“State employees have already benefited from Gov. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Cox’s approach to managing the state’s workforce,” said Jeff Horrocks, chairman of the Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE) Committee. “The governor has given employees fair consideration. The UPEA values his experience and his fairness in managing Utah’s workforce.”
In addition to the governor, UPEA’s Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE) Committee also reviewed the candidates’ running mates for lieutenant governor, which made a significant impact on the association’s endorsement.
“Utah’s public employees do a remarkable job delivering the high quality services in a way that provides great value for the taxpayer,” said Gov. Herbert. “They are one of the primary reasons Utah is the nation’s best managed state and they have played a key role in making our state government 25 percent more efficient. I am honored to have the endorsement of the Utah Public Employees’ Association.”
The UPEA is Utah’s largest group representing public employees. Founded in 1959, the UPEA has a history of selecting and endorsing political candidates based upon their willingness to work with public employees.
“Political affiliation often plays a role in labor politics,” said Horrocks. “But UPEA carefully analyzes candidates’ willingness to meet with employees and address their concerns before offering an endorsement.”