A Lehi voter asked for responses to three questions. Here are my responses.
1. How much of a direct impact will you have in this role for the residents that live in your specific neighborhood?
First, it needs to be very clear, I will represent all of Utah House District 6 – all of its precincts, all of its neighborhoods and all of its residents. As I’ve stated before, what we all share, what unites us all, is that we are members of a great community and citizens of a great state.
One of the ways I will look at providing a direct impact to local residents is to always remember that at the end of the session or at the end of my service I will come home and have to live with the decisions that were made under my watch.
Specifically, the State Legislature can have a direct effect on local items such as water (in conjunction with the local city and county municipalities). Let there be no mistake, Utah has a growing water problem. Some projections suggest the demand for water exceeding the supply by 2030 – far out pacing the population growth rate. As a legislature, we will need to focus on encouraging water conservation, which can save upwards of 25 – 30 percent of water usage if our population makes simple adjustments that can conserve water.
Utah’s water is currently heavily subsidized. We may need to look at more market driven pricing of our water supply based on supply, demand and usage. Metered and tiered pricing may need to be considered that will have a natural effect on water conservation and usage. We will need to look for new water supplies, probably farther away from our current water. Building new infrastructure and maintaining older ones will be necessary to ensure a good water supply is always available to our growing population.
Water will be a combination of state, city and county efforts, but the bottom line will be that 20 years from now, we’ll all be able to turn on our faucets, turn on the sprinklers and enjoy the water we need.
Similar approaches will need to be made for roads and transportation, schools, and pollution. We will need to manage our tax base as well. As our population grows, there will be natural growth of our current tax base, but with growing costs and needs as well. We will need to continually look at how we can better manage our fiscal responsibilities, our current state revenue streams and utilize what we have now to the best of our abilities before ever considering a new or increased tax burden.
All of the decisions regarding these areas will have a direct impact on our residents at the home and neighborhood level. As the population grows, we will look at how we can minimize the pain, increase the prosperity, and continue to allow Utah to be the family friendly, healthy and vibrant state that it is now.
Since the beginning of my campaign in late January, my platform has remained steadfast. The biggest issue we face as a state is fast growth. No one knows that better than the people of Lehi and Saratoga Springs. We have the fastest growing cities in Utah, and one of the fastest growing in the country. Projections suggest the state will follow our District’s lead and double its population by 2050 to 2060. I will focus on long-term critical projects that facilitate this growth and that will have long-lasting positive impacts on our District, including at the neighborhood level, and our State.
One thing we need to remember is that as Utah grows, we cannot allow our dependency on the federal government to grow with it.
My platform is easily understood by going here: http://www.corymaloy.com/issues.html
2. Given your specific professional and personal life experiences, and since success in the House is defined by your ability to influence your peers, how successful do you think you will be at influencing your peers in the House so that you can accomplish your specific platform goals?
I am a public relations professional. I graduated from BYU with a degree in public relations and currently work as Executive Vice President at SnappConner PR based in South Jordan. My professional life has allowed me to most recently work with a few of our current legislators on education related items. (For full disclosure, one of my clients is in the education field that receives education funding for a successful early learning education program used throughout the state.)
We worked with these two senators to develop a communication campaign to educate legislators, parents, the media and the Governor’s office on the effect the Governor’s line item vetoes had on the expansion of this program previously approved by law makers during the regular session. We played a part in helping many realize the importance of the recent special session, which reinstated the vetoed funding. I was able to work with many different people, legislators, my client, and parents to rally and quickly create and execute a communications plan that played a role in providing more young children with time tested early learning programs.
For the past five years, I represented Utah District 6 as Leg. Chair for the Utah County Republican Party. As Chair I earned a reputation for bringing precinct officers and delegates together on several occasions to fight for conservative and grassroots issues that ultimately helped drive Party direction and outcome to protect the relevancy of delegates and the caucus system. I believe the strength of a unified group can ‘move mountains’ in the political process.
I also served as a leader and officer in the Utah County Republican Party (UCRP) as a county and state delegate, a precinct chair, as Volunteers Officer on the Steering Committee of the UCRP and currently serve (on leave of absence due to my candidacy) as PR and Media Officer on the UCRP Steering Committee. I was recently elected again as Chair of Lehi Precinct 15 (on leave of absence).
My leadership and service in the Republican Party along with my public relations experience in bringing critical people together to help build successful corporations through my communications work uniquely qualifies me to help build a vibrant Utah working with my constituents and the 74 other House members and 29 senators within the Legislature. I have earned a reputation of being a builder and unifier. I have the experience needed to fully step into the important role of House Representative for District 6, and I’m ready to do so. Read more about me here: http://www.corymaloy.com/about.html
3. How well do your life choices, opinions, and overall philosophy align with the conservative Republican platform?
The Utah State Legislature needs principled representation. As Utah House Representative for District 6, I will utilize my conservative principles to represent my constituents in the on-going fight for liberty, national and state sovereignty, freedom from federal overreach, a moral society, and protection of the principles established by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States. I will apply these ideals in practical ways for Utahns, with faith-based integrity, reason, and hard work.
I am a Republican because the platform aligns with my personal and conservative beliefs. No other Party or organization – other than my religion, which is much more important – matches my inner principles. I affirm my belief and trust in God and that it was through His intervention that this nation was established. I believe that all people are created equal and that the role of government should be limited to protecting and preserving the God-given rights of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the ownership of and control of property.
And I believe in and understand that the Republican Party exists in order to identify our Party and our elected officials with certain shared values and principles, and that the Party platform is presented to convention delegates and the public and invites all who share these values and principles to vote for Republican candidates.
I believe the proper role of government is to protect each person’s unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, national and state sovereignty, a strong national defense, and accountable government.
I believe in the proper form of government. I believe the United States of America is a Constitutional Republic based on the rule of law, representatives elected by sovereign citizens to exercise authority on their behalf, and a system of internal and external checks and balances.
I believe the primary responsibility for education rests with the student and family who have the right to choose whether a child is educated in public, private, home or charter schools and the government should not infringe on that right.
I believe in the family and that marriage consists only of the legal union between man and woman. I believe in the rights of people to choose their lifestyles, but don’t believe federal or state governments have the right to impose lifestyles at the cost of God-given rights granted to all. I believe in promoting a moral society.
There are many other principles and beliefs where the Party platform aligns with my personal principles. Just like many other areas of our lives these days, the Republican Party platform is coming under attack by many outside influences. It is important to me to first, love my family, live by my own conscience and principles, live a faith based life to the best of my ability, and live and protect the principles found in the Republican Party platform. Here are my six main pledges to the people of House District 6 (I may add more): http://www.corymaloy.com/blog/six-pledges-to-the-citizens-of-utah-house-district-6
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016