While Justice Party candidate Ty Markham, of Torrey, is new to politics, she believes her candidacy against Mike Noel for House District Seat 73 is important. “People need a choice on the ballot,” said Markham. “Somebody needed to put their hat in the ring. I’m a serious candidate and I’m motivated.”

Noel has served as representative of the large district for the past 10 years, and is currently running for a sixth term. When opposed, no one has come close to beating the Kanab Republican.

But that doesn’t deter Markham! She believes in term limits, government transparency and the restoration of democracy, something she feels our country has lost.

In stating her qualifications, she stresses her entrepreneurial spirit and business record. With a psychotherapy background, Markham started a school in California in 1980, and by the time she moved to Utah and it was sold, she had put 22 people on the payroll. She now runs the Torrey Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast, along with farming activities, on 60 acres along the Fremont River.

“I’m not just a placeholder,” said Markham. “My real goal is to build the economy in southern Utah. I want to attract mid and small businesses to locate and stay here.”

If elected, Markham’s priority will be staying in touch with constituents to know their concerns. Specifically, she would like to monthly communicate with city mayors and county commissioners, as well as be available to hear voter concerns. “I want to keep a notebook on each place for their needs, concerns and desires.

“I want to strive to make education more available to rural communities,” said Markham. She cited online opportunities and more rural satellite campuses as a means of meeting that goal.

On economic issues, Markham said she has a respect for people who want their children or grandchildren to live and work nearby. She’d love it if her own extended family lived closer.

Markham said while she is a clean industry proponent, she is not totally against extractive industries. “I understand that we are also very blessed to have those natural resources here.” But, she doesn’t want economic activities that harm the beauty of the area. Markham feels that recreation, tourism and hospitality should be of primary focus.

“I have an appreciation for the talented people moving here,” explained Markham. “I get what it takes to be an entrepreneur here.”

“I want to debate this guy!” Said Markham. “I bring balance!”

When asked how smaller rural counties and communities could best be served and thrive in trying economic times, Markham cited three areas she believes most important. “My biggest focus would be on economy, education and water.”

“We need to keep our water!” Markham stressed. She cited everyone’s responsibility to get involved in better conservation efforts, as well as keeping, versus selling, our water to other state and private entities. “Don’t waste our tax dollars!”