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Stephanie Gricius to run for Utah House of Representatives for new House District 50
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah, January 6, 2022 — Former Eagle Mountain City Council member, Stephanie Gricius (R), formally announced today her intent to run for the Utah House of Representatives representing the newly formed House District 50.
Gricius, who is a REALTOR®, former City Council Member, entrepreneur, foster parent, and mother of five children, has lived in the district with her family since 2010. As one of her core values, she has participated in community service since she was 14 when she volunteered to coach T-Ball at the local YMCA.
“I’ve always believed in giving back to and serving my community,” said Gricius. “Making the decision to run as representative for Utah House District 50 is a natural next step in my core belief to serve my family and the great people of our district and state.”
Gricius is a Republican and plans to address some of the most pressing issues facing the State of Utah with her conservative principles and beliefs.
“I feel strongly that conservative principles have contributed to the success of our state, which by the way is the envy of every state in the nation, and among our people,” said Gricius. “The people of House District 50 are mostly conservative, and I fully plan to represent their needs and desires through conservative values.”
As a foster family, one of the paramount issues to Gricius is child welfare reform.
“Child welfare is a complex issue by nature,” she said. “I am a strong advocate for parental rights, but I also believe we have a moral obligation to protect our most vulnerable when they sincerely need our help. As a foster parent, I’ve witnessed the system work successfully to reunify and strengthen families but there are also many areas where improvement is desperately needed. A strong family is essential to society. We must preserve it whenever possible but minimize the damage to these priceless individuals when that’s not an option.”
Additional policies important to Gricius include:
- Transportation -- As a member of the Eagle Mountain City Council, Gricius was involved with the Mountainland Association of Governments, who determine where regional transportation dollars are spent, and with UDOT as they completed the environmental impact study for the eventual expansion of SR-73. House District 50 is growing rapidly and having an experienced advocate working on transportation policies is critical to ensuring the needs of Utahns are met.
- Taxes – Gricius is a firm believer in limited government. While some taxation is necessary for things such as basic infrastructure, the legislature must be completely transparent about the process and where taxpayers’ money is spent. She is a strong advocate for truth in taxation and will continue her track record of pushing for streamlined processes and reduced government waste.
- Economy and Job Creation – Gricius and her husband built and managed a business here in Utah for 12 years. The company was instrumental in helping some of their clients bring manufacturing back to Utah from other countries by streamlining manufacturing processes. As a member of the City Council, Gricius was also part of recruiting the Facebook data center and Tyson Foods to Eagle Mountain as well as supporting several small businesses and shops.
- Freedom and Personal Rights – Gricius is a staunch defender of personal rights protected by the Utah and U.S. Constitutions and will work fervently to protect those rights. As a gun owner and hunter, Gricius supports and will protect the Second Amendment as well as other personal rights.
- Education – Gricius is an advocate for parental choice and involvement in education. She does not believe there is any one size fits all solution. She plans to support strengthening the existing public education system by paying teachers appropriately, continuing to push back on federal involvement, and strengthening parental involvement. She also supports charter schools, private schools and homeschooling based on what a parent decides is best for their family. She has been blessed with the opportunity to explore different educational modalities to find the best fit for her family.
“I can’t imagine living and raising a family in any other place than right here in Utah, and more specifically right here in our hometown of Eagle Mountain,” said Gricius. “I feel a love for and a kindred spirit with the people of House District 50. The issues we face here locally and across the state are real and deserve to have the best representation available up at Utah’s Capitol. I believe my experience and principles, along with my devotion to my family, community and state make me uniquely qualified to represent House District 50. I humbly look forward to that opportunity and look forward to meeting and speaking with the people to earn their confidence, trust, and vote.”
Gricius served as a precinct chair in her district of the Utah County Republican Party from 2016 to 2021. She was elected and currently serves as the Legislative District Chair for Utah House District 2. She works extensively with the youth in her church and focuses on supporting non-profits benefiting children in foster care and women escaping domestic violence. She lives with her husband, Chris, and her five children, two dogs, seven ducks, and assortment of reptiles and small animals in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Gricius will run as Representative for Utah House District 50. The district was recently formed from the Utah Legislature’s redistricting process. The process is conducted every 10 years following the U.S. Census. Most of the area comprising the district was formerly part of House District 2.