Unfortunately, this happens all too often in politics. Those who know me know that I am a very passionate person but that I also listen to understand and then when I have formed an opinion I express it and then act upon it. I do what I say I am going to do.
There are several issues that I am extremely committed to.
- I will never, ever vote to liberalize our alcohol laws. These laws allow merchants to responsibly sale alcohol (their legal right), while at the same time protecting our families and children from irresponsible patrons who drink and drive. And they also help to keep our teenagers away from easy access to alcohol. For years Utah has had fewer alcohol related accidents or deaths than any state in the nation. Liberalizing our laws even on a local level send the wrong message to our teenagers and also put more of our citizens at risk of loss of property or even life.
- I will never, ever vote to mandate anything that is not totally necessary to protect life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness, i.e., I would not vote to "FORCE" our citizens to pay an extra fee and require them to recycle their garbage, especially after discovering that the overwhelming majority DO NOT want the mandate!
- I will not vote to take away the property of a law abiding citizen simply to improve commerce either public or private. I will not encourage a city employee to harass and threaten a citizen with legal action simply because their mother in law has worn out her welcome according to some ancient and ill-conceived city ordinance. Instead, I would bring the ordinance to the attention of the council and either amend it, update it or simply do away with it. City ordinances should be designed to protect our liberties not take them away.
- I will not vote to raise taxes due to municipal mismanagement of funds. Tax increases should be the last resort after re-budgeting, tightening and reevaluating expenditures. Most tax increases could be avoided with proper budget planning and then sticking to that budget.
I don’t believe in compromising my integrity or my principles. It is my goal to bring people to my side and not to lean across the aisle and not to expect to get dirty. There are too many politicians who have soiled their integrity and conscience by leaning over to the other side to compromise who they are and what they believe. I refuse to be another one of them. This does not mean that I refuse to learn. Surely there will be many issues that require creative thinking and even challenging decisions. But I believe that if I keep my principles and values in check that I can make the tough decisions without compromising who I am and what I have promised to those who vote for me.
I give anyone who votes for me my word that I will not say what you want to hear just to get your vote and then do the opposite once elected. I have made it clear who I am and what I believe. If elected I will be true to myself and those who elect me and I will not simply fall in line just to become one of the good old boys. You as a voter are not looking for someone who will simply fit in. You want someone who believes the way you believe, acts the way you act and will stand up for truth regardless of the political consequence even if it means a loss of popularity or expulsion from the club.
I have no intention to get into City Council and simply stir things up or create trouble. I am confident that I can work with whoever wins the mayor’s race; I know both Mayor Johnson and Jeff Novak. I know they are good men even though they see some things differently. I know that either would not knowingly lead the city astray. I also know the existing Council members and I know that they each have their opinions on things and that there will be times when I am in agreement with some, all or none of them. I can deal with that. With your help I will win this race and I will be the voice, your voice that you may feel is often missing in our city.
I am Phill Wright and I am confident that I am the person you want to represent you in the Bountiful City Council. Please, call me if you have other questions. My cell phone is 801-540-3598. I ask for your vote on November 3rd.
I am confident you won't go wrong when you vote wRight!