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Issues On My Mind

I had an email discussion with a friend tonight. We talked about our love of Salt Lake City and some of the issues facing the city. Here’s a piece of my take on it.

  • Population Growth: Faced with enormous population growth in the region over the coming few decades, we will have many important decisions to make that will affect the character and quality of our neighborhoods in Salt Lake City.  I will represent the values of our district by working to preserve and foster more vibrant, safe, and walkable neighborhoods with strong, local businesses and access to public transportation.
  • Transit: I will prioritize creation of a citywide master transit plan to assist residents and local businesses in their ability to join the discussion early on to address concerns and build local support for usable transit that will be an asset to the community as a whole.
  • Air Quality: Clean air should be as basic as clean water and safe food.  Air Quality is not an environmentalist’s issue–it should be of everyone’s concern.  I have been a advocate for air quality for many years organizing volunteers and grassroots campaigns, teaching air quality science in K-12 schools and classrooms, have run successful air quality legislation, worked as a policy advisors and in many other capacities to improve the air we breathe.
  • Local Business: Supporting local business is crucial to creating and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods as well as strengthening our local economy. I will support local businesses as a key facet of District 5.
  • Equality: The diversity we have in Salt Lake City is is one of the greatest strengths of our community.  This ‘diversity’ includes our longtime residents, refugees, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ community members, and many more.  I believe that by working with respect and openness toward all, we can achieve greater equality.

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  1. Bill Ruesch says:

    I’ve had it with smug Republicans. I used to think I leaned their way, but their politics have proven them unworthy. Democrats have their problems too, but they haven’t been as sanity challenged as conservatives. Tell me how do you define yourself politically? Are you Conservative, Liberal, Tea Party, Green Peace or Sierra Club, or Independent, etc. Who do you admire on the national political stage and who do you detest? How do you stand on AHA? understand that this is a local election and will be about local issues, be that as it may I would like to know your mindset before casting my ballot for you.

  2. erinforcouncil says:

    Bill, thank you for your questions, and your interest in local politics. I’m running for city council precisely because I feel it is the position closest to the people, a way to get to know my neighbors and represent them and their values. We live in a progressive community, and I am a progressive candidate. However, this is not a race about labels, and there is a reason it is a non-partisan election. I don’t want to be defined as a “liberal” councilwoman, I want to be defined as a councilwoman who puts the people and the values of her district first. I understand your frustration with national politics, and I share many of your concerns. While I identify most often with progressive Dems, there are people on both sides of the aisle who have earned my respect. And there are people on both sides who should re-evaluate their priorities. However, things are looking much brighter locally. As Salt Lake continues to grow, I hope we can continue to serve as a model of how political diversity doesn’t have to be divisive.

    - Erin

  3. Richard Nelson says:

    Hi Erin,

    I am glad that you are running for the District Five Council position. This district comprises a fantastic group of people. It is very diverse economically, socially and politically.

    I agree that clean air should be viewed as a community priority. This isn’t a matter of comparing our standard of living with “bygone” days, because there have been times when air quality was pretty poor, such as those periods in the first half of the 20th century when a majority of households burned coal in their furnaces. Clean air requires a political and social “will” to effectively bring about change. We shouldn’t assume that our society runs best when we take a “it’s every man for himself” interpretation about responsibility and liberty and leave it to just voluntarily making it happen. Clean water in our country came about from standards and compliance programs. It didn’t come about independently from industry suddenly getting a conscience.

    Do you have recommendations as to published books or other literature that help citizens to gain a better understanding as to effectively bringing about important changes coming from exercising individual responsibility and contributing to the public dialogue?

    Kind regards

    Richard

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