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Dave Bierschied on Political Representation in National Politics
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May 27, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Dave Bierschied
Office Held: City Council Moab President Moab Chamber of Commerce.
Issue: Fair representation of the diverse group of residents of SE Utah at a National level.
Because of political bias we haven't had a say in local issues for many decades.
We need statesmen and not politically connected representatives. Who will listen and be fair minded.

Bio: Raised here in Moab, Dave has experienced firsthand the evolution of Moab from a Uranium Boomtown to an International Resort Destination. Prior to real estate, Dave had careers as a Journeyman Iron Worker, Power Line Designer for Utah Power and Light, and as a General Manager of a local hotel in Moab. He started his real estate career in 1996 and has worked every aspect of the industry; representing sellers, buyers, and investors in both the residential and commercial markets. He believes strongly that it is not only his duty to represent his clients to the best of his ability, but also to educate them throughout every step of the process, so that his clients can make the best decisions possible. Dave is a firm believer in giving back and is particularly passionate about education. He volunteers several days a week in his daughter's classroom and has chaired committees for the Local Board of Education.

Community Involvement:
Local Board of Realtors and Utah Association of Realtors, President in Local Board for 5 Terms
Moab Rotary Member, President 2016 & 2018 AG 2017-2020
Rim Village Vistas HOA Board President
Moab City Council, Moab Chamber of Commerce, President for 2 Terms
Utah Regional Wildlife Committee, Chair for 10 Years
Canyonlands Field Institute, Board President 5 Years,
Blue Ribbon Committee that worked with BLM and resulted in the Development of the Colorado River Corridor
BLM Regional Advisory Council,
Grand County School District Friend of Education Award Recipient

Website: www.moabrealty.com
Facebook: facebook.com/bierschied
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-bierschied-77422613/

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Karina Brown Joins Me to Thank Those Who Helped the Navajo - #plugintodevin
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May 26, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Karina Brown
Office Held: City of Nibley Planning Commissioner
Office Sought: Lt. Governor

Bio: Karina is President of the Cache County Friends of the Children's Justice Center Board and was a founding sponsor of the Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative (Proposition 3) adopted by Utah voters in 2018. She also serves on the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Cache Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee. She is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Nibley, Utah. And she is the co-founder of the Cache Valley United for Change organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement. Karina also currently serves as Co-Chair of Cache Celebration of Women's Suffrage 2020, an organization working to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The organization is dedicated to educating Utah students about voting history including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 1870 when Seraph Young of Utah was the first woman in America to vote under an equal suffrage law. The Women’s Suffrage 2020 curriculum includes an educational exhibit available to school districts across the state. Brown has an M.S. in Human, Environmental, and Consumer Resources from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Public Leadership Credential from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Karina is married to Dr. Karl Brown, a physician and Air Force veteran and is a mother of four fabulous children in Nibley, Utah (Cache Valley). Her hobbies include fitness, spending time with family, listening to audio books, and playing violin and guitar.

Website: www.petersonforutah.com
Twitter: @petersonutah @karinaforutah
Facebook: facebook.com/karinaandelinbrownforutah
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karina-andelin-brown-23067aa6
Instagram: @karinaforutah @petersonforutah

Photo credit: Alina Brown, Gail Thorpe

Navajo Project, Navajo Nation

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How You Can Help the Navajo Nation Today
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May 21, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Tara Benally
Office Held: Non
Office Sought: Non
Issue: A number of things.
It's within my community and within my Nation.
Working together and Keeping an open mind and putting differeences aside.

Bio: I will do my own intro. ( If that's ok?) It's a native thing.

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Utah Democratic Party Chair On Bipartisanship & Democratic Values in Utah
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May 20, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Jeff Merchant
Office Held: Utah Democratic Party Chair

Bio: The son of a Pakistani immigrant, Jeff was born and raised in Utah and has been a life-long Democrat. He got his start in politics working on a congressional race that took him across the state. As an attorney, he has worked on environmental issues like wetlands preservation and promoted communities of color as part of the Minority Bar Association. As a small business owner, he runs a healthcare company that works with seniors throughout Utah to help them navigate the increasingly complicated web of social security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Jeff, his wife Emily, and their daughters Mia, Maggie, and Elsie live in Holladay along with their two dogs, Mikado and Major. In his spare time, Jeff likes to tell dad jokes, cook, and try to grow bonsai trees. Jeff ran for UDP Chair to strengthen our party, elect more Democrats, and make a better Utah. His priorities as Chair include rebuilding trust in the party, working with county leadership to develop and support strategies that get candidates elected, eliminating existing party debt, and building a stronger party staff.

