By Kelsey Keener
CEDAR CITY–A candidate meet and greet for Democratic candidates was held the evening of July 21 at the Main Street Park Pavilion.
Candidates Jenny Wilson (US Senate), Shireen Ghorbani (US House, District 2), Mark Chambers (Utah Senate, District 28), and Zeno Parry (Utah House District 72) were in attendance. The event was organized by Dale and Karen Rood and Chair of the Iron County Utah Democrats Brittanie Parry.
Parry said this was a chance for Iron County residents to meet their Democratic candidates.
“It’s really hard to get the northern candidates to actually come down to Iron County,” she said. “So this was their chance to be able to ask questions and really be able to spend quality time with our candidates.”
Candidates were offered the opportunity to address attendees briefly before answering questions.
Zeno Parry discussed the importance of supporting family, Iron County values and education.
Chambers talked about his background and experiences, as well as being an openly gay candidate. He said he ran because Wilson, among others, convinced him that another Democratic candidate was needed. Chambers said he supports affordable health care, increasing the education budget and protecting women’s access to health care.
Ghorbani gave attendees an update on the events of her campaign and said access to affordable health care is her top priority and she is running without corporate donations.
Wilson discussed her connection to Cedar City and to Utah, as well as what she believes is necessary for a Democratic candidate to win. In addition to good candidates, she said mobilization and coming together as neighbors is what needs to happen. She also asked for attendees to be advocates for the Democratic Party in southern Utah.
While Chuck Good (Utah House, District 71) was not in attendance, he did prepare something to be read during the event. The piece mainly discussed changing the negative atmosphere surrounding the Democratic Party.