As news broke of former Vice President Joe Biden earning enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency Saturday, social media exploded with people of all political stripes offering both well-wishes and worries.
Utah’s top elected officials — including its congressional delegation, governor and governor-elect — did not immediately weigh in, but several local elected leaders posted statements on Twitter.
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, who secured her first full term in office this week, tweeted that Biden’s election will bring integrity back to the nation. The mayor has often been critical of the Trump administration’s pandemic response. “I am relieved that progress for @SLCoGov will again have back up from our federal government,” Wilson wrote.
Members of the Utah Legislature offered congratulations to Biden and Harris, including Utah Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross.
Utah Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, shared a selfie with Biden and said he would be “praying” for the president-elect as he takes “the helm of a divided nation.” He also wrote that he’ll be watching the new president “very closely” to ensure he serves both Democratic and Republican states.
Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge tweeted that he didn’t vote for the Democratic candidate, but that he was also praying for Biden’s success in leading the nation.
He added that he hoped Biden’s unifying tone would guide the way he governs in the coming years. “We need it,” Ainge wrote.
The Salt Lake Tribune will update this article.
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