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Wanship woman, a Ron Paul supporter, launches congressional campaign

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

An archconservative woman from the East Side of Summit County who has never held elected office will mount a party challenge to Republican Congressman Rob Bishop, saying her strict adherence to constitutional principles could position her for the GOP’s nomination without the need for a primary election.

Jacqueline Smith lives in Wanship and is one of the leaders of the conservative movement in Summit County. She is the secretary of the Summit County Republican Party and the founder of a group called the Save The American Republic Forum, sometimes known as the STAR Forum. The group advocates constitutional principles.

Smith, who is 46 years old, has lived in Summit County for eight years, all in the Wanship area. She has an accounting background.

Smith is facing in Bishop a five-term congressman who once was the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives. He was a state legislator for 16 years prior to winning the congressional seat. The 1st congressional district stretches through a wide swath of northern Utah, from the Wyoming state line to the Nevada state line.

Smith is confident she can gather enough support from delegates to the state Republican convention to force Bishop into a primary election if not beat him for the nomination outright at the convention, something that would be considered a political shocker given her lack of name recognition. Smith said her campaign so far has included a series of meet-the-candidate events.

She said she would serve a maximum of three terms.

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"I really don’t think it’s something I wanted to do. I felt compelled," she said about the campaign, adding, "If we would adhere to the Constitution, most of our problems would not be here today."

Some of Smith’s top campaign issues include:

  • entitlement reform, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps. She said too many people rely on the programs. She envisions the U.S. someday resembling European countries where people rely heavily on the government-subsidized social programs.

    "These systems were not designed to be retirement packages," Smith said.

  • the elimination of three Cabinet-level departments as a means to cut the federal budget. The departments she envisions eliminating are the Department of Energy, the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    "We just need to get government out of the role of messing with our business," Smith said.

  • auditing the Federal Reserve and possibly eliminating the central bank someday. She said the country should learn more about the ways in which the Federal Reserve distributes money.
  • ensuring that Congress authorizes long-term military actions. She said she did not support the U.S. actions against Libya and said she opposed some of the tactics used in Afghanistan.
  • boosting the American economy by balancing the federal budget. She wants Congress to be more fiscally responsible.

    Smith supports Rep. Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying that he is a strict constitutionalist. She plans to cast her vote for Paul in the state’s Republican primary in June. Smith also supports Mitt Romney’s candidacy. She wants the Republican ticket in November to be Romney-Paul or Paul-Romney.

    Smith cannot formalize her campaign until the filing window opens on March 9. It closes on March 15.

    She is the second person from Summit County to declare themselves a candidate for Congress. Howard Wallack, who lives in the Aerie, is seeking the Republican nomination in the state’s 2nd congressional district. It is rare for someone from Summit County to compete in a congressional campaign.