Republicans competing in the primary in Utah’s 202 House District 30 discuss water scarcity


Fred Cox and David Parke will face off in the June 25 Republican primary.

(Cox campaign; Parke campaign) Fred Cox, left, and David Parke, candidates for the GOP nomination for House District 30.

There are two candidates running as House District 30 Republican nominee for the June 25 primary.

District 30 includes part of West Valley City. Incumbent district chairwoman Judy Weeks-Rohner is seeking to represent the same area in the Senate District 12 general election.

Fred Cox and David Parke are the two Republicans vying to advance to the general election.

The Salt Lake Tribune sent six questions to 50 candidates in 23 races scheduled for June 25. The Tribune gave these candidates a deadline and a word limit, and informed the candidates that their answers may be edited for clarity and length. Here’s how Cox and Parke answered the questionnaire:

1) Utah’s largest electricity provider has canceled plans to replace its coal-fired power plants with nuclear power and rejected comments about clean energy investments.

While Utah actively supports residential and business development, should Utah also seek more sustainable and less fossil fuel and carbon-dependent energy?

Cox: We need clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean land and energy independence. We must also encourage energy efficiency and technologies such as ground source heat pumps. We may not agree with each other about: CO2 limits/trade, taxes or our effects on the climate. We do indeed need more renewable energy. We have developed better and cleaner ways to use fossil and carbon-based energy sources. At this stage we need them all, but we also need long-term solutions.

Parking: It always makes sense to find the most cost-effective, reliable energy sources that minimize the impact on our air quality. This also includes the efficient use of fossil fuels.

2) Yes or no: Is climate change negatively impacting Utah?

Cox: Did not respond with a “yes” or “no” answer.

Parking: Yes.

3) Water scarcity remains a challenge for the state. Recent legislation has attempted to conserve water and get more water to the Great Salt Lake and the Colorado River.

Should Utah do more to subsidize homeowners to save water? Should laws require large users to pay more for water? What other steps should the state government take to address water scarcity?

Cox: No, Utah should not do more to subsidize homeowners to save water. We’ve already passed laws that allow water districts to charge more for water at different rates. Utah should encourage water conservation and continue to end regulations that require water waste and allow for water-friendly landscaping.

The other issue is eliminating a state regulation to retain a certain amount of stormwater while designing stormwater site plans for projects over an acre. This would cost almost nothing and could reduce construction costs.

The state has required a certain amount of detention for at least many areas and for years to act as a shock absorber to reduce flooding, but it is recently, in the last few years, that retention is needed even when the infrastructure is available to process rainwater at reduced speed. This should change.

Parking: As a state, we have shown that we can save water in difficult times. We must continue to focus on water scarcity. Preserving the Great Salt Lake is critical to the future of our city. As a rule, I support use taxes over general population taxes. However, considerations need to be made for the agricultural sector.

4) Yes or No: Do ​​you support the construction of the Lake Powell Pipeline?

Cox: Did not respond with a “yes” or “no” answer.

Parking: No.

5) Current Utah law, which came into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling, bans almost all abortions — except in cases of sex crimes, when there is a fatal fetal abnormality, or when the life of the mother is in danger. For now, that law is currently on hold in the courts and an 18-week ban is in effect in Utah.

More or Less: Should Utah’s Trigger Law Have More or Fewer Restrictions?

Cox: Did not respond with a “more” or “less” answer, or say he supports the current law as written.

Parking: I support the state’s current position.

6) For or against: Do you vote for or against the constitutional amendment that removes the requirement that income taxes be used for education and social services?

Cox: In return for.

Parking: For.