Judd plans to measure all matters by standard of Constitution

ST. GEORGE – Nihla Judd is running for Utah House District 75 as a candidate for the Independent American Party. Previously a delegate for the Republican Party, Judd switched parties after being asked to run for office as a third party candidate.

That is one of the points Judd makes about her candidacy: She didn’t originally choose to run; she was asked by the leadership of the Independent American Party, instead. That’s how they work, she said; they consider candidates they believe are best suited to represent the people and uphold the Constitution in the way they vote, then that person is asked to run.

“They don’t want career politicians and self-aggrandizement,” Judd said.

People will often go into elections and figure they’ll vote for the lesser of two evils, she added. It is the wrong approach, she said; people should vote for who they believe best fits the job. Voting on principle is not throwing away your vote.

“We can vote on principle and uphold the Constitution,” Judd said.

On matters facing the county and the state, Judd said she measures everything by the standard of the Constitution as she understands it. On the issue of education, for example, she said, “There is absolutely not one word in the Constitution about education.”

The federal mandate of public education is unconstitutional, Judd said, adding that parents and local school officers are best suited to guide the education of children, not a federal department.

“Local control is what produces the best education,” Judd stated on her campaign website, “not money, federal control, or government programs.”

Like many Republican representatives, Judd supports the idea of Utah taking over its public lands.

“Absolutely, the land should be turned back to the states,” she said, adding that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to control lands in the state in the first place. Judd also said resources currently locked within public lands could be used to fund the state in place of federal funds.

Using the lands to fund public education isn’t one of the uses Judd has in mind, though. She said she doesn’t see Utah’s low spending on public education as a problem but rather a sign of the state’s frugality. Despite the low funding, she said, Utah is actually among the top in the nation for test scores and graduations.

Discussing a topic of local concern for many, Judd spoke about the Lake Powell Pipeline. She said when she was a Republican delegate, she noticed the candidates she vetted apparently did not support letting the people vote on the proposed pipeline. The people didn’t know enough about the subject to make an educated decision on the matter, Judd claimed the candidate had said.

It’s only fair to allow input from the people who will be paying for it,” Judd said.

The pipeline, which would run 140 miles from Lake Powell to Washington County and supply water to the county, has been projected by the Washington County Water Conservancy District to cost approximately $1.1 billion. Opponents claim the cost could be five times that much and come with crippling interest later on.

Judd is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Don Ipson and Democratic challenger Cheryl Hawker for House 75.

Prospective voters can learn more about Judd, her platform and the Independent American Party at her campaign website.

Early voting ran from Oct 21-31. The general election is Nov. 4.

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  • Koolaid November 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Whenever a Utah Republican regurgitates comments like “measure all matters by standard of Constitution” or “stand for traditional values”, I know I’m not going to vote for that person. Have you ever been told the catch phrases to not put on your resume, because they are just fluff with no value? Utah Republicans say a lot of fluff. These Republicans have no value. Swallow said a lot of fluff and proved to be as worthless as they come.

    • Jeckyll November 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      You didn’t bother to read the article, did you? Judd is running as a third party candidate, not a Republican

      • Simone November 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

        Other then the fact that the Independent American Party invited Infamous welfare rancher rancher Cliven Bundy to speak at a convention, there really is no difference between them and the Republicans who shut down the government 2 years ago.

        • Dana November 4, 2014 at 8:40 am

          Well, the libs love to say the repubs shut down the government, yet fail at every turn to address the bills that sat on Harry Reid’s desk that specifically addressed important issues, such as keeping funding for security, National Parks, CDC etc. And crazy old uncle Harry continues to this day to block bills from being heard by the Senate Majority. Another senile senator that needs to be retired.

    • Teacher November 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Whenever Koolaid makes up stuff, I follow his advice.

      I cannot analyze issues based on merit so, for example, when Koolaid calls a non-Republican candidate a “Republican regurgitate[]” I can assume it’s best not to vote for them. Who should I vote for Koolaid?

