Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

This week on the program we had the honor of covering a debate among the candidates for governor in Richfield. This debate was focused on issues that are top of mind in rural communities around the state. Spencer Cox, Greg Hughes and Thomas Wright participated in the debate on June 6th at Richfield High School. Unfortunately Jon Huntsman was unable to attend because he had contracted COVID-19.

Below is a list of topics and questions that were asked during the debate:

National Monuments in UTAH
Will you defend President Trump’s downsizing of monuments in Utah?

Land and Water Conservation Fund
What will you do to halt the federal government’s use of the LWCF to purchase private land?

Federal Land Policy and Management Act
Would you support a court challenge to FLPMA and the land retention policy that came with it?

Payment in Lieu of Taxes
How would your administration address PILT?

RS2477
How will your administration handle Utah’s lawsuit on over 20,000 RS2477 roads?

USFS Timber Sells
What is your plan to rebuild timber infrastructure in Utah?

Economic Development
What would you change to make economic development work for Rural Utah?

Rural Online Initiative
Do you support the ROI and would you include it in the state’s budget?

State Agencies
How will you fix the disconnect between some state agencies and Rural Utah?

Relocating State Agencies
What are your thoughts on decentralizing some state agencies and moving them to rural areas of the state?

Department of Wildlife Resources
What will your administration do to address the negative impacts of elk herds on ranching?

Predator Control
What is your support of the private trapping industry as a way to assist statewide predator control?

State Office Building
Are you in favor of tearing down the state office building and plans to build a $165M parking garage and museum in its place?

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