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Restore Utah's Neighborhood Caucuses | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
I have been a strong proponent of preserving Utah’s caucus system. It is the fairest way of electing candidates at the state and county conventions. Delegates play a key role in vetting candidates and holding incumbents accountable. In 2014, Count My Vote pushed a ballot initiative to remove the neighborhood caucus system. I organized a campaign to stop them. Instead, the Utah legislature passed SB54, which allowed candidates to bypass the caucus system altogether by paying for signatures to automatically get on the party’s primary ballot. That corrupted our political process. It favors wealthy candidates and provides easy victories over their opponents who lacked the financial resources to compete. It also shelters incumbents from accountability. In 2018, Count My Vote came back with another initiative to completely dismantle the caucus-convention system, which would have killed the Utah GOP. With private funding, I organized “Keep My Voice” and directed the campaign that stopped CMV’s initiative, saved the caucuses, and with it, the Utah Republican Party. You will never see me gather signatures. I’m committed to earning your vote, not buying it. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that restores, improves, and preserves the caucus system and keeps our election process fair and honest.
Uphold The U.S. Constitution | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
I believe God had a hand in the establishment of America and inspired our Founders to organize the best form of government ever created. The eternal principles of freedom and liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, are the blueprint for national freedom and success. When we follow it, freedom, opportunity, and peace thrive. When we fail to support and uphold the Constitution, rights are lost, division ensues, and liberty declines. I know it and you know it too. Our country is moving further away from our foundation. Utah included. Washington DC isn’t going to solve the problem. It is the problem. We need to restore our faith in the principles of freedom that made us a great nation and it will require state legislatures to lead in that effort. As your senator, you can count on me to be that kind of leader and to always support and defend the United States Constitution.
Eliminate CRT in Schools, Expand Parents' Rights | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
Utah laws unequivocally state that ”parents retain the fundamental right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children.” We have great teachers who are doing their best to teach effectively. However, parents are discovering divisive, and harmful aspects in their children’s educational curricula. Critical Race Theory (CRT) pits one race against another; it promotes division. It is an affront to our nation’s founding principle “that all men are created equal.” This cancer, if unchecked and allowed to be taught in K thru 12 schools, will only lead to a dark place for our nation’s future. We must remove all elements of CRT in the classroom and in teacher training. Federal funding only accounts for 3% of the education budget in Utah. Yet, federal mandates control much more and are not always productive in our children's education system. We must make sure that federal funds do not come with strings attached that violate our state education laws and our community values. Currently, Utah’s state school board superintendents are appointed and are unaccountable to the parents of students. Parents pay taxes to send their children to public schools. They should have a say in choosing the superintendent. This would allow them to speak freely against policies that don’t benefit the students. It is time to empower parents with more control over what is happening in our schools. The School districts are becoming too big and unaccountable. Parental rights are being ignored. It is time to restore local school boards comprised of parents with children attending their children’s school. Choosing the principal, the teachers, and what curriculum is accepted is a parental right. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that: Enforces parents’ rights and transparency Eliminates all forms of racism in K-12 public education Removes unacceptable mandates from federal funding Makes the state superintendent elected by parents statewide Restores local control by creating school boards at each school
Secure Our Elections | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
Every American cherishes the election process. We defend the right to vote, and much has been said about keeping elections honest. We vote every two years to maintain and protect that our government remains in the hands of the people. Americans bank on our electoral process being fair and honest, but we have seen election fraud in various parts of the country and that takes away our confidence that the system works. We deserve a transparent system where it’s easy to vote and very difficult to cheat. Constitutionally, each state has the authority to make its election laws. In Utah, there is room for improvement to ensure our election process is secure. Key measures should include: Requirements for valid voter identification when voting Camera surveillance and GPS tracking of ballot dropboxes Make it unlawful to vote in state and out of state within the same election Checks on election funds coming from non-government organizations Establishment of an annual statewide voter registration audit, security of election equipment, and restrictions on internet connections As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that increases the security of our elections and enforces Utah’s election laws.
Safeguard Women’s Sports | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
I support laws that are being passed throughout the country to prohibit trans-athletes from competing in women’s sports. Everyone should have a place to compete, and everyone has a right to participate in sports. The question is how can women compete fairly against trans-athletes when the advantages are overwhelmingly in favor of trans-women? This is not a matter of discrimination against transgenders. All should be treated with decency and respect. It is about ensuring that female athletes are able to compete on a level playing field, against other females. Multiple studies show that transgender women have an unfair advantage over biological women. Men are naturally bigger, stronger, and faster – regardless of hormone therapy. The issue is complex for parents of transgender children who may feel discriminated against and unwelcomed. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that will maintain the integrity of women’s sports and find a balanced solution that works for everyone.
Fight For Our Public Lands | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
Nearly 65% of Utah’s land is owned and controlled by the Federal Government, which is inaccessible for any use. When states were added to the Union, the transfer of lands to state governments was promised and is part of the Enabling Act. In 1976, Congress decided to keep the western state lands in federal control, unlike the eastern states. This arbitrary action is unjustified and has resulted in a failed land policy that has spoiled communities, closed off recreation and grazing access, mismanaged forests, caused out-of-control wildfires, and has locked up over 34-million acres of land. Much of that land includes vast untapped energy and mineral resources that could boost our economy and help pay for public education. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that fights for our public lands and enables the transfer of federally controlled lands to Utah.
End Overreaching Health Mandates | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
The US Supreme Court recently struck down federal mandates that forced Americans to inoculate themselves against COVID-19. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and the Biden Administration abandoned effective life-saving therapeutics that cost the lives of millions of people who were denied anti-body treatment. Instead, they were forced to vaccinate. Government mandates are a violation of our individual freedom in making personal health decisions. In 2021, I passed a resolution in the Utah Republican Party, outlining the breach of individual liberty and calling for the legislature to act immediately. The resolution strengthened legislation that passed, eliminating vaccine mandates in Utah. I also supported the legislature’s action to rid Salt Lake County’s health order that reestablished mask mandates for adults and youth.
Support Our Law Enforcement | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
Law and order are an essential and vital part of civil society. Law enforcement officials are placed in danger every day when they protect us from crimes, solve difficult domestic disputes, and monitor our roads for safe driving. Equally as important are the employees working at correctional facilities. Unfortunately, we are seeing a large reduction in this workforce because they lack the resources necessary to maintain their safety and fulfill their responsibilities. Utah’s correctional facilities are in dire need of improvements, which has endangered our law enforcement staff. Facility improvements will help keep our law enforcement teams well supported. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that will provide our law enforcement officials be well equipped, compensated fairly, and given the resources needed to preserve and protect our communities.
Enforce Immigration Laws | Brandon Beckham for Utah Senate
America is the melting pot of the world. We have people from every culture and ethnicity here, making our nation the most diverse and accepting. People immigrate here because of the tremendous freedoms and opportunities America offers. In order to preserve our liberty, we welcome all immigrants through a legal process to become our fellow citizens. Illegal immigration breeds drugs, crime, and human trafficking. US immigration laws should be enforced at all levels government-federal, state, county, and municipality. President Biden’s reckless, open-border policy has increased illegal immigration endangers our local communities, and emboldens the cartels. Utah must follow and enforce federal immigration laws regardless of who’s in the White House. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that supports legal immigration, strengthens enforcement, increases cooperation with our federal partners, prevents sanctuary cities, and removes government policy that incentivizes illegal immigration.
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