EzDebate is challenging each candidate to answer questions for their constituents. We will be posting the recorded answers so voters can view them.
The following questions were submitted to the candidates:
Mrs. Tamee Roberts Burkholder is the co-founder and Executive Director of Women Empowerment Global Outreach (WEGO) a non-profit aimed at empowering women in developing and underdeveloped countries. WEGO has taught empowerment programs in Russia, Armenia, and Libya and has been invited to conduct empowerment programs in over 17 other countries including The Gambia in West Africa. Mrs. Burkholder has partnered with groups in Utah to assist refugee families in the Salt Lake Valley. Mrs. Burkholder has been invited to speak to audiences about empowerment principles around the world and in Utah, including women on both sides of the US political fence, youth groups, universities, and religions.
Before creating WEGO, Tamee assisted in the development of the Utah Fund of Funds while serving as a finance specialist with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She worked as a consultant for the Utah Fund of Funds for several years and was hired full time in 2008. She recently transitioned from her position back to consultant to free her time for WEGO. She taught ELL at the University of Utah and Utah Valley University and tutored adult English language learners.
Before her time as a Program Specialist for the Utah Incentive Funds with the Governor's office of Economic Development from 2001-2005, Tamee worked for Governor Leavitt as the Education Liaison for the Governor's office and Assistant to the Education Cabinet member of Governor Leavitt's administration in the year 2000.
Raised in Salt Lake County Utah, Tamee finished high school at Skyline High in 1991. She attended Brigham Young University studying Political Science Teaching with a History Teaching Minor and obtained her BA in 1999. During her college years, Tamee served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission from 1994-1996. She enhanced her degree by attending the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies near Jerusalem in 1997. She finished her teaching certificate by student teaching in a Private Palestinian/American school in the West Bank (Jerusalem) for 6 months in 1999.
In August 2005, she traveled with Titan/L-3 Communications to Iraq and worked as a finance specialist distributing payroll to local national linguists supporting the coalition forces for a year. She returned the State of Utah in 2006 to finish a master's degree in Comparative International Development Education (with a Middle Eastern emphasis). She worked as assistant to the Venture Manager of the Utah Capital Investment Corporation during the last year of her studies. She taught school at Lakeview Charter School in a number of subjects including: the middle school choir, TLC, 7 th English, and her favorite subjects Geography and History for the 9th graders.
Her newest venture is developing a cyber security start up with some great business partners. She is currently a manager on the project and has high hopes for success.
Mrs. Burkholder currently lives with her husband in Sandy, Utah and enjoys music, salsa dancing, her church activities and close-knit family (including seven siblings and 60+ nieces and nephews). She loves to travel, do family history, ride horses, teach, read, run, swim, mountain bike, write and speak. Her passion is to enlighten others about the principles of empowerment.
Michael Isom lives in Utah County with his wife of 21 years and four teenage children (with a fifth currently living overseas as a volunteer serving in the former Yugoslavia), but is grateful to have family members across the Wasatch Front. The family returned to Utah in 2017 after living in Saudi Arabia for two years, where Michael served as the Senior Legal Advisor for a bilateral program enabling allies in the region to find and mitigate public security threats. Currently he serves in a senior program management role with a large Utah technology company, while also advising veteran-owned small businesses (one of which just received the Utah Veteran-Owned Business of the Year award).
From 2013-2014, Michael was deployed to Afghanistan, where he leveraged his legal, policy, contracting and intelligence expertise in leading strategic business intelligence teams across three countries in vetting of more than 6600 vendors, denying $3.5 billion in US Government and Coalition Forces contracts to terrorist and criminal networks, and precluding 550+ high-threat vendors from accessing installations and resources.
Michael has served in all three branches of government and still advises congressional and executive offices on matters of national security and foreign affairs. Enlisting in the Utah National Guard in 1997, he later commissioned through ROTC at BYU, serving in multiple Pentagon, Special Operations and academic assignments. Currently, he supports the National Guard Bureau Office of Legislative Liaison, where he engages with Congress, the White House and Military Services on behalf of the nearly 350,000 National Guard members.
He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt), as well as holding a BA in Chinese from BYU, and a JD (with a focus in National Security Law) from Georgetown Law. He has also completed post-graduate work strategic intelligence, with an emphasis on cybersecurity and emerging technologies, and is a certified Mediator.
Michael has been a registered Republican since turning 18, and has served in Republican District and National roles, including advising on cybersecurity, national security and foreign affairs issues, attending CPAC and RNC conferences, and serving on the legal and national security advisory committees for 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential candidates. He has also served in other legislative/political positions in defense and national security offices, and currently, he serves as the Precinct Chair for LE23.
Michael has sat on the local, national and international boards of numerous non-profits, and currently is the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) liaison for the Utah National Parks Council, and serves on a School Community Council within the Alpine School District.
Some of his recognitions include Eagle Scout, 2010 Officer of the Year (Washington DC National Guard), 2013 Military Volunteer of the Year (DC National Guard), Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Father of the Year (as voted on by five (not) random teenagers that may retract their vote for any reason at any time).
Having traveled and served around the world, Michael deeply appreciates the sustained, enduring strength conservative principles bring to a community and a country. However, he has also seen the financial and moral perils of government overreach, increasing apathy towards freedom and personal liberty, and the degradation of morals that this country, and civil society, are predicated on. As such, he recognizes the importance of remaining actively engaged in preserving that which make our community and Republic great.
Roderick Threats has been a life-long constitutional conservative and devout Christian who has built his life serving and advocating for people whilst committing to keeping America fundamentally strong.
During his teenage years in Florida, he got involved with the Republican Party where in 1990 at the age of 15 ,he was elected chairman of the Baker Co.(FL) TARs for 2 years. He continued to hold leadership role in the NE Florida Young Republicans as vice chair in 1993-1997. In addition, he worked on campaigns for Rick Santorum’s(PA) in 2000 and Bill Haslem’s (Gov of TN) in 2010.
In 1995, He started a mobile computer tech business and teaching basic computer skills at the local libraries, until Best Buy bought his business in 1999, then to become a freelance IT consultant garnering his MSCE in SQL, Windows and Office and moving to New York City. After his latest move to Utah in 2012, he continues to carry on with his freelance IT consulting work with companies like Oracle and Google amongst other companies and small businesses.
Roderick is a single father of 2 daughters, Whisper, 20 and Ariana, 13, We are a family of diverse hobbies from 10-pin bowling, rifle shooting. hikers and travelers and love to explore new places and terrains when the free time permits.
Roderick wants to bring fresh ideas and perspectives. He will come in with the energy that any elected official needs to tackle the issues of this great party.