang member from LA to study nonviolence. Website: www.cities4peace.org Twitter: @mandarapte108 @cities4peace Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandarapte108/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources Exec & Pacific Island Heritage Month - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2020 9:28

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Susi Feltch Malohifo'ou Office Held: Executive Director, Co-Founder Website: https://pik2ar.org/ Facebook: facebook.com/pik2ar Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susifmalohifoou/ Instagram: @pik2ar #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

National Geographic Educator in Lehi: Utah's Decimated Monarch Butterfly Population - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2020 7:58

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Daniela Larsen Bio: National Geographic Certified Educator. Passionate about exploring the world through science and the human story. Current projects include creating online education, marketing the right causes, conservation and historical preservation. Executive Director The Hutchings Museum Website: johnhutchingsmuseum.org Twitter: @museumhutchings Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniela-larsen-natgeo/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Utah House Rep Talks Intergenerational Poverty & Racial Bias - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2020 9:46

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Elizabeth Weight Office Held: State Representative Office Sought: State Representative Issue: Fair, safe, and sustaining employment. I have had the opportunities for education and employment that provided income to support a household and also health and retirement benefits. What my security has done is give me a basis for comparison and realization of the precarious nature of jobs, not to mention benefits, for so many people in my House district as well as across the state. Also, as a woman and single household wage earner, I have experienced the impact of gender bias in employment as well as the seemingly chosen ignorance of policy makers about the economic as well as household impacts that working women must navigate. A common point of view is that people choose their employment paths by acquiring education and working toward career goals. My own parents succeeded with hard work and integrity. However, somewhat from my experience, but also from my observations of my students' family situations, there are numerous traditions and presumptions that simply avoid realities of inter-generational poverty, limited access to healthcare, and, as we have been reminded recently, racial biases. I regularly hear people use the phrase "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" but I know too many situations where there are no boots. We can see from the course of economics in my lifetime that Capitalism does not create even its own best support system. When public policy assures more equity for education, healthcare, and employment, it builds fundamental elements for strong economy. Bio: Elizabeth Weight is a sixth generation Utahn with family roots in Sanpete County. As her parents moved from ranching to other business careers, she and her three sisters attended public schools in Fairview, Brigham City, and Bountiful. She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in English Language Arts Education and taught for thirty-two years in Davis and Granite School Districts. Along with her teaching, she served as a department chair, state and local test item-writer and curriculum designer, as a member of her school community council, and in other teacher-representative positions. While in the classroom, she was a member and leader in the American Federation of Teachers Utah, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, where she gained formal training in political action, organizing, and leadership. An AFT member still, she currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Central Utah Federation of Labor and a member of the union-sponsored Labor Day Picnic organizing committee. After moving to West Valley City, Elizabeth volunteered regularly with the Salt Lake County Democratic Party and worked on election campaigns, including that of former Representative Larry Wiley. She followed his suggestion that she consider running for office, and, in 2016 was the only Utah Democrat to flip a House seat. Elizabeth is definitely interested in education issues, especially from perspectives of the teachers, students, and families affected by the policies created in government. She recognizes and defines the strong connection between learning and all that students bring to school from their families’ experiences with safe and sustaining employment, healthcare, housing and food security, and the various effects of environmental conditions. She is excited for the opportunities as a Utah Representative to develop relationships and provide perspective among her colleagues and government staff. She is also proud to serve with the amazing guides in the Capitol Tour team … which allows her to continue in a teaching role with thousands of students and visiting tourists each year. Website: Liz4Utah.com Twitter: @RepEWeight Facebook: facebook.com/elizabeth.weight.1 Instagram: @repeweight #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Alex Miles, DACA, and the Need For Paths to Citizenship

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2020 6:58

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Alex Miles Issue: Immigration. Specifically DACA. My girlfriend is a DACA recipient. We need to act with compassion and empathy and find a solution that leads to a pathway to citizenship with all recipients. Bio: I am Alex Miles. I was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. I graduated from Lyon College with a degree in Political Science. Since graduating I have attempted to do the most good with my time and in my profession. This has led me to being on campaigns that inculde: the Nevada State Democratic party, Josie Valdez for County Council, Cory Booker's Presidential Campaign, and Mike Bloomberg's campaign. Now I have joined Devin Thorpe for Congress. Twitter: @alexmiles26 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alex.miles.75 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-miles-a7503b164/ Instagram: @alexmiles8787 #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

LGBTQ+ Activist Jacob Dunford Talks Suicide Prevention & Mental Health - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2020 8:25

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jacob Dunford CW: Suicide Issue: Suicide prevention/mental health and building safe spaces for everyone. I am personally affected by this issue by: my own coming out story as a gay man, my work in the LGBTQ+ non profit space (Encircle & LOVELOUD), and all the amazing people I have been able to learn from. I feel that if one of us hurting we are all hurting. This pride month is especially important to me. This years pride feel different. Feels less like a celebration on the dance floor & more like a call to action. This pride month we are standing arms locked with our black and brown LGBTQ+ community as we continue to demand justice against racial and gender inequalities. Some people are posting on social media. some protesting. Others donating. And some are having tough conversations with those close to me. A revolution has many lanes - be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction. Just keep your foot on the gas! Also, More importantly - I was sitting here at my desk wondering what I could do to help educate folks on the importance of voting and being more mindful of who are elected officials. Thank you for being an exceptional leader and example in the community Devin! We need more folks like you running things. Bio: Jacob Dunford is personally interested in ensuring every LGBTQ+ individual understands their value and is able to find a sense of community. Jacob loves what he does and will work tirelessly to cultivate a more inclusive Utah for everyone. Jacob prefers the pronouns He/Him. Website: www.EncircleTogether.org Instagram: @jacobdunford #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT House Candidate Meaghan Miller Wants to Represent, Change, and Listen - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2020 7:42

