Republicans leaders from various parts of Salt Lake County met in Murray today to announce their support for Ben McAdams, the Democratic candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor.
The announcement comes just two weeks after Republican candidate, Mark Crockett, officially defeated primary opponent Mike Winder to become the GOP candidate. Mayors of Sandy, West Jordan, Riverton and Taylorsville were just a few on hand to show their support. Mayor Russ Wall of Taylorsville says, unlike Crockett, McAdams represents the best chance to bring both parties in Salt Lake County together.
“I told Ben that if Mike did not get out of the primary, he was my second choice. Because like Mike, he’s a moderate and he listens to both sides of an issue. He works well with both Republicans and Democrats and that’s what we need,” he says.
Salt Lake County’s population is expected to double over the next 20 years. McAdams says both Republicans and Democrats need to work together to handle such a projected expansion.
“Our visions for the community may differ from time to time,” he says. “What’s important in a County Mayor is to have somebody who sincerely listens to people of differing viewpoints and works to find common ground and bring people together.”
Even with McAdams’ bipartisan spirit, he admits that getting Republicans and Democrats to work together will be a challenge.