Three Faces of Utah-Election 2020

The three faces of Utah –

There’s nothing like a 4-way primary to educate those interested in the mood of the state. Utah is no exception when it comes to the most recent Republican Governor’s Race – Election 2020.

Having been involved in politics many moons ago, I love to watch the sociological aspects of the races and what that might mean. If we look at the individual candidates for a moment it starts to paint the map shown below.

1st, we have Thomas Wright.

He owns his own company in Utah, has a good sense of humor and tried to portray himself as the non-politician. Dragging with him retired Congressman Bishop may or may not have helped him, but he did garner 40,000+ votes out of the currently counted votes or 07.9%. He did not win any county.

2nd, we have Greg Hughes.

Greg is the past Speaker of the Utah House, and seasoned politician. You can see Gregs campaign page to see his other many attributes and skeletons, but he was definitely the spoiler in the race. Greg won 9 of the 30 counties with 106,752 votes or 21%. Greg found his support among the disenfranchised voters of the outer lands of the state. And his running mate was a county commissioner from one of those states. More extreme, more anti-government and less represented in the state discussions. These voters will be a challenge for the candidate in the general election as they may just stay home.

3rd, is the candidate that the New York Times was “shocked” to see might lose the primary race. Obviously, they had been listening to the power players and not the people in the state (but that’s true of most NY media who really don’t know Utah via Salt Lake).

Past Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. only managed to win 5 counties in Utah. Yes, he targeted the more liberal counties and the three biggest – Davis, Salt Lake, and Weber counties – but it wasn’t enough to deliver success. The winning candidate managed to receive 33% of Davis county, 33% of Salt Lake county, and 30% of Weber County. That was too much. Jon received 175,253 votes, or 34.6%.

A number I don’t have at this time, but will probably see before long, is the number of Democrats statewide that re-registered as a Republican in order to vote for Huntsman. A prominent Democrat led that drive, privately and publicly.

In addition, Jon was endorsed by a number of large company owners that encouraged their employees to vote for Jon, but that wasn’t enough either.

That takes us to our 4th candidate and winner, Spencer Cox.

Lt. Gov. Cox started running for office over a year ago when he began by visiting every county and most major cities statewide. His knowledge of state issues and his centrist conservative values got him endorsed by retiring Governor Herbert, and Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller.

He received the nod from 15 of the 30 counties, 184,562 votes or 6.4% .

My take away?

The winning candidate will need to have a conversation with the voters of the left and the right of both parties and determine what common ground exists as he moves forward.

It will be fun to watch and see what the final numbers are and compare them to this map. Election 2020 is not over.

Don’t forget – #JournalWritingMatters

Utah - Election 2020

Winter is here!

December 2nd and the first snowfall is here.  It’s my favorite time of the year.  The world gets very quiet, the landscape visuals change, and I’m perfectly happy being inside.

It’s a chance to say no to outside activities, write, read, clean, and plan for the new year.  So what’s the plan for 2019?

I’ve taken on some new obligations, and I’m excited about them.  They will get me out into the real world and meeting new people.  I’ve spent the last three years isolated from society and it’s not been fun.  Surgeries, rehab, working on the house and grounds, and not doing what I enjoy.  That will be different in 2019.

I’m on the board for the Frontier Homestead State Park Foundation, and will help them improve their two vendor shows with just a few simple projects.

I’m an Ambassador for the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce and will help with two projects – membership recruitment and the Women in Business Chapter.  

Those, and making product for our Etsy account and the main show for my baskets and bead work will keep me plenty busy for the coming year.  We’ll not be doing any more outdoor shows, and just two indoor (unless there’s another that is worth the time, travel, and expenses).  Our show schedule is on our website.

In the meantime, I hope to start writing on my blog on a more regular basis. Plan is to write for one of the two blogs each week.  

I’m Still here –

I see from the date of my last post, it’s been six months since I last wrote to you.  I couldn’t believe it had been that long.  Where did the time go and what have I been doing?

Moab, Utah Arts Show Booth

By the time we went to Moab for the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts show it had been only 90 days since I had the second knee replaced.  In some ways that knee was easier to rehab than the first.  But they were very different.  One would straighten out flat immediately, but it took 5 weeks to get it bend to 130 degrees.  The second knee bent to 120 degrees right after surgery, but it still is reluctant to straighten out to 0. 

That made Moab a real challenge.   Had to wait an extra two weeks before I could be certain I would be able to do the show the end of May.  That delay meant there wasn’t an RV space available in Moab. 500 spaces and they were all sold out.  That meant we had to stay in Green River and drive back and forth the 60 miles one way each day of the show.  Our youngest daughter took her vacation and joined us at the KOA in Green River the second and third days.  And she was there the evening of take down and loaded half of all the equipment into her truck and took it to Green River.  

We loaded everything into the toy hauler the next morning and then went on an excursion down to Capitol Reef and some of our old stomping grounds in that area.  The next morning we came home.  Jennifer was to stay another couple of days and explore Mesa Verde and the ruins and Petroglyphs of that area.  She decided it was too hot and she’d done enough driving, she was ready to return home to Montana. We were so grateful she came down and helped take down the two pop-ups and helped Tracy stowe them in the trailer.  It was the beginning of the decision to stop doing outdoor shows.

June was spent putting together product for the local Folk Art Festival Show.  Another 2-day show in 80 degree weather with pop-ups and heavy equipment.  That time our good friend Glenn came to our rescue and helped take down the booth late Saturday evening.  Even then, as always, we were the last booth to finish loading out.  Too much for two old people, especially in the heat. 

July found us in Logan for another show, outdoors, with all the pop-ups, canopies, concrete anchors, tables, jewelry racks and basket displays.  This time Jennifer drove from Bozeman to Logan, Utah on Saturday. Got there in time to turn the drop-down couch into her bed and then come over to the show and help work the booth, visit the show, and load-out the booth from the Tabernacle grounds by midnight.  Good thing.  Although that show has, literally, hundreds of volunteers to get everyone off the grounds by midnight, it was a challenge.  We got into the RV park around 11 PM and went to bed.  The next morning we went to breakfast, emptied all our booth stuff from Jens truck and she drove back to Bozeman. 

By the time we got back from Logan we had made up our mind, no more outdoor shows that require all that equipment to set up.  In August Tracy had cataract surgery on both eyes, two weeks apart.  He did well and continues to only need dollar store readers. 

My knees continue to work well, the muscles could use some physical activity daily, but there’s still too much stuff in the garage – that’s another post.  In the meantime, Tracy continues to participate in the Rock Club.  I’ve become an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and enjoy just sitting around on Wednesdays knitting with the Fiber Arts Group (although I did lead a basket class in August). The adventure continues.