Who am I?
My name is Jon Christensen and I'm running for, and excited to be, the legislative representative in Utah's house district 14.
I'm 25 and I have, and am continuing in, a broad and ecclectic education, mostly in political science with an emphasis in German and international relations, although my studies have included an interest in the arts.
My most recent occupation has been for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office of Diversity & Human Rights. Prior to that I was involved in running Syracuse's UPS Store. My eventual career path will likely be overseas directly involving certain aspects of my education, but until I feel I have sufficiently squeezed what I can for the time being out of my University interests, I will continue taking classes and involving myself in community-oriented service projects.
I have non-profit experience, having started one and held the office of CFO (chief financial officer). The 501(c)3 non-profit corporation was started by my younger brother and I for the purpose of facilitating and promoting artists and their works. The purpose of this was largely networking, as artists too often have to give up time on their crafts and passions to network and advertise themselves. The organization still exists and now operates within the jurisdiction of another non-profit, The Utah Arts Alliance. The Utah Arts Alliance offers many opportunities and services to the Utah art community, including a new high school artist outreach and a free and publicly judged monthly gallery that facilitates networking, promotion, and offers grants and other incentives after a year of galleries.
I enjoy outdoor and physically exerting activity. I am currently in training to participate in the Tough Mudder competition, which is a national traveling 10 mile circuit of obstacles designed by British Special Ops to test personal endurance and will.
I've spent a good deal of time volunteering for charitable organizations and I have a deep reverence for family and the people and culture of this state.
I'm excited to be running and I plan to involve the community in my legislative role. It's a representative role and I will maintain and uplift that standard.
Why am I running?
My state is moderate, yet charity-minded, but it is being controlled by politicians bending to the will of extreme-conservative trends. The legislature reflects the largely one party imbalance of Utah's governing bodies and the representative in my district is the best example of extremism in the state. He does not reflect the views and demographics of the area and he tries to pass mean spirited legislation that promotes the abuse of animals and irresponsible behavior with firearms.
Although my legislative district is not predominantly republican, there was little interest in standing up for the interests of the people here. I've studied politics for years and the personal circumstances of my life lined up appropriately for me to make a personal dedication to try and make a positive difference. It's important for me to serve my community and adding rational and progressive behavior into the governing body that writes my state's laws is important.
(1) I'll fight for lower class sizes, especially in grades kindergarten through 3rd and (2) join my colleagues to fight a bill that would disallow teachers to deduct union dues from their paychecksI.
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(1) A big part of my campaign has been in seeking out different community-reflective special interest groups and learning how they feel they can best be represented and (2) I'm assisting in the creation of a Labor Caucus for my county, which has previously not had one.