Aaron Osmond

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What is your platform in this campaign for the senate?

Answer: I’m a small businessman, so my platform is focused on creating a smaller government with a smaller tax burden in order get a larger economy to support more jobs and create more revenue for education:

a) Creating job is something only the private sector can do. The only thing the government should be doing to create jobs is getting out of the way of business owners.

b) Education should be one of our top priorities in Utah. We need to understand that more funding for education is primarily made possible through a thriving economy and local control of funds.

c) States’ rights have been under attack by the Obama administration. I will fight to maintain Utah’s dual sovereignty, including voiding laws like federal land grabs and Obamacare even if the Supreme Court claims they are constitutional.

d) Government should be transparent and accountable to the people at every turn. No government can be of the people, by the people, and for the people unless it is open to the people in every way.

e) Family values are what make our state great. I will fight the liberal assault on our children that would have them believe gay marriage is a good thing and that God has no place in public life.

What do you feel is your biggest asset in your work as a senator?

Answer: I am an entrepreneur and a small businessman. I know what it means to make a payroll, to spend responsibly, and to make tough cuts. I’m not a politician, so I am able to draw on my business experience to make decisions that are good for our economy and our future as a state. If we want government to stop hurting small business owners we need to put more small business owners in government.

What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Utahns right now?

Answer: I believe the biggest issue facing the state is our economy. Without a thriving economy everything suffers. Parents can’t find work to support their families, education goes underfunded and the state will not have the resources to fight federal encroachments on our state sovereignty. As a small businessman I know that the government can’t fix the economy except by getting out of the way of the private sector.

What would you do as a state senator to attack that issue?

Answer: Here are a few key things the government can do to support the growth of our economy:

a) Hold government accountable with clear performance targets, cost management reviews, and improved fiscal transparency

b) Cut unnecessary expenditures wherever possible

c) Stop all competition with the private sector

d) Ensure the public education system is appropriately funded with clear plans and accountability to meet the skill needs of our state

What, in your mind, are some of the other big issues in Utah and how would you prioritize them.

Answer: The other key issues I see facing Utah are:

a) Our state sovereignty is growing more important with every new encroachment by the federal government. We need to fight back against unconstitutional federal laws that will bankrupt the next generation of Utahns.

b) Education funding is crucial for our children to be competitive in the workforce of tomorrow. To be able to fully invest in education as a state we need to free our economy from big government and free our lands and our education system from the federal government.

c) Transparency in government is the only way for the people to hold their elected officials responsible.

What are you going to do to ensure that the platform is more than just a document?

Many republicans in Salt Lake County agree with the SLCO GOP platform but feel disconnected between the party platform and Republicans elected to office.  What are you going to do to ensure that the platform is more just a document?

Live by it and measure it. I believe the best way to drive performance is to measure it. To measure performance I will promote openness and transparency by publishing a public report card on my web site, every month, evaluating my own performance to party principles.  Then, enable the citizens to comment on my performance in a public blog on my own web site.  We need to get people more involved in government, not shut them out.

How can we be sure you will be more beholden to your constituents than to legislative or party leadership?

Answer: Proof will be in my performance. Of course I will respect and listen to the opinion of the party leaders, but I will not vote in any direction simply because a party leader tells me to.

How can we be sure you'll listen to constituents rather than just pushing through with your own agenda?

Answer: You have my mobile number 801-897-8127. Call me or text me any time.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can contact me via Facebook at www.facebook.com/AaronVOsmond. I believe that it is important to stay connected with delegates and citizens through regular face-to-face planning meetings. Over this last year I have held such meetings every quarter. Typically these meetings were held on a Saturday each quarter for three hours.  During these meetings we discuss policy issues and legislation and other issues facing our district. My commitment is to continue these meetings and ensure an open and transparent relationship with the people of this district in order to understand the citizens I represent, and be held accountable for decisions I make on their behalf.

What will you be doing during the "down-time" to continue working for us?

Question: In many respects, it feels like our legislators disappear between elections and legislative sessions. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you will be a senator during more time than just while the legislature is in session. There is no time off. What will you be doing during the "down-time" to continue working for us?

Answer: I am committed to be out among the people on a regular basis, and, as mentioned above, enabling social networking tools to stay in contact with citizens on-line on a regular basis. When I’m not in session it will be my job to find out what the people of the district will want to happen in the next session. The only way to do that is to have an open relationship.

What should be the working relationship between local, state, and federal government?

Answer: My general philosophy is that we should solve every problem at the most local level possible.  Federal Government should be focused on national defense and inter-state commerce and very little else, when it steps outside its proper role as envisioned by the founders it is the responsibility of the states to push back in order to protect their citizens from federal encroachments such as locking up our land and mandating citizens to purchase health insurance.

What are some things you will not compromise on?

Question: There are times when politicians need to compromise in order to get anything done.  How will you decide when compromise is necessary?  What are some things you will not compromise on?

Answer: Governing a diverse and unique populace requires compromise. You cannot demand that one’s view of the world be accepted by all. However, I will never compromise on full integrity and transparency, I will never do anything to hurt our children’s future, I will never support government management of the economy, and I will never support unconstitutional federal encroachment on states’ rights.

Do you feel it's more important to get the job done or to do the job right? Why?

Answer: I believe it is better to get the job done right than to rush through any legislation.  I would rather vote “no” on legislation that I do not understand nor fully support than to pass legislation to get the job done for the sake of getting it done.