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Meaghan Miller Office Sought: Utah House District 54 Bio: Meaghan Miller lives in Wasatch County with her husband Dylan and two sons. Someone's left shoe is always missing and Fiona the dog sheds constantly. She received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Colorado Mesa University, and her Master's from the University of Denver. She began her career as an Athletic Trainer at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and other physical therapy clinics but ultimately found professional fulfillment in the non-profit sector. Meaghan has over a decade of experience with healthcare policy and clinical care. She is currently the Executive Director of EATS, a 501(c)(3) a food-focused nonprofit serving Summit County. Additionally, she sits on the Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and, she is involved in civil liberties advocacy - she's a fighter for you. Meaghan is a member of multiple coalitions advocating for policies to improve social equity. Areas such as patient access to healthcare, social detriments of health, education and working families especially important to her. Meaghan and her family are passionate about the Wasatch Back lifestyle. Her kids are avid outdoor enthusiasts and dirt follows them everywhere. She loves running, barre class and biking - along flat trails. Meaghan hates to cook, loves coffee any time of day, animals - except snakes and reruns of Friends. Website: https://www.votemiller54.com/ Twitter: @votemiller54 Facebook: @votemiller54 Linkedin: *|LinkedIn Profile|* Instagram: @votemiller54 Photo credit: IZNAT Images #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

"You Do Not Have to Have a College Degree to Be Successful" -- Sydne Jacques - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2020 5:36

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Sydne Jacques Issue: I am dedicated to bringing more respect to the good people that build our communities, and to help people realize you do not have to have a college degree to be "successful". I work with these incredibly talented people and I'm annoyed that as a society we look down on them. People need to stop and think that their homes, offices, hospitals, schools, roads, bridges -- everything in their community is built by construction workers and they deserve more respect for the good work they do. AND their are great careers available. Bio: Sydne Jacques is an advocate for “humans in hardhats,” or the belief that tradespeople and craftsmen should be valued and respected. She is a civil engineer turned CEO and consultant. This farm girl from Montana built an award-winning company with worldwide clients, has trained over 20,000 individuals and has facilitated team-building for more than 350 construction teams. Sydne has a unique ability to motivate individuals to help them reach the “Next Level” of life and leadership. Her company was recently named the 12th top Women Owned business in Utah and she has also been named one of “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine. Sydne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Associated General Contractors, on the National Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University and on the board of directors for the non-profit Working Moms Connections. Sydne loves sports and is proud of two gold medals earned in basketball in the senior Olympics. She and her husband love to travel and she is the proud mother of four awesome kids. Website: www.sydnespeaks.com Twitter: @gosydne Facebook: facebook.com/sydne.jacques Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sydne-jacques #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Katy Owens & Community-Based View of Health - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2020 7:17

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Katy Owens Office Sought: Utah Senate District 19 Issue: Access to healthcare that families can afford has been an issue the community for a long time, but I think the events of this year have brought into focus just how important this is. I have a younger brother who was born with a number of heart and lung problems, and spent a lot of my childhood in the waiting rooms of children's hospitals. Now I've experienced something similar with my own son and some health chronic problems he's had in his young life. My husband and I, and my parents before us, had to make decisions about where we lived and where we worked to make sure we have the health insurance to keep our kids healthy. I think a lot of things are in flux right now because it remains to be seen how our system handles the COVID-19 crisis in the comings months, but I think we need to focus more on public health than we currently do - taking a more community-based view of health. Bio: Katy Owens is running for Utah Senate District 19, which includes parts of Weber, Summit, and Morgan Counties. She is running to create a more responsive and representative legislature. Katy lives in Summit County with her husband and two kids. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations, a master’s degree in political science, and has been in the field of election administration for the last ten years. She has worked for the Denver Elections Division, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), The Carter Center's Democracy Program, and now provides consulting services on election administration policy and management. Katy wants to see a better future for Utah's kids, which includes affordable healthcare, quality education, clean air and a meaningful voice in the legislature. Website: www.katyforutah.com Twitter: @katyforutah Facebook: facebook.com/katyforutah Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-owens-hubler-30918411/ Instagram: @katyforutah Photo credit: Gillian Hunter Photography #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Twin Rocks Trading Post & Cafe Owner On Business in Rural Utah - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2020 9:45

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Steve Simpson Issue: Poverty, education, support for rural Utah. Affected in almost every way; employment, socially, emotionally. Bio: Owner of Twin Rocks Trading Post and Cafe, Bluff, Utah Website: twinrocks.com #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT State Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne On Worker Rights & Safety - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2020 6:05

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Karen Mayne Office Held: State Senate/minority leader Issue: Work place safety. Workers Rights. Save Communities Community Health. I have lived in my district entire life. Taking care of my friends, family, and neighbors. Trust in elected officials Bio: Served District 5 for 12 years. Retired Granite School VP AFL-CIO Mom and Grandmother Website: https://senate.utah.gov/karen-mayne Twitter: @KarenMayneUT5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.mayne.5 Instagram: @karen.mayne #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

James and Colleen Copple On Police Unions & Militarization - #blacklivesmatter

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2020 7:55

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Colleen Copple Issue: Police Community Relationships. We facilitate police community task forces to address police reform issues. There are solutions that can reduce unjustified use of force events that result in loss of life or serious injury for officers and communities. Bio: Colleen Copple is the co-founder of Strategic Applications International (2004) with her husband James Copple. Colleen raised her family in Salt Lake City, but has spent the last 20 years living and working in Washington, DC. She and Jim moved back to Utah County in 2019 to be closer to elderly parents. SAI's mission is to pursue great ideas, promote action and affect change with demonstrated results. Their work in the US has a strong focus on social justice issues, including crime, violence, substance abuse and criminal justice reform. SAI facilitated The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015 that resulted in a 100% consensus report with 59 recommendations and 100 actions steps. SAI has continued to work on police reforms to build greater trust and legitimacy between police and communities. They recently facilitated a state wide working group on police-involved deadly force encounters in Minnesota, releasing the recommendations in Feb. 2020. Internationally, SAI works on international development issues in Africa with an emphasis on poverty, women empowerment, gender-based violence and HIV. Prior to her move to DC, Colleen worked for the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she raised over $10 million in grant funding for community policing initiatives from 1995-1998. She was hired by the National Crime Prevention Council in 1999 where she served as Advisor to the President and created a number of new nationwide community policing initiatives. Website: http://www.sai-dc.com/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=strategic%20applications%20international%20(sai)&epa=SEARCH_BOX Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-copple-9570bb8/ Guest: James Copple Bio: Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Government, Program Evaluation, and Conflict Resolution. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Ph.D Candidate focused in History from University of Kansas. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strategic.Applications.Intl/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol #blacklivesmatter

