Former governor and current gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. addresses his plan to move forward from the pandemic

Inside Utah Politics

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- For last few weeks, we have been coming to you live from Utah’s Capitol Hill with the candidates for governor, addressing the issues that matter to Utah voters during our ABC4 News Town Hall Special: Coronavirus – A Path Forward.

We’ve sat down with Lt. Governor and candidate Spencer Cox, candidate Thomas Wright, Greg Hughes, and last but not least, former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.

Huntsman joins us via Zoom Monday evening to discuss economic recovery, the future of education, emergency spending, and mental health with each candidate.

 Related: A staff member of the Huntsman campaign has tested positive for COVID-19

He will be asked the following questions:

Emergency Spending

How will you help individuals who have been devastated financially by this pandemic get back on their feet?

ABC4 viewer Tim Funk asks: Thirty percent of Utah residents are renters. Thousands of them have lost their jobs or have reduced work hours and are behind on their rent. What would you do to help make sure renters aren’t evicted and risk becoming homeless?

ABC4 viewer Jesse Harris asks: What will you do to improve broadband infrastructure in the state, particularly rural areas?

Future of education

ABC4 viewer Andrew Lawerence: Pay for teachers has increased steadily and that is great, but what other ways do you plan to help teachers and education in Utah?

The state’s response
ABC4 viewer Nicole Pettingill asks: My daughter and I work at a grocery store. We are scared going to work everyday! A group of 20 people came in to shop… and none of them were wearing masks! Will you make it mandatory to wear masks when shopping?

Finally, Jon Huntsman Jr. shares how he would address the state of mental health in Utah.

OTHER TOWN HALLS: As protests erupt across the nation. “Say his name” and “I can’t breathe” have become a rally cry in the days following the death of George Floyd. ABC4 News wanted to have a meaningful discussion about race and justice but more importantly, ask where do we go from here? Watch America in Pain: A Positive Path Forward Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...