With the national unemployment rate hovering around 8 percent, this next election will be interesting to observe and hopefully be one that most Utahns will participate in. With so many political views to choose from, we each can find those that best represent our views and actively support those candidates, both before the election and with our vote.
Just looking at the two major political parties, Democrats truly believe the struggling, but slowly improving, economy and job market is a direct result of the prior administration running the economy into the ditch and the current administration beginning to pull the economy out of that ditch.
Republicans truly believe the current economy and job market are a direct result of government overspending and a lack of economic policies to support business growth that will lead to more jobs.
While I have my own opinions about what has happened to the economy and what should be done about it, especially as it relates to the job market, I am far more interested in each of us coming to our own conclusions and becoming active in this upcoming political season. I believe it to be the most important election of my lifetime. Period.
For the U.S. Senate, we have Scott N. Howell, who was a very popular state Senator for many years (and served as the Senate minority leader), running against Orrin Hatch, who is completing his sixth term.
You can and should go to http://votescotthowell.com to learn more about Howell's stand on the issues facing our country and Utah, as well as a schedule of campaign events to meet and hear him directly.
Likewise, you can and should go to http://orrinhatch.com to learn more about Hatch's stands on issues as well as his schedule of campaign events.
I strongly encourage each of us to learn more about all of the candidates and their views. Because there is a wider spread between the so-called liberals and conservatives within each party than there is between parties, just voting a party line is troubling. There are, in fact, conservative Democrats, and there are, in fact, liberal Republicans.
With municipal and city elections typically held in odd-numbered years, the focus in 2012 will be county, state and national elections.
If you have not registered to vote, you can do so online at https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html.
Two things to know about registering to vote are:
- Registering to vote or declining to register to vote will not affect the amount of assistance a public assistance agency will provide.
- Voter registration information is public information with the exception of the driver license number, Social Security number and email address under Utah code.
As a republic, we control our own future. We can only do so if we learn about the issues and the candidates who want to represent us, and then supporting and voting for those candidates.
Ron Campbell has worked extensively in the job preparation and job search industry. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-386-1111.