Andrew Badger. File photo.

UTAH FIRST DISTRICT 1 — As the primary race heads to the finish line(on June 28th)to see who the Republican candidate will be for Utah House District 1,  candidate Andrew Badger thanks his grass roots support and says it’s exciting to see how his message has taken off.

Badger was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program this past week.  His platform is somewhat unique; if elected he would like to focus on a more aggressive congressional oversight.

“We have separate branches of power, we have these checks and balances for a reason. Our founders, what they were most worried about was concentrated power, and they learned this from ancient Rome, from ancient Greece, and that was the real danger. So we divided the power, and we had oversight over each branch. The problem is, these lines are being blurred, and I don’t think Congress is really doing its job especially with the Biden administration. Some of their reckless policies was the collapse of Afghanistan, the broken (southern)border, these trade policies, etc.  And I think it’s up to Congress to hold them accountable,”  he explained.

Badger’s possibly most controversial proposal has to do with education.

I say this and people’s head explode a little bit, but we need to….de-power and de-fund the Department of Education. The federal Department of Education has been around since 1980, a Jimmy Carter antique, and all it does is basically tie a bunch of strings to a bunch of these grants going to the states. We had better education outcomes before the Department of Education. Let’s get back to that where we have that money and oversight directly at the states, where our school boards, our teachers and our parents can have better education outcomes.”

You can find out more at or Andrew Badger for Congress on Facebook.

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