Friday, June 02, 2006

Meet the Candidates for District Three

By Misty Corbett

A small yet friendly group of constituents showed up at the Richfield senior citizen’s center on June 1st to watch the interviews of candidates Christian Burridge and John Jacob for a local TV station. (The incumbent, Chris Cannon, unfortunately couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict.)

The questions were collected from local residents who voiced concerns about the issues affecting them most. These ranged from things like favorite ice cream flavors (Rocky Road for Burridge, Vanilla for Jacob) and backgrounds to integrity in office and gasoline prices.

The questions that seemed to be at the top of local priority lists showed the biggest differences between the candidates. These were about local issues, such as the proposed coal plant in Sigurd, and the possibility of losing precious water to Las Vegas. While Jacob covertly scoffed at these “national issues” and advised the Sigurd residents to embrace the job opportunities and said that Nevada should help pay for the “Millard – no, sorry - Milford, not Millard” residents to dig deeper wells to tap into the overly adequate aquifers, Burridge promoted the idea of growing wheat crops to turn into alternative energy and promised to fight for the Utah farmers and residents who needed the water to live, and oppose the green lawns and pools of Nevada.

The evening was spiced up by those always controversial issues – the war in Iraq (Jacob for, Burridge for new leaders in the White House, both for Veteran’s benefits) and a carefully hidden query about gay rights, which Jacob tried to avoid - and then fell back on the argument that a “certain local church” is against such unions and so are all of the candidates – while Burridge spoke of supporting traditional marriage, but still acknowledged that all types of families deserve the same fairness when it comes to things like health benefits and estate planning.

Both candidates agreed on enforcing immigration laws, raising minimum wages to reflect the standard of living, reversing outrageous government spending trends, and doing away with the No Child Left Behind act.

The similar answers, however, did not have the same effects on the audience.The personal and honest answers Burridge gave, along with his obvious concern for the local people and his promises to fight for the people of Utah and the next generation, brought applause after most of his answers. If Jacob hadn’t been so terribly late, he might have realized that his over-confidence and his snide remarks about the future fate of his opposing candidates fell on an unappreciative audience.A big thumbs-up to his Contract to Utah, though. If he fails to promote the four objectives listed in his letter of intent, he won’t run again. My question, though, is who decides the passing grade?

-Misty Corbett

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Vanilla? Vanilla?! Jeez, if Jacob's anywhere near as boring as his tastes in ice cream, he's a lock for the Republican nomination.

There's a xenophobic/rascist/immigration joke in there somewhere, too, but I ain't making it.