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As someone who has worked closely with Francine Giani since moving from AARP's national office in Washington, D.C., to its state office in Utah 12 years ago, I would like to share my opinion about the person I know her to be. She is an extremely dedicated and, yes, fierce advocate for consumers in the state.

She has no tolerance for abuse, corruption, cronyism and patronage, which doesn't always earn her friends in high places. AARP Utah works closely with the Utah Securities Division and Division of Consumer Protection, both of which are headed by stellar directors she brought on under her tenure. I do not pretend to know all the inner workings of the Department of Commerce, but from where I sit Utah has been fortunate to have her as a leader.

Laura Polacheck

Communications Director