Pete Buttigieg gains another Utah endorsement day of SLC visit

Feb 17, 2020, 10:27 AM
Buttigieg endorsement...
FILE: DA Sim Gill and County Mayor Jenny Wilson releasing the details of the diversion program July 30, 2019. (Paul Nelson)
(Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg gained another endorsement in Utah, just hours ahead of his Salt Lake City visit. Salt Lake County Attorney General Sim Gill announced Monday he is endorsing Buttigieg for the presidential race, adding to the momentum he seems to be building in the state.

Gill has centered much of his work around criminal justice reform, noting it will take “bold action at the federal level” to make national change. Gill said he believes Buttigieg is the one to make this change.

“As Mayor of South Bend, he never shied away from tough conversations,” Gill said in a statement. “As president, he’ll prioritize restorative justice to work to reduce incarceration across the United States. Pete understands the importance of belonging –– he will be a President for all of us, not only those that support him. I enthusiastically endorse Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States.”

The endorsement was made hours before Buttigieg is scheduled to host a town hall meeting in Salt Lake City Monday night. The presidential hopeful had to move the event to a larger venue to plan for an expected large crowd.

The endorsement from Gill comes after two other endorsements last week from Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson.

Wilson said in an interview with KSL News Radio that her endorsement may be a bit biased, because she believes mayors know how to work across party lines to get things done. That’s what the country needs, she said.

“Somebody to come in and support campaign finance reform, get the lobbyists out of the halls of Congress, and make sure that people are heard,” she said.

Wilson said she expects there will be a big turnout at the event Buttigieg is hosting at the Union Event Center Monday night.

“Mayor Pete has momentum, people are very curious right now as they make their decision as a Democrat,” she said.

Wilson added that Buttigieg knows what Utah needs because of conversations she’s had with him on the kind of reform they need.

“He’s very aware because I’ve educated him on the challenges of our state as a whole, as well as the specific needs here in Salt Lake County,” she said.

Today’s Top Stories


marriage Utah Sen. Derek Kitchen firearm codify...
Mark Jones

With Roe v. Wade now overturned, could same-sex marriage be next?

Many people are wondering what precedents the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on next, possibly same-sex marriage. Utah Sen. Derek Kitchen says the court could do so it wishes.
24 hours ago
A crowd gathers in front of the Utah State Capitol on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Su...
Mark Jones

S.B. 174 now in effect in Utah with Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade

With the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Utah trigger law, known as S.B. 174 is now in effect in the state.
24 hours ago
Protesters hold signs and chant at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 24, 2022, as ...
Curt Gresseth

Utah women’s reproductive-health doctor weighs in on Roe v. Wade ruling

A Salt Lake City doctor who specializes in women's reproductive health care weighs in on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
24 hours ago
Utah party switching...
Becky Bruce

Who switched parties in Utah ahead of the June primary election?

SALT LAKE CITY — Information provided by the Utah lieutenant governor’s office shows the impact of a new rule aimed at curbing “party switching” in Utah. The new rule, H.B. 197 became law after the 2021 Utah Legislative Session. It dictated when people could switch political party affiliations in Utah ahead of primary elections. The […]
3 days ago
Thomas R. Lee posing for a photo...
Chandler Holt

Thomas R. Lee steps down from Utah Supreme Court

The associate chief justice for the Utah Supreme Court, Thomas R. Lee, announced he will depart from his position at the end of the month. Lee looked back fondly on his time in the Utah Supreme Court.
8 days ago
ballot count amendments utah...
Lindsay Aerts

County clerks report more poll watchers, scrutiny ahead of Utah primary

Ahead of the 2022 Utah Primary election, clerks Salt Lake and Utah counties are reporting more poll watchers are serving as watchdogs.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Pete Buttigieg gains another Utah endorsement day of SLC visit