Letter: Candidates for clerk should have respect for the job and the oath of office

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Jax Collins, left, and Heather Collins are overjoyed as they are married by Rev. Christopher Scuderi of Universal Heart Ministry on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Salt Lake City County offices.

I was saddened to read a couple different articles in The Tribune recently; both about candidates for clerk.

I’ve worked for the Salt Lake County clerk for eight years. In that time, I witnessed the courts allow marriage to same-sex couples. It was my great honor and privilege to perform a ceremony for two elderly men who waited 40 years to be allowed to be married. Being allowed to be part of their experience was priceless. I’ve worked as an election coordinator, and this has also been incredibly rewarding. Even during 2020 when voters made baseless accusations against election workers, and it was so disheartening to witness the spreading of outright lies.

Now we have a candidate for Utah County clerk who promises to become Utah’s own little “Kim Davis” by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. I thought we had put that nonsense to rest. Even Utah’s elected House representatives recently voted to defend marriage equality.

We also have a Salt Lake County clerk candidate who represents “stop the steal” interests and speaks at their events. He says he would like to ask employees of the clerk’s office their political affiliations and assign them work tasks accordingly. The idea would be to pair Democrats and Republicans in teams of two. Never mind that this violates labor and privacy laws and that it would politicize an office that has always been, and always should remain, politically neutral.

If you had told me ten years ago that the clerk races would be the most consequential this election, I would have laughed. I guess I just always took for granted that anyone running for clerk would have more respect for the job and the oath of office.

Amy Pitt, Taylorsville

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