USU ecology director to oppose Sen. Lyle Hillyard

Dr. Nancy Huntly of Utah State University has announced her candidacy to oppose Sen. Lyle Hillyard in Utah's Senate District 25.

LOGAN – The director of the Ecology Center at Utah State University has tossed her hat in the ring as a Democratic challenger for Sen. Lyle Hillyard’s seat in the Utah Senate.

“After more than three decades, it’s time to bring new ideas for northern Utah’s future,” Dr. Nancy Huntly said, referring to Hillyard’s nine consecutive terms in the Utah Senate in her initial campaign announcement. “I will listen to your concerns and priorities. I will focus on legislation that supports our communities. I will represent the people, neighborhoods and communities of Cache and Rich counties.”

A native of Michigan, Huntly has spent her adult life in the West, residing in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She moved to Utah in 2011.

The biology professor’s campaign biography proudly cites the blue-collar backgrounds of Huntly’s parents and grandparents.

“I learned the values of hard work, independence and personal responsibility from their heritage,” Huntly explained.

Huntly has never held a public office, but says that her experience in problem solving, managing large university programs and communicating complex topics effectively will serve the people of Cache and Rich counties as well as the Utah Senate.

Huntly also believes that her experience working with people “across political, state and social boundaries will help me advocate for the unique needs of northern Utah.” Given her professional interest in ecology, the biology professor unsurprisingly believes the most important of those needs are healthy communities and land stewardship.

The Democratic candidate also advocates for “accountable government” that invests time and effort on local neighborhoods, communities, businesses and institutions.

Huntly added that she will initially start her campaign online to overcome social distancing constraints related to the coronavirus outbreak with digital media, virtual town hall meetings and a strong online presence to get her message out to the people of Cache and Rich counties.

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  • Steve Baugh April 5, 2020 at 7:45 am Reply

    Dear Dr Huntly

    Glad to read your impressive resume. My name is Steve Baugh, Utah State University Business, NYU CCIM.
    Being a RE Developer in Utah and Idaho licenses for 45 years you may wonder if we have much in common, however 9 terms is a long time. Starting with Cache County Council and moving to all our State Representitives a change is in order.
    During the Winter Olympics a promise was made by our Governor and Legislators that though distance was a factor in bringing
    ANY Events to Logan they would see to it roads were developed to link Utah’s major Ski Resorts to Cache Valley via Powder Mountain. Cache County 10+ years ago had approved Zoning on the CC side just North of Powder Mountain for our own Ski Resort approx. 100 acres for Open space for each 10 acres developed or as I felt Ecologically well conceived planning which given Utah’s tax code would of created 3% in Room Tax, 1-2% Eat and Drink. Given other resorts success in Utah and Utah’s #1 Industry being Tourism, (A light Clean Industry and highlighted on every brocure and license plate “The Greatest Snow on Earth” ) , creating jobs, and adding $10mm to our tax base annually in Cache Valley. USU is a built in labor force, with talent in so many areas including entertainment. Plus 5 Valley High Schools. We have dropped the ball for 10 years. Plus our legislators
    have never developed a mutual tie in with Weber County to lobby for TRUE NORTH UTAH!
    I’m sure you realize politically being a Democrat becomes an incredible challenge to be elected.
    Some Democrats have run as Republicans here and have won! Just curious about your platform. Utah State University has been the Bastard Calf at Roundup Time thanks to our representitives the last decade. A strong Senator representing USU would be wonderful plus we do have a Lt. Gov. who is an AGGIE running for Governor everyone in CC and Weber Co. should get behind! Best wishes.

  • Shelly M Salzetti April 5, 2020 at 11:11 am Reply

    Anyone’s got my vote against hillyard!!!

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