I have known Ben McAdams since before he became mayor of Salt Lake County. I have traveled with Ben. The first time we really got to talk, he was in the back seat of my truck on a road trip to southern Utah and I was amazed to meet a politician who really wanted to hear what I had to say — and didn't complain about being squeezed into a tight back seat.

I hear people say that all politicians are crooks and can't be trusted. After spending time with Ben, I can assure you that that is not true. Ben is honest, hardworking, smart and has an intense desire to make the world a better place. He is sincere, curious and a lot of fun to be around. He will make a great representative for all Utahns.

I don't know if I will always agree with him, but I respect his tremendous ability to bring people together, find reasonable solutions and be a statesman. He listens to his constituents. I look forward to Ben representing me in Congress.

Paul Diegel, Salt Lake City