Website: https://utahdemocrats.org
Twitter: @jeffreymerchant
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.merchant.5
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-merchant-632269a/
Instagram: @jmmerchant

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UT Congressional Candidate & Shoshone Nation Ex-Chairmen on COVID-19's Impacts on Native Americans
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May 19, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Darren Parry
Office Sought: Congress - Utah District 1

Bio: Darren Parry serves as the Councilman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, a Utah Tribe with Headquarters in Brigham City, Utah. Councilman Parry has served on the council on 2 separate occasions and has been currently serving for the last 6 years. Darren also serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah, The Utah State Museum Board, the Community Advisory Board for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Northern Regional Advisory Council for Utah Division of Wildlife and the American Indian Services Board which provides scholarships for Native American Students around the country. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on History. Darren is the author of “The Bear River Massacre; A Shoshone History” and teaches Native American History at Utah State University. His passions in life are his family which includes his wife Melody, 9 children and 13 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. Darren was the first Utahn to receive the Esto Perpetua Award from the Idaho State Historical Society, recognizing his efforts in the preservation of Shoshone History. He wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. He has managed inspiring accomplishments within his tribal nation as well as leading social unity and education. It is important to him that all peoples perspectives are heard and respected.

Website: https://darrenforutah.com/
Twitter: @shoshoneelder
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarrenParryForCongress/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-parry-4725aa7/

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SLC Council Member Talks About the Climate Positive 2040 Plan, Renewable Energy, & Environmentalism
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May 18, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Christopher Wharton
Office Held: Salt Lake City Council

Bio: T. Christopher Wharton is an attorney and senior partner from Salt Lake City, Utah who focuses on family law, criminal defense, and LGBTQ advocacy. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Utah and is certified to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States. Chris graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as president of the Student Bar Association and managing editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies. Chris also completed a semester studying jurisprudence at University of Oxford, Magdalen College, and international criminal law at The Hague, Netherlands. Chris gained valuable experience interning at the Utah State Legislature, clerking with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and practicing as a third-year law student at the at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office, where he tried and won his first jury trial. Chris went on to work as an associate attorney for two years before opening his own practice in 2012. Chris' extensive work in the areas of family law and LGBTQ advocacy has gained local and national attention. In 2013, Chris helped lead a team of attorneys that submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court, arguing for equal treatment of LGBT families under the law. In 2015, he obtained the first same-sex common law marriage adjudication in Utah. As an active community volunteer, Chris has done pro bono work for the ACLU of Utah, Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center, and the Rainbow Law Clinic. Chris has served as president of the Utah Young Lawyers Division, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center, and chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission. Chris also served on the board of the LGBT & Allied Bar Association of Utah and on the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners as the young lawyer representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He currently represents the residents of District 3 on the Salt Lake City Council. Outside the office, Chris enjoys independent films, local politics, history, art, Netflix, and food trucks. Chris' pronouns are him/his.

Twitter: @chriswhartonslc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealchriswharton
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-wharton-b9b87026/

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Cheryl Butler Discusses COVID-19: Masks, Testing, and Community Service
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May 15, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Cheryl Butler
Office Sought: Utah House District 53
Issue: Today - that issue is responding to COVID19
I support the stabilization efforts underway in Summit County - staying home, wearing a mask when I'm out in public, and avoiding visiting my elderly parents. It can be difficult and frustrating. I am greatly saddened by the enormous loss of life we've seen all around the world, and right here at home. I am also worried about our unemployed workers and the more vulnerable members of our community who are finding it more difficult to access the resources they need - work, education, and healthcare. And in some cases, food and housing. When I see a problem, I ally myself with those people out there working to solve it. I'm very active in Rotary, which is an entire organization devoted to Service above Self. Right now, we Rotarians are laser focused on creatively working to provide our community with additional resources to help in the COVID19 response. We are sewing masks, building face shields, distributing food and other necessities, promoting social interaction through remote meetings, and calling vulnerable members of our community. We are not stepping back, we are ramping up our normal service projects.

Bio: Family- Cheryl grew up in a small, rural town where her parents were medical professionals, serving the community, and instilling the values of honesty, hard work, self-sufficiency and caring for others. These are the same values she has stressed with her own children and grandchildren. And these values lead her to appreciate the importance of serving the public. Cheryl retired in 2016 after working 34 years, as a successful engineer and senior manager for a major international energy company. She is a recognized expert in risk decision making and oil/gas process safety. She has been a featured speaker at industry conferences around the world and has published papers in multiple technical journals. For the last 15 years of her career, Cheryl lived and worked overseas in Nigeria, Venezuela, and Kazakhstan - learning the languages and cultures along the way. For 50 years, Cheryl has been putting her skills and experience to work in every community where she has lived. She has coached kids soccer teams, tutored and mentored students, started new 4H clubs, and served on the school board. Cheryl currently serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity, teaches ESL to recent immigrants, volunteers with voter registration efforts, and in the public schools encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEM. Cheryl is the Community Services Director for the Sunrise Rotary Club in Park City. She is also the Director of the Talem Foundation which funds international sustainable development projects. She loves to hike with her dog Barney and sew quilts for the grandkids.

