I am trying to put together a narrative about me to convince the voters to vote for me. I wanted to include how I learned from the women in my family and how they prepared me to run for office.
My Mom set the example of being an informed voter and voting in every primary and general election. However, she did not contribute to any campaign, put out any lawn sign, or participate in any political party. My Mom, like many registered Republicans or unaffiliated, voted Republican but didn’t have time or money to participate in the party. That is why I’m running for Utah County Commissioner. I’m running to represent and serve those who have 2-3 jobs to support their family, who barely have enough to pay for the food in their fridge, who have expensive medical bills, who have a child that needs more love than their other children, and those who have a job that consumes most of their time.
My 2nd Great-Grandmother, Sarah Jane Perkins Rogerson, was first elected to office in 1900, twenty years before she could vote. Someone typed out her journal and emailed it out to the family, so here is an excerpt from my copy about her political career:
In the fall of 1900 I was appointed Deputy County Clerk of San Juan Co. (Miss Kate Perkins was the clerk, she taught school that winter and I did her office work.) At the election that fall, I was elected County Treas. and took over the treasurers business on the first of January 1901.
I served as deputy clerk till June of that year, at which time I was appointed County Clerk. I resigned my office as County Treas. and James Woke(?) was appointed Treas. in my place; and I was appointed Deputy Treasure which position I held for several terms. That same spring I was also appointed deputy assessor, that is, I was to do the assessor's book work. Willard Butt was the assessor. I was also deputy for D.B. Perkins, during his one term of office. I held the office of County Clerk for 14 years, being elected on the Republican ticket and the Democratic ticket, and twice I was on both tickets. I ran once on the Republican ticket against a Democrat and a Progressive ticket.
After I left the Clerk's office I served as Town Clerk for eight years. During my office career, my two sons Ed and Lynn, each filled a mission for the L.D.S. Church.
Sarah Jane married John Edward Rogerson, a survivor of the Martin Handcart Company, in 1879. Sarah Jane and John were asked to settle in Monticello, Utah in 1888 with their three children, their only daughter, Madora Laverna (she was called Vern), is my Great-Grandmother.
A while back my Aunt Sally gave me advice to join the PTA. She told a story about a bad teacher she was able to have transferred to another school because of her influence on the PTA. I took that advice as; if you aren’t involved how can you have any influence. So last year I joined the PTA even though we don’t have kids yet, so I can be involved in the neighborhood.