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After Close Race in 2018, Wasatch County Resident Running Again For Legislature

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In her 2018 run for Utah House District 54, Meaghan Miller narrowly lost to Republican Rep. Tim Quinn by 162 votes. As a Democrat, Miller believes representation for the district, which encompasses Park City, Heber City and other portions of Wasatch and Summit Counties, is lacking.

“I still feel that our state legislature is a super majority that is interested more in themselves than they are in their constituents," Miller said. "The only way to change that is to get in.”

This time, Miller has more name recognition and experience campaigning. She says she’ll go door-to-door to engage voters. Since 2018, Utahns have noted building frustration among voters due to the legislature’s replacement of voter-approved ballot initiatives as well as lawmakers’ approval of the recent tax reform bill, which was repealed when supporters of referendum gathered enough signatures to put the law to a decision by voters. Miller says it shows there’s appetite for change.

“It still, to me, shows that there is a disconnect between our constituents, between our communities and the elected officials that represent them,” Miller said.

Miller’s top issues are education and access to health care. She says the thing that differentiates her most from Quinn, who has been in office since 2017, is she’s from a different generation and has a different perspective on issues because of it.

“You need a robust group of voices at the table, and Rep. Quinn is not part of a robust group of voices because he is part of that super majority,” Miller said.

Last year, Miller took on her new role as executive director for EATS Park City, a nonprofit organization focused on teaching people about nutrition. Miller says she’ll continue to work while she campaigns. She won’t be gathering signatures to get on the ballot. Rather, she’ll participate in the state Democratic nominating convention on Saturday, April 25.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.
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