The yellow and green “Cox for Governor” RV has been making its way through Cache County this week.
By Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and his campaign team will have visited every incorporated city and town in the county, from Amalga to Wellsville, as part of his campaign tour around the state.
“I think it is wonderful. It’s reaching out and getting back to the people,” said Julie Buxton, a resident of Cornish who came to meet Cox on Wednesday afternoon.
Other valley residents shared similar thoughts.
“I don’t remember when, if ever, we’ve had a major candidate for political office come to Trenton,” said Rob Smith, whose family hosted the lieutenant governor’s visit to their town.
Smith said having a candidate for governor visit his town helped him feel his voice was actually being heard.
“We all go to political things and we go down to Salt Lake a lot, but to have a politician come onto our own turf, so to speak, it makes a difference,” Smith said.
During their visit to the valley, Cox, his wife, Abby, their daughter Emma Kate, and his campaign team participated in service projects such as laying rocks at a historic cabin in Newton and painting the Block A at Utah State University.
Shelby Frauen-Riddle works in the admissions office at USU and suggested painting the A as a Logan service project to the campaign.
“I love the idea that service is so much a part of the campaign,” Frauen-Riddle said. “I think it really speaks to how he would be as a leader and as a governor. He is not just showing up and shaking hands, he is actually in the trenches and doing the work that the community needs.”
Frauen-Riddle said although she is a Democrat, Cox is still a candidate she supports and would consider voting for in next year’s election.
“I think that speaks (volumes) that he is able to appeal to a lot of different people,” Frauen-Riddle said.