Befitting the Beehive State, Utah right now is abuzz with political activity. Amidst the bustle, the Deseret News has been front and center, providing a forum for civil dialogue and debate.
Over the past two weeks, the paper’s opinion and voices section has run a series of opinion pieces by the major political party presidential nominees.
We began with an article by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who also campaigned in the state. On Wednesday of this week, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton published her perspective online a day before former President Bill Clinton came to Utah to fundraise. Her op-ed appeared in Sunday voices section of the paper. We also published an exclusive opinion piece online from Republican candidate Donald Trump. This op-ed will appear in this week's Sunday voices section of the Deseret News.
Coverage of these editorials has been a talking point in the national political world, receiving attention in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Politico, Buzzfeed and the New York Times.
These editorials come in the wake of immense media focus on Utah's local electorate. As the recently appointed opinion editor of the Deseret News, I’m thrilled to be part of helping showcase the candidates' voices in our paper’s opinion pages, bringing their views to our readers in Utah and beyond.
Our editorial board also met with third-party candidate, and BYU graduate, Evan McMullin. Mr. McMullin launched his campaign last Monday, and along with Gov. Gary Johnson, is headquartered here in Utah. McMullin’s campaign has confirmed that the candidate will be writing an op-ed for the Deseret News as well.
Hal Boyd is the opinion editor of the Deseret News.