Former state legislator Holly Richardson has joined the race for Utah Senate District 14. The seat is currently held by Al Jackson, who will not seek reelection.
“Over the course of this campaign, we will have many opportunities to talk about policy, but today, I want to share the type of leader I believe we need,” said Richardson. “We need leaders who look for solutions, not just the next soundbite. We need leaders who understand that diversity and differences make for a richer, more robust conversation and are to be welcomed at the table.”
Richardson has long experience in Utah politics. As a registered nurse and midwife, she became involved in helping the Utah legislature to rewrite regulations relating to home births. She later started one of the early and popular political blogs, Holly on the Hill (“insights into the wild and wacky world of Utah politics”), gaining a name in Utah politics as an articulate voice on conservative politics. After Craig Frank resigned House District 57, Richardson was appointed to fill out his term, serving in the House from January 31, 2011 until her resignation on January 6, 2012 to manage Dan Liljenquist’s campaign for the US Senate.
It’s experience that will serve her district, said state senator Deidre Henderson.
“Holly Richardson is a woman of integrity. She has gained unparalleled experience through a wide range of public service, resulting in a deep reservoir of knowledge,” said Henderson. “Residents of Senate District 14 will be well served by her fearless leadership, commitment to conservative principles, and thoughtful approach to issues.”
Perhaps the most note-worthy aspect of Richardson, though, is not her political activities, but her focus and emphasis on family. As mother to twenty-four children–four biological and twenty adopted–with her husband Greg, over the years Holly has been just as likely to be found sewing costumes for school plays or shuttling kids to basketball practice as she is to be seen on morning news shows commenting on the latest political issues. With her kids growing up, however, Richardson feels its time to take a more active role.
“My family is mostly grown,” said Richardson, “and now is a great time for me to be able to give back to this area that I love.”
Holly Richardson is a contributor and editor on Utah Politico Hub.