Meet the Candidates – House 6

Meet the Candidates – House 6

Editor note: This is the fifth in a series of posts introducing the candidates. All candidates were offered to respond. I am only posting responses received by the deadline. Today’s post is the candidates for House District 6.  Each candidate was given a word count limit.  No one associated with FortyFive politics is working on a campaign in this race. Links are in order submitted.

House 6

Tell us a little bit about yourself


I have worked for more than 25 years as a public relations strategist working with some of the best PR firms and corporations in the country. Today I am Executive Vice President at Snapp Conner PR where I am responsible for operations, client acquisition and public relations and strategic counsel with clients.

For the past five years, I represented Utah District 6 as Leg. Chair for the UCRP. As chair I earned a reputation for bringing precinct officers and delegates together on several occasions to fight for conservative and grassroots issues that ultimately helped drive Party direction and outcome to protect the relevancy of delegates and the caucus system.

My experience uniquely qualifies me to help build a vibrant Utah working with my constituents and the 74 other House members and 29 senators within the Legislature. ​

My faith has driven me in all aspects of my life and shaped my love and patriotism for the God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I credit my upbringing for my faith-based principles.

My wife Linda and I reside in Lehi and have three children and two grandchildren.



I was born in Payson, but grew up in San Diego. I was raised in a very conservative home and was taught the history of the United States from an early age. My father, mother and grandparents gave me the tools to learn about the history of our forefathers and have a love of what they studied. I even have a pin from the 1929 California Republican Convention from my great grand-mother. I have been married for 11 years and have 5 children. In my spare time I love to watch baseball, read, and train in traditional japanese jujitsu.

I have been active in the Utah Republican Party for about 10 years, first as a caucus attendee, then a delegate and now Chair of the Audit Committee (on standby), and member of the State Central Committee.

The field that I work in is Regulatory Affairs. I help companies figure out how to maneuver through the complex regulations that government places on industry. Currently, I work for a medical device company. I have also worked for food, natural supplements, cosmetics, and dog and cat food companies. I have experience with governments at State, Federal and International levels.



Why are you running for Utah State House?



When Jake Anderegg announced that he was going to not run for this office again I had several people ask me to run. Their words were to the effect that they were glad to have had a good conservative in office these last 4 years and they wanted to make sure that there was a conservative to fill the vacancy. I have worked with many people in different public service offices, several of whom have now endorsed me: Sen. Howard Stephenson, Sen. Mark Madsen, Rep. Kim Coleman and Councilman Chris Condie. They recognize that my skills and expertize in regulations, as well as the deep knowledge of history and the Constitution, will guarantee a solid position in the Legislature and that I will be a great servant to the Lehi area and the State of Utah.

The thing that spurred me to run more than anything was when my wife asked me to run for office. She said that I stand for those correct values and principles, and that it was time for me to step up to serve. I decided to run because I was asked to serve and to protect my family and my community.



I’m running because I have a vested interest in the success of the Utah Legislature as we face a period of fast growth as a state. By representing my district as Chair for the Utah County Republican Party for the past five years, I understand the pain and prosperity of fast growth since we have been experiencing it here in Lehi – House District 6 – for a few years now. I understand the issues our citizens face and share the conservative principles we all have, and which I will be expected to adhere to in the House.

With a great desire to serve, having been in the trenches fighting for important principles for the Republican Party, and with my professional experience in tow, I believe the time is right and I’m the best person to step into the role of Representative to meet the expectations of my constituents in moving Utah forward through the extreme growth it is and will experience.


What are the top three issues facing Utah in the next 4 years and what do you plan to do to confront these?



In my mind there are actually two main issues, which has most every issue we are facing contained within.

Ultra Fast Growth – The current projections for the growth of the state indicate we are currently building a 2nd Utah. Since the first pioneers settled this state it has taken nearly 170 years for Utah to get where it is today in population, economy and all else that makes our state. The state is projected to double in as little as 25 more years are as much as 50. Either way, the issues we face today will be greatly magnified as the population grows quickly. As principled representative, I plan to look at all areas through the eyes of growth. Some of the key issues related to growth will be:

– Our water resources are already stretched and will only continue to be stretched as a thirsty population increases. I will be looking to encourage water conservation among our citizens and population, looking to implement free market principles of supply and demand and the elimination of government subsidies on the price of water to users. I will also be looking at what needs to be done to maintain and increase our water delivery infrastructure.

-With a growing population, we will need to greatly increase the capacity of our higher and secondary schools. Additionally, it will be increasingly important to eliminate federal overreach into our education system with federally mandated standards, lunch programs and many other overreach items and allowing parents to determine how their child should learn and be taught.

-Other areas in this category would include roads and transportation, pollution and many others that the I and the Legislature will need to tackle in the next few years.


State Sovereignty – I support the acquisition of the federal public lands and will do all I can to help the achievement of that goal. The benefits to the citizens of our state are immeasurable and will help the state truly become sovereign.

Federal government overreach continues to increase. I will do everything I can as a Representative to eliminate federal overreach in all areas of our lives, but especially in areas such as healthcare, education, public lands, and others where federal agencies continue to threaten and deny our citizens their freedoms.

I will promote and encourage a free market in all areas of our state.



The top three issues facing Utah in the next 4 years are:

1 – Our state lands need to be returned back to state control. The Federal Government currently holds about 66% of the land in Utah and until we control our lands once again, we are but second class citizens in our own homes. There are many resources and functions within these lands that would be better served and managed by local government. Since we have 33% control of our lands we cannot even begin to have a valid discussion of how to handle and manage these concerns and future use. I will continue the fight within the legislature to make sure we use these lands correctly, but that we are able to control them ourselves, outside of the influence of the federal government.

2 – Transportation issues are key for a state like Utah that is growing at such a rapid rate. We will be having more companies that like our family values, or low cost of living, our mountains and natural beauty. However without a good infrastructure we will not have a draw for a large influx of people, and for the people that are already living here, there will be pain and suffering from the transportation woes. The 50 year plan that UDOT, UTA, MAPP, WAGG and other transportation agencies have put together addresses some of these concerns. Unfortunately those agencies discounted the growth that Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain promised to them and we are left with less than ideal transportation avenues. I will work to realign the money that is set aside for other projects by demonstration how keeping the growth in Lehi is good for everyone. The I-15 baby gap, as it’s called, needs to be completed now, not in 10 years. Also, the Mountain View Corridor needs to be completed from Eagle Mountain to I-80. Both of these projects will alleviate much of the congestion.

3 -With the growth, the new businesses and with Utah being the 2nd driest state in the nation we are going to have create new ways to store and retain water. Without the guarantee of stored water we will struggle as a community. Having the state lands back in our control will give us the ability to build retention dams. I will work with local communities to plan retention areas that are beneficial to the community and that locally are chosen to disrupt the least.

About author

Richard Jaussi
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Richard is a political junkie. He teaches Political Science and US Constitution courses at a University. Richard can be found reading books on American history and politics. He resides in Utah County with his wife, 4 kids, and Frodo (their dog). You can reach him at

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