Meet the Candidates at Utah State University

Karina Andelin Brown, Democrat running for Utah House District 5

Brown is one of five sponsors of Proposition 3, a medicaid expansion initiative. Education and higher teacher pay are her priority, as well as suicide and opioid abuse prevention. Brown’s main promise to students is to “help prepare them for 21st century jobs.”

One of five sponsors of Prop 3, which would expand Medicaid coverage.

Utah Public Radio Interview

“Brown said she is taking the opportunity to ride on the float to represent her party and to introduce herself to those she hopes to represent, especially women.

"I feel like the time is now for women to be more engaged and involved in all levels of our society, including politics,” Brown said. “We have a tendency to hold back and I think that we need to feel free to voice our concerns and our opinions and get involved.”

Republican Special Election

“I’m glad that tonight my fellow Republicans had a choice,” Brown said. “Had I not been on the ballot, they would not have had a choice.”

He stressed the importance of Republicans coming together like they did Wednesday.

“We came together and made a decision, and I support that decision,” Brown said.

Brown’s wife, Karina, told the newspaper in a written statement: “I think it’s important for voters to have options. I love our democracy and look forward to a good race the next few weeks.”

Local Candidates and Campaign Slogans

On the south end of the valley, in House District 5, Democrat Karina Andelin Brown’s slogan is “Your Voice Matters.”

She said the tagline comes from her experience in working as a health care advocate. She is one of five sponsors of Proposition 3, the Utah Medicaid expansion ballot initiative. Throughout the process of going to Capitol Hill and participating in committee meetings, she said she learned that everyday citizens like her can make a difference.

“I’ve really learned that my voice matters but also the voices of everyone else,” Brown said.

Candidate Forum for People with Disabilities

“In the race for House District 5, Brown said she is a member of the Northern Utah Trauma Resiliency Collaborative and secretary for the Utah Democratic Health Care Caucus. She said she sees the problems in the community and the lack of mental health services. She said it would be helpful to focus on abuse prevention and getting more social workers in schools.”

House candidate Brown reaches out to voters in Hyrum 9/5/18

“I wanted to have the event advertised in Spanish too so that they know that they’re welcome and I’m interested in hearing what they have to say,” Brown said.

Maria Guadalupe Garnica, a Hyrum resident, said health care and education funding are the two most important issues for her. She said Brown will have her vote.

“Buen amiga — good friend,” Garnica said of the Democrat.