A few of my principles

Our First Amendment is the conduit for each individual in America to express and discuss their personal views. You and I are not going to agree on everything, and that’s a good thing. Echo chambers are boring. Here are a few things that are important to me. I’d love to know what is important to you. Let’s bring our nation back together with honest and open dialog – starting right here in St. George, Utah.

Pro Freedom of Religion: Freedom of religion is just how it sounds – the freedom for you and me to choose our faith. Not agreeing with another individual’s faith does not give you the right to interfere with their religious practices.  I believe we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father who wants all of us to love and care for each other as brothers and sisters. A little love goes a long way.

Liberty: Individual Americans do not need the government to make decisions on their behalf. I believe in a limited government, which is just as important at the local level as it is nationally. Individuals and businesses have become overburdened with unnecessary regulations and statutes. I will strive to create more liberties for individuals and businesses by loosening regulations.

Pro Family: There are organizations in our country (and locally) that want to undermine the traditional nuclear family. This is dangerous to the very fabric that holds our communities and nation together. Just like freedom of religion, it is unfair to try to dismantle another’s beliefs. If you do not believe in traditional values, please don’t try to undermine another’s desire to build a family.

Pro Police: I will never support a reduction in public safety resources for political and social justice reasons. Period!

Economy: I am a capitalist. I abhor socialism and Marxism. No economic system is perfect, but capitalism encourages and rewards individual entrepreneurialism, which is the backbone of the American dream. Southern Utah, with Tech-Ridge, Dixie Tech, and DSU, is a perfect recipe for ideas, inventions, and discovery.

Nonprofit Organizations: The backbone of any successful community is a strong network of nonprofit agencies. I’ve spent decades on nonprofit boards and helping nonprofit agencies build their visions. These agencies are critical to the wellbeing of our community. As our region undergoes exponential growth, we must ensure our nonprofit agencies grow at a similar pace.

Social Justice: I believe in treating every person with the respect they deserve. If someone is being mistreated because of their race, religion, or individuality – address it with the parties involved. Don’t toss a net over an entire community and blame them for something they did not do or that took place hundreds of years ago. That does nothing to help the individual who is under attack. 

Over the years our nation has become divided by identity politics, all under the auspice of improving lives for select groups. I do not support the notion of capitalizing on a group of people for political gain. Sadly, that is what today’s social justice movement has become – a political power grab. I reject the concepts related to identity politics and their Marxist values.

Heritage: My ancestors walked hundreds of miles to the Salt Lake Valley and were later sent southward to build the communities that are the core of southern Utah. Preserving our heritage is critical. The Dixie on sugarloaf, historical buildings, and even the statues of our pioneers all tell a story. We cannot cancel those stories because of one thing someone said decades ago, or for fear that our heritage may insult someone hundreds of miles away. We are Utah’s Dixie.

 

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My name is Ron Woodbury and I am running for St. George City Council. I look forward to officially presenting my intent to run to the city during the first week of June 2021 and sharing my vision and perspectives with you in the coming weeks. Feel free to contact me...

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