Jenny Wilson – I am a fifth-generation Utahn with a record of service in this beautiful state where I am raising my family. In 2004, I became the first woman elected to the Salt Lake County Council, and am currently serving my second, six-year term. In my role as a Council Member At-Large, I work across party lines to forge consensus on policies that affect one-third of Utah’s population. My service in the U.S. Senate would be no different.
I believe that every American family deserves the opportunity to provide their children with an excellent education, the promise of a livable wage, to live without fear that a pre-existing condition or single hospital visit will bankrupt them.
In the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize quality and affordable healthcare and statewide infrastructure projects like broadband and transportation. As a board member of the Utah Assoc. of Counties, I understand the unique needs of rural Utah and that infrastructure improvements are critical to quality of life and economic success.
Utah’s public lands are national treasures and deserve to be protected as such. I oppose the idea of federal lands being managed by the state, and support the original boundary for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Obama-proposed boundary for Bears Ears National Monument. At the same time, it’s imperative that we stabilize PILT and SRS funding for counties that house federal lands.
In my last visit to San Juan County, I heard the concerns of Navajo leaders with regard to the need for a roundabout at the intersection near Goulding’s for the safety of locals as well as tourists. These are the kinds of infrastructure projects that would be made a priority if our federal delegation regularly consulted with tribal leaders.
Having spent my life serving Utah, I understand the day-to-day challenges facing our state and will continue to be a vocal advocate for working families. My Senate office door will be open to Utahns, not lobbyists. I have pledged to hold a free, public, in-person town hall in each of Utah’s 29 counties during my first year in office.
It is my firm belief that it’s time to replace the ‘old-boys-club’ in Washington with fresh faces who are in touch with the needs of our communities, and will bring new perspectives to policy discussions. I hope to be that voice for Utah.