• Useful Links and City Council Meeting Summary

    Heather attended a candidate orientation and City Council meeting last night. West Bountiful is a six member Council with 3 votes needed to pass resolutions. State Auditor reports, budgets and financial statements can be read at https://secure.utah.gov/auditor-search/ Expenditures and payroll for each city can be found at https://www.utah.gov/transparency/ Public notices at https://www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html Summerfest will be coming to Bountiful August 9-12th Continue Reading
  • Municipal Elections Dates and Information

    June 8, 2015 Declaration of candidacy period ends. June 26, 2015 Ballots are sent to military and overseas voters. July 13, 2015 Last day to register to vote by mailing a registration form. July 14, 2015 Absentee ballots are mailed to voters. July 28, 2015 Early voting begins (if municipality is holding early voting). August 4, 2015 Last day to Continue Reading
  • Davis County Photography

    One of the things I enjoy doing most in my free time, is snapping photos. Here are a few albums of photos I have taken over the 11 and a half years we've lived here. West Bountiful 4th of July Event for the Arts Council Davis County Lagoon I hope to be able to assist in preserving and capturing the Continue Reading
  • Silence in the face of evil is itself evil

  • If we falter…

  • There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty

    Image source: http://www.lisaragland.com/
  • New Endorsement From LCSW

    Thank you, Arianna Bradley Roth, LCSW for your endorsement. "I had the pleasure of working with Heather Gardner at the Utah State Division of Child and Family Services. I found her to be a compassionate woman who was committed to protecting children and helping them find life stability through her work as a Child Protection Investigator, Foster Care and Adoptions Continue Reading
  • The Art of Government

  • Donate Buttons

    A few of you let us know that the "Donate" buttons on the website weren't working. Upon investigation, it turns out that PayPal added an extra layer of security which broke our plugin! As soon as we learned of the problem we updated the way the Donate buttons work. So, if you tried to make a donation but were unable Continue Reading
  • Utah Gubernatorial Debate

    Part of the political process is vetting candidates, and seeing how each would approach challenges. One such venue to gain this type of insight is through the debate process. Recently, two candidates for the office of Governor took to the stage to share how they would address the challenges of the Great State of Utah. Here are some pictures from Continue Reading
  • I teach them correct principles…

  • What is a Conservative?

    When asked "What is a Conservative", there are many possible answers. Here's a good perspective that may help you answer that question.
  • The Function of Education

  • The price of freedom

  • Grassroots Legislative Report

    The 2016 Grassroots Legislative Report and scorecard is out. See how your elected representatives fared last session. Utah Grassroots is Committed to Promoting the Principles of Limited Government, Constitution, Representative Government, Participatory Republic, Free Market Economy, Family and Separation of Powers. Every year they put together a "report card" on the Utah Legislature. How did your Representatives represent you in Continue Reading
  • Media Interviews

    Heather has been hitting the airwaves, getting the word out about Liberty and Freedom. She's recently been interviewed by Lane Ronnow, appeared on the Liberty Lineup, Defending Utah, and the Pyrolytical Radio Show. A Story To Tell With Lane Ronnow Pyrolytical Radio Show Defending Utah Liberty Lineup
  • Legislative Testimony and Policy Involvement

    Heather Gardner has been involved in testifying and presenting on a variety of bills, policies, and standards as a citizen. Utah State Legislature and Interim S. B. 57: Autism Services Amendments H.B. 44: Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee Amendments H. B. 342: Amendments to State School Board Election Process  H.B. 164: Educational Testing Amendments H.B. 132: Municipal Business Licensing Continue Reading
  • Limited Government

  • Resources To Use When Vetting Candidates

    One of the most frequently asked questions we get is what resources are available to properly vet each candidate.  Here are a few of our favorites. Utah Legislative Scorecard- Comparative spreadsheet of various Legislator scorecards Utah Data points- Search the site for how many times your legislator voted yea or nay, the amount of legislation passed each year etc. Campaign Continue Reading
  • Caucus Countdown

