CEDAR CITY–Senator Evan Vickers of Cedar City will run for reelection for Utah Senate District 28, which includes the eastern part of Washington County, Iron County and Beaver County. He filed papers today with Iron County Clerk Jon Whittaker to run for the post.
Vickers has served for the last six years in the Utah Senate, and currently serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee in the Utah Legislature, a powerful position in which he and his committee provide oversight, budget, and direction for all of Utah’s colleges, universities, and technical colleges. He also serves on the National Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Committee, Senate Health and Human Services Committee (formerly as the Chair), and the Senate Appropriations Committee.
A release from him campaign says that during his time in the Utah Legislature, “Vickers has sponsored and passed bills that have dramatically improved the safety of our communities, the economic strength of Utah’s economy, and championed rural southern Utah. This legislation includes: improved agency coordination and mitigation against wildland fires to protect land, structures, and ultimately lives; increased personal property right protection and better local control with the Utah Prairie Dog Management Plan, reducing the size and scope of state government with the repeal of state-required reports and programs; and championing small business with helping remove unnecessary requirements for solar installers.”
Of his reelection campaign, Vickers said “Those of us who live and work in rural Utah know just how critical it is that we have someone representing us who thoroughly understands the complex and unique needs of our area of the state, including water rights, grazing rights, and land issues. We also need someone who truly understands small business: the value of small businesses to a local economy and how important it is government get out of their way, as they are the lifeblood of communities. Just as importantly, our area needs someone that knows how to get things done. I feel my track record speaks for itself, not only in my profession and small businesses, but also in the relationships I have with those on a local and state level. I will continue to bring about important change and successfully pass legislation that best represents southern Utah. One example of many: as Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, I’ve been able to ensure that SUU and Dixie State receive strong support from the Utah Legislature.”
Vickers continued, “I love southern Utah. I was born and raised here, I chose to raise my own family here, and now many of my grandchildren are being raised here too. I know what matters to Washington, Beaver and Iron Counties. What is important to this area is what is important to me.”
Vickers has indicated he plans to use the “dual-path” route to the primary ballot by both gathering 2,000 signatures of locally registered Republicans, and working to gain the support of Republican delegates who will be attending the Utah Republican convention.
CAPTION: Sen. Vickers filed papers for a reelection run at the Iron County Clerk’s office with Iron County Clerk Jon Whittaker.