Where Does Joe Levi Stand on the Issues?


The Role of The Party

To answer this question we first must understand who “The Party” is.

“The Republican Party” is not the President, it’s not our Senators or members of Congress. It’s not our Governor or State Legislature. It’s not even the Chair or Vice Chair of the Utah Republican Party.

“The Republican Party” are those people in our neighborhoods who voluntarily affiliate around a core set of values – values which are specifically written into the Planks of our Platform. It is they who are “The Republican Party”. They meet in a neighborhood Caucus to elect neighborhood representatives – Delegates – who will represent them.

  • Before the elections, these Delegates are tasked with the job of researching those candidates who wish to run as Republicans during our elections.
  • After the elections, these Delegates are the conduit through with the concerns of the neighborhoods reach the elected officials and are reported back to the neighborhoods.
  • Delegates “hold the feet (of the elected officials) to the fire”, to make sure those elected officials are upholding and defending the values in the Platform, and are responsive to their voices of their constituents – the People in our neighborhoods.

We the People

Others are elected to help coordinate and make sure the voices of the people in the neighborhoods are represented:

  • Precinct officers,
  • Legislative District officers,
  • Senate District officers,
  • County Party officers,
  • State Central Committee members,
  • and lastly, Party officers.

All of these positions are elected to support the Republicans in our neighborhoods and to defend the values in our Platform.

Delegates and other officers are not elected with the task of simply “electing Republicans”. Rather, Delegates are elected to be the voice of their neighborhoods. Prior to the general election, their fiduciary duty is to their neighbors, not to any particular candidate. After the general election, their duty remains to their neighbors, making sure those who were elected continue to hear the voice of the People even after the election.

Party Officers are tasked with making sure the Delegates have to tools, training, and resources they need to effectively do their job.

Second Amendment

“… being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

That seems pretty self-explanatory to me. I am a graduate of MAG-40, the citizen’s self-defense course taught by Massad Ayoob. I carry current permits to carry a concealed firearm issued by Utah and Arizona. You’ll rarely find me unarmed. I would rather have my tools of self-defense and not need them, than need them and not have them – or be in any way prohibited or restricted from them.

Right to Life

While I believe in freedom of individual choice, that doesn’t make someone free from the consequences of their choices.

A person’s a person, no matter how small

The U.S. Constitution provides Equal Protection Under the Law and the Declaration of Independence boldly states that all of us are created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. To secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among us. The Fifth Amendment provides that “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”

As such, a pre-born person is just as protected under these concepts (not to mention those of basic morality) as are any of us.

Both men and women have the right to choose whether or not to engage in activities which may result pregnant – but that choice must be made before either of them engages in those activities. Abortion should never be used as “birth control”. For those women who had their choice removed (whether by rape or incest or by medical necessity), it is my opinion that abortion may be considered. As a husband and father, my deepest condolences go out to any woman who finds herself in such a difficult situation by no fault of her own. I do not envy the choice she must then make. In those situations, I would urge the mother to hold the ending of the life of her unborn child as the last possible recourse.

Caucus & Convention System

“The Party” isn’t our legislators, it isn’t our elected officials, it isn’t even our Party Officers. The Party is made up of the individual people in our neighborhoods and communities who voluntarily affiliate under a shared set of values (the Planks in our Platform). That is who the Party is, and that is who this whole organization needs to support.

It’s their voice that we have to keep relevant. It’s their voice who we have to keep important in politics. It’s their voice that our Founding Fathers set up a system to protect. The Constitution itself answers the question in Article IV § 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government…” Utah’s Caucus and Convention System is the closest system to the Republic our Founders envisioned for us — it’s also the last in the nation.

The misleadingly named “Count My Vote” group (funded by out-of-state special interest groups and the ultra-rich) and the poorly written “compromise” called SB54 are tools by which the voices of our elected neighborhood representatives – the Delegates – are eroded.

A Republic, if you can keep it…

Utah’s Caucus and Convention System is how we keep that voice where it belongs, and that is with the People in our neighborhoods.

Not only do I support our Caucus and Convention System, I have a record of fighting for it and teaching about it. I will continue to fight for it. The system itself is important, but it’s the voices of our communities which the Caucus and Convention System supports and amplifies which is vitally important for our leadership and elected officials to uphold and actively defend.

Joe Levi is the go-to guy for all things HTML & CSS

Bryan Hadlock

Joe is the go-to guy for all things HTML and CSS, and he loves to teach people what he knows. He is passionate about technology and is always trying out new things. Joe believes in other people and helps them attain their goals. I credit him with my success in mobile development.

Bryan Hadlock, Full Stack Developer

Joe Levi is great at being detailed & organized

Bruce Hacking

Joe Levi was an incredible part of the Totally Awesome Computers team. He excelled above and beyond in everything he touched. Not only would Joe complete an assigned project perfectly, but he would improve the way it was to be done the next time. Joe was great at being detailed and organized. He was fun to work with and in my opinion was underutilized. I would hire Joe again because of his expertise, willingness to learn, ability to excel, and great attitude.

