Republicans for Ben
Wonder why so many Republicans are supporting Ben? We’ll let them tell you in their own words.
“Quite simply, Ben is the better choice. And, for Utah to do well, our biggest county needs good leadership. Ben will provide that leadership.
I am a Republican. Ben, of course, is a Democrat. But, my politics are driven by ideology, not tribalism. I am drawn to the Republican side, because I am more comfortable with Republicans’ approach to budgeting. In the Senate, Ben and I have worked together (and, at times, apart) to craft a few budgets for the State. In this race, I have more trust with his hands on such a big and important budget.
Also, Ben really is an extraordinary person. Whether we agree or disagree on an issue, he is great to work with. Leadership requires the ability to truly listen and interact with others. Salt Lake County is a wonderfully diverse place, and I believe Ben will work effectively with everyone.
I love this state. I feel extremely blessed that I can be a part of it, raise my family here, and play a part in governing it. The Salt Lake County Mayor race affects the entire state. Some in my tribe won’t appreciate this endorsement, but, the fact is, I’m looking out for my district and my State. Utah needs Ben to win.” - Utah State Senator Steve Urqhart on his blog
“While we’ve supported many candidates in Carlton’s 15 years of public service and even more in a lifetime of political activity, few rise to the standard of statesman-like leadership as our good friend, Senator Ben McAdams. While many would scratch their head, knowing of our Republican background, as to why we would be supporting the Democratic candidate, our firm reply is that we need the best person to help lead our community. Ben represents the qualities we would look for in someone who can reach across divides and show leadership in difficult situations. Also, he can help set a course for county government that would deliver the best services at a reasonable cost and efficient use of the taxpayer’s dollars. We’ve become good friends with Ben and Julie over the last five years and know that we can trust Ben. He is someone who can help our community come together and move forward.” – Salt Lake County Councilmember Carlton Christensen on his blog
“I have worked with Ben in his role as State Senator and also as liaison between Salt Lake City and the other 16 cities and townships in the county. He is a consensus builder whose even tempered, non-partisan and pragmatic approach to tough issues like fiscal management, education and sustainable communities makes him my choice to lead Salt Lake County into the future. He not only gets things done, he gets things done the right way.” – Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall
“Ben’s work in the Senate to help our city purchase the Granite High School property is an example of his determination to accomplish great things for our county. By creating legislation that allowed government entities to partner with the private sector and avoid a public bond, he has demonstrated his ability to listen to his constituents and find equitable solutions that work for their communities.” – South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood
“I’m a Republican, and I support Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County Mayor (OK, I know that’s a worn out line these days). I only rarely vote for Democrats. I am, after all, a Republican for a reason. But for someone like Ben McAdams, I make an exception.
My first introduction to McAdams came because of his opposition to H.B. 477, the Utah legislature’s misguided effort at reforming GRAMA, Utah’s freedom of information law. McAdams was one of a relative few legislators (nearly all Democrats, unfortunately) who opposed the bill — and did so eloquently and effectively.” – Curtis Bentley on Utah Political Solutions.com
Republicans for Ben McAdams Committee Members
(As of 9/18/12)
Russ Wall, Mayor of Taylorsville
Tom Dolan, Mayor of Sandy
Melissa Johnson, Mayor of West Jordan
Bill Applegarth, Mayor of Riverton
Cherie Wood, Mayor of South Salt Lake
Carlton Christensen, Salt Lake City Council
Dirk Timothy, Mayor of Bluffdale
Dennis Webb, Mayor of Holladay
Lynn Pace, Holladay City Council
Dan Snarr, Mayor of Murray (a registered independent)