Park City-area politicians bestow their ratings on Clinton and Trump
September 27, 2016
Some of the politicians on the ballot in the Park City area gathered for a candidate event on Friday in Park City, a chance to define their platforms on a range of local issues.
But a brief foray into the contest at the top of the ticket on Election Day was perhaps the highlight of the event, hosted by the Park City Board of Realtors. The moderator, Bob Richer, a Democrat who has held elected office in Park City and Summit County, quickly inquired about the candidates' support of the White House competitors.
The candidates answered largely along partisan lines, but the level of backing for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump appeared to differ between them. Candidates for the Summit County Council and District 54 of the Utah House of Representatives appeared at the event, which was held at the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library.
One of the campaigns for the County Council – the contest between Republican Tal Adair and Democrat Glenn Wright for a two-year term – is of special note in a highly charged political season. Adair is the chair of the Summit County Republican Party while Wright is the leader of the county's Democratic Party.
Adair told the modestly sized crowd at the Santy Auditorium he supports the Republican nominee. He rated his support of Trump as an '8' on a scale of between 1 and 10. Wright, meanwhile, said his support of Clinton was a '12' on the same scale. They did not offer detailed explanations of their ratings of the two White House candidates.
The event on Friday was held in the days before the Monday night debate between Clinton and Trump, a political event that did not appear to change the thinking of the candidates who were on the stage at the Santy Auditorium.
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In an interview on Tuesday morning, Wright said the debate did not change his support for Clinton, saying his backing remains at a '12.' He said the debate went "very well for Hillary."
"Hillary has the policies that would move the U.S. forward and Summit County forward," Wright said. "Trump is an absolute clear and present danger to Summit County."
He mentioned differences between Clinton and Trump on issues like immigration and the environment.
Adair said he was flying home from a business trip at the time of the debate and was unable to watch. He said his support for Trump remains at an '8.'
The candidates in the other County Council contest on the ballot – a four-year term – also addressed the topic. The Democrat, Doug Clyde, said his support level for Clinton is a '10.' He watched recaps of the debate and said his support did not change.
"She is the only qualified candidate," Clyde said.
Colin DeFord, the Republican, told the crowd on Friday he had not yet decided. He said on Tuesday he remains undecided.
"I'm waiting for all three debates to come through," DeFord said. "To me, they're both difficult choices."
The District 54 candidates – Republican Tim Quinn and Democrat Rudi Kohler – also split along partisan lines.
Kohler told the crowd at the Santy Auditorium his support for the Democratic nominee was at a '9.' He watched the debate and said afterward he still backs Clinton at the same level, indicating he supports her on domestic issues. He said her foreign policy platform is more aggressive than his own stand, though.
Quinn said during the Santy Auditorium event his support of Trump was a '4' or '5.' He said he had a previous obligation and was unable to watch the debate. He said seeing the debate would not have changed his opinion.
"My support for Trump is primarily based on my disdain for Clinton," Quinn said.
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