In 2012, Ben McAdams came back from a 20 point deficit in the polls to become Mayor of Salt Lake County in Utah. In August 2017, he disguised himself as a homeless person for two nights to get a better understanding of the issues facing the homeless population. In addition to those two rarities, he’s a Democrat in heavy Red Utah – a state that Mitt Romney won with 72% of the vote in 2012. He recently announced he is running for Congress against incumbent R-Mia Love, surely a race to watch in 2018. Hear Ben’s story, and see why if any Democrat has a chance in Utah, it’s Ben.
2:40 – Ben talks about his first thought about running for office.
4:10 – Ben talks about his first state senate race.
8:00 – Ben talks about first Mayoral race.
9:45 – How did you make up a 20 point deficit in the polls to win?
11:20 – Are you the golden boy of the Utah Democrats?
11:45 – How do you gel being a Democrat and a practicing Mormon?
13:30 – Can you speak about the “Don’t give to panhandlers” initiative?
16:00 – How did your family react to you going undercover as a homeless person?
20:00 – Ben goes in-depth about his experience as a homeless person.
21:45 – Can you discuss the scariest part of your experience?
23:10 – Can you touch on any lessons learned from the recent viral incident of the cop arresting the nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah?
25:00 – How is your week-long Congressional race going?
26:20 – What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being an elected official?
27:40 – What can we do as a country to come together again?
29:00 – What would you say to a young person thinking about getting involved?
31:00 – What’s the biggest personal challenge you’ve overcome in your life?
32:50 – What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in your life?
34:10 – What would your message be to the United States if you were at a podium?