      Caucus is just one day away. Need help finding your neighborhood meeting or precinct? Let us know! 801-755-2196 http://electheathergardner.com/faq/caucus/
  • Keep Government Small

    I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.
  • Utah Candidates

    All candidates in the state of Utah have filed as of yesterday at 5 PM! We recognize lots of really good names. See them all athttp://elections.utah.gov/election-r…/2016-candidate-filings.
  • KTALK Interview

    Tune in to Liberty Lineup this morning from 10-12. I will join Chris Herrod, Senator Al Jackson and Jeff Chamberlain. You can listen to the Liberty Lineup Radio Show live at http://www.k-talk.com/index.php/listen-live/   KTKK radio, AM 630, M-F, 10-Noon Mountain Time, online www.k-talk.comor download app -k talk. Call in at 801-254-5855. www.libertylineup.com This show is now archived at http://www.k-talk.com/index.php/archive/ Listen in! Continue Reading
  • Stand for Something

    We've been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something -- for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to. And we have good reason to be hopeful and optimistic.- Ronald Reagan
  • How To Get Involved

    How are delegates selected? Senate 23 crosses two counties, so you will need to be elected as a state delegate at caucus night on March 22nd. Delegates will vote for candidates at the state convention on April 23rd. source: "How to get involved in nominating your party's candidate for the general election":
  • Last Day of the Session!

    Last day of the session! What bills are you watching? What issues are you most concerned about?  
  • Endorsement From Fellow DCFS Worker

    Heather received a new endorsement from Maggie Westers, MSW today: "I worked alongside Heather Gardner at the Division of Child and Family Services in West Valley City. Heather and I collaborated occasionally on cases, and also shared an office during that time at our agency. Heather's work in foster care and permanency cases involved her meeting directly with families in Continue Reading
  • SB54 May Be Unconstitutional

    SB54, which passed last year, "may be unconstitutional", a federal judge said in an order Friday. View the article here.
  • Day Up On Capitol Hill

      Craig Frank and Kristen Chevrier talking caucus preparations for Utah County GOP. Yesterday HB 221  http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0221.html was circled on the House Floor after a fifth substitute bill was introduced. In education committee meeting, I testified in support of HB 358 Student Data Privacy Amendments http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0358.html
  • We believe in Humility and Integrity

    We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people.- Allen West
  • Constituent Concern Over Candidate Definition in Utah

    What makes one a candidate under current Utah code? Utah Code Title 20A Chapter 11 Part 1 Section 101 (4) defines a candidate (4) "Candidate" means any person who: (a) files a declaration of candidacy for a public office; or (b) receives contributions, makes expenditures, or gives consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures to bring Continue Reading
  • Salt Lake Community College Politics Event

    We met many thoughtful college students and candidates at Salt Lake Community College's political event today.     Karen Kwan- House 34 candidate Elizabeth Weight - House 31 candidate Peter Tomala - House 33 candidate
  • Government’s Three Primary Functions

    Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government-- in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of Continue Reading
  • Request a Presidential Debate Ticket

    Want a chance to attend the Republican National Convention Presidential Debate in UTah on March 21st? Enter your request at Utah GOP here.
  • Education Standing Committee

    Me with Represent!Www.TheRepresentMovement.com Big Ocean Women against HB 246 The audience Rep Marie Poulson testifying for HB 201- I am in support of this bill Education Committee meeting was very busy today. HB164 Educational Testing Amendments had a last minute third substitute which was 39 pages long. It was held in committee.http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/hbillint/HB0164S03.pdf HB246 Reproductive Health Amendments was killed in committee Continue Reading
  • Happy Birthday George Washington!

