Former state lawmaker and Utah U.S. Senate candidate Becky Edwards speaks during a Republican primary debate Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

I recently went on a road trip with my wife and kids, and during our drive home to Utah, we decided to listen to the audiobook of Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. On the surface, this is a story about the love between a boy and his dogs. But in reality it’s about so much more, including loyalty, perseverance, love, and the importance of family.

When it comes to politics, few elected officials possess these all-important traits. Instead, I see so much anger, fighting, and disagreement between the two parties that it’s almost nauseating to watch.

That’s why I know Becky Edwards should be our next U.S. Senator. She embodies the loyalty, perseverance, love, and dedication to family I recognized in Where the Red Fern Grows.

Loyalty:  Becky served in the Utah State House of Representatives for ten years! She sacrificed her time and energy on behalf of the people of Utah, and wants to continue serving us at the national level. She’s run a successful campaign through grassroots and volunteer-coordinated efforts because the people of Utah trust her, and believe in her loyalty to our state.

Perseverance: During Becky’s time as a representative in Utah’s House District 20, she opened her home every week to constituents, giving them the opportunity to discuss their concerns with her personally. She not only listened to those concerns, she used what she learned to solve problems important to Utahns. She’s proven herself an effective lawmaker with the ability to address issues that matter.

Love: The first time I attended an event for Becky she mentioned that our current state of political affairs does not prioritize working together. She recognizes that many legislators often prefer fighting over working to better our country. Becky, on the other hand, wants to work on bipartisan legislation so that the people of our country can feel represented and cared for. Becky  loves the people of Utah, and feels we deserve someone at the federal level dedicated to solving real problems.

I appreciate that Becky has visited Cache Valley on multiple occasions throughout her campaign, and always takes time to speak with everyone at her events. I have not seen the same type of personable, loving attitude that Becky shares with Utahns from any other candidate.

Family: One of Becky’s first priorities on her campaign website ( states: “Families First.”  I know three of Becky’s children personally and have seen first-hand how important her family is to her. I have also seen the way she discusses important aspects of everyday life that matter to families in Utah. Issues like affordable housing, clean air, and economic opportunity. A leader like Becky will actually find ways to make life and opportunities for Utah families better.

In conclusion, I encourage every resident of Cache Valley voting in the Republican primary to attend one of Becky’s events and meet Becky for themselves. If you can’t attend a meet and greet, visit her website or listen to the upcoming political debates here in Utah. Let’s send Becky to Washington by voting for her this June in the primary election, and again in the general election this Fall.


Miles Roberts

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