It's time for new ideas and a different approach in Washington

By Scott Howell

Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

As a former executive with IBM, I bring a specific skill set to the office of the U.S. Senate to get the economy working again for Utahns.

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As a proud father of four sons and grandfather to four grandkids, I am running for the U.S. Senate to ensure that my grandchildren have every opportunity to pursue the American dream and to flourish in the great state of Utah that has been so good to me and my wife, Linda.

I was born in Provo and raised in Salt Lake City by a school principal and a kindergarten teacher who taught me at a young age that through hard work and faith, anything is possible.

As a former executive with IBM, I bring a specific skill set to the office of the U.S. Senate to get the economy working again for Utahns. My life experience does not come from Washington, D.C. It comes from the private sector. My experience is not in creating debt, but in creating jobs. In these difficult economic times, we need new blood, fresh ideas and real solutions to get Utahns back to work.

Utah wants a leader with experience in the business world with the tools to restore our countries economic stability. I offer that experience. I brought it to IBM, I brought it to the Utah Senate, and now I am offering that experience to the citizens of Utah.

The Constitution is perhaps the greatest cross-partisan document ever written. It is the foundation on which our democracy has been built. Our Founding Fathers intended for our elected officials to work together for common good. In my 10 years of service in the Utah Senate, I gained a reputation as a legislator committed to working with members of both parties. As Senate minority leader, I worked with Gov. Mike Leavitt to balance the state budget. Collaboration is how problems are solved, and it is the only way to get our country back on track.

Utahns have a clear choice in November: We can elect a senator who represents our state's unique needs or a 36-year Washington, D.C., politician whose outdated ideas no longer serve the people of Utah. Hatch once sponsored the Violence Against Women Act to protect women against domestic violence and sexual assault. In April, he voted against it. Hatch once supported our veterans, but just last Wednesday, he blocked a bill that would have put Iraq and Afghanistan veterans back to work. Hatch has forgotten Utah.

The Founders never intended government service to be a career. George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights wrote: "Nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation."

When he first campaigned for the Senate in 1976, Hatch insisted that three terms was too long. His campaign slogan was, "What do you call a senator after 18 years in the Senate? You call him home."

Now, 36 years later, he is running for his seventh term and asking voters for six more years. In a 1995 article, Hatch wrote: "There are many things I hope to be doing in the year 2012. Spending time with my great grandchildren at that time would be higher on my list than spending time with Senate colleagues. … Running for re-election is not on the list."

Upon my election to the Utah Senate, I pledged that I would serve no more than three terms. After having the privilege of serving the people of Utah, I kept my promise. The time had come for new ideas and a different approach. And now, that time has come again.

Democratic candidate Scott Howell is running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Orrin Hatch. His website is votescotthowell.com.

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