BYU Student Leader on Measuring Social Impact - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2020 9:23

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Alicia Gettys Issue: Effectively solving social problems and measuring impact. Unfortunately "Charities do sometimes faileth." I have volunteered for organizations and left thinking, "Did that really help?" or even worse, "Did my good intention, leave people off worse than they started?" Tools exist to prevent good intentions from going awry. I'd like to empower the world with these tools. I dream of a world in which we put all non-profits out of business due to the lack of social problems. Bio: Alicia Gettys is the Managing Director for the BYU Ballard Center for Social Impact—the largest university run social innovation center. Through the Center, each year thousands of students learn industry best practices and skills to solve social problems. Website: ballardcenter.byu.edu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.gettys.9 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-gettys-09bb844/ Instagram: @aliciakgettys Photo credit: Jocelyn Gardiner jgardinerphotography.com #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Colleen & Jim Copple on George Floyd and Nathan Lyday

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2020 12:34

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Colleen Copple Issue: Police Community Relationships. We facilitate police community task forces to address police reform issues. There are solutions that can reduce unjustified use of force events that result in loss of life or serious injury for officers and communities. Bio: Colleen Copple is the co-founder of Strategic Applications International (2004) with her husband James Copple. Colleen raised her family in Salt Lake City, but has spent the last 20 years living and working in Washington, DC. She and Jim moved back to Utah County in 2019 to be closer to elderly parents. SAI's mission is to pursue great ideas, promote action and affect change with demonstrated results. Their work in the US has a strong focus on social justice issues, including crime, violence, substance abuse and criminal justice reform. SAI facilitated The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015 that resulted in a 100% consensus report with 59 recommendations and 100 actions steps. SAI has continued to work on police reforms to build greater trust and legitimacy between police and communities. They recently facilitated a state wide working group on police-involved deadly force encounters in Minnesota, releasing the recommendations in Feb. 2020. Internationally, SAI works on international development issues in Africa with an emphasis on poverty, women empowerment, gender-based violence and HIV. Prior to her move to DC, Colleen worked for the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she raised over $10 million in grant funding for community policing initiatives from 1995-1998. She was hired by the National Crime Prevention Council in 1999 where she served as Advisor to the President and created a number of new nationwide community policing initiatives. Website: http://www.sai-dc.com/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=strategic%20applications%20international%20(sai)&epa=SEARCH_BOX Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-copple-9570bb8/ Guest: James Copple Bio: Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Government, Program Evaluation, and Conflict Resolution. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Ph.D Candidate focused in History from University of Kansas. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strategic.Applications.Intl/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Babs Isak On Water Infrastructure in the Navajo Nation

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2020 8:25

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Babs Isak Office Held: Bernie Sanders National Delegate Utah CD3 Issue: COVID-19. I am a Medical Technologist BA MT for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) with a Background in Epidemiology. I see a need and I'm trying to help fill it. Bio: Lifelong Outdoor Enthusiast and River Guide/Trip Leader 30+ years Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Swift Water Rescue Technician 4 Medical Technologist BA MT for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) with a background in Epidemiology US World Cup Bobsled / Skeleton teams 2002/2006 US Skeleton Olympic Trials Founder/Director of Green Street Farm - Community Homestead Grand County Search and Rescue Team Member in Training (GCSAR) Volunteered Senator Bernie Sander’s Utah State Headquarters -- 2016 and 2020 Campaign Seasons--Front Office, Door to Door, Text/Phone Bank, Social Networking. Volunteer at Both Senator Sanders 2016 Utah Rallies with Security and Americans with Disabilities (ADA). Salt County County and Utah State Delegate-- 2016-2018 Precinct Chair HD 26 SLC062-- 2018 Grand County and Utah Democratic State Delegate 2020 2020 Bernie Sanders Democratic National Convention Delegate for CD3. Environmental and Climate Activist LGBTQ+ Gender Fluid Feminist People of Color (POC) Ally Veteran and Senior Issues Healthcare Advocate Rural Representation Labor Supporter Progressive Twitter: @babsisak Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babsisak Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/babs-isak-66131549/ Instagram: @babsisak #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Dave Bierschied on Political Representation in National Politics

Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2020 8:53

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Dave Bierschied Office Held: City Council Moab President Moab Chamber of Commerce. Issue: Fair representation of the diverse group of residents of SE Utah at a National level. Because of political bias we haven't had a say in local issues for many decades. We need statesmen and not politically connected representatives. Who will listen and be fair minded. Bio: Raised here in Moab, Dave has experienced firsthand the evolution of Moab from a Uranium Boomtown to an International Resort Destination. Prior to real estate, Dave had careers as a Journeyman Iron Worker, Power Line Designer for Utah Power and Light, and as a General Manager of a local hotel in Moab. He started his real estate career in 1996 and has worked every aspect of the industry; representing sellers, buyers, and investors in both the residential and commercial markets. He believes strongly that it is not only his duty to represent his clients to the best of his ability, but also to educate them throughout every step of the process, so that his clients can make the best decisions possible. Dave is a firm believer in giving back and is particularly passionate about education. He volunteers several days a week in his daughter's classroom and has chaired committees for the Local Board of Education. Community Involvement: Local Board of Realtors and Utah Association of Realtors, President in Local Board for 5 Terms Moab Rotary Member, President 2016 & 2018 AG 2017-2020 Rim Village Vistas HOA Board President Moab City Council, Moab Chamber of Commerce, President for 2 Terms Utah Regional Wildlife Committee, Chair for 10 Years Canyonlands Field Institute, Board President 5 Years, Blue Ribbon Committee that worked with BLM and resulted in the Development of the Colorado River Corridor BLM Regional Advisory Council, Grand County School District Friend of Education Award Recipient Website: www.moabrealty.com Facebook: facebook.com/bierschied Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-bierschied-77422613/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Karina Brown Joins Me to Thank Those Who Helped the Navajo - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2020 11:46

