Why I am a candidate:
My background has uniquely prepared me for service in the legislature. I have devoted my adult life to public service. I understand how local government works, the dependence on the yearly budget from tax revenue and grant funds.
My election to the legislature will give the people of Logan representation. In 2018, the majority of Utahn and Cache Valley House District 4 residents voted to pass Props 2 and 3, regarding Medical Marijuana and the Expansion of Medicaid. In a special legislative session. All of the Republicans, including the incumbent for House District 4, voted to overturn the will of their constituents. If you are dismayed by these actions, you can send a message by voting to elect me. I will be accountable.
I was born and grew up in beautiful Cache Valley where I attended local schools. I met and married my husband Fernando, and we attended college at Utah State University, working the night shift together at Sunshine Terrace. After graduating from Weber State College Nursing Program, I became a registered nurse.
My Public Health Nursing Career:
I have been in the homes of people diagnosed with every kind of disease, from measles to meningitis; diseases that are airborne, bloodborne, sexually transmitted, or contracted through food. I have been with grieving families when death comes suddenly, or when the disease leaves a child with disabilities. I have managed outbreaks, and completed training in Emergency Preparedness.
I worked for the City of Austin Health Department in Disease Surveillance. We investigated reports of communicable disease, performed contact tracing and made recommendations to prevent spread and contain outbreaks. I worked with all levels of the community including the homeless and software engineers. We cooperated with all levels of local government. These included EMS and Police, animal control, epidemiologists, restaurant sanitarians, and the local jails. Doctors and hospitals consulted with us for the latest recommendations. Schools and daycares called daily with questions regarding health issues.
I worked with people who have no health care, who went to work ill and contagious. I understand what it is to not be able to pay a deductible, or to have prescription that you cannot afford to fill.
A retirement of serving:
I was able to retire and return to my beloved Cache Valley where my parents, Thad and Jenny Box, have lived for over 60 years. As they age, they are embraced and supported by the community they love. My greatest joy is to be with them in this stage of their lives.
I enjoy volunteering with the Cache Community Food Pantry
I serve on the Sunshine Terrace Scholarship Committee
I have participated in a medical screening project with the CDC and the Marshall Islands, a joint project to screen and treat all of the inhabitants of the Island of Majuro for tuberculosis
I will listen to the voters and be your voice.
As a public health nurse
I have devoted most of my adult life to public service. I worked for the Austin Travis County Health Department in Disease Surveillance, investigating reports of communicable disease, contact tracing and making recommendations to prevent spread and contain outbreaks. I worked with all levels of the community from homeless to software engineers. The work was cooperative with all levels of local government, first responders such as fire, EMS and Police, animal control, epidemiologists, restaurant sanitarians, and the local jails. Doctors and hospitals consulted with us for the latest recommendations. Schools and daycares called daily with questions regarding health issues.
My background uniquely prepares me for service in the legislature. I understand first hand how local government works, the dependance on the yearly budget from tax revenue and grant funds. I also respect the service of the many dedicated unsung heros that keep us safe at the local, county and state level.