Mitchell Vice joins 2 other Democrats vying for Hatch’s Senate seat in 2018

Mitchell Vice declares his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, May 19, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Vice Exploratory Committee for United States Senate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Mitchell Vice, a marketing administrator with University Federal Credit Union based in Salt Lake City, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at the Utah State Capitol Friday.

Mitchell Vice addresses members of the Washington County Democratic Party of Utah at the party’s annual convention at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, May 13, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Vice joins two other declared candidates, Danny Drew and James Singer, for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2018 general election vying for the seat currently occupied by seven-term incumbent Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Vice, who recently spoke at the Washington County Democratic Convention in St. George, launched his campaign with the theme “Every America Thriving” in a bid to “transform politics into a conversation.”

“I sincerely believe that we have the passion, the skill and the power to turn this state blue again,” Vice said during his speech at the convention.

The political conversation of late has been dominated by the interests of big corporations, he said, adding that he’d like to bring both sides of the aisle together to bring the people back into control of government.

“We’re going to have this conversation not inside this bubble,” Vice said in the speech, acknowledging that he was surrounded by fellow Democratic Party members. “We’re going to take this conversation to our neighbors, to our friends to our families, to our communities that actually share our Democratic values.”

Central to his campaign pitch is the claim that “Democratic values are Utah values.”

However, Vice faces an uphill battle in a state that traditionally leans heavily conservative and hasn’t voted for a Democratic senator in over 40 years.

Currently, Hatch is the only Republican to have declared a bid for the Senate seat in 2018, having served nearly seven full terms in the Senate since he was elected in 1976.

The full text of Vice’s declaratory speech can be read below:

My name is Mitchell Vice. I am a devoted member of the Utah community and, like all of you, I am committed to a future where health care works for patients, providers and taxpayers, where education is valued, where we are responsible stewards of our land, and where our economy produces sustainable jobs with livable wages and equal opportunities for all to thrive. That is why I am here today to announce my candidacy to represent Utah in the United States Senate and ensure that every Utahn, liberal, conservative, unaffiliated and disenfranchised alike, has the possibility to thrive in this great state and in this already great nation.

As my wife Angel and I watch corporate influence steadily diminish our representation in government, we share a great concern for the future of our children and grandchildren. hat kind of representation will they have? Will they even have a voice at all?

I found hope and revitalization for the possibility of progress by witnessing thousands of Utahns and millions of American citizens unite and demand to be heard. I am demanding we be heard and I am here to listen to and represent you.

I am taking a stand for “Every American Thriving” and I am here to listen to you, your story, what matters to you, and what it means for you and your family to thrive in Utah. I am committed to transforming politics into a conversation in which all citizens participate powerfully and fearlessly; A government of the people, by the people, for the people. I will be your voice in our nation’s Senate.

I was born in California and raised by a single mother in Los Angeles. I have witnessed how amazing and powerful women are thanks to the example set by my mother and her selfless sacrifices for my brother and me. Our small family depended on the compassion, empathy and charity of our community of family, friends, congregation and the occasional government assistance of school lunches and after school programs. Shortly after serving my LDS mission in France and Belgium, I started a family of my own. I felt the need to seek out a certain quality of life, in an environment of wide open spaces, clean air and majestic landscape surrounding a family-focused community. I found no place better than Utah, so we moved to South Jordan over 23 years ago. It was here that I developed a strong love of the outdoors and the Wasatch Front.

Since that time, I have finally become acclimated to the snow and I have also enjoyed contributing to stronger and happier communities in Bountiful, Midvale, Riverton, Spanish Fork and finally here in Salt Lake City. My experiences and love for Utah have motivated me to take a stand to ensure that these communities, as well as yours, thrive.

It is my experience that the American government no longer reflects the will of the American people. Corporate SuperPACs, special interests and lobbyists buy the decisions and motivations of those who should be representing us. Career politicians spend more time focusing on reelection by raising money from special interests and gerrymandering their districts, than they spend listening to their constituents. It’s my opinion that they devote more loyalty to their party’s standards and ideals than they do to the principles and values of the people who elected them in the first place. This has created a political divide that is unprecedented in American history. As your Senator, I will listen and engage in the conversation with you, that our current representatives fail to initiate. Though we may not always agree, your voice will be heard, your vote will matter and your communities will thrive.

Every American thrives when they are given access to affordable healthcare, which lies at the heart of both a healthy population and a healthy economy.

Every American thrives when they are not restricted in their educational pursuits, nor burdened by the rising costs of student loans and college tuition.

Every American thrives when the risks to our environment are realized and appreciated, and steps are taken to restore and preserve our landscape for future generations to enjoy.

Every American thrives when they are a offered a growing, prospering job market and provided a livable wage.

My name is Mitchell Vice and I am here today to  start the conversation of transforming the unimaginable into the possible. We will transform the way we are represented regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, political party, or who we love. What matters is that our voices are heard. I am running for The United States Senate to ensure that conversations are being had, that you are being listened to and that every American has an equal opportunity to thrive in this already great nation. I ask for your support and, when you cast your ballots and express your frustrations with our current leadership through the sacred process of democracy, Vote Vice for The United States Senate. Thank you.

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