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Karina Brown Office Held: City of Nibley Planning Commissioner Office Sought: Lt. Governor Bio: Karina is President of the Cache County Friends of the Children's Justice Center Board and was a founding sponsor of the Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative (Proposition 3) adopted by Utah voters in 2018. She also serves on the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Cache Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee. She is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Nibley, Utah. And she is the co-founder of the Cache Valley United for Change organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement. Karina also currently serves as Co-Chair of Cache Celebration of Women's Suffrage 2020, an organization working to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The organization is dedicated to educating Utah students about voting history including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 1870 when Seraph Young of Utah was the first woman in America to vote under an equal suffrage law. The Women’s Suffrage 2020 curriculum includes an educational exhibit available to school districts across the state. Brown has an M.S. in Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Public Leadership Credential from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Karina is married to Dr. Karl Brown, a physician and Air Force veteran and is a mother of four fabulous children in Nibley, Utah (Cache Valley). Her hobbies include fitness, spending time with family, listening to audio books, and playing violin and guitar. Website: www.petersonforutah.com Twitter: @petersonutah @karinaforutah Facebook: facebook.com/karinaandelinbrownforutah Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karina-andelin-brown-23067aa6 Instagram: @karinaforutah @petersonforutah Photo credit: Alina Brown, Gail Thorpe Navajo Project, Navajo Nation #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

How You Can Help the Navajo Nation Today

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2020 9:17

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Tara Benally Office Held: Non Office Sought: Non Issue: A number of things. It's within my community and within my Nation. Working together and Keeping an open mind and putting differeences aside. Bio: I will do my own intro. ( If that's ok?) It's a native thing. Website: Twitter: Facebook: Tara Benally Linkedin: Instagram: Photo credit: #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Utah Democratic Party Chair On Bipartisanship & Democratic Values in Utah

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2020 7:58

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jeff Merchant Office Held: Utah Democratic Party Chair Bio: The son of a Pakistani immigrant, Jeff was born and raised in Utah and has been a life-long Democrat. He got his start in politics working on a congressional race that took him across the state. As an attorney, he has worked on environmental issues like wetlands preservation and promoted communities of color as part of the Minority Bar Association. As a small business owner, he runs a healthcare company that works with seniors throughout Utah to help them navigate the increasingly complicated web of social security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Jeff, his wife Emily, and their daughters Mia, Maggie, and Elsie live in Holladay along with their two dogs, Mikado and Major. In his spare time, Jeff likes to tell dad jokes, cook, and try to grow bonsai trees. Jeff ran for UDP Chair to strengthen our party, elect more Democrats, and make a better Utah. His priorities as Chair include rebuilding trust in the party, working with county leadership to develop and support strategies that get candidates elected, eliminating existing party debt, and building a stronger party staff. Website: https://utahdemocrats.org Twitter: @jeffreymerchant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.merchant.5 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-merchant-632269a/ Instagram: @jmmerchant #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT Congressional Candidate & Shoshone Nation Ex-Chairmen on COVID-19's Impacts on Native Americans

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 9:59

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Darren Parry Office Sought: Congress - Utah District 1 Bio: Darren Parry serves as the Councilman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, a Utah Tribe with Headquarters in Brigham City, Utah. Councilman Parry has served on the council on 2 separate occasions and has been currently serving for the last 6 years. Darren also serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah, The Utah State Museum Board, the Community Advisory Board for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Northern Regional Advisory Council for Utah Division of Wildlife and the American Indian Services Board which provides scholarships for Native American Students around the country. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on History. Darren is the author of “The Bear River Massacre; A Shoshone History” and teaches Native American History at Utah State University. His passions in life are his family which includes his wife Melody, 9 children and 13 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. Darren was the first Utahn to receive the Esto Perpetua Award from the Idaho State Historical Society, recognizing his efforts in the preservation of Shoshone History. He wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. He has managed inspiring accomplishments within his tribal nation as well as leading social unity and education. It is important to him that all peoples perspectives are heard and respected. Website: https://darrenforutah.com/ Twitter: @shoshoneelder Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarrenParryForCongress/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-parry-4725aa7/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

SLC Council Member Talks About the Climate Positive 2040 Plan, Renewable Energy, & Environmentalism

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2020 8:29

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Christopher Wharton Office Held: Salt Lake City Council Bio: T. Christopher Wharton is an attorney and senior partner from Salt Lake City, Utah who focuses on family law, criminal defense, and LGBTQ advocacy. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Utah and is certified to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States. Chris graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as president of the Student Bar Association and managing editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies. Chris also completed a semester studying jurisprudence at University of Oxford, Magdalen College, and international criminal law at The Hague, Netherlands. Chris gained valuable experience interning at the Utah State Legislature, clerking with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and practicing as a third-year law student at the at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office, where he tried and won his first jury trial. Chris went on to work as an associate attorney for two years before opening his own practice in 2012. Chris' extensive work in the areas of family law and LGBTQ advocacy has gained local and national attention. In 2013, Chris helped lead a team of attorneys that submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court, arguing for equal treatment of LGBT families under the law. In 2015, he obtained the first same-sex common law marriage adjudication in Utah. As an active community volunteer, Chris has done pro bono work for the ACLU of Utah, Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center, and the Rainbow Law Clinic. Chris has served as president of the Utah Young Lawyers Division, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center, and chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission. Chris also served on the board of the LGBT & Allied Bar Association of Utah and on the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners as the young lawyer representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He currently represents the residents of District 3 on the Salt Lake City Council. Outside the office, Chris enjoys independent films, local politics, history, art, Netflix, and food trucks. Chris' pronouns are him/his. Twitter: @chriswhartonslc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealchriswharton Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-wharton-b9b87026/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Cheryl Butler Discusses COVID-19: Masks, Testing, and Community Service

