Utah Governor Candidates Release Joint Advertisement
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Utah Governor Candidates Release Joint Advertisement

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In an election season that some have viewed to be more contentious than the 2016 presidential election, a gubernatorial race in Utah is shifting the narrative, pointing out that the election doesn’t have to be as divisive.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox (R) and Chris Peterson (D), a law professor, both vying for the top position in the state of Utah, released a series of joint advertisements calling for civility among voters leading up to the general election on November 3rd.

In a year that has seen Republicans in Texas and Florida take part in joint advertisements that have been more cinematic, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox took to Twitter to make the announcement, admitting, “I’m not sure this has ever been done before… but as our national political dialogue continues to decline, my opponent and I decided to try something different.”

He then concluded, “let’s make Utah an example to the nation.”

In the advertisement, both candidates appear before a white background, admitting that just because they disagree ideologically, it doesn’t mean that they have to hate each other.

“We can disagree without hating each other,” asserted Cox, while Peterson added that “we can debate issues without degrading each other’s character.”

After the first presidential debate, many polls indicated that voters were frustrated at the constant interruption between both President Trump (R) and Vice President Joe Biden (D).

Moreover, voters have noted that lawmakers have only grown more divided instead of reaching across party lines to work on behalf of the American people during this time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect different aspects of Americans’ lives.

In the second ad, Peterson commented that “our common values transcend our political differences and the strength of our nation rests on our ability to see that.”

Both candidates are running against each other after Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) announced last year that he would not seek re-election.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.