The Utah Housing Coalition held its 12th annual Utah Housing Matters Conference October 7 and 8. The Award Luncheon was dedicated to the late Senator Ed Mayne, who passed away about eleven months ago. The Utah Housing Coalition’s mission is to strengthen Utah communities through education, advocacy, and cooperative partnerships that preserve and promote an increase in housing that is accessible and affordable.The printed program for the event featured these tributes to Senator Ed Mayne:
“Eddie,” as Mayne was known to all who knew him, was a character. But also a man of character. Elected as the then-youngest state president of the AFL-CIO in his early 30s, Eddie was a fixture on Capitol Hill long before he won a Senate seat in 1994 from his much-beloved Salt Lake County west side. A fighter for the “working man and woman,” Eddie, a big man with a big heart, would drive up to the Capitol in a huge, American/union-made car and walk the halls in a swinging motion, talking to everyone.
Bob Bernick Jr., Deseret Morning News
Since the death of Senator Ed Mayne on Sunday, praise for his accomplishments and his compassion for the less fortunate has been streaming in from friends and colleagues. But few have as personal a memory for the Democratic lawmaker and labor leader’s big heart as Jennifer Boone. She was kidnapped and raped 10 years ago when she was 15. Her assailant was caught nearly five years later trying to kidnap another child. She picked him out of a lineup and he was convicted of kidnapping her. But she felt like a victim a second time when she learned that he would not be charged with raping her because the four-year statute of limitations on rape had expired. She became an advocate for a longer statute of limitations on rape, talking to legislator and state officials, who ignored her–until she contacted Mayne. “He really cared,” she said this week. He introduced a bill to extend the statute of limitations to eight years. When he brought Boone to the Legislature to testify on behalf of the bill, the legislators were so moved that even the fact it was sponsored by a Democrat didn’t deter it from passing. “It was too late for my case,” she said. “But he empowered me. He gave me the closest thing to justice I could get.”
Paul Rolly, Salt Lake Tribune
“The absence of Ed will be a huge void in my life I’m not sure I’ll ever get over,” says Allan Ayoub of the AFL-CIO of Utah. Ed Mayne’s office is empty, yet still alive with reminders of a life of meetings with presidents, influential leaders and of special honors, but his passion was always the workers of Utah. Jeff Worthington of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers says, “He wanted a fair wage for everybody, wanted everyone to have health and welfare.” Ed Mayne was born and raised in Utah. He married his love Karen and grew his family here. He was a hard rock miner for 14 years. At the age of 31, he was the youngest person ever elected to head a state AFL-CIO. For 30 years, he rallied laborers and helped strengthen unions in a state not friendly to organized labor. “People began to accept organized labor in a totally different manner,” says Ayoub.
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