Evan McMullin Makes Stop in Vernal

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin and his running mate Mindy Finn made a stop in the Basin on Friday night. It was a full house in the Vernal City Community Room as supporters, several opposers and many unsure voters gathered to hear McMullin make his case for President of the United States. Finn spoke first and emphasized the vision of the McMullin campaign, describing their supporters as “people who care very deeply about the future of our country” and who don’t trust either of the major party candidates to lead America into that future. McMullin described his journey petitioning other more prominent leaders to run and oppose Trump who he called a con artist and Clinton who he called the most corrupt politician in at least modern times. When all declined, McMullin felt he had to enter the race. Knowing that there was not enough time to secure the electoral votes, their campaign strategy has focused on winning one or two states in order to create a scenario where both major candidates could be blocked. “The race is not close right now,” says Evan, pointing out Hillary’s lead, “but it could become close and if it is close then we do have the opportunity to block them both if we win a state or two. If it’s not close then it doesn’t matter what the outcome is here in Utah. It isn’t going to change the outcome of the election. Trump will not win by a landslide.” McMullin says they are asking for votes either way, not just to block them but to build a new conservative movement. McMullin answered many questions, met with applause. A handful of people made their opposition known, one man calling McMullin a sham. The audience reacted but McMullin’s tone remained respectful and he explained once again the scenario that could see him as President of the United States.  The meeting ran an hour past the scheduled block and afterwards a line formed to take pictures with McMullin and Finn.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.