I am Kelly Laws and I am a candidate for County Commissioner for District 2. I have been a resident of this county for almost 64 years. I have been a property owner and taxpayer for almost 50 years.
I have worked in the timber industry, the drilling, exploration, mining, and construction industries. I am involved in the use and management of our public lands through livestock production.
I served 20 years on the San Juan Transportation Special Service District, where millions of dollars generated through mineral leases were successfully used to improve transportation within the county.
For 18 years I served as a Blanding City Councilman, where I have been an active leader in the wise use of tax dollars (excess of $53 million) to build a stronger, more developed community which includes the following projects: streets; curb and gutter; sewer system; a vastly enlarged water collection, storage, treatment, and distribution system; the Blanding Wellness Center; the Arts and Events Center; the Visitor Center; two new parks; a storm drainage system; a financially solvent natural gas company; and a prosperous and futuristic electrical company
I have the ability to discuss issues that lead to answers resulting in positive actions.
I understand that government can only exist by the taxation of its citizens. There is no such thing as free money and every penny counts.
I am opposed to big government. I stand firm against socialism.
We were all created equally and we each have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This does not mean that we are free from the consequences of our choices and some rights and privileges are impacted by the choices we make.
Our families are our first responsibility. It is not the government’s role, duty, or responsibility to care for them.
The Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government must maintain their separation.
Community pride must come from within and cannot be legislated.
In our Constitution and what it guarantees us as individuals. And that the overreach of government must be checked and prosecuted when needed.
Our tragic Civil War should not have been fought in vain. There should not be nations within our nation, we should not be divided along political lines, and we should stand tall and straight and be proud to be Americans.
We must be united together while keeping our personal heritages personal. United we will prevail, divided, even if by heritages, we will fail.
For me, San Juan County and our way of life is well worth the personal sacrifice to fight for the rights, freedom and the development of a land in which my family has called home for over 100 years.