Improving the Process of Getting from Problem to Solution

Over 35 years ago my husband Bryson Garbett, a home builder, served in this Capitol as a representative from West Valley City. I remember him coming home one day with a new tool, his first mobile phone, it was bigger than a brick. I wondered why he needed it, but it didn’t take long to prove its worth. It enhanced the quality of our lives (since he didn’t have to make calls all night after getting home from work) and improved the process of running our company.

Today I announce my intention to represent West Valley City and the rest of the cities and towns in Utah's Second Congressional District at our nation’s Capitol. I’ve now had a few phones myself. My current phone is the size of the mortar in between bricks and it does much more than my husband’s first cumbersome oversized phone.

I’m going to use my new tool to include you in a process of Representative Impact. My goal is to enhance quality of life by improving the process of getting from problem to solution.

I’m a new kid on the political block, and I'm running with a new kid on the block—the United Utah Party. It's a new party but not a new concept. I know because I was one of its founders. Its name is what it’s about—uniting. Uniting Utahns for their mutual well-being. This party is lean like my phone and ready for Representative Impact.

The United Utah Party’s short and uncomplicated platform allows for flexibility and options for balance to take the best ideas of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; the complexity of the issues and the ramifications of consequences to enact policies and law that benefit this generation and the one that will follow us.

Across the street from the Utah State Capitol is the Old City Hall where for the first time, women and men in the State of Utah voted in a federal election. Martha Hughes Cannon was elected over her husband who was running for the same seat. Those were thoughtful voters who made the choice to vote for the new kid on the block. History has proven them wise. Through Martha’s capable guidance schools for blind, deaf and dumb children were established, sewage laws were implemented to clean up waterways, and a state board of health was created.

Today’s issues are strikingly similar. We tackle education for children who may not be physically blind, deaf, or dumb but cannot read, understand, or speak our language. Our sewage problems have moved from the rivers to the air. And we struggle to access medical care in a country of medical abundance.

The problems are complex. Passing legislation that solves the problems is complex too. Unfortunately, the political processes done in our capitol buildings is being done with brick-of-a-phone methodology when what we need to do is beyond that tool’s capability.  

It is time for alternatives. It is time for the new kid on the block. And, it is time for a new tool that is responsive and allows for more participation in the process of problem solving. It is time for Representative Impact where we study all sides of an issue and cooperatively work to create shared solutions we can all live with. Come take part in this process. Find a meetup or schedule one here if you are interested in hosting a roundtable discussion about issues that matter to you.

Taylor Rippy Monson