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2020 7:22

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Cheryl Butler Office Sought: Utah House District 53 Issue: Today - that issue is responding to COVID19 I support the stabilization efforts underway in Summit County - staying home, wearing a mask when I'm out in public, and avoiding visiting my elderly parents. It can be difficult and frustrating. I am greatly saddened by the enormous loss of life we've seen all around the world, and right here at home. I am also worried about our unemployed workers and the more vulnerable members of our community who are finding it more difficult to access the resources they need - work, education, and healthcare. And in some cases, food and housing. When I see a problem, I ally myself with those people out there working to solve it. I'm very active in Rotary, which is an entire organization devoted to Service above Self. Right now, we Rotarians are laser focused on creatively working to provide our community with additional resources to help in the COVID19 response. We are sewing masks, building face shields, distributing food and other necessities, promoting social interaction through remote meetings, and calling vulnerable members of our community. We are not stepping back, we are ramping up our normal service projects. Bio: Family- Cheryl grew up in a small, rural town where her parents were medical professionals, serving the community, and instilling the values of honesty, hard work, self-sufficiency and caring for others. These are the same values she has stressed with her own children and grandchildren. And these values lead her to appreciate the importance of serving the public. Cheryl retired in 2016 after working 34 years, as a successful engineer and senior manager for a major international energy company. She is a recognized expert in risk decision making and oil/gas process safety. She has been a featured speaker at industry conferences around the world and has published papers in multiple technical journals. For the last 15 years of her career, Cheryl lived and worked overseas in Nigeria, Venezuela, and Kazakhstan - learning the languages and cultures along the way. For 50 years, Cheryl has been putting her skills and experience to work in every community where she has lived. She has coached kids soccer teams, tutored and mentored students, started new 4H clubs, and served on the school board. Cheryl currently serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity, teaches ESL to recent immigrants, volunteers with voter registration efforts, and in the public schools encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEM. Cheryl is the Community Services Director for the Sunrise Rotary Club in Park City. She is also the Director of the Talem Foundation which funds international sustainable development projects. She loves to hike with her dog Barney and sew quilts for the grandkids. Website: www.votecherylbutler.com Twitter: @votecherylbutl1 Facebook: facebook.com/votecheryl Instagram: @votecherylbutler #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT Rep Jennifer Daily-Provost Discusses the COVID-19 Pandemic

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2020 9:50

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jennifer Dailey-Provost Office Held: Utah House of Representatives Office Sought: Utah House of Representatives Issue: The issue that is helping my community is the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot of activity from state, government, and business leaders in trying to address the rising public health and economic catastrophes. I want to discuss the fine line between responsible yet nimble, while still being held accountable to effectuate progress. Bio: Jen Dailey-Provost lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Scott and three daughters. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, and her MBA from Westminster College’s Gore School of Business. She began her career as the Director of Human Resources at Solitude Mountain Resort, but ultimately found professional fulfillment in the non-profit sector. Currently, Jen works to serve HD24 in the Utah House Representative, but is also pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the University of Utah. Her first priority, though is raising her three daughters with her husband. She is the former executive director of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians in Salt Lake City where she managed the business of the 501(c)(6), as well as the UAFP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that is focused on medical education in underserved areas. Additionally, she served primary care and public health functions as the director of governmental affairs and policy, prioritizing policies like patient access to health care, social determinants of health, air quality, education, and reproductive rights. It was her work in healthcare and public health advocacy that motivated her run to serve in elected office. Jen and her family love the quality of life that Utah offers and take advantage of the incredible access to the outdoors whenever possible. She is most passionate about skiing and running, but Jen also loves to hike, bike, and snowshoe as often as possible. Website: http://jenforutah.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenforutah/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferdaileyprovost/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT Rep Carol Moss and I Talk About Public Schools

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 9:50

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Carol Spackman Moss Office Held: State Representative Office Sought: State Representative Issue: Good public schools. I spent most of my life as an educator in the community I represent, my daughter teaches at Skyline, where many of my constituents’ children attend. My community expects me to be an advocate for our public schools and frequently contact me about issues affecting their children. That is a big part of my responsibility to my constituents, to be their advocate. Bio: Before I was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, I had a wonderful, rewarding career for 33 years teaching English and student government at Olympus High School. My decision to run for office was prompted by the negative attitude my then representative had toward public education and teachers, whom he called “a bunch of whiners,” when we went on strike for higher salaries and smaller class sizes. I defeated him in 2000 and am now running for my 11th term. Besides education, I have focused in recent years on passing legislation addressing the opioid epidemic, mental health issues, prison and jail reform, clean air, refugees, and driving safety. I have served as a board member on many non-profits, all of which focus on children and social justice issues.For many years, I have served in leadership positions in my caucus. Currently, I am House Minority Whip. My husband Bob and I have five children and six grandchildren. We love to travel and have been to many fascinating countries, some we have visited as part of humanitarian missions. I love to read, walk, spend time with family, and yes, I love my job, and believe holding public office is a privilege, one I take very seriously. Representing my constituents in District 37, Holladay and Murray, two great cities, is a great pleasure and honor. Website: www.carolmossforhouse.com Twitter: @RepCarolMoss Facebook: Carol Spackman Moss and Representative CarolSpackman Moss #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Crowdfunding Expert Discusses Options for Small Businesses - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2020 8:47

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss Issue: Access to capital. I have a vested interest in the success of the JOBS Act. We need more eyes, ears and dollars focused on small businesses. Bio: Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize equity and lending-based crowdfunding. He is in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, governments of Chile, Malaysia, Israel, and the UAE, professional investors, crowdfunding professionals and the entrepreneurial community. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World” and the MIF report “Creating a Crowdfunding Ecosystem in Chile.” He also co-authored “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies.” He is the creator of CCLEAR, a database of online investment offerings. Data and analysis from CCLEAR has been used in SEC reports and to drive proposed rules. Mr. Neiss serves on the advisory boards of several crowdfunding companies. He is a co-founder and former-board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. Mr. Neiss was selected as a recipient of the Crowdfunding Visionary Award. VentureBeat listed Mr. Neiss as one of the most influential thought leaders in crowdfunding. Prior to CCA, Mr. Neiss co-founded FLAVORx, Inc., acted as its chief financial officer, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the Inc. 500 award three years in a row. Website: www.theccagroup.com Twitter: @woodien Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherwoodneiss/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Kiyan Banuri & Being Muslim During COVID - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2020 8:10

