Carolina Her­rin wants ev­ery voice to be heard

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily SPAN­ISH

FORK — Mak­ing sure ev- ery voice is heard is im­por­tant to Caro- lina Her­rin, cre­ator of the Span­ish Fork Com­mu­nity News Face­book group. The group has 10,000 mem­bers and is one of the most ac­tive groups around with an en­gage­ment rate of around 8,000 peo­ple.

Her­rin, a Span­ish Fork Res­i­dent, start- ed the group be­cause she wanted a place for lo­cal res­i­dents to be able to go on­line and ask ques­tions and reach busi­nesses. "Any­one can make a dif­fer­ence. It doesn't mat­ter who you are or what age you are, but to do that you do have to have in­for- ma­tion," Her­rin said. "Ev­ery­one should know what's go­ing on."

Through­out her ca­reer, Her­rin has worked to pro­tect peo­ple's rights and en­sure they have a say. She has a law en­force­ment back­ground and cur­rently works as a public in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist for the state At­tor­ney Gen­eral's of­fice.

She holds a po­si­tion on the Repub­li­can Party Cen­tral Committee and rep­re­sents Utah County on the Women's Leg­isla- tive Coun­cil. She spent many days at the capi­tol dur­ing the last ses­sion of the Utah Leg­is­la­ture fol­low­ing bills that would af- fect women and Utah County res­i­dents.

Her­rin, a nat­u­ral­ized ci­ti­zen, was born in Brazil. This has given her a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the way Amer­i­can gov- ern­ment is run. "What other gov­ern­ment al­lows peo­ple to be so in­volved with their poli­cies," she said.

"I'm an im­mi­grant and so it means a lot to me to make sure your voice is heard and help oth­ers make sure their voice is heard," Her­rin said. "I've seen what hap- pens when peo­ple be­come un­in­volved and when peo­ple just don't care.You end up with gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion."

Her­rin said the more peo­ple that are in­volved, the bet­ter the law­mak­ing pro- cess will be. This ses­sion, Her­rin pushed for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence leg­is­la­tion and get- ting a statue of Martha Hughes Can­non, a Utah State Sen­a­tor, elected in 1896, and the na­tion's first woman in that po­si­tion.

Em­pow­er­ing women is an­other em­pha- sis of Her­rin's. She loves to see women gather for the Won­der­woman Ride, a cy­cling event she started with friend Ma- hogani Thurston 9 years ago. Won­der- woman is held in Payson ev­ery Septem- ber. This year, the event falls on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15.

"We just feel like women are able to do any­thing. Ev­ery woman is Won­der­wom- an and we want to cel­e­brate them," she said. To find out more about the cy­cling event, visit Won­der­wom­an­ or find Won­der­woman Ride on Face­book.

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