Meet the candidates for CD3: Paul Fife

by John Mulholland

This is third in a series of profiles on candidates for the 3rd Congressional District, which is expected to be vacant when Congressman Jason Chaffetz resigns his office at the end of June. Previous profiles include Brad Daw and Shayne Row.

Paul has a career fixing government projects. He is a US defense contractor and is currently the VP of programs for his company.

He said that his company has a great reputation because they bring results and can turn around failing projects. A lot of projects are awarded based on relationships so they fail. The focus is also on cost so the government buys the lowest price, technically acceptable, product, which can lead to poor quality instead of focusing on best value.

Projects can be very long and the government sometimes changes what it wants. Paul would like to see more short term contract vehicles and help streamline acquisition to focus more on value.

He is an avid student of history who wants to simplify the tax code. He believes that there are far too many deductions. He would also like to work on educational reform. He feels that with the way student loans are structured and don’t go away with bankruptcy that banks are given far too much incentive to give students too big of loans.

Paul is also concerned with the lack of financial understanding, as Utah ranks quite high among states with the most bankruptcies. I asked him if that should be handled at a more local level and he didn’t respond.

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