    "The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." Happy Birthday George Washington! Born this day February 22, 1732.
  • Salt Lake County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

    Last night was the Lincoln Day dinner for Salt Lake County GOP. It was fun to see a high school classmate, Mayor of South Jordan City Dave Alvord. Thank you to the Salt Lake County Chair Suzanne Mulet, her executive officers and Cindy Quintana for all of their hard work. At the dinner, it was announced that the RNC has Continue Reading
  • Neighborhood Caucus Night March 22nd

    I am humbled today by the support that has been shown by all of you. Thank you! Remember neighborhood caucus night is March 22nd. To vote for me you will need to be a state delegate. State convention is April 23rd. Bless you for your prayers and words of encouragement.  
  • Davis County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

    We had a wonderful time at the Davis County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner tonight. Special thanks to my "booth manager" daughter. She's sad we lost the silent auction bid on the Utah Commemorative Legislative Firearm, an A.R.15 donated by Rep Curt Oda.
  • H.B.221 -Immunization of Students Amendments

    H.B.221 -Immunization of Students Amendments came before the House Health And Human Services Committee this morning. It was held in committee and will come back on the agenda for a third time after much discussion. The way the bill is heading it will require an online education module for parents who do not vaccinate to be viewed 3 times during Continue Reading
  • H.B.164 -Educational Testing Amendments

    This afternoon I joined many parents and local school board members in the House Ed Committee testifying against HB164 -Educational Testing Amendments. It failed to pass committee. ‪  
  • Pre-Register to Vote Now

    Pre-Register to vote now! Caucus night is March 22nd. We will be voting for our delegates and Presidential preference in these neighborhood caucus meetings. Have any questions? Let us know.   Davis County Pre-Registration Salt Lake County Pre- Registration Information for the 2016 Utah Republican Party Caucus If you are not registered to vote in Salt Lake County, select your correct Continue Reading
  • Happy Washington and Lincoln Day!

    Happy Washington and Lincoln Day! From Wikipedia : Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February, meaning it can occur the 15th through the 21st inclusive, in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. The federal holiday honoring George Washington was originally Continue Reading
  • Passing Out Valentines on Capitol Hill

    Rep Mike McKell Senator Ann Millner Rep Raymond Ward Rep Marie Poulson She received one Valentine from Senator Steve Urquhart and lots of taffy from the green coats! Senator Jani Iwamoto James Evans, chair of Utah GOP My oldest made Valentine's Day cards which we passed out on the Hill as a family yesterday. It was so fun to see the Continue Reading
  • Support for H.B. 132- Municipal Business Licensing Amendments

    Rep. Sophia M. DiCaro tweeted out a few images of our testifying in favor of H. B. 132 Municipal Business Licensing Amendments Just witnessed the best public testimony of the session. No biz licenses for lemonade stands! #utpol pic.twitter.com/UEw26nL2x0 — Sophia M. DiCaro (@Sophia_DiCaro) February 1, 2016 I joined several children and adults who spoke out for this bill which allows Continue Reading
  • Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

    Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln! "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." image source: Heritage.org http://pin.it/UsyeJH7
  • Testified for H.B. 44- Occupational Licensure

      Today I testified in favor of: H.B. 44 Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee Amendments which would would broaden the decision rights of the occupational licensing committee. This bill encourages alternate routes to licensure and encourages free market enterprise. Others, including clean air advocates and firemen, were in the full meeting waiting to the hear Building Code Review and Adoptions Bill Continue Reading
  • Register to Vote

    Utah voters, register online! DEADLINE: The online form must be submitted online at least 7 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election. If this form is sent by mail, it must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.   Source: Lt Governors' office website
  • Utah Presidential Election- Caucus Route

    Utah will select our Presidential candidates at the neighborhood caucus meetings on March 22nd this year. Heather Gardner is using the caucus/ convention route to the ballot and is not collecting signatures. Read more here .   source: MGN online
  • Utah Autism Coalition Remembers

    3 years ago today  @HomeDepot @ToysRUs @AutismSpeaks met Utah Autism Coalition at the Utah State Capitol to construct a ball pit with 18,532 balls in the rotunda to represent children in our state with ‪autism. https://twitter.com/fireicephotos/status/696721013275361280
  • Legislative Town Hall in Layton

