My name is Maryleen Tahy, I have lived in Blanding, Utah, San Juan County, most of my life.
I know most of you as neighbors, friends and family. A little about my background, I have seven children and they all live in Salt Lake City area.
I graduated from Dixie High School and then from Brigham Young University with a elementary education degree.
I have worked for San Juan School District in many capacities including teaching first grade and teaching heritage language.
I am now retired. I have worked for Blue Mountain Dine’ as the Executive Director in Blanding and helped establish 20 Blue Mountain Apartment units for my Dine’ people.
Currently, I am a write-in candidate for the San Juan County Commission District 2, which encompasses the communities of Northwest and Southeast Blanding, West Water, White Mesa, Mexican Hat, Halchita, Monument Valley, Oljato, Navajo Mountain and Halls Crossing.
I decided to run as a commissioner because I wanted the voters of San Juan County to have another choice. I believe I have the qualifications to be an effective representative for people of my district.
Also I believe we, the residents of San Juan County should decide our own destiny, not have special interest groups that have infiltrated thew San Juan County Democratic Party to decide what is good for San Juan County.
In this case, It’s not the donkey that is wagging the tail, it’s the tail that is wagging the donkey.
The Courts have forced our County to redistrict the boundaries of our beloved county and want a Native American Indian to represent their people.
I believe I meet that requirement. I grew up in San Juan County, Utah. I know my native language. I know my culture and heritage.
I hope to bring effective changes to the people of San Juan County, and the Dine’ people in helping them to address their concerns. I have talked with a lot of Navajo people in San Juan County, Utah and their complaints are all the same.
They have told me, “Our chapter leaders do not listen to us. The only time they come around is during election time. Our young people need homes, jobs and education.”
A lot of them live with their parents because they have no other place to live. With collaboration with other agencies, I hope to address these issues.
All our votes matter, so please vote. You can make a difference. I appreciate your vote on the mail-in ballot or write my name on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2018. I am always available to answer questions if needed. Thank you.