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Disagree Better: Politics Across Divides with Utah Governor Spencer Cox
Recently, during a public event at Utah’s State Capitol, Governor Spencer Cox issued a stark warning: “Either we, the people, collectively decide we’re going to stop hating our fellow Americans, or we’ll start shooting each other.”
In our podcast, we hear why Governor Cox passionately believes that the country is heading in a dangerous direction with hyper-partisanship and political dysfunction and what he’s doing about it with his Disagree Better Initiative.
Governor Cox, a Republican, is the 2023 Chair of the bipartisan National Governors Association. He selected “Disagree Better” to be the Association’s current campaign. Through public debates, service projects, meetings, and public service announcements, Disagree Better brings together red and blue governors, looking at the problems of polarization and how to elevate solutions that Common Ground Committee and other groups in the bridging community are implementing.
Governor Spencer Cox of Utah is currently serving as Chair of the National Governors Association. He is a Republican with a long track record of public service, serving as a city council member, mayor, county commissioner, and state legislator before being appointed as Utah’s Lieutenant Governor in 2013. He was elected as Governor in 2020 and two months later was sworn into office.
A long-time advocate for suicide prevention and mental health resources, he’s become a national voice on protecting youth from the harms of social media. Governor Cox also signed early education and workforce program funding, launched the One Utah Health Collaborative, and expanded opportunities for women, diverse communities, and those living in rural parts of the state.
With a focus on solutions, he promotes respect in politics and innovation in government, works across party lines to find common ground, and regularly participates in hands-on service projects. These elements are the foundation of his NGA Chair’s Initiative, “Disagree Better: Healthy Conflict for Better Policy.”