    I attended a town hall in Layton with Senator Stevenson, Reps Barlow, Handy and Wilson. Hot topics of the session are Military retirement benefits, education funding, medicinal marijuana, and the Zion curtain. "As of yesterday there were 1197 bill files open in Utah, most will pass in last four days." -Rep Brad Wilson Representative Barlow and Senator Stevenson. Senator Stevenson talking Continue Reading
  • Day 11 on Capitol Hill

    With County Commission Candidate David Shepherd All rights reserved Heather Gardner Photography Photo credit to Rep David Lifferth https://twitter.com/davidlifferth/status/695381547650650112 Talking before Education Standing Committee meeting today #utpol Day 11 of the session. Spent time in Senate Health and Human Services, House Education Standing Committee and  Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.
  • Jazmyn Jeppson Funeral Fund

    This young Farmington woman, Jazmyn Jeppson, was killed in a carjacking accident in Davis County this week. Prayers go out to her family and friends. Please consider donating.  https://www.gofundme.com/h9mvfzg4 From the GoFundMe campaign: Our dear friends, John and Heather Jeppson lost their beautiful angel daughter, Jazmyn, in a tragic car accident Monday evening. Words can't describe the sadness they are Continue Reading
  • Ruger Giveaway

    Right to Keep and Bear Arms Heather Gardner is a strong proponent for the right to bear arms guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of the U. S. Constitution. Red Dot Firearms in Layton has generously donated a Ruger LCP 380 to Friends of Heather Gardner for a giveaway. They are the dealer we use for our firearms and shooting range. Denny and his staff Continue Reading
  • In Support of HB 132

      Day one of week two on Capitol Hill. Testified in House Business and Labor Committee, in favor of Rep Jake Anderegg's H.B. 132 Municipal Business Licensing Amendments http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0132.html Several children and citizens also voiced support for the bill which passed out of committee 10-2.
  • Volunteer and Career Experience

    Heather's volunteer experience includes: Past PTA Board member Salt Lake County CERT Member Center for Women and Children in Crisis LDS Hospital Volunteer West Bountiful Arts Council Whitney Awards Judging Coordinator Utah Autism Academy Utah Autism Coalition Big Ocean Women Formerly employed by Utah County in the Jail On Unit Treatment Program, Foothill Residential and Day Treatment Program. Ms. Gardner Continue Reading
  • Utah Shooting Sports Council

    We attended the Guns of the West Gun Show this weekend. My husband and I are the two newest members of the Utah Shooting Sports Council. Protecting Gun Owners' rights. Purpose The Utah Shooting Sports Council is Utah's leading gun rights organization. We lobby the Utah State Legislature to defeat gun control and pass pro-gun legislation. We are dedicated to Continue Reading
  • End of Week One Utah Legislative Session

    Perhaps one of my favorite parts of being up on Capitol Hill  is the people I meet. Today I met Commissioner Larry Ellertson, Commission Chair and candidate Nathan Ivie from Utah County. Two ranchers with pure hearts. Check out Nathan's campaign website and FB page to learn more. He's a fellow photographer. We spent the afternoon in the Senate Education Committee Continue Reading
  • The Constitution is the Guide

    The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon. -George Washington source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/321725967102917463/
  • Day 3 of Utah’s Legislative Session

    Discussing policy with Connor Boyack and Josh Daniels of Libertas Utah. Day 3 of the Legislative session. Photo credit Casey Voeks.
  • Interviewed by FOX 13 News – HB0164

    Our family was interviewed today by FOX13 News . Two unique segments aired at 5 and 9 PM.  We are opposed to HB0164 for several reasons: Utah's SAGE test has not scientifically proven to be reliable or valid Data is collected and shared each time a student logs on to a practice portal to practice Formative and interim testing would not Continue Reading
  • Salt Lake County Caucus Trainings

    Scott Miller Vice Chair of Salt Lake GOP has put together this caucus training video for precinct and party leaders. Mark your calendar for neighborhood caucus on March 22nd! Please see http://www.slcogop.com/ for more information. There are lots of training documents available to read. Here are upcoming training meetings: Today at 6:30 PM West Valley City Library 2880 W 3650 Continue Reading
  • Why Neighborhood Caucus?

