Randy Hopkins Announces Candidacy to Represent Utah’s Second Congressional District
The former Executive with Utah’s Department of Workforce Services seeks Democratic Nomination
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Randy Hopkins, a retired executive with Utah’s Department of Workforce Services, today announced his candidacy to seek the Democratic nomination for Utah’s Second Congressional District.
“I’m announcing my candidacy today because I am concerned about the direction our country has taken over the last three years, wherein many institutions of our Republic have come under attack by the President. All of the norms have been upended, and now we are in an impeachment process that will determine in large measure how we move forward as a country,” Hopkins said.
“The founders were sensitive to the problem of an authoritarian Chief Executive. They brilliantly built a system of checks and balances, and ultimately a process whereby an unfit President could be removed. The President continues to spout off, intimidating witnesses, lying about facts, and calling the impeachment process a “coup.” Let’s be clear, the impeachment process that the House is now going through is the Constitutionally mandated process. Those calling these proceedings a coup or a fraud or a hoax, are doing grave harm to our constitutional processes and norms,” Hopkins noted.
“I agree with Republican Senator Lindsay Graham’s statement during the Clinton impeachment, in which he said:
The point I am trying to make is, you don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose
your job in this constitutional republic, if this body determines that your conduct as a
public official is clearly out of bounds in your role. . . . . because impeachment is not
about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about
restoring honor and integrity to the office.
“The questions before the House of Representatives are pretty simple: Did the President use the office of the Presidency to gain an advantage over a potential opponent in the 2020 election? That would be an assault on our electoral process and would constitute an abuse of power.
Secondly, has the President sought to thwart the investigation by stonewalling, hiding evidence, intimidating witnesses, or otherwise hindering the investigation? That is called obstruction of justice. I’m not going to prejudge the outcome of the impeachment process; that is up to our duly elected representatives. However, my hope is that each member, including Congressman Stewart will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Hopkins added.
Hopkins concluded, “I intend to run a clean and issues based campaign for the Democratic nomination, and a forward looking optimistic general election campaign that will focus on issues such as universal access to affordable healthcare, the climate crisis, guns, immigration and congress’ inaction on all of it. However, I will not be shy about Chris Stewart’s misguided devotion to our current President. At this moment, it is important for each of us to remember the values that unite us as a country and honor those values over allegiance to any particular political party. That is my commitment as I open my candidacy for congress.
About Randy Hopkins
Randy Hopkins is a former executive with the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS). In that capacity he led the operation to modernize the Utah Unemployment Insurance program, bringing it into the digital age.
He has a lifetime of experience in assisting disadvantaged populations, including his 35 years at DWS, as a volunteer mentor at the Utah State Prison and the Davis County Jail, as well as work with interfaith and refugee councils, and as an inner-city
school tutor. Randy is an avid hiker and outdoorsman and a lifelong resident of Utah. He resides in Farmington with his wife, Jan Hopkins. He is the father of four and is the grandfather of ten.