Professional and Community Affiliations
DDI Vantage Board of Trustees; Jordan River Commission
Recognitions and Honors
Meritorious Service Award, Post Commander at Ft. Huachuca Army Post; Silver Pen Award, Valley Journals; Guardian of Life Award from Pro-Life Utah.
Personal and Career Information
Education: B.A., English, Brigham Young University
Bio: Representative Cheryl Acton was born and raised in Kansas before moving to Arizona for her senior year of high school. She lived in northern Denmark for a year as a Rotary Youth Ambassador, then arrived in Utah to begin her freshman year at BYU. Awed by Utah’s scenic beauty and its wonderful people, she takes enormous pride in her adopted home state.
After graduating from BYU with a B.A. in English, Cheryl worked as a law librarian while her husband finished graduate school. She has also worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Defense, where she earned the Meritorious Service Award. She’s been a freelance writer and editor, an independent contractor, an internet researcher, a newspaper reporter, and a classroom volunteer, but in her heart, she’s always been a teacher.
Cheryl and her husband, Scott, have occupied the same home in West Jordan for 23 years. Over an 11-year span touching three decades and two millennia (1989-2000), they had two sons and two daughters, the youngest of whom is a sophomore at Utah State University. As a family, they accomplished the goal of traveling together to all 50 states.
Representative Acton has many hobbies and interests, including writing, traveling, current events, history, quote collecting, and photography. She is endlessly fascinated by people, nature, and animals.
Cheryl was motivated to run for office by a desire to restore and preserve freedom, which, in her view, has been eroding over her lifetime. Cheryl believes in the worth and dignity of individuals and families and their right and ability to govern their own affairs. She also believes that, for the good of the Republic, civility, wit, and wisdom must return to politics.
Representative Acton believes that while other elected titles (senator, governor, etc.) have lost their original meaning, “Representative” is unambiguous. It describes perfectly her role as a voice for the people of District 43.