Saying thank you is one of the most powerful actions we can take!
We are fortunate in Utah that our elected officials are so accessible. Our part-time state legislators list their phone numbers and home addresses online and accept invitations to meet up with constituents to talk about issues they care about. Our public officials hold town halls and public meetings, answer their phones and return emails.
But our state officials, school board reps, city and county council members, commissioners and mayors are people, just like you and me, and they are much more likely to listen to people who treat them with respect — including those who thank them when they do good things instead of always asking them for something.
During this season of thanks, make sure to take action to spread your gratitude, even to the people you often disagree with.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Say thanks to an elected official who has done something that you appreciate – big or small. Here are some ideas:
- Thank State Sen. Allen Christensen (R-District 19 Morgan/Summit/Weber) for his comments in the Interim Health & Human Services last week stating he now supports full Medicaid expansion because he respects the will of the people. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank State Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) for being a staunch supporter of Prop 3 to expand Medicaid, particularly when colleagues were skeptical. email@example.com
- Thank Governor Herbert for stating his support for the will of the people on Prop 3. Click here to submit a comment.
- Thank State Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) for sponsoring a bill that would incentivize safe storage of firearms, including long guns, to reduce access to lethal means in order to prevent suicides, particularly for Utah youth. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank State Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) for sponsoring a “Red Flag” or Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) bill that would temporarily restrict lethal means for people in crisis who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. email@example.com
- Thank State Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) for sponsoring a resolution that encourages the development of renewable energy in Utah’s rural communities to improve air quality and create jobs. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank State Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake) for sponsoring a bill to bring Free Fare Days to the Wasatch Front in order to reduce emissions on bad air days and encourage ridership habits. email@example.com
Years of Service
Several members of the State Legislature are stepping down. Thank one of them for their service. Here are two people we will miss dearly:
- Thank Rep. Becky Edwards (R-N. Salt Lake) for 10 years of service in the Legislature making in roads for policies on issues like affordable housing, strengthening families, economic prosperity, education and climate change. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake) for 10 years of service in the Legislature working on issues like voting and election policy, early childcare and learning, healthcare, family economic prosperity and more. email@example.com