A biotechnology executive running for District 5 state representative said he’s running because he’s watched with dismay the continuing disregard of the state legislature in respect to the local government and citizens.
Al Snyder of Mendon is challenging Republican incumbent Curt Webb, and he said education from kindergarten through college or technology must be a higher priority. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Snyder said education is the key to the state’s economic growth and he believes the money is there.
“If you want to give incentives to keep business and attract business to Utah, I’m 100 percent for it,” Snyder said. “But if their taking our jobs out of state or the money out of state into the Virgin Islands or wherever it’s going – Europe – then I say those loopholes need to be closed, including gas and oil.”
Snyder believes public lands must be set responsibly and wisely because they bring $617 million and 9,300 jobs into the state’s economy. However, he said economic development of those lands must be carefully considered and local communities’ desires must be respected.