I’m Marsha Holland. I have lived in Utah most of my adult life and now live in the town of Tropic, Garfield County. I hold a bachelor degree in History (1999). After receiving my degree my husband, John, myself and our sons, Aaron and Nathan, settled in Garfield County where we built the Cannonville KOA campground which we owned and operated until 2014. We then opened Bryce Valley Tours, guiding visitors on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and in Bryce Canyon National Park. I have led the Southern Utah Oral History Project since 2002 which is dedicated to preserving the voices of longtime residents of the region.
I am a past Chairperson and current board member on the Garfield Memorial Healthcare Foundation. I work part-time as a substitute teacher in the Bryce Valley Schools. I am a founding member of the Bryce Community Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to funding projects that promote our heritage, healthy lifestyles and local tourism.
First and foremost I know that I will make a difference because I have been an advocate for education, healthcare, and small businesses for twenty years. I have learned in every county, and every city and town I have visited since last March that these are the issues that are most important to the families in District 73. I am running as an Unaffiliated candidate for the Utah House of Representatives - District 73 because the political parties today are not representing these interests.
I have owned and operated two businesses, while actively promoting economic and community development in the region through private and public partnerships, and initiatives through our Business Association. My work as a regional historian has given me a deep appreciation and connection to my rural community and shown me the importance of listening to their concerns. As a board member of the county hospital, I help raise funds to secure necessary and updated medical equipment for our clinics and hospital. I know how important it is for us to have access to state of the art, affordable healthcare. My work in local schools has taught me the importance of education in building strong communities.
As your representative I intend to advance and expand State initiatives so they will work in our rural counties. By improving infrastructure, our communities will have a chance to grow. Linking our schools to advanced technology, innovative business and vocational training will create pathways to real jobs today. I will work to establish permanent dedicated funding sources that provide certainty to local schools, public safety departments, and rural healthcare facilities. I will stand for those who work in government at all levels. Continuing full access to our public lands and ensuring clean air and water are important to us all. I will broaden the rural agenda by focusing on the future of our communities and making them great places to live for all of us.
I would appreciate your vote on November 6. Vote for the Unaffiliated (UNA) candidate on the ballot, Marsha Holland, and together we will improve our communities, economy, and quality of life.