Professionally, Brian Kamerath is a Process Piping Designer. He designs modular oil refineries, referred to in the industry as “Topping Plants.” these newer, more efficient refinery designs are creating budget-friendly was for smaller countries and markets to see a faster return on their investment. In this career, he has had the opportunity to lead or coordinate the efforts of multiple design teams to complete accurate work while constantly verifying the safety of the workers who will operate the facility.
Personally, Brian is married to a registered nurse, Diane, who has kept a night shift schedule so that one or the other parent could always be available for the needs of their three children. His oldest daughter, Kaitlin, has just graduated from the University of Utah, the younger daughter Jessika from high school, and his son Garrik starts high school this fall. He describes himself as an average, middle-class, hardworking man, and that is the perspective which he will take to the governor’s office.
Brian: “More importantly, I would say there are four key questions which our next governor should understand and safeguard: agency, responsibility, equality and empathy. Empathy is a hugely important social skill which is rarely mentioned in politics. It is important because it is the first thing you must employ any time you attempt to de-escalate a conflict. It’s how you identify with an adversary, calmly listen to them, then explain yourself in a way that both of you can leave with a better understanding of one another. I count myself lucky to have friends from many different backgrounds. Being able to empathize with them makes it easier to have a discerning view of how to see them and their needs with equality in mind.
Equality is often misunderstood. In government, it is vital we provide equality of opportunity for people regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other social qualifier used to describe people. This means we simplify the need and reason people have to involve government in their daily life, so that they cn feel the joy of accomplishment in how they responsibly seek to better themselves.
Responsibility or accountability are not Draconoian pejoratives – they are a recognition of individual motivation to learn, improve, and an avoidance of shifting blame for failures. As a Libertarian, the important note to make here is simply, “Where there is no victim, there is no crime.” There are too many ways in which our laws attempt to make government a victim of crimes which are only a problem of policy, not aggression against another. Responsibility then leads to agency.
Of all the listed qualities, agency is the most precious but it is another abused term. For me, and Eagle Scout, my moral code asks me to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. I must also explain that I am a Utah native, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), and a Libertarian. In my religion, the Eleventh Article of Faith states:
“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege; let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
The Second Article of Faith states:
“We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgressions.”
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, of abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
As Governor I therefore have to understand something missed by previous leaders. No one faith has any just moral ground to compel others to follow: to do so is to aggress against right of conscience and I refuse to do so. Where I find the state doing so, I must use the tools at my disposal to stop such action, including but not limited to the veto pen and the pardon.”
Barry Short lives in Cedar City with his wife, artist Theresa Mather, and two cats, Lenin and Trotsky. He has been a self-employed business owner for almost all of his adult life, and understands the ways in which over-regulation and over-management by government both stifle innovation and pick winners and losers in business rather than providing an opportunity for those businesses offering the best product to rise to the top.
He believes firmly that the best solutions come from the bottom up, not from the top down. The people, and the marketplace, are agile; government is stodgy and slow to react.
Barry is a strong advocate for fundamental Libertarian principles – it is your right to live your life as you choose so long as your choices do not impair another person’s right to live as they choose. The only justifiable reason to even have a government is to facilitate the protection of your rights, and in any instance where government action infringes on individual rights, that action is improper and immoral. In areas where government actions do not directly affect rights, it is proper for the government to act in as fair and efficient a manner as possible.
Barry at Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson
Barry is a member of the Utah Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, in recognition of the service of his 3rd Great Grandfather, Joseph Gillet, in the Connecticut militia. He is also a founding member of the Society of the War of 1812 in Utah, in recognition of the service of his 3rd Great Uncle, Sgt. Aaron Leland of Captain Joiner’s Company, 9th Regiment, New York militia.
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