Hi! My name is Austin Simcox (he/him). I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Many teachers throughout my youth inspired me, shaped me into who I am, and gave me hope for the future. This includes my mother, who homeschooled me for a time and still homeschools my younger brothers. I knew that I wanted to spend my life paying it forward and preparing the next generations for the challenges they will certainly face.
So, I moved to Provo! I graduated from BYU in 2018 with a degree in teaching social science. I found my dream job at Walden School of Liberal Arts. I currently teach World Civilizations, World Geography, US History, and Financial Literacy. I've also partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County as an afterschool program coordinator for my school.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, and video games. I try to travel as much as I can.
WHY I'M RUNNING
The Utah Legislature has lost touch with everyday Utahns. It has ignored voter-approved initiatives, gutted others, and gone behind our backs to pass a wildly unpopular tax reform package. They have voted to raise food taxes, prevented thousands from accessing healthcare, diverted money away from education, and made it harder for citizens to legislate by tightening restrictions on the initiative and referendum processes.
Recently, a state senator commented on the backlash to the tax reform, saying “if it’s grievous enough for people, I guess we’ll listen.” I don’t want representatives who will only listen if we put up a fight; I want representatives who make listening their top priority. I am running to be that representative. As a teacher, I know how to listen. I spend my career discerning the needs of my students, listening to what is said and what goes unsaid, and then working with them to find solutions. Those skills will translate into my service as your representative.
UNITED UTAH PARTY
I'm happy to be running with the United Utah Party, which is a new party focused on structural change. The UUP advocates for a pragmatic approach to politics and puts the focus on listening instead of on rancor and divisiveness. I'm running with the UUP because it is focused on the needs and will of the people rather than on partisanship.
To learn more, please visit unitedutah.org.
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