I wondered where I fit in, and I know that many of you wondered the same. I’ve talked with those of you who didn’t know where you belonged because the old labels don’t seem to fit anymore. But what I’ve learned is that labels don’t solve problems. Labels don’t make relationships. Labels don’t heal the soul of our communities. People do. People find solutions and solve problems. We do this every day as we live our lives. We don’t have the luxury of avoiding problems. We can’t shy away from making difficult decisions. So why do we allow this behavior in our elected officials?
I have spoken with many of you, and growth seems to be high on the list of concerns. Our neighborhoods, cities, county, and state are growing and evolving. The inevitable growth will impact infrastructure, transportation, housing, and more. We need to manage it proactively instead of reacting to it.
With that growth, we also need to manage what is happening in our homes and neighborhoods. We want our kids to have good educations; we want good jobs; we want to feel safe in our homes and when we walk down our streets; we all have very deep personal struggles; we are more diverse. So how do we tackle all these issues and include everyone?
There are nearly 85,000 people who live within our district. 85,000 people with 85,000 stories, and I want to hear every single one of them. This isn’t just a dream or wish; I have tasked my campaign team to make this happen. Through a series of cottage meetings, weekly dinners at my house, and what we are calling “Work Sessions,” I will hear those stories. There will always be a seat at my table. As a result of these meetings I hope to have a to-do list of important issues and plans to tackle as we head into the next legislative session. I know that may sound presumptuous but I want to move forward with an actionable plan, based upon what people tell me they want to see happen.
Please reach out and invite me in. Say hello when we see each other. Yell at me, cry with me, laugh with me. Tell me about your concerns and dreams. I promise to listen.
Possible ways to help could be gathering signatures, hosting an event, or even attending a neighborhood caucus meeting. I would love to get your support!
Lee Houghton loves Provo, but he didn’t begin his life here. He grew up in Southern California, where he frequented the beach, lived in a planned community, and attended excellent schools. His mother, an immigrant from Lima, Peru, stayed home with him and his two sisters. His father, a Spanish teacher, worked hard to provide for the family. And his beloved grandparents were nearby, which Lee especially enjoyed.
Yet he didn’t begin his life in this tree-lined neighborhood either.
Lee Houghton began his life where his father grew up in Compton, California, learned to serve the community as a small child working beside his parents when they cleaned the chapel of his LDS ward building. There, he learned important life principles that have stayed with him long past the time they lived in Compton: Work hard, have faith, love your family, and listen to people.
Lee married his sweetheart, Cari, soon after serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy. As a couple with a young child and another on the way, Lee knew no amount of hard work would make it economically sound for them to remain in Southern California and accomplish their family’s goals at the same time, so they reestablished themselves in Utah. By 1993, Lee and Cari began growing roots in Provo, where they have raised their six children and now enjoy one grandchild. Lee still works hard. He currently works as a regional manager for Yesco Outdoor Media while still actively volunteering in the community as a coach or a Boy Scout leader. He is involved with the American Red Cross as a board member with the American Red Cross Central and Southern Utah Chapters, including serving as a past chair. He is also known for founding the Provo River Bike Patrol and sits on the Provo City CBGP Advisory Committee. No matter how involved Lee might be, however, he still fulfills his responsibilities with his local church congregation.
Work hard. Have faith. Love your family. Listen to people. Anyone who knows Lee Houghton would readily agree that he exemplifies these four principles, which is why so many trust him and are willing to work with him.
Now at just 52 years old, Lee has decided it’s time to focus his attention toward a different area of community service—by declaring himself a candidate for the United Utah Party for State Senate District 15.