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January Walker sits for an interview at the desk of the Daily Herald Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Walker is the United Utah Party’s candidate for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

For voters weary of bipartisanship, there is a third option. january walker is running for the race for Utah’s 4th congressional district, and the United Utah Party candidate has said she is ready to “unseat” incumbent Rep. Burgess Owens.

“I think we know the darker professional performances that come out of both sides. If a person doesn’t, I encourage them to look at the voting records and everything that’s happened over the past 100 years,” Walker told the Daily Herald. “The economy is huge, but even when we look at our current representation, how many politicians this election are tackling inflation? They’re campaigning on it, but they haven’t come up with a single solution to fix the inflation.

In 2021, Walker ran a listening campaign, reaching out to over 1,000 people to find out what issues mattered most to them.

“I built my platform based on that feedback, so everything on the website is an inducement from Utah,” she said. “Instead of just saying here are my ideas, it shows what is a priority for you.”

Walker found that water, inflation, and election security were the public’s top priorities. She believes that her work experience in the technology industry allows her to find solutions.

Harrison Epstein, Daily Herald

January Walker’s storage robot sits in the office of the Daily Herald on Wednesday July 20, 2022.

“I build multi-million dollar products to solve multi-million dollar problems. I feel like the government has multi-million dollar problems and just being able to use that skill set there -down is going to be huge,” Walker said.

Walker’s love of technology isn’t just felt throughout his campaign, it shows.

A custom robot can still be seen with Walker on the campaign trail, even walking at the Ephraim Scandinavian Festival, something she said was a delight for those in attendance. She left it up to the public to name the robot on her campaign website. For now, she calls it February, because it follows January.

Walker’s answer to inflation, health, and identity security issues can be found in new technologies, especially blockchain.

“From a purely financial standpoint, the main reason we haven’t been able to control our government’s spending is that there’s no accountability, they don’t know where the money is going. money and that they made all these deals over the years,” Walker said. “When you tie government spending to the blockchain, we can see where all the money is going, and that suddenly makes it auditable. … Once you’ve taken care of all that, you can start cutting back and cutting expenses and being more responsible.

Harrison Epstein, Daily Herald

January Walker sits for an interview at the desk of the Daily Herald Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Walker is the United Utah Party’s candidate for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

If blockchain were implemented in government, Walker believes the national debt could be eliminated within two or three decades.

Walker’s campaign manager Josh Jay acknowledged that the concept of blockchain might be difficult for some members of the public to accept. He compared the introduction of blockchain to the internet.

“If you look at the Internet, in 2000 people were asking, ‘What is the Internet? In 2022, people are asking what blockchain is,” Jay said. “Even now, I don’t fully understand how the Internet works, but I do understand its usefulness. I don’t fully understand blockchain, but I understand its usefulness, and in 10 years we will all understand the idea of ​​blockchain.

Walker added that blockchain identity is a future that will protect the identity of the average person, especially large social media companies and their collections of personal data.

Unlike Democratic candidate Darlene McDonald, who was certain she will debate Owens, Walker doesn’t think the incumbent will participate in debates.

Harrison Epstein, Daily Herald

January Walker sits for an interview at the desk of the Daily Herald Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Walker is the United Utah Party’s candidate for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

“Based on his current behavior, I don’t think he can handle me in a debate, and I think he knows that, so I don’t think he will debate,” she said.

Walker discussed an incident during the 2020 election campaign for Owens when he, at a town hall meeting, told a Utah Democratic Party staffer to respect their elders, after questioning the candidate’s finances at the time.

Walker separates herself from the other candidates because she says her campaign is solution-based, unlike others.

“I’m sitting here saying ‘ok, these are the things that impact inflation, these are the things that we could quickly implement to help’ and if Burgess Owens reaches out today and says: “Hey, I hear you have solutions, “I can put this race aside and put people first.

Walker, Owens and McDonald will be on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election for the 4th District. The 4th District includes all of Utah County west of Utah Lake and south of 400 south in Springville, as well as parts of central Utah.



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