Meet the Candidates – House 67

Meet the Candidates – House 67

Editor note: This is the third 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 House District 67.  Each candidate was given a word count limit.  No one associated with FortyFive politics is working on a campaign in this race.

Representative Marc Roberts and Julie Blaney will face off in the Utah County Republican Convention and Mayor Rick Moore will meet the winner in a primary.

House 67

1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself


I grew up in Provo and am the oldest of 10 children. I served an LDS mission to Mendoza Argentina. Shortly after my mission I married my wife Casey who patiently waited for my return. We now have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls.

I attended BYU where I earned a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and played for 2.5 years on the BYU basketball team before I had to stop due to complications with my knees.

I am an owner of an electronic payments company called Platinum Payment Systems and have recently started a new business venture called Zift, an enterprise payment technology platform.

I have a passion for learning and at any given time have about 4 different books on my night stand. In the evening or on weekends you might find me playing basketball, volleyball, softball, riding horses, hunting, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, shooting guns, wrestling and playing with my kids, tinkering on the computer, working in my garden, checking my beehives, hanging out with my family, playing the ukulele, piano, or on a date with my wife.

I believe the proper role of government is to secure our rights to our life, liberty, and property.


I have always been involved in my community, whether as one of the few fathers in PTA, involved in community activities, or just working with others in my industry to raise standards.  In 2009 I saw problems in my city and felt like they weren’t being handled correctly, so I ran for Mayor, not on the normal track but instead as a Write-in because I wanted to make a difference even if it meant taking a slightly different track than normal.  I won that election and have been privileged to serve my community as Mayor for the last 6 ½ years.  In that time we have made significant progress on many fiscal and economic issues that will help us for decades to come.

I also am a father of 3 wonderful children and a husband of Lana who will always be my biggest helper.  For work I run our family business, a heating and air conditioning company and metal fabricating.  I’m a blue collar worker and will always be the type of guy who doesn’t just sit in the office and read reports.  Instead I go out, get my hands on the problems, and fix them myself when needed.

2 – Why are you running for Utah State House?


I’m running because while serving as Mayor I have learned that one of the most important things an Elected Official can do is be involved and participating with the community they serve.  By being involved you can not only learn about the different issues that affect the community and need solving.  But you can also bring the community together to fight for the issues that are important.  While serving as Mayor one of the most important things I ever accomplished did not start with me alone.  Instead it was a group of interested public servants getting together and accomplishing something no-one thought possible.  When the Legislature first spoke about expanding and rebuilding I-15, Payson had no chance to be involved or receive any benefit.  But I didn’t think that was best for our community so I got together with Representative Lockhart and we put together a coalition of community leaders that worked and lobbied together to ensure it didn’t stop in Provo or Springville but instead went all the way to Payson.

I’m running because I don’t see that type of collaboration from our current representative and I know that is how we can be successful as a community.


I believe government is a reflection of the people and that we should be involved, educated, understand how government works, and pay attention to what goes on. I believe in the free market, in limited government and in being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars and would like to promote those principles on the state level.

I am happy and willing to serve and participate in this capacity, and to represent the people of District 67 in the Utah State legislature.


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


Education – I will work with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to promote an educational environment that instills a love of learning, personal confidence, and leadership skills.

Public Lands – I will continue to work with all the stakeholders involved in this issue to transfer the public lands to the state.

An ever-expanding federal government – States are sovereign and independent entities, sometimes we need to act like it. I will continue to support and run legislation that pushes back against the federal government, challenges it’s over reach and preserves the powers left to the states per the tenth amendment.


The top three issues are:

1 -Education – improving and funding education without raising taxes

2 – Water – making sure we have enough water for expected growth

3 – Transportation – road repair and additional roads to accommodate growth


4. What is your proudest accomplishment serving in the legislature? For those who are not serving in the Legislature: what is your greatest professional accomplishment in business or elected office?


I have 3 accomplishments that I am most proud of as Mayor:

1 – Through smart choices and cutting costs we were able to save the city $10 Million in bonding costs.

2 – Bringing the Veteran’s Home and UVU to Payson

3 – Putting together Payson’s Interfaith Counsel


Prior to 2015 it was illegal in the state of Utah to be a co-owner in a milk-producing animal (a cow for example) and consume its milk unless the animal resided on your property. An animal obviously can’t be taken care of on more than one piece of property at a time so if you, as a co-owner of the animal, didn’t keep the animal on your property it was illegal for you to consume it’s milk, even though you owned part of the animal.

This is known as cow-sharing or herd-sharing. In the 2015 session I was able to run a bill that made this situation legal, you can now have co-ownership in up to 2 cows, 9 goats or 9 sheep and consume the milk the animals produce regardless of whether or not the animal is on your property or another co-owners property.

In 2013 I passed legislation that created a framework for counties to address issues they face on a regular basis related to federally controlled public lands. Part of the framework allowed the counties to take action on situations that could impact the health, safety or welfare of their citizens due to neglect and mismanagement of the public lands.

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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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