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“I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service -- the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.”
--Abraham Lincoln

As a public official, I strongly believe in the system of checks and balances. My personal governing philosophy can best be summed up in the following ways:

I have strived to remain publically neutral on any potential candidates or items that are placed on the ballot.
I have stood up for what I feel is right, even when I know my position is not the popular choice.
I have never been shy about asking questions during public Commission Meetings to point out irregularities or failures to follow county policies. 
I will always stand up for the values of the citizens of Utah County.

I have always made myself available to the members of the media, and the public when they have questions.

Independence is my priority when protecting the rights of citizens balanced with my duties as the County Clerk/Auditor.
In all issues (internal, external, political, etc.) I strive to gather all the facts I need, in order to make the best decisions possible, and to maintain impartiality and a balanced approach to decisions that I participate in.  
When working with other elected officials, I work to provide all the information, and options that that should be considered when they make their policy decisions. I also speak up if something is being suggested that could negatively impact the rights of citizens or could unnecessarily cost additional tax payer dollars.
To maintain my independence, I have not actively sought, nor have I actively given endorsements during my time in office.
One of the most important qualities an elected Clerk/Auditor can have is Independence.
I am the independent watchdog Utah County citizens have been able to rely on since 2007.