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In times of national despair, it can be difficult to find the right words to express our feelings.
In times of great tragedy, it can be challenging to know how, when, or where to make your voice heard.
But, when we come together as communities, our collective voice pierces through the darkness. Through our fellow Americans, we can find our voice and make it heard.
The outpour of support I saw from Utahns to the parents and families of the 19 students and two teachers who were brutally murdered at Robb Elementary on Tuesday brought me great pause.
Despite the pain and grief we all experienced this week, I was deeply encouraged by our community's ability to uplift each other's voices, offer words of kindness, and call for action.
Today, instead of our weekly recap, I wanted to write to you as my community and say: I hear you.
Your voice is loud, your words are clear, and I am committed to finding a path forward.
I was at my grandaughter's kindergarten graduation when we received the tragic news about the shooting at Robb Elementary.
Seeing the faces of my granddaughter and her peers that day—full of life and excitement—was a sobering and stark contrast to what was happening in Uvalde at that very moment.
It serves as a reminder that children everywhere deserve to experience the full breadth of life, and it's time we elect leaders that have the courage and commitment to keep our children safe.
If this week's tragedy has weighed heavily on your heart, as it has mine, I hope you'll reach out to the people in your community. We are stronger together, and when we join together under a vision for a better future, we can make a change.
As always, thank you for your support. I am with you today, tomorrow, and for all of the days to come.
If you'd like to read more about my thoughts on the tragedy at Robb Elementary, find my statement here ([link removed]) .