“The biggest need in politics and government today is for people of integrity and courage, who will do what they believe is right and not worry about the political consequences to themselves”

–Reva Beck Bosone, first woman to serve in Congress from Utah

It’s been decades since Utah has elected a non-Mormon to the US Congress. So, what makes me think I have a chance?

It’s no secret that Utah is predominantly Mormon. Most of Utah’s elected officials, up and down the ballot, belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you think about it, that makes sense. People like to have representatives who are part of their circle. We tend to vote for people who are like us.

I am a Quaker. I was raised by a faithful Pentecostal minister. I moved to Utah 15 years ago to raise my children in this state’s wonderful family-friendly environment. I believe strongly in my Christian foundation, and I deeply respect my fellow neighbors of all faiths or of no faith. We might not agree on all religious topics, but we respect each other’s sincere beliefs.

When Jesus was asked “who is my neighbor,” he answered with the powerful story of the good Samaritan. He could have said “your neighbor is someone who belongs to your church.” He didn’t. He purposely picked the Samaritans, who believed differently than the Jews.

I love and respect my Mormon neighbors, and I will boldly stand up for all Utah values.

I won’t be the first. Reva Beck Bosone, the first female Representative from Utah, was not LDS. She was a trailblazing pioneer, first sent to DC in 1948. Karen Shepherd, elected in 1992 to Congress, was also not Mormon, and yet her public service still hasn’t abated, decades after first being voted into office.

My candidacy builds on the shoulders of these great Samaritans who served and represented their fellow Utahns even though they weren’t exactly the same.

My candidacy builds on the deep goodwill Mormons have for people who share Utah values.

My candidacy has a chance because it is fundamentally based on Utah values. Please join me.

I can’t do it without you.