FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Salt Lake City, UT—Congressman Jim Matheson today released the following statement:
“I come from a family that taught me that there is honor in public service and in the duty and importance of giving back to the community. Throughout my career in public service, I have gained valuable insight and inspiration from my interactions with Utahns in every corner of this state.
Most of us watched with disgust the political games played during the redistricting process. When the Utah legislature completed its work, the Congressional District I have had the privilege of representing no longer exists, and its citizens are spread among all four new districts.
But lines on a map never defined my approach to this job. From the beginning, it has been my priority to be an independent voice who puts Utah first. The world we live in and the world our children will inherit faces complicated issues. This is not the time for more partisanship or an all-or-nothing, narrow perspective that prevents progress.
I am excited to announce I will be running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District. The political boundaries of the district may be arbitrary, but the people, the communities and their priorities are real and well-known to me. I have been honored to have the opportunity to work for communities such as Millcreek, Murray and Lehi and I am as energized to continue our dialogue as I am to renew conversations in places such as Riverton, Kearns and West Jordan that I represented early in my career. The Wasatch Front, where I have lived my entire life, is a vibrant and growing area of our state, where families, neighborhoods and communities make Utah such a wonderful place to live, work and play. I think there are great things to come for our communities, and my family – my wife Amy and our sons, Will and Harris –to look forward to sharing these experiences with you.”