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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Back in the race

By Parley Hellewell
State Senator, District 15

I will seek re-election as a Utah State Senator this year.

The people in my district are phenomenal - quiet, sincere, dedicated patriots. Many of them have called and ask that I reconsider my earlier decision to hang up the wrench. I appreciate their calls and have done a lot of thinking.

On the business front, the workload has decreased. I decided not to build that extra building because I don’t feel comfortable with that much debt. In addition, we divested one of the companies I bought, and hired someone to do a share of the work previously left to me. I have more time now.

On the legislative front, there is too much unfinished business. People think I need to be there to offer stability to the institution, and stand up for moral values and moral issues. Now is not the time to leave.

Moreover, although my area has no shortage of fully qualified people who could run for the office, I am not fully comfortable with any of the other candidates. I believe I offer my district, and the Utah State Senate, what they need at this moment in time.

My wife and family are fully supportive of me serving again.

I feel blessed and grateful for our freedom and the opportunity to serve my state and country.

I’ll be filing for the office around noon today.

23 Comments:

Blogger Wendell A. Gibby M.D. said...

I am delighted that Parley has decided to serve again in the Senate. I have been involved the past couple of years trying to get some patient rights legislation passed. I have watched first hand how much effort and time these legislators devote to serving...it is literally a year round job.

Parley was the only legislator that had the courage to step up and take on IHC and the huge insurance lobby the first year we approached people at the Capitol. There would be no IHC task force looking at the problems of competition and excess cost in the Utah health care market without the leadership he exhibited. Other legislators followed, but Parley had guts. That is a rare commodity in politicians.

Parley is a common man kind of guy. He is approachable, doesn't have a big ego and is someone you can trust. When some of the other legislators heard before the session that Parley might not run again, I heard over and over again that they were truly sorry. He was someone that you could depend on. He doesn't play games. He won't always agree with you, but he is honest and will let you know where you stand.

Most importantly, Parley represents common people and their hopes and aspirations. He is conservative by nature and reflects the values that this community cherishes. I wish him the best and hope he wins. I also know Margaret Dayton and think that she is a fine individual with many qualities. However, Parley brings the power of incumbency and excellent well established relationships in the Senate that take years to build. These will serve his constituents well as he fights against entrenched and powerful special interest groups that swarm the legislature.

GO PARLEY

3/15/2006 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Charly Risenmay said...

I am very pleased that Parley is running again for the Senate. I have never worked with a more responsive, dedicated Senator than Parley. He does not hesitate to take on the issues which deserve attention, regardless of who the opposing side is. He has done an outstanding job. We have worked with the Senator on multiple projects that deal with adopted children, including making many changes for them at DCFS. I applaud him and his efforts to represent those who truly need him.

3/15/2006 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a bunch of poppycock! Get out Parley

3/15/2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger Utah Conservative said...

Want my opinion? Read utahconservative.blogspot.com

3/15/2006 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know this really seems like he got his feelings hurt and wants to stick it to Dayton. What Parley, did you not get enough praise when you announced your retirement? You were quoted as saying you liked Dayton. Now you don't, such B.S.

I am very disapointed with you!!

I plan on running as a delegate and I will make sure everyone I know that gets elected votes against you!!

p.s. I am a current delegate also.

3/15/2006 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Skeptical said...

Dear "conservative":

People already know that you ARE Margaret Dayton, or the little puppet in her pocket. It doesn't take much more than a causual read of your site to see your fingerprints all over it.

Do we want your opinion? I think we could all venture a guess. Maybe YOU are the best candidate? Parley Hellewell is evil? You wish he had not had a change of heart? No surprise there.

If you are going to keep this election clean, it's time for you to show some leadership in that direction.

3/15/2006 2:38 PM  
Blogger Utah Conservative said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

3/15/2006 2:47 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

I deleted the comment posted at 2:47 p.m. by Utah Conservative due to colorful language.

This is a family site.

Want to rephrase?

3/15/2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Utah Conservative said...

I said I was not Margaret Dayton, and to be careful about making assumptions. (I thought it was family-friendly)

I do live in her district.

3/15/2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Kristi Hutchings said...

I am really happy that Senator Hellewell is seeking re-election. Senator Hellewell is not afraid to take on any issue if he believes in it! I have seen him stand up for what is right, even when it's been tough and maybe not in the best interest for his re-election. Parley, you are an upstanding citizen and a man worthy of my vote!

3/15/2006 3:59 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

If Senator Parley took on IHC and the health insurance industry, how come they are still such an evil greedy monopoly that continues to suck ever increasing amounts of money out of the increasingly defensless citizens?

