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Residence: Park City, UT
Donna McAleer was born in New York and currently resides in Park City, Utah. She received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Virginia.
In the Army, she served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and public affairs officer with various units. She was stationed in Wurzburg, Germany.
After several years as a management consultant, McAleer went to work for GenRad, a producer of electronic test equipment, where she later served as vice president of global logistics and support.
She aspired to represent the United States as a bobsled driver in the Winter Olympics, but finished fourth in the 2002 trials, missing the team by two spots.
McAleer was executive director of the People's Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization based in Summit County with the goal of providing health care to the uninsured.
McAleer and her husband, Ted, have a daughter.
Donna McAleer is a long shot candidate challenging five-term incumbent Rep. Rob Bishop in Utah's 1st Congressional District.
She describes herself as an "avid outdoors enthusiast" and tried out for the U.S. Olympic team as a bobsled driver in 2002. She missed making the team by two spots.
McAleer says investing in research and development of Utah's energy assets and natural resources is essential to help secure economic stability and minimize dependence on foreign oil.
She says health care costs in the United States are out of control and agrees with several aspects of the 2010 health care reform bill, including allowing young adults to remain on their parents' plans until age 26 and that people can not be discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions. However, she says that as with any major piece of legislation, it is important to review and revise it as needed.
McAleer believes that education must be a top priority and further investment needs to be made in public schools.
A West Point graduate who served with the Army in Germany, she has called for a strong national defense that "ensures our military is used in a manner to support the character of our Nation, not as a substitute for the State Department."
She also says she would support policies to help veterans make the transition back to civilian life.
Source: Associated Press
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