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From: Devin Thorpe
To: Rep. Briscoe, J.,
Subject: On the CD3 Trail in Grand and San Juan Counties
Date: 2020-06-02T16:31:46Z
Body:
With travel restrictions eased, I have been on the campaign trail in my little electric car to connect with voters all throughout CD3. Most recently, we traveled down through Moab, Monticello and onto the Navajo Nation.
 
A Monumental Challenge
Our campaign and Candidate for Lt. Governor, Karina Brown in conjunction with the Bountiful, Park City and Moab Rotary Clubs, traveled in a caravan down to San Juan County to deliver over 10 tons of food and supplies to the Utah Navajo Health Services Center in Montezuma Creek. We then loaded up a separate trailer of cleaning and disinfectant supplies that Rebecca Benally was delivering to Navajo Mountain, one of the most remote areas of the Navajo Nation.
 
The project is part of a broader, statewide, grassroots effort to provide food, personal protective equipment and other needs to people in the Navajo community who are in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current pandemic is only one of the issues that the Navajo Nation faces. Much of the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation lacks basic infrastructure, including roads and broadband. I am committed to working to address the immediate and long-term health and structural issues that have left so many in the Navajo Nation in poverty.
Canyon Country Character
San Juan County, also known as Canyon Country, has a special place in my heart as it was on a rappelling trip outside Monticello that is where I fell in love with my wife Gail over 30 years ago. Located in the southeast corner of the state, Utah’s Canyon Country is home to 4 National Monuments, 2 State Parks, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and endless year-round recreational opportunities.
 
I met with San Juan County Chief Administrator, Mack McDonald, to discuss the future planning of the county. The economic future for the county is bright, and I want to help ensure that they can continue to improve and expand resources and opportunities for the people in the region, while protecting the beautiful landscapes and sacred Native American sites. I promise to not only talk about the importance of protecting the environment and Utah’s public lands, I promise to vote to protect them. With so much of Utah’s economy based on our unique landscapes, Utahns deserve a congressman with better than a 2% pro-environmental voting record.

 

Devin Thorpe and Karina Brown with Janet Ross, founder of the Canyon Country Discovery Center.
One Person One Vote
Karina and I also met with the Drew Cooper of the Rural Utah Project in Bluff to discuss their efforts to ensure that underrepresented voters in rural Utah are registered to vote and are able to exercise their right to vote. Utah is proof that vote-by-mail can work and actually increases voter participation. Vote-by-mail will also help to protect our communities while the novel coronavirus is still spreading. But vote-by-mail does not work for all communities: homeless, disabled, and those without consistent mail delivery. As we provide universal access to vote-by-mail, we need to ensure that voting is safe and accessible for every community in the district.
 
“Backyard” Gathering
Nestled in the heart of the red rocks, Moab, Utah is known as Utah’s Backyard. With Grand County still on Orange, we had a small, socially-distanced gathering with some of the voters in Moab. Kevin Walker is the chair of the Grand County Democratic Party and is running for an at-large seat on the Grand County Council. A member of the Planning Commission, Kevin talked about the need to balance the economic growth of the area with the preservation of the landscapes that draw people there. We also visited with several other locals about the need for smart federal environmental policy that will protect the delicate landscapes in the area.

 
Babs Isak, Kevin Walker, Gail and Devin Thorpe, Joe and Brita Kingsley, and Karina Brown at Swanny Park in Moab.
I am currently sharing the stories of everyday Utahns in his campaign podcast #PlugIntoDevin, which you can find on his YouTube channel and on Facebook. You can also look for my little electric car as I continue to travel throughout the state meeting with the people in the district and sharing their stories and the issues important to them.

You can follow Team Devin on our social media pages (links below) and stay up-to-date on our latest campaign efforts like our #plugintodevin series.
 

Let’s be bold together!
Devin Thorpe


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