And if he is such a great guy why didn't he stand up for the very weakest in our society when this legislature was so incredibly heartless with their shameful inaction on the medicaid act?

How could he be such a hero when thousands of poor kids suffer every day from tooth aches while the state has a billion dollar surplus, and while he has such a generous health insurance plan compliments of the tax payers?

How can any so called Christian Utah State legislator look at themselves in the mirror while they are fresh from such an un-christian like act?

3/15/2006 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Concerned 15th Dist Delegate said...

Is this another example of Parley not being able to make up his mind? I don't know about you; but I am actually a delegate in the area and I want a Senator who will actually REPRESENT me; and stand for something. Change is needed.

3/15/2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Delegate said...

To the person who challenged Dayton to have a clean race....What this after Parley openly attacks her?

Why is it okay for him to be mirred in filth and get away with telling her she can't even respond?

I for one am very disgusted with Parley....I hope he realizes how innapropriate he acted.

3/16/2006 12:55 AM  
Anonymous District 15 Bystander said...

"Mired in filth."

Wow.

I didn't read anything in his blog or the newspaper articles today that justified that accusation. Obviously, Parley has his reasons for running, but his comments toward M.D. are classy and kind. At the very worst they say he is not "fully comfortable" with any of the others who may run, whether officially filed or about to enter the race.

Hardly a death blow - from a guy who has the clear opportunity and motive to deliver one. Credit Parley for that. He has always been kind.

Read his comments for yourself.

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635192092,00.html

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/170693/

Two decent people are running for the same seat - we're lucky that we are guaranteed a good senator representing us in Salt Lake, no matter how this works out.

3/16/2006 9:54 AM  
Blogger It's not a tumor... said...

Far too many people tend to hold on to seats for the wrong reasons. At least Parely is sincere and honest about his feelings and reasoning for changing his mind. That is admorable.

3/17/2006 7:24 AM  
Blogger Utah Mom8 said...

I'm glad and excited that Parley has decided to run! This was a difficult decision for him, but I am elated that he has chosen to continue to serve us again at the state legislature.

I want Parley to be my senator, because he has proven that he has courage to stand up to large bureaucracies who have hurt "the little guy."

Also, I like Parley because he is committed to upholding the founding documents of our country and state, and he is valiant in preserving our religious freedom and liberty.

I would feel secure knowing that Parley would be in the legislature standing up for what I believe in.

God bless you, Parley, for preserving our freedom and our god-given rights!

3/17/2006 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

"God bless you, Parley, for preserving our freedom and our god-given rights!"

Unless of course you happen to be a poor kid with a tooth ache.

3/18/2006 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know how Parley has represented me in the last few sessions. He has never answered my calls, e-mails, or letters. I want some representation so I must vote for Margaret Dayton

3/18/2006 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Jared Smith said...

You know, I wish that these blogs actually contained real people's thought instead of campaign rhetoric from a bunch of campaign crap.

I mean the idea that the first posts on here are just people who happened to see the blog. I mean really. Like Parley didn't tell all of his campaign people to write posts supporting him.

It would be interesting at some point on these blogs if we really could see who really was making all the comments.

3/18/2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand why people will not leave their comments with their name attached. I tend to trust opinions of those who will make honest comments and be willing to attach their name. I've heard of this in another race in this area and I believe that if you are going to stand up and make a comment, be sure to stand up straight and be counted. If your comment about someone can not be made with out idenifying yourself then maybe you shouldn't be posting. Hiding behind a pair of sunglasses and a wig do not qualify one for standing up for what they believe. If you are a delegate then vote the way you please, but do not destroy any of our republican candidates.

Out of respect for all candidates and not to attach myself to any candidate, I will not attach my name. You will know me when you see me.

Sincerely,
A responsible delegate and citizen

3/19/2006 7:21 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

The above entry being indicitive of the duplicity and double talk so rampant in our beloved grand old party these days!

3/19/2006 10:44 PM  
Anonymous JimSumpter said...

IHC is one of the few things keeping health costs "down" here because of their non-profit status. It's just that some in the state legislature get mad if THEY or THEIR ilk do not have a certain monopoly on things.

3/26/2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

They may be technically "non profit" but have you ever been out to West Valley City and seen IHC's enormous Taj Mahal packed with high paid bureaucrats? Have you ever seen a list of the obscene multi million dollar salaries that their top executives get? Are you aware of the multitude of expensive perks that they get? Have you ever talked to Doctors or Dentists and heard what incredible hoops they must jump through to get their claims paid? Are you aware of the huge amount of money they spend on lobbying the legislature? Is it any wonder that IHC and the other insurance companies are getting fat on the backs of the companies that are being driven to ruin over this excess?

3/26/2006 6:16 PM  

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