Aimee Winder Newton, a councilwoman for Salt Lake County, has been chosen by Governor Spencer Cox to head a recently established state office. The Office of Families “aims to serve Utah families via proactive rather than reactive initiatives and policies. Promoting the qualities that already make Utah the ideal environment for parents and kids to thrive as well as seeking laws, regulations, and new ideas that will improve families at all income levels are some examples of this “The office of Cox stated in a statement.
On Thursday, Winder Newton will be appointed as the office’s senior adviser and director. In his 2022 State of the State address, Cox announced the establishment of the agency, stating that its goals are to prevent government policies that damage families and to coordinate government resources “to help parents and children succeed.” Aimee is a strong leader with a demonstrated history of impact, execution, and public service, according to Cox. “I’m glad she’s willing to take on this new duty to assist and bolster all Utah families,”
The County Council will still have Winder Newton on it. She was chosen in 2014, then in 2018, she was named the council’s first female chairwoman. She has concentrated on improving the criminal justice system and mental health while in office, and she founded and directs the county’s task force on intergenerational poverty. Winder Newton was one of two Republican County Council members who voted to uphold a mask requirement imposed by County Health Director Dr.
Angela Dunn at the beginning of this year when the state was experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. She claimed she did so to assist worn-out medical professionals who had been dealing with the pandemic for two years. Winder Newton stated in the release, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the Cox-Henderson administration as we explore for ways to enhance families in Utah. The office will focus on “all families,” including atypical ones.
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