Legislative candidates tackle issues in public forum

The Dixie State University Institute of Politics and Public Affairs is partnering with the Utah Foundation to host a legislative forum Tuesday, Oct. 4, St. George, Utah | Stock photo, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A legislative forum, focusing on issues important to Utah voters, is scheduled Tuesday on the Dixie State University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will feature candidates vying for seats that represent Washington County in the Utah State Legislature.

The Dixie State University Institute of Politics and Public Affairs is partnering with the Utah Foundation to host the forum which starts at 7:30 p.m. and is slated to last an hour. It will be held in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of Dixie State’s Holland Centennial Commons building.

Stephen Kroes, president of Utah Foundation, and Shawn Teigen, the foundation’s research director, will moderate the forum.

Individuals scheduled to participate in the forum are:

  • Brad Last (Republican) and Chuck Goode (Democrat) for the House District 71 seat.
  • Don Ipson (Republican) and Dorothy Engelman (Democrat) for the Senate District 29 seat.
  • Uncontested candidates Jon Stanard, District 62; V. Lowry Snow, District 74; and Walt Brooks, District 75.

As part of the Utah Foundation’s “Utah Priorities Project,” the Utah Foundation has conducted surveys during each gubernatorial election over the past 12 years to discover the top 10 priorities of voters, delegates and candidates each election cycle.

Questions asked at the forum will be based on this year’s results and consequently will focus on issues including healthcare, air quality and K-12 education.

“This is an excellent opportunity for community members to compare their priorities with those of our local candidates,” said Henrie Walton, director of the Dixie State University Institute of Politics and Public Affairs.

The outcomes of local legislative races arguably have a much bigger impact on the day-to-day lives of southern Utahns than do national elections, which usually receive much more attention.”

The Utah Foundation promotes a thriving economy, well-prepared workforce and high quality of life for Utahns by performing thorough, well-supported research that helps citizens, policymakers and business and community leaders better understand complex issues.

For more information about Dixie State University, go to their website. To learn about the Utah Foundation and the Utah Priorities Project, visit the Utah Foundation online.

Event details

  • What: Legislative Candidate Forum.
  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Zion Room, on the fifth floor of Dixie State’s Holland Centennial Commons, 225 S 700 East, St George.
  • Admission: Free to public.
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2 Comments

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 3:08 am

    This is a very important forum to have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss a variety of political issues with some respected politicaly involved people that are willing to come here and talk to people of this wonderful community. this is an opportunity for voters to get involved. Praise the Lord !

  • Not_So_Much October 3, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Ah-h-h, isn’t that during opening ceremony of Huntsman? Good plan.

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