    • Andrew Bradley November 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thats why she is running for the INDEPENDENT AMERICAN PARTY..NOT THE REPUBLICANS.. I can’t stand it when people comment on articles and never actually read them, typical republican/democrat would do that.

  • groanattack November 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I’ll ditto that!

  • Bender November 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    No mention in the constitution of .
    Fundementalists are not much use in actually governing.

    • Teacher November 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

      That’s right, unless they get to Article V…there you will find a fascinating portion of the Constitution.

    • Teacher November 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Oh yeah, and the 10th Amendment. But, it’s easier to set up a straw man than to actually debate.

  • TruthSeeker November 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Kool-aid always has comments going against morals and true history. He did read that she is running as independent which means he is just coming on to insult the Constitution.
    If you can’t understand what it means to measure something by the standards of the founding principles, then that doesn’t mean it’s fluff. This lady speaks more sense than most federal level politicians. I don’t know much about candidates and don’t follow any local political races, but I can say third parties usually lose because of ignorant voters. One major point is that even if people like what the independent candidate says, they won’t vote for them because they assume it’s a wasted vote since they want to vote for one of the two main party front runners. Another point is that third party candidates don’t get the exposure in the media as the Democrat or Republican front runners. Remember Ron Paul in 2008? It’s a rigged system even in local politics. Not as bad in local, but the flaw is still there.

    • Chris November 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      ” I don’t know much about candidates and don’t follow any local political races” In saying that, you are telling us that your opinion on this matter is worthless.

      • Janet November 4, 2014 at 6:54 am

        The average American doesn’t know much about candidates, local, state, or national.

      • TruthSeeker November 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

        Chris, just because I haven’t followed local politics here in San, doesn’t mean what I said about third party candidates doesn’t still apply. It does apply everywhere .. And if anyone is going to be involved in politics, having an understanding of the founding principles and and Co Constitution is essential…
        Why do you pick out one thing I said without the rest of it? I wasn’t making specific claims about any candidates so what’s your point? What I said makes sense.

      • TruthSeeker November 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        Chris, Finish the whole quote and do justice fool.

  • TruthSeeker November 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Typo, didn’t read

  • Dana November 3, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Vote ALL incumbents OUT. Simple solution.
    Most of the incumbents are either lazy , disingenuous or senile. Stewart talks a good talk about D.C being so inefficient. He fails to mention he is part of that inefficiency. What has he done? Oh, I know, sat by quietly and collected a paycheck. Snow wants to be re-elected. He cleverly fails to mention that he was appointed, not elected. Reyes will have us believe he has our best interests at heart. Of course, he won’t disclose how many million$ he blew fighting SSM…yet the abuse in Hildale continues.
    But crapola isn’t reserved for incumbents alone. Lest we forget, Doug Owens running for the 4th Congressional District . He loves to point out that he is a 6th generation Utahan. Why does he feel the Need to point that out? Could it be code for…’I’ve been here LONGER than Mia Love and her family. I look like YOU. LOOK at all of the WHITE people in my ads. These people are part of the sheeple that worship at the steeple. Your friends, your family.’
    Watch everyone’s ads closely. Read their political messages . You’ll be surprised at what you discover.

  • Brian November 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

    As long as we have just 2 parties and a bunch of sheeple, we’re hosed. As John Adams warned, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”. I know Nihla Judd very well and she acts on principle, not party. She is very active in fighting against common core, against illegal immigration, against corruption, against government overreach, etc, etc. The only wasted vote is when you cast a vote based on party or strategy, rather than principle and conscience. Every vote that elects or re-elects a corrupt or complicit politician is wasted, because even if they “win” the republic loses.

    • Janet November 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

      I’ve listened to Nihla Judd a few times; I fully intend to vote for her today and support the Constitution of the United States.

      • Koolaid November 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

        And who uphold traditional values? WTF does that mean?

        • Littlehead November 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

          It means that I’m NOT going to listen … and vote for gay rights and pro choice and anybody that is running for legalizing sodomy .

          Ed. ellipsis.

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