Website: www.votecherylbutler.com
Twitter: @votecherylbutl1
Facebook: facebook.com/votecheryl
Instagram: @votecherylbutler

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UT Rep Jennifer Daily-Provost Discusses the COVID-19 Pandemic
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May 14, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Jennifer Dailey-Provost
Office Held: Utah House of Representatives
Office Sought: Utah House of Representatives
Issue: The issue that is helping my community is the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot of activity from state, government, and business leaders in trying to address the rising public health and economic catastrophes. I want to discuss the fine line between responsible yet nimble, while still being held accountable to effectuate progress.

Bio: Jen Dailey-Provost lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Scott and three daughters. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, and her MBA from Westminster College’s Gore School of Business. She began her career as the Director of Human Resources at Solitude Mountain Resort, but ultimately found professional fulfillment in the non-profit sector. Currently, Jen works to serve HD24 in the Utah House Representative, but is also pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the University of Utah. Her first priority, though is raising her three daughters with her husband. She is the former executive director of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians in Salt Lake City where she managed the business of the 501(c)(6), as well as the UAFP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that is focused on medical education in underserved areas. Additionally, she served primary care and public health functions as the director of governmental affairs and policy, prioritizing policies like patient access to health care, social determinants of health, air quality, education, and reproductive rights. It was her work in healthcare and public health advocacy that motivated her run to serve in elected office. Jen and her family love the quality of life that Utah offers and take advantage of the incredible access to the outdoors whenever possible. She is most passionate about skiing and running, but Jen also loves to hike, bike, and snowshoe as often as possible.

Website: http://jenforutah.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenforutah/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferdaileyprovost/

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UT Rep Carol Moss and I Talk About Public Schools
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May 13, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Carol Spackman Moss
Office Held: State Representative
Office Sought: State Representative
Issue: Good public schools. I spent most of my life as an educator in the community I represent, my daughter teaches at Skyline, where many of my constituents’ children attend. My community expects me to be an advocate for our public schools and frequently contact me about issues affecting their children. That is a big part of my responsibility to my constituents, to be their advocate.

Bio: Before I was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, I had a wonderful, rewarding career for 33 years teaching English and student government at Olympus High School. My decision to run for office was prompted by the negative attitude my then representative had toward public education and teachers, whom he called “a bunch of whiners,” when we went on strike for higher salaries and smaller class sizes. I defeated him in 2000 and am now running for my 11th term. Besides education, I have focused in recent years on passing legislation addressing the opioid epidemic, mental health issues, prison and jail reform, clean air, refugees, and driving safety. I have served as a board member on many non-profits, all of which focus on children and social justice issues.For many years, I have served in leadership positions in my caucus. Currently, I am House Minority Whip. My husband Bob and I have five children and six grandchildren. We love to travel and have been to many fascinating countries, some we have visited as part of humanitarian missions. I love to read, walk, spend time with family, and yes, I love my job, and believe holding public office is a privilege, one I take very seriously. Representing my constituents in District 37, Holladay and Murray, two great cities, is a great pleasure and honor.

Website: www.carolmossforhouse.com
Twitter: @RepCarolMoss
Facebook: Carol Spackman Moss and Representative CarolSpackman Moss

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Crowdfunding Expert Discusses Options for Small Businesses - #plugintodevin
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May 12, 2020 08:00 AM PDT
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Guest: Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss
Issue: Access to capital. I have a vested interest in the success of the JOBS Act. We need more eyes, ears and dollars focused on small businesses.

Bio: Mr. Sherwood Neiss co-authored the “Crowdfunding Exemption Framework” which became the basis of Title III of the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize equity and lending-based crowdfunding. He is in the forefront of the crowdfunding industry, as the co-founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (“CCA”). CCA is a consulting firm serving certain governments and multi-lateral organizations including Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, governments of Chile, Malaysia, Israel, and the UAE, professional investors, crowdfunding professionals and the entrepreneurial community. Mr. Neiss co-authored the World Bank’s research report “Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World” and the MIF report “Creating a Crowdfunding Ecosystem in Chile.” He also co-authored “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies.” He is the creator of CCLEAR, a database of online investment offerings. Data and analysis from CCLEAR has been used in SEC reports and to drive proposed rules. Mr. Neiss serves on the advisory boards of several crowdfunding companies. He is a co-founder and former-board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. Mr. Neiss was selected as a recipient of the Crowdfunding Visionary Award. VentureBeat listed Mr. Neiss as one of the most influential thought leaders in crowdfunding. Prior to CCA, Mr. Neiss co-founded FLAVORx, Inc., acted as its chief financial officer, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as the Inc. 500 award three years in a row.

Website: www.theccagroup.com
Twitter: @woodien
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherwoodneiss/

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