Brown, a health care advocate, has raised $5,074 and spent $2,666, leaving $2,408 in the bank. She has contributed $280 in her own money, but the majority of her funding has come from small donations from individuals. More than 45 individuals, mostly with Utah addresses, have chipped in donations averaging less than $100.
“I’m proud of my donors — that they’re local and they support me,” Brown said.
Brown said she recently created a campaign field plan to get out and knock on doors, and she intends to ramp up her fundraising efforts in the coming months to prepare for November.
“The personal connection with the voters is what is most important to me,” Brown said. “You can’t buy that.”
"Karina Andelin Brown is a self-described Utah health care advocate. She is involved with the Utah Health Policy Project and the Utah Medicaid expansion ballot initiative.
Health care is a personal issue for her. She said she is passionate about supporting and passing Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan, which she said could have helped her mother, who died in 2013. She said her mother was in the coverage gap and was 10 months away from qualifying for Medicare.
Other legislative priorities include education, environmental stewardship and economic development.
“I have a unique perspective and I think it’s important to have balance in our Legislature, and I think I can help provide that balance,” Brown said."
"After Brown contacted the Utah state legislators – all of them – in Oct. 2015 over a Medicaid-expansion plan, she found herself at the state capitol in Jan. 2016. She felt overwhelmed then, feeling like she was one of the only people in a room who did not belong there.
But now, she realizes that citizens should feel like they belong, besides being empowered with knowledge of on-the-hill advocacy."
Beus said local Democrats won’t be able to raise money like the Republicans can, but if they can get out and knock doors, talk to their neighbors and donate money, he said he thinks his party could turn the county blue.
“Honestly I believe that every race we have is winnable,” Beus said. “Every one.”
February 20, 2018 interview broadcast on ABC 4 Utah
"While Washington politicians continue to fight over health care, the Utah Decides Healthcare campaign lets Utah voters take control of their healthcare system and decide what is best for their families. Utah Decides Healthcare is a citizen’s ballot initiative dedicated to placing the Utah Decides Healthcare Act on the November 2018 ballot."
“I wanted to be here today to speak for those in similar situations of my mother.” Karina Andelin Brown spoke about her mother who died at the age of 64.
“She passed away in 2013 of an acute stroke. She was too young for Medicare and did not qualify for Medicaid.”
Brown’s mom raised seven kids on her own while working and going to school, but died in the so called coverage gap when she was no longer covered as a senior.
“I just think it is so important to have compassion, for the residents of Utah that are not currently living happily ever after story” Brown said.
She urged Utahn’s to think beyond themselves with Medicaid expansion.
“Sometimes when you are in your own story and everything is going great, maybe it is hard to have empathy for those having a hard time, but it is important to remember that human factor.”
"Karina Brown said it is too late for her mother, who fell into the coverage gap and was unable to get preventative care. She eventually died from a stroke.
"My mother would most likely still be here with us today, had she received the routine medical care that [Medicaid expansion] would provide," Brown said."
"I wanted to be here today to speak for those in similar situations of my mother." Karina Andelin Brown spoke about her mother who died at the age of 64.
"She passed away in 2013 of an acute stroke. She was too young for Medicare and did not qualify for Medicaid."
Brown's mom raised seven kids on her own while working and going to school, but died in the so called coverage gap when she was no longer covered as a senior.
"I just think it is so important to have compassion, for the residents of Utah that are not currently living happily ever after story" Brown said.
She urged Utahn's to think beyond themselves with Medicaid expansion.
"Sometimes when you are in your own story and everything is going great, maybe it is hard to have empathy for those having a hard time, but it is important to remember that human factor."
“Look with me on this odyssey that I take you on, and where I started with my mother,” said Karina Brown, as she begins to cry. “I’m going to show you a picture of her and I when I was a baby, and a picture of us approximately a month before she died.”