Casey Snider hopes to be effective advocate for his district

Casey Snider says he is looking forward to putting his head down and getting to work on behalf of the residents of Cache Valley.

Snider is the member-elect of State House District # 5 and will be heading back to the Utah legislature in January.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the federal level in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House,” he said. “Hopefully I can translate that skill set into becoming a strong and effective advocate for my district.”

Snider says Utah is heading into the upcoming legislative session with a budget surplus and he wants to make certain lawmakers are spending that money wisely.

“Just because we have money to spend, doesn’t necessarily mean we need to spend it all,” Snider said. “I’ll bring a little bit of that fiscal conservatism with me.”

Snider said he is working on a couple of bills that will benefit Cache Valley. One is in the area of forest management, and if passed will “reduce bureaucracy and foster good relations between state and federal agencies.”

He is also working to “reduce regulatory burdens on timber products so we can put more of Utah’s forest products to use in construction in a reasonable and responsible way.”

Snider’s background is in policy and said he’s excited for the opportunity to serve.

“I’m excited if I’m able to do some good. That is the part that I’m excited about, to be able to help my friends and neighbors,” he said. “All the craziness and silliness about politics I’m not super amped up about, but the ability to work and help the community and help people when they call and need something, that’s the part that I’m looking forward to.”

Snider was assigned to the Criminal Justice Committee. He said there are a number of hot button issues in that area that he will be watching and “hopefully we can provide a meaningful voice in that debate.” He added, “I just hope that what I’m doing is representative of what people would like me to be doing.”

Snider is from Paradise. He is a farmer and land conservationist. He was recently the chair of the Cache County Republican Party but resigned that position in order to run for House District 5. In October, Snider replaced Rep. Curt Webb who resigned his post early to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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