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Kiyan Banuri Issue: The most issue that is most important to my community is the compounding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during Ramadan, as well as Islamaphobic rhetoric posited by public officials during the pandemic. As a Muslim, and an active member of the Muslim community, the cessation of congregations--praying at Mosque, reading the Quran, and other issues--have made Ramadan isolating and starkly different for many Muslims. And, tweets of political officials have spread anti-Muslim rhetoric as against the rule of law, social distancing, and gaining preferential treatment. These issues have deep impacts in the Muslim community, and I have felt the lack of knowledge and media coverage of the faith have lead to prejudice and Islamaphobia, especially during these trying times. I believe that exposure of Islam and its traditions, as well as emphasizing the commonality between Islamic and other value systems are important, especially in a time when households are on edge due to various issues such as job losses, the fear of infection or infection, etc. Bio: Kiyan Banuri is a Pakistani-American Muslim who hails from Utah. He currently studies International Relations and Japanese at Tufts University. Prior to college, Kiyan was heavily involved in Policy Debate, ranking amongst the top 25 in the United States, presiding Utah State Champion for 3 years in a row, researching various issues such as immigration, foreign policy, education, and surveillance policy. Learning the power of his own voice, he now wants to promote communicative effectiveness by helping others with their voice and ideas through opportunities in political campaigns, consultancy, and volunteering. He volunteered with the Emerald Project as an Ambassador, helping the non-profit combat the misrepresentations of Islam. And, he currently serves as an Executive Board member of the Tufts Association of South Asians, where he coordinates cultural events and celebrations on campus; these events attract hundreds of attendants, from around the east coast. He also serves as a selected consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest university-based consultancy. He aided in social media marketing, financial, and proof-of-model projects for various non-profit clients. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009655756571 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiyan-banuri-440289196/ Instagram: @kbanuri Photo credit: Kirt Thorne #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Philippe & Ashlan Cousteu Discuss Climate Change - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2020 6:47

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Philippe Cousteau Issue: Environment. We are all suffering as our climate changes, our ocean health declines and the war on science continues to make us less healthy, less resilient and less sustainable. We need to recognize that the war on science must stop and that we must build a sustainable society. This pandemic is an opportunity to accelerate that trend. Bio: Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather of Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is an multi Emmy-Nominated TV host and producer as well as an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. Philippe is the host and executive producer of the multi-Emmy nominated weekly syndicated series Awesome Planet, now in its sixth season. Philippe and Ashlan’s latest project is a Virtual Reality program called Drop in the Ocean which gives participants an immersive adventure exploring the ocean and premieres at Tribeca Film Festival Interactive in the spring of 2019. Recently Philippe and his wife Ashlan were the stars of The Travel Channel’s hit series Caribbean Pirate Treasure; winner of a Cynopsis Media Award for Best Adventure Reality Series. In 2016 Philippe teamed up with his wife Ashlan to co-host Nuclear Sharks, the #1 show for Discovery’s Shark Week. In 2015, they co-hosted a three-part series with Takepart.com, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai. As a special correspondent for CNN, he has hosted several award-winning shows, including his series Going Green which ran for four years and the 8-part special Expedition Sumatra. Philippe has also hosted and produced television programs for Animal Planet and the 8-part series Oceans for the BBC and Discovery Channel. His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2005 he founded EarthEcho International; a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet. To date, 2 million youth in 146 countries have participated in EarthEcho programs. Philippe has served as a consultant on a select group of international resort developments where he advises on best practices for social and environmental sustainability and his team designs immersive and meaningful 21st century experiences that leverage local environmental and cultural assets to redefine destinations. Twitter: @pcousteau Facebook: @pcousteau Linkedin: *|LinkedIn Profile|* Instagram: @pcousteau Photo credit: Voyacy Ventures Guest: Ashlan Cousteau Bio: Journalist and explorer, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, travels the world in search of stories that entertain and inspire. From diving with great white sharks off Mexico, searching for tigers in the jungles of Nepal and filming caribou migrations in the Arctic, Cousteau engages viewers through incredible storytelling and experiences. Most recently, Ashlan was the co-star of Travel Channel’s award winning series, Caribbean Pirate Treasure. She, along with her husband Philippe Cousteau dive into maritime mysteries, explore pirate history and investigate the lore of lost treasures. Ashlan’s documentary, Nuclear Sharks, for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2016 premiered as the #1 rated show across all cable programming. Traveling to the Marshall Islands, she led an expedition to film, tag and investigate the mystical grey reef sharks who survived against all odds in the fall out of one of the world’s largest nuclear testing grounds. Ashlan also joined the eccentric crew of the “Desiree” for season two of The Aquatic World of Philippe Cousteau, the highly successful adventure spoof, on CNN’s digital platform Great Big Story. For over a decade, Ashlan worked for top rated entertainment shows; at Entertainment Tonight as a special correspondent and for 7 years prior as a correspondent and fill-in anchor for E! News. She also was the lead anchor of E! News Now, reaching millions of digital viewers daily. As an entertainment journalist, she covered everything from breaking news and celebrity exclusives to award shows and premieres. Cousteau’s endeavors go beyond television. In January of 2017, she traveled to Antarctica to be a headlining speaker at TedxScottBase where her talk, Laugh, Cry, Connect…How Entertainment Can Save Our Planet, was received with great praise. At the request of the United Nations, Ashlan served as host for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species in Quito, Ecuador. She has presented at the Society of Environmental Journalists, DreamForce and SXSW Eco. Ashlan was selected by former Vice-President Al Gore to be the opening anchor for his internationally live broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and continues to be a leading voice for environmental issues on Capitol Hill. Website: www.earthecho.org Twitter: @ashlancousteau Facebook: @ashlancousteau Instagram: @ashlancousteau #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Scott Howell Discusses Education & Healthcare - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2020 11:11

