Friday, June 20, 2008

GUEST POST: From Ed Alter's Daughter

[I received this email a few days ago from a girl in my LDS Ward. While it says pretty much the same thing as I said a few days ago, I'm pretty sure she said it better. I'm reprinting it with permission of the author. -Bob]

Hi All -

I want to share something that I consider to be really important. I'm not the type to send out large emails -- but this one is going to be a exception -- hopefully you'll understand after reading the below.

There is a primary election coming in Utah that many people aren't very familiar with. It's the only race running a republican primary -- and it's the State Treasurer's race. Some of you know that my dad, Ed Alter, has been State Treasurer for the past 28 years. He and his team have earned millions of dollars for Utah tax payers through savvy investing, and have also earned the state of Utah a AAA Bond rating - which is no easy task (Utah is one of the few states to have the highest bond rating). I'm really proud of the work he's done in serving Utah. His term will be up at the end of this year, and he's decided to retire. His Deputy Treasurer, Richard Ellis is running is his place. Sadly, there is another republican running for the office as well who is not qualified for the position. His name is Mark Walker.

I'm sure Mark is a nice guy - but he is not qualified to serve as State Treasurer. He sold furniture at RC Willey for a time, lucked into a legislative seat (by 18 votes) and then landed a sales job at Zion's Bank. He doesn't have a degree in Business or Finance - and doesn't have an MBA. He also doesn't have experience with the type of investing and money management that are the daily routine in the Treasurer's office.

Richard Ellis, on the other hand, has a Finance degree, an MBA, and has 22 years of experience in the industry. He's worked as Deputy Treasurer for 8 years, was the Treasurer for Draper City, was the Finance Director for a water district, and has served as the State Budget Director under Gov. Olene Walker for 3 years. His resume is impressive - and he is a wonderful person as well. Richard has the qualifications and the practical know-how to keep the state's finances in incredible shape.

It scares me to think that someone with no notable finance training or other qualifications could end up managing $12 billion of our state's money. Having watched my dad do it for so long, I know how important the job is and I really care about having a capable, qualified person doing it in the future. Richard Ellis is the right person for the job. If you want to learn more about Richard, please visit his website at

The primary election is on June 24th - next Tuesday. PLEASE go cast your vote for Richard Ellis. Because of the low-profile nature of this primary, I'm afraid that there will be a low turn out. We need everyone to vote on Tuesday to ensure that Richard Ellis wins the primary. If you don't know your pooling location, you can call the county clerk at 468-8683 or visit

Thanks in advance for your support!

PS - Also, PLEASE forward this message along to other people that you know. We need to get this important message out - Vote Richard Ellis!

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