Hillary for Utah announced the launch of Utah Mormons for Hillary – a statewide bipartisan coalition of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are supporting Hillary Clinton for the next President of the United States.
The group will spend the final 50 days of the election talking to friends and family about how Clinton will work to break down the barriers families in Utah face and highlight Clinton’s belief that we are stronger together. Members cite Clinton’s values and policies behind their support.
“When my great-grandfather hiked to Utah in 1848, he was an undocumented immigrant, fleeing persecution in the United States to what was then Mexico, seeking religious freedom. Those pioneers knew what it was like to be ridiculed for their faith and driven from state to state in fear of their lives. In 2016, the Republican Party’s candidate for President — MY party — is belittling and scapegoating people of other religious and ethnic minorities in the harshest language. His disdain for them is equaled only by his disdain and crudity toward women. The most enduring pioneer value is charity in its broadest sense, and Utahns looking for those kinds of values should be reading ‘It Takes a Village’ — and voting for Hillary Clinton.” – David Irvine, retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, former chairman of the Davis County Republican Party and a former Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives
“Helping one another and strengthening families are core Mormon beliefs. I support Hillary Clinton because of her pro-family positions such as parental leave, supporting schools and teachers, making early childhood education accessible to all children, cleaning our air, and paying a living wage.” – Crystal Young-Otterstrom, Chair of LDS Democrats in Utah
“Growing up in a conservative, LDS home I learned the difference between wrong and right; good and bad. Accepting others from different faiths is paramount to my belief as a member of the LDS faith. Growing up I used to get teased and picked on for being ‘a Mormon.’ Nobody should be ridiculed for their religious beliefs in our country. When I hear Mr. Trump discuss building a wall and excluding people based off of religious bigotry, it concerns me deeply as an American, and a member of the LDS faith. When I hear Mr. Trump using divisive, racial hate speech it is not only un-American, it goes against the teachings that I was brought up to believe. I am a conservative. I am a member of the LDS faith, and I am voting for Hillary Clinton because I believe she embodies what is good about America.” – Richard Bennett, Community Leader