Ure deserves thanks for job well done
January 6, 2007
Outgoing state Rep. David Ure’s biggest stumbling block was also what endeared him to many of his constituents, even those across the aisle. He spoke plainly and from the heart.
That said, during his seven terms in the Statehouse, the Republican rancher’s candor often drew fire from both conservatives and liberals. This newspaper, for example, was one of his toughest critics. Still, Ure could be counted on to return our telephone calls. Over the course of a decade of sometimes aggressive interviews and sharply worded editorials, Ure only complained once or twice, most notably over a particularly stinging political cartoon. A week later, though, he was back to offering us his wide, trademark smile.
On issues like immigration and education, Ure defied political pigeonholes, opting to take the high road regardless of the toll it might take on the viability of his next campaign. He championed driver permits and in state college tuition breaks for immigrants and he went to bat for school impact fees to help offset the cost of enrollment hikes due to new residential developments.
Ure enthusiastically studied many of Park City’s unique legislative concerns and he made valuable inroads on those issues with other more conservative legislators. Even though the West Side of Summit County rarely returned the favor on Election Day, Ure ensured that the tourism and real estate interests of his district were represented on the Hill. As a result, he was able to garner additional funds for the Utah Tourism Council and helped to introduce resort specific sales taxes to augment funding for marketing.
Ure was tireless in helping Park City and Summit County manage the extraordinary challenge of hosting nearly half of the Olympic events in 2002. In the tumultuous years leading up to the Games, he attended strategy sessions from dawn to dusk.
Perhaps more than any other legislator, Ure struggled with trying to balance the disparate and often conflicting interests of his constituents. As a rural rancher representing a dominantly rural district, he was obligated to address agricultural interests and a conservative majority. But he also listened intently to his Democratic and liberal-leaning citizens of western Summit County. And when he believed in their causes, he was not afraid to support them.
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Unfortunately, Parkites may not truly appreciate Ure’s accomplishments until the Legislature reconvenes later this month. Ure’s kindness and willingness to listen, along with his honesty will be greatly missed.