Friday, December 31, 2010

Opening Remarks for West Side Matters Meet the Candidate for House District 32

Good Evening. My name is Fred C. Cox

In 1994 I helped a friend with little name recognition, run against a 4 term incumbent. I had been asked to hand deliver flyers. He didn’t have the money to mail them. He won. He name is Ron Bigelow. Even when he had enough money, he still had flyers hand delivered and he personally walked and knocked on as many doors as he could. That is one of the reasons I hand delivered flyers to all 33 County delegate doors this week.

I received a call on Dec. 22nd from a friend who said Robert Gehrke had just tweeted that Rep. Ron Bigelow had been asked to be the State Budget Director. I was shocked. I had just seen him a day or two before. I called Ron on his cell phone. He was surprised that word was out. I congratulated him as I didn’t know anyone that would do a better job for the Governor. While I had considered running in 2012 if Ron didn’t run, I was faced with a choice. I am passionate about the issues - doing what I can to stop what our Federal Government is doing to this nation and this State. I made the choice and I am here.

I grew up in Salt Lake, attended public schools, and graduated from High School. I attended the University of Utah and graduated from what is now known as Salt Lake Community College.

That is where I met my wife Aleta, and we have been married for over 26 years.

We moved to our home in West Valley City almost 24 years ago.

I have been self employed for over 14 years, an architect for 19 years.

Over 8 years ago, I wanted more say in who was on the ballot, and have been an active state party delegate since, even missing a 90th birthday party for an uncle to vote for Jason Chaffetz in 2008 at the State Convention. For over 2 and ½ years, I have actively helped 8 campaigns and have been a top tier campaign leader for 2 state wide races.

One of the areas I love and have been active in is media. Using Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and online News comments to promote issues and campaigns to a wide audience.

For the last 3 years, I have been tracking State bills as part of the Utah AIA government affairs committee.

I am currently the party leg chair for district 32. I have worked with and know several TEA Party leaders and many elected leaders.

Utah is the Best fiscally managed State. We need to continue to improve. The Economy will grow when Government will allow it. In many cases Government is holding business growth back. I see the money spent on buildings and will advocate an improved balance between cost savings and quality to the process.

We need more consensus building and less compromise. If we focus on what we agree on, we can accomplish the most good. I look forward to your questions, and ask for your vote.

Quote from Closing Remarks:

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - That myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts - That hope always triumphs over experience - That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe than love is stronger than death."
- Robert Fulghum