Happy Independence Day!
July newsletter sent on July 4, 2023
Happy Independence Day! Today marks the historic day that changed the world forever when the Continental Congress signed and approved the Declaration of Independence. I am so grateful for the brave men and women who fought for America's independence and the belief that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
In a letter written from John Adams to Abigail Adams on the signing of the Declaration of Independence, he said:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
Today is a day that will be celebrated with plenty of parades, fireworks, festivals and fun; I hope President Adams has a chance to see just how right he was. From my family to yours, I hope you have an enjoyable Independence Day with family and friends.
It was great to see so many of you at the Herriman and Riverton parades! To try and beat the heat we handed out over 9,000 otter pops and had a lot of fun at both cities’ town days. We truly live in a beautiful place with incredible people and a strong sense of community.
With summer in full swing, I wanted to give you an update on some of the things I’ve been working on.nded out over 9,000 otter pops and had a lot of fun at both cities’ town days. We truly live in a beautiful place with incredible people and a strong sense of community.
With summer in full swing, I wanted to give you an update on some of the things I’ve been working on.
Congressman Chris Stewart announced his intention to resign his seat in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. To address this vacancy and ensure Utahns remain fully represented in Washington, the Legislature convened in a June special session, where we passed a bill to establish election processes and protocols for a special election this fall. You can review the bill here.
Please note that municipal primary elections and the CD2 special election will be held on September 5. The general elections will be held on November 21. You can learn more and register to vote at vote.utah.gov.
I enjoyed meeting with my colleagues this last month for interim committees to discuss the needs of our state, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the following interim committees: Retirement and Independent Entities, Transportation, and Education.
During our June Education interim meeting, we reviewed school district policies related to transparency in curriculum, parental engagement and teacher resources, as well as school districts efforts to implement the sensitive materials provisions of Utah code that we passed during the 2022 legislative session.
You can click here to read additional highlights from June’s meetings.
August Interim & Legislation Moving Forward
There will be no interim committee meetings in July. We will meet again on August 8th and 9th at the Utah State Capitol. You can follow along and participate in committee meetings at le.utah.gov.
In preparation for the 2024 legislative session, I have several bill files open to address issues related to public safety, domestic violence, education, transportation, and increased transparency in financial disclosures for lawmakers. I look forward to giving you regular updates as these policies are drafted.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our district! Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your summer!
Candice B. Pierucci
State Representative for House District 49