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Scott N. Howell Office Held: Utah State Senate Issue: Healthcare and Education. I am concerned about my grandchildren receiving the best healthcare and education. Making sure healthcare if affordable. Providing the best quality education. Bio: Scott N. Howell currently is a consultant providing government relations consulting to businesses and organizations, including several development companies and various business and civic entities. Scott spent 34 years with the IBM Corporation most recently as Director for the Public Sector Industry guiding government and business leaders in pursuit of outcome-based strategies and successful delivery of implementation initiatives. During 1990 to 2000 Scott served as a Utah State Senator. For eight of those years he served as the Senate Minority Leader. In 2000 and 2012 Scott was elected as the Democratic Nominee for the United States Senate. #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Town Hall

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2020 11:25

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Karina Brown Discusses Healthcare Solutions - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2020 6:41

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Karina Brown Office Held: City of Nibley Planning Commissioner Office Sought: Lt. Governor Issue: Healthcare Access - Medicaid Expansion is available for people in need. Complete expansion up the 138% of the poverty level went into effect 1/1/20. I was one of the five signatories or sponsors of Proposition 3 to expand Medicaid. I became interested in this issue because my mother passed away in the healthcare coverage gap in 2013. I feel it is important for people to have access to quality primary care especially with the potential loss of employment during the pandemic. Bio: Karina is President of the Cache County Friends of the Children's Justice Center Board and was a founding sponsor of the Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative (Proposition 3) adopted by Utah voters in 2018. She also serves on the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Cache Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee. She is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Nibley, Utah. And she is the co-founder of the Cache Valley United for Change organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement. Karina also currently serves as Co-Chair of Cache Celebration of Women's Suffrage 2020, an organization working to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The organization is dedicated to educating Utah students about voting history including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 1870 when Seraph Young of Utah was the first woman in America to vote under an equal suffrage law. The Women’s Suffrage 2020 curriculum includes an educational exhibit available to school districts across the state. Brown has an M.S. in Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Public Leadership Credential from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Karina is married to Dr. Karl Brown, a physician and Air Force veteran and is a mother of four fabulous children in Nibley, Utah (Cache Valley). Her hobbies include fitness, spending time with family, listening to audio books, and playing violin and guitar. Website: www.petersonforutah.com Twitter: @petersonutah @karinaforutah Facebook: facebook.com/karinaandelinbrownforutah Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karina-andelin-brown-23067aa6 Instagram: @karinaforutah @petersonforutah Photo credit: Alina Brown #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

This Utah Company Is Using Technology to Recycle Plastic - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 7:48

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Priyanka Bakaya Bio: Priyanka Bakaya is Renewlogy’s CEO and is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. Bakaya worked in the energy research sector and in electronic waste, which led to her researching plastic waste technologies during her time at MIT. Bakaya also worked in venture capital on start-up financing for Silicon Valley firms Accel Partners and Globespan Capital. Bakaya has previously been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Lightspeed Venture Fellow and a Laureate for the Cartier Women’s Global Initiative. She has been named to the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch List, and Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy and Waste360 40 under 40. She is a graduate of MIT and Stanford (Honors). Website: http://renewlogy.com/ Twitter: @renewlogy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Renewlogy/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pbakaya/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/renewlogy/ #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Lightning Fast Town Hall - #plugintodevin

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2020 6:23

With questions submitted in advance, Devin answers 10 questions in about 10 minutes. Topics include healthcare, the war on drugs, education, rural communities, water and ethics. Questions from Carol Fineagan, Sean Thomas, Richard Davidson, Janis Baker Ferre, Nate Blouin, Walt Sorenson, Margie Broschinsky, Jake Garn, Cindy England and Richard Swart. #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Jamie Cheek & I Discuss Healthcare

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2020 6:23

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jamie Cheek Office Sought: Utah's 1st Congressional District Issue: Healthcare. Everyday I see people who can't afford or access healthcare. Growing up my family was on Medicaid. Growing up in a small town, my mother hated using it because "everybody knew everybody." I honestly believe this is why she delayed getting healthcare for herself when she was sick. By the time she went to the doctor, at the age of 35, she was diagnosed with Metastatic Colon Cancer and died within a month of being diagnosed. I was only 16 when she passed, and my brother was 15 and our younger sister was only 3, the same age as my daughter now. My take is that as your Congresswoman, I would fight for affordable and accessible healthcare. We hear too many stories of people delaying going to the doctor for treatable and preventable illnesses because they don't have healthcare. There have been so many stories of people dying from COVID-19 having their last concerns being the financial burden they are leaving to their families for their treatment. America must do better on this issue and I am willing to fight for this when I get to Washington. I firmly believe that healthcare is a human right and that we need to be doing more to help our most vulnerable. We need to stop lining insurance companies profits and focus more on the people who need the access to affordable healthcare. People shouldn't have to worry about the costs of life saving treatment or waiting til the last moment to seek care. Bio: Jamie grew up in Wyoming and moved to Utah nearly a decade ago. She now lives in Ogden with her husband and daughter. She works as a District Director for Utah State of Rehabilitation where she managers a $1 million+ budget as well as supervises over 15 people. Her work allows her to help many of the most vulnerable populations find greater independence through gainful and fulfilling employment. She has decided to run for this congressional seat because Utah Deserves Better. She is focused on issues that can make a difference in the lives of Utahns: a champion for the causes and policies that prioritize people over profits. This includes focusing on issues like affordable healthcare, clearing Utah's air and investing in education. As an unabashed optimist, she rejects the politics of fear and hate that pervade the status quo. “Utahns are compassionate people and our values are not being represented by our politicians, who remain impervious to public sentiment. It is time to elect someone different -- someone who will listen to her constituents and will tirelessly work to make their lives better.” Website: cheekforutah.com Twitter: @cheekforutah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamie.cheek.33 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-cheek-14543930/ Instagram: @cheekforutah #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT CD-3 Candidate Jared Anderson Discusses Poverty & Solutions

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2020 9:39

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jared Anderson Office Sought: Utah 3rd Congressional District Issue: Poverty Better monetary income is an idea to bring hope back into the lives of the American people. I’d equate it to what the G.I. Bill was after the 2nd World War. I support it wholeheartedly. Bio: Jared is a father, husband, student, and progressive. He is currently writing a book to defend the democratic institutions of our polarized nation. He is a history nut and loves the musical Hamilton. Twitter: @jaredforutah #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Jazmin May Discusses The Need For Equal Opportunities For DREAMers & More

