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Every Summit County vote needed in McAleer race for Congress

If you want the country to move forward, do not sit out this important election. A Summit County woman is running for Congress, and she has earned your vote.

Pinebrook Democrat Donna McAleer stands for the values that make Park City and Summit County unique in Utah: environmental stewardship, health care reform, support for women’s issues and protection of public lands, among others.

If elected, McAleer would add a much-needed new perspective to Utah’s delegation. She could also bolster the Democratic Party’s influence in the House of Representatives, where support for important initiatives like addressing climate change and immigration reform is constantly threatened by partisanship and corporate influence over the political process.

Over the last two campaigns McAleer has shown a deep understanding of the complex issues, both foreign and domestic, facing Congress today, including the tense situation in the Middle East. She was also, significantly, among the first to speak publically about sexual harassment in the military, an issue that later turned into a Congressional investigation.

McAleer has also demonstrated courage and unflagging energy in the face of a daunting challenge. Her five-term incumbent foe, Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is firmly entrenched in Washington and in Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

But McAleer’s platform strikes a chord in Summit County where, in 2012, she earned a clear majority of votes over Bishop. Unfortunately, turnout in Summit County was not as strong as in other areas of the District where Bishop held sway. That means every vote cast in Summit County counts in an especially meaningful way for McAleer this time around.

Since the last election, the stakes have only grown. Public lands are in jeopardy, environmental initiatives have been put on hold, immigration reform has stalled and the country is still embroiled in conflicts overseas. And, of greatest concern, partisanship and rhetoric still stand in the way of legislative progress.

McAleer’s pragmatic politics could help to bridge that impasse. Her commitment and transparency would be a welcome change in federal government.

Early voting has already begun. Summit County voters can cast their ballots in any one of four locations that are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week and next. They are: the County Courthouse in Coalville, Kamas City Hall, the Marsac Building in Park City and the Richins Building in Kimball Junction.

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