Utah needs a Republican renaissance

Like over 140,000 others (New York Times, 2021), I left the Republican Party in early 2020. Disenfranchised by ego, discouraged by counterproductivity, and demoralized by hypocrisy to the platform’s values, I had finally reached my tolerance limit. I opted out.

In 2021, I realized my mistake.

As a conservative, my priorities had never changed. Instead, my faith in the system’s ability to create change had dissolved. What I failed to consider, however, was that the system established by our forefathers was not necessarily to blame. The individuals functioning within the system can be its very salvation. 

When I removed myself from the equation and eliminated my voice from the narrative, I was no better than those who complain and do nothing. So, when I realigned in 2021, it was with intention and purpose: to be part of the solution. 

The Utah Republican Party Platform states, “We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.” 

When a local legislator told me last year that he didn’t need his president to be a spiritual leader, I responded confidently, “I do.” I need leaders who not only set good economic policy and collaborate across the aisle to create real solutions but who inspire me, admit mistakes, and show compassion and humility. I want leaders who are tough but civil. I demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability for myself and my six-year-old son. 

And, I am part of that Republican renaissance that is bringing those 140,000 back to the Party to demand the same. 

Like me, I invite those who abandoned the Party to come back. We need you. And, our voices will change this election – and beyond. Be part of the solution. Let’s demand more.

Jessica Egbert, PhD, is an experienced C-suite leader with a passion for innovation and problem-solving. Jessica serves on a variety of boards related to healthcare, education, business, and community. She is the founder of Limelight Leadership and the co-founder of Elected Women of Utah. Her family resides in Mapleton, Utah, where she serves on the city council.