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2020 6:59

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Jazmin May Issue: Immigration and Education. I am a DACA recipient. We need to find a pathway for Dreamers and their parents to obtain citizenship and grant us equal opportunity in this country. Bio: Jazmin May has a passion for community work and advocacy. She believe that every member of the community has a right to access the resources they need to be successful. Jazmin had a lot of helping getting to where she is today. She came to the United States when she was five years old. Knowing no English she was places in 1st grade where she took it upon herself to learn English very quickly and do well in school. From a young age Jazmin loved learning and school. As she got older she knew the challenges that came with being undocumented. Applying to college and getting financial aid would be difficult. That however motivated her even more to work harder in high school. With the help of many of her teachers and the AVID program Jazmin was able to go to her dream school, Westminster College. The DACA program that started in 2012 created under the Obama administration helped Jazmin to get her work permit and be able to contribute to her education. But as luck would have it, not only did Jazmin get accepted to Westminster but she received a full tuition scholarship to attend. During her time at Westminster, she was very involved on campus. She was a tour guide, a class senator, on the student government events team, an orientation leader then assistant. Jazmin also mentored incoming first year students through a mentoring program on campus. Eventually she was the coordinator for that program in her last two years of college. All this helped her to become the student body president for Westminster. Jazmin found her passion to help people and empower others. She knew many people had helped her with her own goals that she wanted to give back to the community. During her college years she worked at East High School as an Outreach mentor in the GEAR UP program. She helped students get ready and understand college, how to apply for scholarships and financial aid etc. She understood what it was like to be undocumented, wanting to go to college but not knowing how to get there or if it was a possibility. That is why she wanted to guide others who are undocumented or come from minority backgrounds. Jazmin graduated with a degree in Communication, she received the Board of Trustees Charter Award at commencement. Afterwards Jazmin went to work for a charter school. There she got to see what education was like from the inside and how our current system impacts english language learners. And how we should be doing more for them. Jazmin is part of League of United Latin American Citizens and also worked for mayoral candidate Luz Escamilla, who inspired her to continue her path in politics. From there, Jazmin went to work for a presidential candidate and is currently working for Devin Thorpe for Congress. Jazmin hopes to continue working in politics to make sure the right people get elected. To ensure communities are being heard and we are understanding what the needs of the people are. To help show that a DREAMer can be involved in politics and create change to help her community. Twitter: @1jazminmay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jazmin.may.9 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jazmin-may Instagram: @jazzymay2 Photo credit: Ezra Schofield #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign CEO Discusses Developmental Issues ie School Renovation and Literacy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2020 9:25

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe Issue: Currently I would guess the spread and impact of Covid19 infections and the impact on our lives and the devastating impact on our economy and all that flows from that. Also what will life be like post our country lockdown. Mainly just socially and the curtailment of ones ability to move around at will and as we know it. We can still go to the shops and put food on the table which is not the case for many people in our poorer communities. However as the schools are closed countrywide we cannot continue to do our work of handing out Tutudesks from the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign to learners at schools where they are needed so badly. A lot will need to be done to uplift and protect our poorer communities and the homeless. It cannot be just trying to get back to business as usual. This virus has highlighted what an unequal society South Africa is. There have had to be donations of food parcels but also some rioting and looting of grocery stores and supermarkets in some areas. I think there will be a greater need for the services of organizations such as ourselves the Tutudesk Campaign. Bio: Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe is the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre (DTTCC). It addresses the 95 million desk shortage in sub-Saharan Africa, by aiming to provide 20 million of these environmentally friendly, portable Tutudesks by 2025. Thus positively enhancing the lives of African children, their communities and countries and making Africa a more globally competitive continent through improved literacy and education. Ms Tutu-Gxashe has been educated and worked in the UK, Swaziland, Botswana and the USA. She is passionate about education and public health, especially the fight against HIV/AIDS, and improving the health and education experiences of young people, thus promoting global peace and justice.She received several fellowships whilst completing her MPH at Emory University, Atlanta, These included from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Cancer Society, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, the South East AIDS Training Center & the Dekalb County Board of Health. Much of her working life has been in clinical research both in the USA and in South Africa. She undertakes public speaking at universities, schools and community groups both locally & internationally. Thandeka has served on the Boards of several foundations and non-profit organizations. She is currently on the Board of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, HPSA (formerly Heifer International (South Africa)) and the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace. She was named one of the global 100 real leaders by Real Leaders Magazine. Ms Tutu-Gxashe is the eldest daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She and her husband reside in Cape Town, South Africa and have one son. Website: https://tutudesk.org/ Linkedin: LinkedIn.com/in/thandeka -tutu-gxashe Photo credit: *|Photo Credit|* #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

UT House Candidate Lynette Wendel Discusses Volunteer Work During COVID-19

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2020 7:12

#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Lynette Wendel Office Sought: Utah House of Rep., Dist 39 Issue: Currently, the effects of COVID 19, schools, jobs, healthcare. Because of my community networks and commitment to service, I am utilizing my relationships and skills to support one to one connections in our district. We are connecting those who can to those who need assistance. This idea started off as a need to feel empowered and helping people. It started off as a thought of neighbor helping neighbor and has culminated in a volunteer team of 40 callers trying to reach thousands of our neighbors over the next several weeks. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response. The callers are energized and feel appreciated. The people we call feel connected again. Sometimes, we are the first person they have spoken to in days. In addition to worries about schools, jobs and the virus itself, the isolation has been very hard on a lot of people. Bio: Lynette has a rich professional history in education and conflict resolution spanning more than two decades. Equally dedicated to public service, she has an extensive 15-year volunteer resume in community planning, education, public safety, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. Lynette's decision to run for office is founded on improving conditions for everyone in our community. She is respected as a non-partisan leader for her ability to include all stakeholders and facilitate productive dialogue in a civil and respectful manner. Lynette will close the existing divide between our community’s priorities and current legislative policy. Website: www.votelynette.com Twitter: @votelynette Facebook: facebook.com/votelynette Instagram: @votelynette #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol

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