“Representative” is a title to be earned and maintained

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Our traveling campaign team and I continue to put a lot of mileage across Utah’s roads, both paved and rutted—almost 3,000 miles in the last few weeks. As I downshift my old truck’s gears on a regular basis, I keep hearing the same message from people:

Chris Stewart doesn’t visit.
Chris Stewart doesn’t listen.
Chris Stewart doesn’t care.
I visit. I listen. I care.

And I believe “Representative” is a title to be earned and maintained through hard work, not presumed. Our campaign will never be set on cruise control.
Our Voices & Vistas project is intended to give residents of CD2 the opportunity to share the priorities that are important to them. Whichever party they might identify with—we are not playing favorites while out on the CD2 Trail. We also have taken, literally, to the air, with a drone. It has enabled us to capture how dramatic and special CD2’s landscape is. Public lands worth protecting.

I encourage you to watch and to listen to these videos. You will learn a lot about Utah as a place and Utahns as a people in this crucial election year.

Voices: Cody, Richfield (pop. 7,908), Sevier County (2:45).

CD2 Vistas (4:29).

You can find the complete playlist of Voices & Videos interviews on our YouTube channel. Take a look. Urban voices will soon follow.

Support Our Campaign

June 30th is the end of an important quarterly filing deadline for the Federal Election Commission. Your contributions to our campaign make a difference. Your dollars help us contact voters and show Chris Stewart that we have grassroots support while he continues to spend time behind closed doors, disconnected from Utahns, with corporate lobbyists.
I am running to represent you. Listening = learning = understanding. Utah and our country sure need more of that as we battle COVID, speak out for real police reforms, and challenge Trump policies that make the world less safe for all of us.

One example: on Twitter, I commented about news reports that the Russian Government put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Kael Weston on Twitter

The hard work of our growing team—Lori, Tai, Julie, Gwen, Judy, Lance, John T, Will, Lynn, Safia, Kim, and our 93-year wise man, John Z, plus deep bench of policy experts (aka, “desk officers”) and 100+ volunteers across CD2—make this campaign happen.
As do you. Thank you for your time and support, which is critical as we approach only four months to Election Day.

Please stay in touch. Share your own stories and priorities or question with me directly.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Kael Weston & Team

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A native Utahn, Kael Weston served for over a decade in the U.S. State Department, including seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his government career, specific assignments included: U.S. representative on the UN Security Council’s Al Qaeda/Taliban Sanctions Committee in New York; Iraq team, Political Section, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; State Department Political Adviser to a dozen Marine commanding generals, including during and after the biggest battle of the Iraq War (Fallujah, 2004-2007). In this role, he and Marine leaders were responsible for rebuilding the city’s infrastructure, facilitating the return of hundreds of thousands of Fallujans back into the city, establishing a new city council despite numerous assassinations of local politicians, and working closely with Iraqi governors in Ramadi and central Iraqi government representatives in Baghdad. Several nation-wide elections and a constitutional referendum were held across Iraq during this time.

In eastern Afghanistan’s Khost Province, Kael helped prioritize over $50 million dollars in U.S. reconstruction funds and worked to reintegrate former Taliban fighters in coordination with U.S. military leaders and Khost’s Afghan governor. He also met with a group of former Guantanamo Prison detainees and helped lead U.S. government political engagement with Afghan tribal and religious leaders. In Helmand Province, he worked directly with a Marine commanding general during the 2008-2009 U.S. troop surge that doubled Marine forces in the area from just under 11,000 to almost 20,000.

Kael is the author of the book, The Mirror Test (Knopf, 2016) a New York Times Editors’ Choice (NYT Book Review) and Military Times’ Best Book of the Year. He has taught at the college level in Utah and in Quantico, Virginia, at Marine Corps University, as well as leading seminars at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Kael writes monthly for the Salt Lake Tribune and has contributed to NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, and other publications.

For Kael Weston’s multi-year service in Fallujah, Iraq, the State Department awarded him the Secretary of State’s Medal for Heroism.

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