It was a pleasure to #WalkAMile in Plain City, UT with Mayor Jon Beesley—a fifth generation Plain City native whose love for the city shines through. Plain City is home to the largest all-breed dairy show in the state (Dairy Days) and to many incredible Utahns as well. I can’t wait to come back to this community!
In Enoch, UT I was joined for my #WalkAMile by City Manager Rob Dotson. (Thank you for braving the elements with me, Rob!) It was a delight to meet with him, learn more about beautiful Enoch, and hear insights about this growing community and the challenges and opportunities that come with that.
For my #WalkAMile in Kamas, UT I met with Mayor Matt McCormick and learned more about his hard work on complex issues such as smart growth, water infrastructure, and police and teacher shortages. He is clearly making an enormous difference! I look forward to being back in Kamas soon to visit residents and garner support to bring productivity and civility back to Washington, D.C.
A bright autumn day in Wallsburg, Utah, I loved getting a feel for this small town and the issues they face during my #WalkAMile tour this week. I met with Mayor Celeni Richins, a busy mom who is also leading her community! She had wonderful insights about public education and our children’s futures.
The picturesque little town of Daniel, UT may be less than four square miles, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in beautiful scenery. While on my #WalkAMile listening tour, I have been so impressed by the hardworking Utahns who run small towns, often filling several positions to make sure the work gets done. They are motivated by their love of community, know the history, and are good, caring people.
I’m always more than happy to spend time in Park City, and my #WalkAMile tour there was enlightening. I learned more about the Mountain Towns 2030 effort, positive law enforcement presence, environmental priorities, and their approach to affordable housing. Park City is a model, not just for mountain towns and resort towns, but for other Utah cities as well. Community Engagement Director Linda Jager and Council Member Max Doilney had wonderful insights—and I can’t wait to be back!
This weekend our #WalkAMile listening tour brought me to northern Utah. In Woodruff, I met with town council members Seiko Webb and Millie Bradshaw. Around 220 people live in the town of Woodruff, located about 22 miles from Evanston, WY. People in Woodruff deeply value their way of life and independence, but worry about water, the price of fuel, education access, healthcare, minimum wage and local public safety services. I’m so impressed with these strong, smart women who care deeply about their community. Seiko is about to have her third baby and Millie has a masters in animal husbandry.
We are standing inside one of the oldest homes in Weber County, and it happens to be the ancestral home of Hooper Mayor Dale Fowers, who graciously toured me around his city. His 2nd great grandparents, Jesse and Sarah Johnson Fowers, built this home in 1869. They chose to settle in Hooper—and many of their descendants continue to live and serve in this wonderful community today! I’m grateful to Mayor Fowers for this incredible tour and the important conversations about Utah’s future. He is a genuine, knowledgeable public servant.
Utah’s Hill Air Force Base includes the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. It directly supports a global supply chain for Dept. of Defense and allied combat operations. Today, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex command changed from Major General C. McCauley von Hoffman to Brigadier General Richard W. Gibbs. What a privilege to attend the Change of Command Ceremony in Hangar 233. The leadership standard has clearly been exceptional under Maj. Gen. von Hoffman. She has a truly impressive record. Utah wishes her all the best in her next assignment! And welcome Brig. Gen. Gibbs and family to Utah! You’re going to LOVE it here!