Nov 08 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Today, Senator Lee visited Sanpete County, accomplishing his goal of visiting all 29 Utah counties in the calendar year. In visiting more than 40 cities and towns across Utah, Senator Lee met with state representatives, local officials, business leaders, educators, military officials and hundreds of constituents about a range of issues that face Utahans and to offer solutions on how his office can help. He also held eight town hall meetings where he answered questions and concerns and received direct feedback from attendees.
“Utah is a large state and not everyone has an opportunity to come to my offices in Salt Lake City, St. George, or Washington, D.C.,” said Lee. “It’s important that they have a chance to tell me in person how they think I’m doing and what changes they would like to see in Washington.
Lee used these visits to work with local officials and other stakeholders on a number of issues such as controlling the prairie dog population, land use designation, timber leasing, and the conservation of the Utah sage grouse.
The visits by Senator Lee compliment the Mobile Office program Lee began last year which sends a staff member to each county twice a year to hold an open forum for Utahns to reach out to Lee’s office. The Mobile Office program achieved its goal earlier this year, 4 months ahead of schedule.
Senator Lee uses his weekends and Senate recesses to make the bulk of his county visits. He started on January 12th , visiting Utah and Weber Counties. In February, he visited Daggett, Duchesne and Salt Lake counties. In April Lee visited Carbon, Grand, Emery and San Juan Counties. In May he visited Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Juab, Millard, Morgan, Rich, Summit and Wasatch Counties. In July he visited Iron County. In August he visited Beaver, Garfield, Kane, Piute, Sevier, Tooele, Washington and Wayne Counties and finished today with visits to the towns of Gunnison, Ephraim, Fairview and Moroni in Sanpete County.
Town Halls have given Senator Lee the unique opportunity to both hear the concerns of the people of Utah and explain why the issues he is fighting for are important to Utah and the country.