    Learn about Utah's caucus/convention/primary system. Support the efforts to protect Neighborhood Elections.
  • Utah Legislative Session Kick Off

    Utah's Legislative session kick off ! Today was the first day for lawmakers up on Capitol Hill. Here we go. Opening session in the House Of Representatives. Reps present at opening session. We met Enedina Stanger, medicinal marijuana refugee. What a humble and kind young woman! Medicinal Marijuana will be a hot topic this year. Read Enedina's story here and Continue Reading
  • Liberty

    Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. -John Adams   Image source : Still Evident
  • Americans for Prosperity Grand Opening

    Americans for Prosperity opened up an office in Kaysville, Utah tonight. We had a wonderful time at their grand opening!  They are looking forward to building a community in Davis County. Learn more at www.americansforprosperity.org
  • Common Core

    One of the most frequently asked questions I have been getting from constituents is how I feel about Common Core and the newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read some of my writing over the past two years here. "Let teachers teach. Let local LEA’s govern their own schools. Let parents be the primary entity in charge of their Continue Reading
  • Big Government

    "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." ~Thomas Jefferson image source: davew.com
  • Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    On this day, as we celebrate MLK Jr., grateful I had the honor to meet and talk to Dr. Alveda King this year. She is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and is an inspiration in fighting for life and civil rights. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, Continue Reading
  • Lane Ronnow’s “A Story To Tell”

    What a privilege to be on set with Lane Ronnow's show A Story To Tell! We talked about family, gun rights, public lands and education. Airing this Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 7PM in Southern Utah. About Lane Ronnow's A Story To Tell Providing an opportunity to know, understand, appreciate and remember the lives and experiences of those around us. Continue Reading
  • Family

    The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier. - Republican Continue Reading
  • Education Key To Brighter Future

    "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. " ~Nelson Mandela Education is the key to a brighter future. As a mother of five, I have had my children educated in public, charter, private schools and in home school. I believe every student is unique and that parents deserve a choice in what type Continue Reading
  • Self-Defense

    This week I have been asked how I feel about gun control. It is absolutely vital to uphold and defend the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. I am in support of constitutional carry in Utah. This week I have been asked how I feel about gun control. It is absolutely vital to uphold and defend the Continue Reading
  • We stand behind teachers, children, parents and families in Utah

    Three members of my family were involved in testifying before the Utah State Legislature for S.B. 204 last session, working with former Senator Aaron Osmond. We stand behind teachers, children, parents and families in Utah. Three members of my family were involved in testifying before the Utah State Legislature for S.B. 204 last session,... Posted by Heather Gardner For Utah Continue Reading
  • A Free People

    The Republican vision is of a free people using their God-given talents, combined with hard work, self-reliance, ethical conduct, and the pursuit of opportunity, to achieve great things.- Republican Platform
  • Breakfast with Senator Mike Lee

    We spent the morning at the Breakfast and Conversation with Senator Mike Lee event. He has a solid plan for reforms in education, transportation, Medicaid, expansion of small business and keeping government managed at the local level. Thanks Church & State, Dev Development for hosting! Spent the morning at the Breakfast and Conversation with Senator Mike Lee event. He has Continue Reading
  • Happy Birthday to our beautiful state!

    My Great Great Grandfather was a member of the 1st Utah State Legislature. He was elected on Tuesday, November 5, 1895 and they convened on Monday, January 13, 1896. 120 years ago this week. Utah statehood was officially granted on January 4, 1896. Happy Birthday to our beautiful state! Posted by Heather Gardner For Utah State Senate 23 on Sunday, January Continue Reading