Ben Mcadams was an amazing state Senator. He was able to get good ratings from organizations with opposing views. He received a 75% rating from Parents for Choice in Education. He received a 77% rating from the NEA. He was the highest scoring Democrat, with an 82% rating, from the Utah Taxpayers Association. As mayor of Salt Lake County, he was required by the legislature to create a new homeless shelter in the County, but not in Salt Lake City. This was a political problem for Ben McAdams. It may have been intended to be a political problem for Ben McAdams. The neighborhoods outside of Salt Lake City did not want a homeless shelter. Neither did the neighborhoods in the City. He decided he needed to know what it meant to be homeless, what it meant to be in a shelter. He might have asked experts. He might have arranged for a study. He decided to pretend he was homeless.
Ben Adams is a Utahan. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he began as an electrical engineer major and ended as a political science major. As a senior, he married his high school girlfriend. After his mission to Brazil, they left together for Columbia Law School. He worked as an attorney for a Wall Street firm, earned enough to make a dent in his loans, and returned to Utah for his life and career.
Jenny Wilson was press secretary for Democrat Les Aucoin from Oregon. She was chief of staff for Democrat Bill Orton from Utah. She is a Councilwoman in Salt Lake County. She has been elected twice to an at-large seat on the County Council. One third of the people in Utah live in Salt Lake County where she received a majority of the vote twice.
Kathryn Allen grew up in the California desert far to the east of Los Angeles riding motorcycles and horses. She was both an athlete and a student -- playing varsity tennis and graduating as salutatorian. She had a sample of politics as a college senior -- working to support her Congressman's widow's campaign to replace him. he successful campaign led to a couple of jobs, but she ultimately returned to her interest in medicine. As a doctor in Utah, she was active in her professional organization and was moving toward retirement when 2016 happened. She urged her congressman to lead an investigation of Trump's ties to Russia. His unresponsiveness on this issue and his unwillingness to allow speakers other than himself at a health care focused Town Hall, led her to plan a run for congress.