"Serving people has been my life’s purpose. Today, I am compelled to respond to that call differently than I have before, moving from the private business and nonprofit spheres, to concentrate on serving the public as governor. In Utah, I everywhere see complex problems that have not been resolved; rather, they have been picked at in an ineffective, partisan way. I do not promise to have all the answers, but I do promise to work with others—across sectors, parties, and perspectives—and to be sensitive to policy impacts on individuals, families, businesses, and our local municipalities. While focused on immediate solutions, I will always keep your children and future in mind, knowing they will inherit the consequences of our failures and successes.
When I look at my grandchildren in light of our current coronavirus pandemic, I ask myself, “What kind of world am I leaving for them? Is it one where they can be well-prepared to live a full life…be healthy…and trust in their leaders to tell the truth and to do the right thing?”
If you strip away absolutely everything else, we are left with a few essentials—the things that support our basic needs while creating the foundation for a mutually beneficial future that supports the dignity of every living thing.
My priorities as Governor stem from those basic rights, rights that I want for our grandchildren and for all the people of Utah. To be able to Read, Breathe, and Believe.
Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we all can agree that the ability to learn is the foundation for our society. And the foundation for learning and growth is the ability to read. This is not as easy as it sounds -- especially when we have a teacher shortage due to low teacher pay and overfilled classrooms. As Governor, I will secure Utah’s future by investing in education for our children. My administration will put a new focus on education that has been eroded over the last years. Among other things, I will increase per-pupil spending by 50 percent through a combination of budget reallocation and tax reform and pay teachers competitively.
But this emphasis on education isn’t just for children. I can remember when, during the 2008 recession, my husband and I had to re-educate and reskill ourselves to avoid losing our business. As we taught ourselves how to read Utah’s new economic reality, we found a niche that Garbett Homes could fill. Many Utahns today are in the same situation, in Salt Lake City and in rural areas. Whether a job has been replaced by new technology or a business has been upended by a new reality, adults must continually re-educate and reskill themselves. My administration will make sure that hardworking Utahns don’t get left behind in our rapidly changing world by providing them opportunities to reinvent themselves for new success.
One of my top priorities as Governor is to make sure that every Utahn can breathe clean air again — in my mind, this is a basic right of every citizen. My administration will treat air pollution in the state as the serious public health problem that it is, fully embracing the Utah Roadmap to reduce air pollution 50 percent by 2026 and investing in public transportation infrastructure that will allow more Utahns to commute without cars.
In other health issues, I will rely on my Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Joe Jarvis, a man with many years of public health experience. It is our primary priority to learn from our recent COVID-19 pandemic and create a State Emergency Infectious Disease Response Plan based on sound medical science, not political expediency. We will also create a detailed policy to respond to other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, and make true changes to our obsolete and ineffective healthcare system so that all can get the care they need. A Garbett/Jarvis gubernatorial administration will help Utahns breathe easier during emergencies, and breathe cleaner air every day. We will work to make healthcare better, simpler, and cheaper for everyone in Utah.
Truth has become something of a rare commodity in today’s partisan politics. As Governor, you will always know where I stand, and I will tell you the truth. In this way, I can help to restore Utahns’ trust in the integrity of our leaders. They can be confident that our elected officials will strive to do the right thing for the right reasons, not for political posturing or personal gain. I will formulate and act upon policy based on facts, science, and expertise — making Utah an example that the rest of the country will recognize. My administration will prove with deeds, not words.
I have lived in this state all my life and have deep roots and friends in all parts of Utah. In honor of those wide-ranging connections, I promise to be sensitive and listen to the needs of families, local business, and people at all walks of life--in our rural, suburban, and urban centers. It is only by listening and responding to you that I, as your governor, can restore your trust in our state. You can be assured that I will always put people above the political establishment.
Please vote for me, Republican Candidates Jan Garbett and my running mate Dr. Joe Jarvis in the Utah Primary Election on June 30, 2020!
2020 Republican Utah Gubernatorial Candidate
Salt Lake City
April 07, 2020
Is Utah's prepared for the recession caused by the coronavirus? What can Utah's leaders do to help Utahns make the best financial decisions during and after this crisis? In this vlog, Jan interviews Steve Kroes, a Public Policy Analyst who was the President of...Read More
April 05, 2020
By Dr. Joe Jarvis This post was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune on March 16, 2020. In the 1930s between 1 and 2 million homeless Americans resided in shanty towns all over the United States. These makeshift housing areas were commonly called...Read More
April 02, 2020
By Dr. Joe Jarvis By now, most Utahns are staying at home in response to the novel coronavirus. So it’s reasonable to ask how we’ll know when to relax our social isolation. Utah’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, was recently asked that exact question....Read More