Welcome to Nathan Smith Jones

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About Me

NATHAN SMITH JONES for UTAH STATE HOUSE District 63

I’m starting my fourteenth year as a public school teacher. I live in the tree streets in Provo with my wife and five children.

This is my first time running for office (my students suggested I run after I taught them about the political process), and I believe I can be a force for good, one that stands for honesty and integrity in state government.

WHY I’M RUNNING

In the state of Utah, we essentially have a one-party system

Should ANY ONE-PARTY be trusted to run everything in this state? It’s simply NOT HEALTHY. If this entire state was run by Democrats, I would proudly be running as a Republican to serve as a check and balance which is what our founding fathers wanted. I believe a one-party system corrupts absolutely, and I’m trying to stand for the Utahns that are rarely considered when those on the hill spend our tax money.

I’m running as a democrat, but I’m a fiscal and COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE. No, a conservative democrat is NOT an oxymoron  and no, the Republican party does NOT have a monopoly on all conservatism.

My opponent, Dean Sanpei is a good guy, but some of his voting record is simply NOT conservative. Not where it counts, not FISCALLY. Voting to approve spending $14 million to a bunch of lawyers to sue the Fed government to release land back to state control so the special interests (big companies) of our state can exploit it—-all while rationalizing this by waving the flag of states rights—-is NOT A CONSERVATIVE ACTION.

I will serve as a check and a balance to the party that has been trusted to run everything, often with less-than-desirable results.

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EDUCATION

Many politicians lend lip service to education. What I want to do is increase the effectiveness of the money we already spend on education. As an educator myself, currently working on a doctoral degree in Educational Reform, I’ve seen first-hand several ways we can be smarter with our Education budget.

CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS

In the state of Utah, we essentially have a one-party system

I believe people should SERVE in the State and Federal political offices they hold. IT SHOULD NOT BE A LIFE-LONG CAREER, NOR SHOULD THERE BE A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT WHEN SERVING. When seen as a life-long career, political offices simply become a way to feather the nest of politicians, not to serve their constituents. Term limits puts into sharp focus the REASON politicians are in office: TO SERVE.
We need to let Congress know this is what we want. Term limits keep politicians honest. They lessen the corrupting influence money has in the political system (many would simply do the right thing if they knew their time to serve was limited and was about serving). They also allow many other qualified people to serve their state and country in this capacity. Many people would love the chance to serve this way. Certainly if the highest office in the land has term limits, every other office should follow suit.

THE ISSUES I’M MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT

(WHAT I WILL FIGHT FOR WHEN ELECTED)

CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS

I believe people should SERVE in the State and Federal political offices they hold. IT SHOULD NOT BE A LIFE-LONG CAREER, NOR SHOULD THERE BE A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT WHEN SERVING. When seen as a life-long career, political offices simply become a way to feather the nest of politicians, not to serve their constituents. Term limits puts into sharp focus the REASON politicians are in office: TO SERVE.

We need to let Congress know this is what we want. Term limits keep politicians honest. They lessen the corrupting influence money has in the political system (many would simply do the right thing if they knew their time to serve was limited and was about serving). They also allow many other qualified people to serve their state and country in this capacity. Many people would love the chance to serve this way. Certainly if the highest office in the land has term limits, every other office should follow suit.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

I’m not running for office with a large budget. It’s less than $5,000. However, in 2012, my opponent raised $33,000 for his campaign, yet ran UNOPPOSED. So, where did that money go? If it was officially for his campaign, did the money go toward lawn signs that say, “vote for me, and not the other guy who doesn’t exist”?
Yes, it’s very transparent—-there’s a list right there online showing which companies have given to his campaign—-but there must be a better way to do this.

PROMOTE TRUE REPRESENTATIVE VOICES IN THE LEGISLATURE

How many budget and other decisions our state government makes would happen if every one of them were decided with ALL constituents in mind?
A major component of our constitution promises checks and balances on government. This can’t happen when one party stays in control for decades and decades.
If a two party system absolutely corrupts, a one-party system corrupts absolutely. Most Utahns either aren’t affected by the back-room deals in our State, or they feel powerless to stop it. This is why it continues.
We can change this. We can be an example to the other states of our nation. A conservative state that TRULY listens to opposing voices across the isle, a state that doesn’t simply pretend to listen and force their super-majority decisions on everyone.

STATES RIGHTS vs. A FEDERAL LAND GRAB

I’m a big proponent of states rights, and I’m also not opposed to the energy companies in our state, but when our state government waves the “states rights” flag in order to gain voters’ support to wrest control of lands currently protected by the Federal government, it’s just WRONG. Why? It’s wrong because of what they don’t tell the voters is the reason they want state control over these lands: so the energy and other big companies (who effectively run our state currently) can exploit and ravage our lands for their own bottom lines without ANY HINT of ecological responsibility. And yet our Republican-controlled state congress all voted in favor of allocating $14 million toward this failed effort, money that we could have used for much more practical things.

There must be a responsible balance between the drive for profits from energy companies and the ecological choices we leave to future generations.

EDUCATION

Many politicians lend lip service to education. What I want to do is increase the effectiveness of the money we already spend on education. As an educator myself, currently working on a doctoral degree in Educational Reform, I’ve seen first-hand several ways we can be smarter with our Education budget.

STOPPING SPECIAL INTEREST’S INFLUENCE IN GOVERNMENT

I will stop Utah’s biggest companies from using State funds as their own investment money. For example, coal is important to our state, but those who own the coal companies should invest THEIR OWN MONEY to build a port in Oakland, California, not the $53 million proposed by the legislature. Want to expand your business? Great. Get a loan or make some other arrangement like every other company in Utah. All Utah companies—even ones who economically benefit our state the most—should be seen as equal under the law.