The Standard-Examiner Editorial Board recommends a vote for Democratic Party candidate Donna McAleer in the race for Utah's First U.S. Congressional District.
While the incumbent, Rep. Rob Bishop, has earned our endorsement often in the past, we are concerned about a political atmosphere in Washington D.C. that is all about opposition, rather than seeking bipartisan solutions. It's not unreasonable for First Congressional District constituents to feel that high-decibel issues, such as immigration reform and the states' battles for sovereignty of federal lands, are the most important issues. Those are causes that Rep. Bishop, a member of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing these issues.
Meanwhile, there have been setbacks that involve issues of importance to the First District. Hill Air Force Base, a huge economic energizer for Utah, has seen a decline in its national security importance. Also, ATK, an operation of tremendous importance to the district, has declined in importance.
McAleer possesses a very impressive resume that qualifies her to represent the district. A graduate of West Point, she had an impressive military career. Outside the military, she has solid credentials in the professional field, including having overseen a non-profit health care company.
In our opinion, McAleer is a leader who can focus on the most important issues facing the First Congressional District. With her military background, she will be an effective advocate for the interests of Hill Air Force Base.
As a moderate-conservative Democrat, she will have an instant rapport with both sides of the political aisle. With her health care business experience, she understands the importance of holding on to heath care reform and making it better, rather than tearing it up and trying to re-start it. She understands that No Child Left Behind is too rigid an educational goal, and favors the federal government providing guidance to schools, and allowing localities to best educate children.
In our opinion, McAleer will best represent the interests of the district, keeping a close eye on the highest priorities of constituents.
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