In Utah we shun contention. We don’t like confrontation and we are uncomfortable in arguments, at least in person. I’ve noticed a lot of us are far more comfortable hurling rhetorical grenades on Facebook than we ever would be in person.

This desire to avoid confrontation comes from a good place. We want to maintain relationships with other people. We want to show love for our neighbors by not disagreeing with them.

These good motives and desires are often in direct conflict with most political debates, where good people disagree with each other all the time.

Here’s the thing: we can’t let our aversion to disagreement silence us. We need to stand up for what’s right. We live in a democracy, where our voices matter. If we sit back and leave the hard work of politics to other people, we are not only abandoning our duty, we’re consigning politics to be dominated by those rhetorical grenades our outspoken Facebook friends like to throw.

I love this quote by Michelle Obama about the value of standing up for what we believe:

“I have had to learn that my voice has value. And if I don’t use it, what’s the point of being in the room?”

We are all in the room. We live here in Utah’s 4th District. We can disagree without being disagreeable. This means we need to learn the value of our own voices. Our voices matter. We can stand up for what we believe in to our neighbors at school, at work, at church.

I am running because I believe my neighbors’ voices deserve to be valued again in Washington.

Your voice matters. Your vote matters. And as much as I want the campaign finance system to change, the fact is your donation matters. A lot. The media give candidates more credibility when they have more donations.

Your donation of any size today sends a message that your voice matters.