I am endorsing Billie Gay Larson for National Committeewoman. She’s running against Patrice Arent, who I think is a great representative here in Utah.
Before I get into why I’m (again) supporting Billie Gay, I would like to mention a recent interaction with Patrice Arent. In the Educator’s Caucus at the SL County convention last weekend, I asked Patrice to give a specific example of how she’s ‘brought funding back to Utah’ (which she had just said she did, when addressing the caucus). I felt like I was given a non-answer. She basically restated that she’d done lots of work to bring the funding home, and was unable to give me a specific example. Of course, things were rushed, and I don’t really dislike Patrice, I just like Billie Gay more, and think she would bring new life to the position. Let me tell you why.
When I first met Billie Gay, it was during the 2008 election season, when I was working hard for Barack Obama. She struck me as a very outspoken person, and I think the first thing she ever said to me might have been that I was wearing a shirt that was too low cut to be representing Barack Obama at whatever formal event we were attending. She cracks me up, and I’m happy to always know where I stand with her.
Back then, she was chair of the Women’s Caucus (now she’s chair of the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah), and was always after me for not attending the various events and luncheons, so that I could promote Obama. She always congratulated me on the successes that our Utah for Obama group had, while pushing me harder to accomplish our goals, and providing advice.
Although she’s had so much experience in politics, she’s not one of those “smoky back room political insiders” that make me fume. I’m sure she’s been in a few, given her history of working in politics, but she’s an honest and up front person, and she cares about Utah politics for the sake of making Utah a better place. I’m fully positive that not only would Billie Gay Larson bring back funding for Utah politics, she would actually let us know what’s going on in the DNC. That was one of the campaign promises she made when she ran previously. I certainly have no idea what it is that Patrice Arent was doing with the DNC, but perhaps I’m missing out on that information, and it is available. If so, I’d love to know how to find it.
I know that Billie Gay is very proud of her history in politics, as you can see in the email I’ve posted below.
I really hope to see Billie Gay Larson become Utah’s next National Committeewoman, and I hope that anyone who is on the fence about who to vote for will take the opportunity to give her a call at 801.949.9321 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her about her history in politics, and why she’s the better candidate.