(KCPW News) Utah Transportation Commission Chairman Stuart Adams was selected by delegates in a special Davis County GOP convention Saturday to replace newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell in the state Senate. Adams says he’s similar to Bell. But does he plan to get involved in gay rights issues, as Bell did during his seven years in the legislature?
“No, I’m probably not,” Adams says. “I’m probably very conservative there, believe in the traditional marriage, believe in trying to maintain the traditional marriage format.”
Bell also had a conservative position on marriage, but made unsuccessful attempts to extend other rights to gay couples.
Adams believes he’s ready to tackle the budget crunch because of his past experience in the House of Representatives. And looking at his own district, he says residents are primarily concerned about tax increases and how the economic downturn is impacting their families.
“My impression is the solution to both of those is to make sure that we have a good, strong, stable economy,” Adams says. “And trying to support the private sector, and making sure the private sector is strong is probably the biggest thing that I’ll focus on, and the biggest challenge for my district.”
Adams is expected to be sworn in at the Capitol Wednesday as the legislature meets for its monthly interim session. He plans to step down from the Transportation Commission in the next couple of months.