From: Kerry To: Rep. Briscoe, J., Subject: Gibson Campaign Announces Davis County Endorsements! 🎉🎉 Date: 2020-04-14T23:02:56Z Body:
David Buxton Utah State Senate
Mike Shultz Utah State House
Paul Ray Utah State House
Tim Hawkes Utah State House
Scott Parson President & CEO, Staker Parson
Tyson Roberts President, Davis County Farm Bureau
Neal Briggs Vice President, Davis County Farm Bureau
Allen Bennett Owner & Operator, Bennett Farms
Nathan & Gina Johnson USAF/Mortgage Officer
Drew Heslop Equity Realty
Davis County Representative, Paul Ray, Makes His Case for Kerry Gibson
In recent weeks we have seen how important leadership is. Often, the word "leadership" is thrown around so loosely that it has developed an esoteric and intangible quality. But when it comes to protecting our state’s economy, leadership is a tangible asset that our community relies on to keep us safe and prosperous.
For two decades, Utah has been fortunate to have Congressman Bishop representing Utah’s First District. He has served our state in countless ways, particularly in defending Hill Air Force Base.
Utahns must now decide who will pick up the torch and defend the biggest economic driver of our state. An issue of this magnitude requires a leader who possesses tangible leadership with a track record to prove it. It requires someone who is ready on day one. Someone who knows the ins and outs of Congress and how to navigate the system to ensure HAFB is here for generations to come. That leader is Kerry Gibson.
I know Kerry understands the impact HAFB has on Utahns. According to their 2019 Economic Impact Statement, HAFB had an annual federal payroll of $1.43 billion dollars. Their annual expenditures reached a whopping $811 million. It creates approximately $1.47 billion in jobs, with $3.7 billion in total annual economic impact.
These numbers come as no surprise to Utahns. Being the largest employer in the state, everyone knows someone working for the base. We should remember, however, that the benefits it brings to Utah cannot be taken for granted. They exist because our leaders fought to protect them against spending cuts. Cuts that would have brought substantive economic harm to the citizens of our state.
Our next Congressman needs the experience to continue the fight. Kerry Gibson is a proven conservative leader who comes prepared to defend HAFB and the economic prosperity it brings. His past work shows he is ready for the job. He was a key figure in recruiting companies like Northrop Grumman to Utah. He has an acute understanding that projects such as the F-35 are not a foregone conclusion.
With Kerry leading the charge, Utahns could feel confident in their representative. He brings the necessary qualities, not only defend HAFB, but to strengthen it for future generations. When it comes to issues of this scale, we should elect those we can trust. Kerry has the work ethic and the grit to get the job done and he has my full support!"