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The Public Record: Salt Lake County councilman’s comments set off firestorm

The Gist: A Salt Lake County councilman found himself in hot water after a facebook post criticizing “the left.” He has since apologized.

The Players: The councilman involved is named David Alvord, who serves District 2. Prior to serving on the Council he was mayor of South Jordan.

The Post: In a politically charged post, Alvord said — among other things — that the “left” would not be happy until “we each have light brown skin” and “there are no males, no females, and we each have the same muscle mass, brains, talents and energy.”

The full post is below. The post was initially a public post, but was changed to friends only after Alvord faced criticism.

The Aftermath: The Utah Senate Minority Caucus, a group of six Democrats in the Utah Senate, quickly condemned Alvord by releasing the following statement:

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the comments from newly-elected Salt Lake County Council Member Alvord in his recent Facebook post. His comments were not only callous, but also destructive to our vibrant Utah community. We call upon Council Member Alvord to actively consider the impact of his commentary as a public official. These comments do not reflect the state’s values of inclusivity. As Utahns, we celebrate an abundance of lifestyles, ethnicities, cultures, and opinions. To demean any one of those is not the “Utah Way.”

The Apology: Alvord has also since apologized. Below is his statement.

“Social media is a place for ideas and conversation. My post was meant to engage discussion about where ‘cancel culture’ is heading, which I believe has a dangerous destination. The examples I came up with were simply hyperbole meant to illustrate why cancel culture is problematic.

“I recognize that as an elected official, words take on extra meaning and significance. I would like to apologize for any who misunderstood my intentions. I assure you that I don’t hold any ill will towards anyone.

“As the representative for District 2, I care about all residents and look forward to your engagement and input as the many policy issues arise.”

This article is part of an ongoing series highlighting statements by public officials called The Public Record, where we present recent quotes by public officials or candidates. You may not be able to attend every public meeting or see every occasion where your representative speak, but you still have a right to know what your representatives and those who hope to represent you have been saying. 

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