Sim Gill // Democrat // Salt Lake County District Attorney (A+)

Sim Gill // Democrat // Salt Lake County District Attorney (A+)

1. Should government invest in funding the arts and humanities at fiscally responsible levels?

Answer: Yes

2. Do you support investing money into K-12 arts and humanities education at fiscally responsible levels?

Answer: Yes

3. Do you believe that arts and humanities education should be required in the k-12 curriculum?

Answer: Yes

4. Do you consider the arts and culture sector to be an economic driver in Utah?

Answer: Yes

5. Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?

Answer: Yes

6. Do you support preserving the Utah Historic Preservation Tax Credit?

Answer: Yes

7. Do you support policy that positively impacts tourism, such as the creation of historic and cultural districts?

Answer: Yes

8. Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain. (responses to this question were not graded)

Answer: Yes. I am a graduate from the College of Humanities with a degree in history and philosophy from the University of Utah. My philosophy professor, in addition to like Bill Whisner, Fred Hagen, Don Garrett, Peggy Batin, Leslie Francis, are people who have had a tremendous influence on my approach to the law and my sense of social and political justice and our moral obligation. I attribute a lot of that to my liberal arts education.

 

Additional Comments:"I believe in education as a critical element of transitioning out of the criminal justice system. Data shows that people who have an education are in a better position to get a job and have better outcomes. I support the work that we do in therapeutic justice, and how it overlaps into behavioral health, social work, and therefore is critical to the work that I do as a public prosecutor -- to my notions of justice, fairness, and equality.
I've always supported the arts, diversity of cultures, and the different traditions that help provide a rich environment in what we call our American Landscape. Cultural diversity helps us appreciate different communities and value their contributions as we recognize that American society is not homogeneous but a mosaic of all these traditions. "

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