Bruce Hacking, CPA and Business Consultant

Joe Levi is consistent in his dedication and commitment

Eric Weight

Joe Levi as an outstanding candidate for employment with your company. While employed at B/O/W/G Advertising, Joe was very consistent in his dedication and commitment to our company. He performed his job responsibilities admirably and competently. He was very proficient in his technical skills and was able to identify many new opportunities to improve our technical processes.

Eric Weight, VP Solutions Consulting

Joe Levi is a terrific manager

Brad Hintze

Joe Levi was a terrific manager while at Totally Awesome Computers. His management skills were outstanding in interactions with customers and employees. Joe was always ready for a challenge and frequently exceeded expectation. While at Totally Awesome he worked in many capacities and excelled in each. In one capacity, as RMA manager, he dropped the RMA inventory by 50% and turned over $50,000 in damaged inventory into usable inventory in one month. The processes and policies he began while in that position saved the company many thousands of dollars every month.

Brad Hintze, Senior Director

Joe Levi is tremendously valuable

Mark Houskeeper

Joe quickly identified the issues and needs of my growing company and designed and executed effective solutions. His grasp of technology and the customer-facing aspects of the business were expert and he offered tremendous value to my company and contributed to its growth.

Mark Houskeeper, President

Joe Levi is a detailed oriented individual

Mike Dopp

Joe Levi is a detailed oriented individual with a keen eye on the future of web development as well as all things tech. Joe has great communication skills and knows how to keep on a project until complete. Joe grasps old- and new-technology quickly, and is not afraid to face a challenge. Challenges are not only a learning experience but found as a great adventure. The knowledge and skills Joe has make him a perfect candidate for any position he gets the opportunity to tackle.

Mike Dopp, Senior System Administrator

Joe Levi: Professionally Recommended

Bruce Hunt

I have known Joe Levi for the better part of eight years and have followed his career for about the last five years. Not only do I consider him as a friend but I recommend him professionally.

Bruce Hunt, Senior Project Manager
AEC

Joe Levi is passionate about Web technology

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Joe Levi is passionate about Web technology. He studies and knows how to implement websites that are standards-compliant and cross-browser consistent. Joe has an understanding of CSS and other markup languages that are encyclopedic in breadth and depth. He puts effort into continually updating his skills and knowledge.

Duane Koford, Software Development Manager

Joe Levi goes above & beyond

Carl Albright

I was very pleased with the work Joe Levi did for me and my company. He went above and beyond for us by bringing different views and ideas that we were able to implement that we had not thought of ourselves.

Carl Albright, Owner

Joe Levi is able to work under difficult conditions

Brett Clyde

As Joe Levi’s colleague in the MIS department at Lifetime Products, I saw his talent for web development first-hand. Joe is quick to find technologies that deliver results to his customers and is personable and friendly with them. I can also vouch for work Joe has performed on the IS&T department website for Weber State University. Joe is able to work under difficult conditions to achieve a quality product his customers are happy with.

Brett Clyde, Senior Database Administrator

Joe Levi is organized and task oriented

Rick McMullen

I had the pleasure of working with Joe Levi while at Totally Awesome Computers. Joe has always been organized and task oriented. He has great follow through and knows how to get things done. He has great time-management skills and always is thinking outside of the box. If there is anything you need that Joe fits the bill for then do not hesitate in asking him to work on your project. I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with him again.

Rick McMullen, Documentation Specialist

Joe is a man of Great Character

Phill Wright

I have known Joe for several years. We worked together as officers in a political party. Joe is a man of Great Character. He is intelligent, articulate and very respected by many. I highly recommend him for any opportunity.

Phillip C. Wright, Vice President
Bank of Utah

Joe Levi, absolute integrity & willingness to work hard

Janice Legler

As a member of the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party and the Executive Committee of the Davis County Republican Party, I have worked closely with Joe Levi. The things that stand out to me about Joe are his absolute integrity and his willingness to work hard and do the best job possible. I highly recommend him.

Janice Legler, Member of the State Central Committee

Joe Levi is a take-the-bull-by-the-horns, no-nonsense co-worker

Terry Musser

Joe Levi is a take-the-bull-by-the-horns, no-nonsense co-worker. I really enjoyed the time we worked together and hope to have the opportunity again in the future. He always jumped in with both feet and had an excellent attitude. He would be an asset to any organization fortunate enough to hire him.

Terry Musser, Dell EMC Senior Analyst, Enterprise Technical Services

Joe Levi has won my “Personal Hero of the Day” award

Dell Schanze

Joe Levi has won my “Personal Hero of the Day” award in recognition of his hard work and for his Totally Awesome attitude.

“Superdell” Dell Schanze, Founder
Totally Awesome Computers