Matthew D. Carling

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Matthew Carling
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Candidate for
Utah House of Representatives District 72
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Master'sCreighton University
J.D.Creighton University
(timed out) Campaign website
Matthew Carling was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 72 of the Utah House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Carling's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "The Great Recession started in 2008. When compared to the Nation, Utah has produced amazing statistics regarding recovery. However, if you are unemployed or underemployed, the economy still stinks! Business is still restrained by regulations and burdensome taxes. I intend to sponsor legislation to repeal the Business Personal Property tax."
  • Tax Burden
Excerpt: "Utah’s tax burden is the 17th highest in the Nation . . . and the highest of all Republican states! Rural counties’ tax burden is disproportionate to more than the tax dollars we receive back."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "Southern Utah University is Utah’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university. SUU is an integral part of our community. Good, quality education will keep Utah economically competitive over the long-term. We need a representative on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure that SUU is well funded. That’s what I plan on doing."
  • Prairie Dogs
Excerpt: "We’ve all had our jokes about the prairie dog situation here. However, we need real solutions for the problem. We are close to implementing a plan to remove the prairie dogs to a designated habitat. However, we still need to distinguish our prairie dog colony from the other colonies."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "It's tragic that our children grow up here but are forced to move away from home when seekign employment. Historically, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has focused on the counties with the lowest unemployment percentages and the highest number of politicians. I will put pressure on the Office of Economic Development to more evenly distribute action plans and corporate incentives throughout the state."



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Carling ran in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 72. He and John Westwood defeated Ryan Bundy, Marlo Jensen, and Albert Montoya in the Republican convention. Westwood subsequently defeated Carling in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Utah House of Representatives District 72 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Westwood 67% 2,679
Matthew Carling 33% 1,321
Total Votes 4,000

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