Either something’s in the water, or the spirit of Jefferson (our only architecturally-inclined president, turning 269 this Friday) has floated down to Utah, because two of its architects are running for Congress.
Stephen Sandstrom, AIA, is running in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, representing the newly redistricted southern suburbs of Salt Lake City. Soren Simonsen, AIA, is running in the 3rd, and leading a grassroots campaign focused on “diplomacy, thrift, and stewardship.” Sounds pretty darn Jeffersonian to us.
According to the AIA, both men are just two of a growing list of citizen architects running for elective office across the country. If you’re interested in the movement, check out the AIA’s Issues & Advocacy Page.