Trent Staggs, Mayor of Riverton City and candidate for the U.S. Senate, recently sat down with The Review to discuss why he was running for the Senate and his vision for what he would do as Utah’s junior Senator.
Staggs was the first to announce his campaign back in May for the seat that is currently held by Senator Mitt Romney. Since then, Romney has announced that he will not seek reelection, opening the field to a slew of Republicans hoping to become the next Senator.
“I think it’s time that somebody stands up and actually says enough is enough,” Staggs asserted. “That’s what I think this election is about: somebody who is willing to stand up to the establishment and say ‘No, we’re not going to continue down the status quo.’ I am not interested in maintaining power for myself, enriching myself through this office as so many tend to do. It’s despicable.”
Since Romney’s announcement, Staggs told The Review that he was not surprised by the Senator’s decision, saying that their internal campaign polling had found that he had a 30% approval rating. He specified that he was sure a lot of things went into his decision.
“I am sure that played a part,” Staggs pondered. “My campaign messaging is going to be the same. It’s the same we have been focusing on — smaller government, safer families, and stronger economy.”
Identifying as a lifelong Utahn, Trent Staggs grew up in Orem, Utah, before graduating from Bingham Highschool in South Jordan. Later entering business and then local government as a part of Riverton’s city council, he has served as Riverton’s Mayor for the last 10 years.
Read more in our piece about Trent Staggs.