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Chia-Chi Teng

I’m a husband, father, teacher, businessman and conservative Republican concerned about our country. I’m not a career politician. I’m running for Congress in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District because our current representative’s votes in D.C. are no longer representative of the thing Utahns want most — a balanced budget.

I came to America in 1989 with two suitcases and a big dream. After World War II, my parents fled China, Chairman Mao and communism for the safety of Taiwan. The two countries were separated by just 81 miles and the U.S. Navy.

I’ve always loved America, so imagine my excitement when two American missionaries knocked on my family’s door. My life was changed forever when we invited them in.

Years later, after college, my employer was acquired by Microsoft. Before I knew it, I was working in Seattle — fully vetted and on a legal work visa, as it should be. I’m now an engineering professor at BYU.

One of the highlights of my life was taking the oath of citizenship with my wife, Evelyn. We swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And domestically, there’s a lot wrong in D.C.

Government is too big and spends too much. We need to fix it.

The last time America had a balanced budget, back in the 1990s, it was because Newt Gingrich and the House and Senate Republicans made balancing it a priority. They did it in just four years when pundits said it would take seven, and they did it despite the Clintons occupying the White House.

Likewise, since January 2015, Republicans have had majorities in both the House and the Senate with a Democratic President, but, inexplicably, Republicans joined Democrats in voting for trillions of dollars in omnibus spending bills instead of holding the line and forcing a balanced budget agreement. President Obama was more than willing to sign the spending bill and, as a result, our country has more debt and fewer jobs.

In 2008, when Congressman Chris Cannon left office, the national debt was 10 trillion dollars; today it is 19 trillion. That’s almost double. It’s increased a trillion dollars just in the last six months.

If we don’t stop D.C, then America is going to have the same financial problems Greece is having. Everything will be in jeopardy of spending cuts — retirement for seniors, aid for those in need, even our national defense.

If we keep sending back congressmen who say they will balance the budget but then vote with the establishment for more spending when it comes time, then we will never balance the budget. That’s why I’ve signed a pledge to cut, cap and balance the budget.

My opponent authored a bill that will cause Utahns to pay more in taxes, which I oppose. He is the sponsor of HR 2775, a bill that permits the collection of taxes on out-of-state purchases. It would send jobs and commerce out of the country and give other states the authority to audit Utahns. Imagine getting an audit notice from California or New York! What good is it for my opponent to try to impeach one lame duck IRS commissioner if he subjects us to forty-nine new state tax commissioners he cannot impeach?

I agree with the group Americans for Tax Reform who said HR 2775 bill “causes taxation without representation,” and it’s wrong. I signed a pledge to not raise taxes, and I’ll keep it!

I will not be another career politician looking for my next media interview, cabinet appointment or higher office. I promise to serve no more than three terms.

I am the candidate who will always hold the line on spending and fight for fewer laws and less regulation.

I’m pro-life and pro-second amendment.

I’ll vote to repeal Obamacare and fight to give Utah full control of its lands — and its schools. We don’t need a Department of Education, and we don’t need Common Core!

Just as my parents knew they had to act quickly to escape the grasp of communists if they wanted to live free, I know we have to act quickly to escape the overspending of the D.C. establishment if we want to live debt free.

Dr. Chia-Chi Teng is an engineering professor at BYU teaching Information Technology courses. He and his wife Evelyn have four children and live in Provo, Utah. He is a candidate for the Republican nomination in Utah's 3rd Congressional District for the US House of Representatives