Utah's 1st Congressional District Challenge for 2018

EzDebate challenged each candidate to answer questions for their constituents.

The following questions were submitted to the candidates:

  • What is your stance on gun control and the 2nd amendment?
  • What is your stance on immigration?
  • Are our trade policies with other nations good for our country or should they be revised?
  • Why are health care costs rising and what can be done about it?
  • Other than the issues already discussed, what is the greatest threat facing our nation today and how will you address it?
  • Other than the issues already discussed, what is the most important issue facing Utah and how will you address it?

Chadwick H. Fairbanks III (Republican)
Participation Confirmed

Chadwick H. Fairbanks III is an accomplished professional in sales management and military sectors. Since moving to Utah in 2012, Chadwick transitioned his sales career into the retail automotive space. He quickly proved valuable at managing BDC’s, multiple sales floors, developing sales training, and coordinating vendor operations. Currently, Chadwick is CEO of an F&I agency called Bridge The Gap which is based in Layton, UT. Chadwick’s unique depth, particularly in marketing & training, gives his agency an advantage in creating a paradigm shift regarding business development, product development, technology, and client services in the automotive sector. He operates out of the Salt Lake City Valley in launching new products and strategic, profit paradigms for retail automotive dealerships nationwide.

His military experience includes top-secret clearances, Persian language fluency, interrogation skills, and extensive combatives training. In the military, Chadwick gained proficiency on many weapons platforms as well as tactics. He’s a certified MACP Level 3 instructor, which is the Army’s version of the UFC. He’s certified in chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological operations. He’s also certified in human intelligence collection to include interrogation and source operations. He even spent time in Poland training the Polish Army for the Iraq War as well as working on top-secret projects for the National Security Agency as a civilian contractor.

Chadwick is in his 12th year of marriage to his beautiful wife, Deborah. They have two boys, Cameron and Cromwell, who are attending Good Foundations Academy in Riverdale. Chadwick attributes his boys’ amazing upbringing to his wife’s great ability to be the “CEO” of the Fairbanks Family. They’re all avid snowboarders as Cromwell started when he was 2! Chadwick gave his life to Jesus Christ in 1985 and counts himself as a non-denominational Christian.

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Kurt Weiland (Democrat)
Participation Confirmed

Weiland, a retired Army officer who taught at West Point, currently teaches at the University of Utah in the Professional Education Department.

Weiland supports a Med C program. 'The medical needs exist, it’s there. You can’t argue the facts,' Weiland states, adding he would also be willing to sponsor drug policy reform measures.

'Too many of our policies are based on ignorance and fear-mongering. But any reform has to be based on the public will, and education is critical to changing preconceptions. Leaders have to lead. Educate. Advocate,' Weiland said.

Adam Davis (Green Party)
Participation Confirmed

Davis, a native of Ogden, wants to help the average working class citizen. Davis is also concerned about protecting the environment and was a Democrat before changing to the Green Party. Although Davis lives outside the 1st District he is considering moving back to the area and is hoping the constiuents in the 1st district understand his roots and love for that area. Utah allows candidates to represent districts they hope to represent.

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