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Letter: McAdams has a tough job, but he strikes a good balance

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, speaks at the fifth annual Flavors of Utah event at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 17, 2020, as Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, looks on.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

As a progressive liberal in Congressional District 4, there have been times when I have struggled with moderate Congressman Ben McAdams.

I was not happy when he voted against Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead the House.

I was disappointed when I learned he does not support Medicare for All. He does, however, believe in improving, not removing, the Affordable Care Act — legislation that a majority of Americans favor. Even before COVID-19, he took time to listen to constituents on all sides and recognized the importance of accessible, affordable and quality health care.

Congressional District 4 is difficult to represent. Constituents in Salt Lake City have different needs and opinions than those in Nephi. It is challenging to represent both. Yet, McAdams does just that: He works across the isle on issues that matter to all of us, like protecting children, helping veterans, preventing suicide, and improving government transparency.

He successfully works for all of his constituents rather than one political side, as his predecessor did or as his opponent promises to do. He is a true representative of the people.

Charlotte Maloney

Millcreek