His election was historic. As the first black president of the United States, Democrat Barack Obama has made history. In a largely conservative state, and even more in the conservative County of Kane, how did local people feel about the election?

Here are some feelings of what his election meant to them:

“We have a president legally and lawfully elected by the people. I’m hopeful that things go well and let’s move forward,” Karla Johnson, Kane County Clerk.

“I hope he does a good job with the country and he still makes time for his kids,” McKenna Terry, KHS freshman.

“People who speak against Obama are speaking against themselves. We should wish him well as a country,” Sharlotte Brewer, Kanab.

“I didn’t follow the inauguration,” said Peg Rich of Kanab. “I’m still bummed that Hillary didn’t make it.”

“I enjoyed his speech. He and the people that serve with him are in my thoughts and prayers. I believe in this country and I wish the very best for him,” Nina Laycook, Kanab City Council member.

“I wish him well, I hope any changes that he makes are for the better,” Charlie Robinson, Orderville postmaster.

“I’m happy he was elected. The country needs a new leader and I think he’ll be a good one to do it,” Hannah Zweifel, KHS freshman.

“I’m concerned. I think that he’s too far left,” Lamar Sullivan, Kanab.

“I hope he’ll do a good job. I don’t know why anyone would want that job,” Bonnie Harris, Glendale postmaster.

“I am excited and hopeful that we will see some change that will reflect how the country used to be before things got so complex and politically corrupt,” said Von Del Chamberlain, Kanab.

“I think the people spoke and they’re ready for change. I wish him well for the sake of the country,” Hilda Fivecoat, Kane County.

“I think it was a needed change. I don’t consider his race. He is going to be the president, not a magician,” Mary Craven, Kane County.

“I have mixed feelings. I think it’s a good thing to have diversity. I hope that he does well to manage the economy and foreign affairs,” Larry Sorensen, Kanab.

“He’s from humble origins like most of us, and he is brilliant, compassionate, steady and strong, with the potential to become a great president,” Tracy Hiscock, Kanab.

“It’s a chance for a fresh start. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get things accomplished. We needed a change,” Victor Cooper, Kanab.

“I think he’s just what the country needs, after eight years of President Bush. Seeing almost two million people excited about his inauguration was awesome. Hopefully, he can turn things around, so we don’t have another depression,” Dennis Brunner, Publisher-Southern Utah News.