Candidate Name: Jamie Cheek
What office are you running for?
US House of Representatives; Utah Congressional District #1
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
I am running as a progressive Democrat in Utah’s 1st Congressional District because #UtahDeservesBetter than corporate-apologist politicians working on behalf of a tiny, wealthy, elite. It has made our elected officials unaccountable to the people and impervious to public sentiment. Our current leaders never answer our calls and refuse to acknowledge the issues that matter on the national stage. Our Representatives must do a better job supporting the most vulnerable populations and creating opportunities for all.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Creating a more just and sustainable economy. Our campaign will ensure that universal and affordable healthcare are accessible to everyone. It means a right to a job with a living wage. And it means protecting the environment on which we all depend. By braiding all three of these issues, we will build a better economy that is accessible to the most vulnerable populations. These issues are critical to creating an ethical economy that is better for the planet and for the people.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
The biggest way to solve the partisan divide is to talk about the issues and to listen to each other. I am running as a Democrat in an R+26 District; no one thinks we have a chance of winning here. However, the voters in this District have not had the opportunity to be heard by a candidate. I want to take the time to speak with all of my voters, but suburban and rural, and find out what issues matter most to them. I want to represent their needs at the national level and the only way to know how to do that is to speak with my voters, most of whom are Republican.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
Reading, crafting, playing with my daughter
What is the most recent book you read?
The Outsider, by Stephen King
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have a 2 year old daughter and two dogs: a chocolate lab and a great dane.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
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What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Question: What do you perceive to be the United States’ greatest challenges as a nation over the next decade?
Answer: There are several challenges the United States is facing in the next decade. And our current administration is not doing enough to address enough of them. However, there are three that are more pressing than the others.
Addressing Climate Change – The Earth is literally dying from the decisions of this administration and their inability to recognize our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it has been made worse by the Trump Administration pulling out agreements like the Paris Agreement and fighting the rights of states to add their own regulations.
Free and Fair Elections – Our elections are being attacked by foreign governments. We must pass legislation to protect our the fairness of our elections and update the security around the technology used for our election process. 2016 should be a warning to all of us that we need to do more to protect our election process. Additionally, our election maps need to be addressed as gerrymandering is rampant and do not allow for fair representation of voters. We need to support states to make appropriate changes to their election maps to allow for fair elections.
Income Inequality – Our middle class continues to feel the squeeze of corporate greed. The current administration continues to remove supports for our most vulnerable Americans and we need to increase access and resources to the people who need it the most. The 1% continues to control most of the wealth in this country (and the world) and we must do more to eliminate it.
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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