Hillary Clinton plans trip to Park City next week
Glenn Wright is one of the Democrats who plans to be in attendance next week when Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination, visits the Park City area for a fundraiser.
Wright donated an unspecified amount of money to the Clinton campaign to attend the fundraiser. The event is scheduled on Aug. 5 at a private residence in Glenwild. Wright said Clinton is the "most likely to be our candidate right now," describing the former secretary of state, former New York senator and former first lady as the best candidate at this point. She has "vast experience," he said.
"None of them have her experience," Wright said of the other candidates regardless of their party.
Wright, who has never heard Clinton speak in person, said he wants her to address topics like income equality in the United States and the climate during her remarks at the event.
"She has the best chance of getting things done on those issues," Wright said.
The visit by Clinton will be the latest in a string of appearances in Park City by high-profile candidates during recent presidential election cycles. Political figures have said Park City is an appealing place to hold a fundraiser as candidates can tap a wealthy populace from the Park City area as well as the Salt Lake Valley.
Some of the politicians who have made fundraising stops in Park City have included President Bush, Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign for the White House and Mitt Romney. There have been events featuring other candidates seeking their party’s White House nomination as well as fundraisers for congressional campaigns. Romney, meanwhile, annually hosts a summer gathering in Deer Valley that involves a top tier roster of politicians.
The chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, Tal Adair, said he was not invited to the Clinton event. Had he received an invitation, he would have accepted to have an opportunity to hear her speak in person, Adair said.
He said he is pleased Clinton scheduled a trip to Utah, saying the visit has the potential of receiving national publicity. That will increase name recognition in the area, he said.
"It’s interesting to see Utah is becoming a magnet of politics. It’s great to see that," Adair said, adding, "It bodes well for Utah as a whole. It bodes well for Summit County."
Adair said Clinton will "get a good reception" in Park City. He noted the Park City area is a Democratic stronghold in a heavily Republican state. Adair, though, said Clinton does not fit well politically in Utah, describing her as a supporter of big government. Neither Clinton nor her husband, former President Clinton, treated Utah well, he said.
Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said the Secret Service has contacted the Sheriff’s Office about the Clinton visit. He said the Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to meet with the Secret Service later this week to discuss security plans. The sheriff does not anticipate road closures or traffic delays.
"I think it will be very low impact," Martinez said, adding the general population "probably won’t even notice" Clinton is in the Park City area.
City Hall has scheduled an event on Tuesday, May 21, designed for people who are contemplating a bid for elected office in the municipal campaign.