Mary Burkett: Overcoming Challenges The American Way
Mary Burkett has been involved in Republican politics for more than a decade. She got involved after realizing that for many years, the media has not told the American people the truth about the Constitution, the Founders, the law and how Congress works. This inspired her to read Hayak, Bastiat, Skousen, biographies by McCullough, and the Federalist Papers along with commentaries.
As a result of her research, she became involved in local party politics and is serving as a member of the Utah State Central Committee (the state-wide governing body of the Republican party) from Washington County. She has also been the vice chair of the Washington County Republican county.
In 1983, she was a single mother of six children with no money and no marketable skills. Three years later, she had six children and no money but she also had marketable skills in the form of a Bachelor's Degree.
"I worked my way out of poverty because that's how we do things in this country," Mary explains. "That experience also taught me I'm not the only one capable of overcoming difficulties, of creating a good life when the playing field is level. When government begins to tweak the playing field, favoring some over others, not only do opportunities disappear, discouragement leads more and more people to feel hopeless. That hopelessness creates a despondency and dependency that are against our core values as Americans."
In addition, she says, "far too many of the people we elect get to Washington and lose their faith in the American people. Far too many members of Congress think government is the answer. I strongly disagree. The solutions to problems are the people themselves, working within their families, their communities and their states to build good lives for themselves without government interference."
Mary Burkett To Seek U.S. House of Representatives Seat in Utah's 2nd Congressional District
Mary Burkett, former Washington County Republican party vice chair and member of the Republican State Central Committee, declared her candidacy for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
“After spending 90 days traveling the 2nd Congressional District, visiting with voters, it’s obvious that there is an appetite for change, a genuine longing to get back to our constitutional principles of minimal federal government, individual rights and states’ rights," Burkett explains.
"I’m not looking for a career in politics. When a candidate is building a career in politics, their votes reflect their best interests, not their constituents’ best interests. They hesitate to speak truth to power, and cast go-along-to-get-along votes. The voting record of our present representative, Chris Stewart, is a great example of this behavior. That he has announced that he is looking to run for the U.S. Senate is verification that he has been building a career in politics. My goal is to serve.”
Born in Southern New Jersey and raised in Southern California, Burkett is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has worked in shopping center marketing and has owned a personal development coaching company. She has six grown children, numerous grandchildren and one great grandchild. Burkett and her husband, Rox, a semi-retired physician, call Southern Utah "the home of their hearts."
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