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Utah Democratic Party
Party Chairman Wayne Holland Jr.
Rob Miller Vice Chair
Senate Leader Mike Dmitrich
House Leader Ralph Becker
Headquarters 455 South 300 East Suite 301, Salt Lake City, Utah
Political ideology American Liberalism
Progressivism
Center-left
National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s) Blue
Web Site Official website

The Utah State Democratic Party works to elect Democrats to office in the state of Utah. The Utah Democratic Party, like other national, state, and county parties, maintains a party platform that lists general principles or issues of importance to members of the Utah Democratic Party[1] and maintains a party organization at the state level.

Contents

History

State party organization

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Party executive officers

Office Office-holder
Chair Wayne Holland, Jr.
Vice Chair Rob Miller
Treasurer Susie McHugh
Secretary Laura Phelps
Executive Director Todd Taylor

State party caucuses

The Utah Democratic Party recognizes 14 state-wide caucuses. Each caucus focuses on promoting issues related to their mission.

Caucus Website
African American Caucus
Disabilities Caucus
Educators Caucus
Environmental Caucus
Healthcare Caucus
Hispanic Caucus http://www.ushdc.org/
Labor Caucus
Pacific Islander Caucus
Progressive Caucus http://www.udpc.org/
Rural Caucus
Stonewall Caucus
Utah Public Employees Caucus
Women's Caucus
Young Democrats of Utah http://www.youngdemsofutah.org/

County party organization

Each of Utah's 29 Counties has a party organization, which operates within that county and sends state delegates to the Utah Democratic Party's [2 ] state convention each year. County delegates are selected at caucus meetings held on the third Tuesday of March in election years (even numbered years) and serve two year terms. In April, county delegates selected at the March caucus meetings gather at their respective county conventions to select state delegates and nominate county candidates or state legislative candidates where the legislative district is entirely within their county.

The Utah Democratic Party's [2 ] state convention is typically held within the first two weeks of May following these county conventions in election years, but may be held later in odd numbered years. At state conventions state delegates vote to determine the party's nominees in federal races or in state races where the district crosses county lines in what is referred to as a "nominating convention." A candidate must receive at least 60% of the vote at the nominating convention to become the party's nominee. If he/she falls short of this goal the nominee is determined through a primary. In Utah, Democratic primaries are open to all registered voters, but a registered voter may only participate in one party's primary. The Republican primary is closed to all but registered Republicans (Unaffiliated registered voters may change their affiliation on election day to vote in a Republican primary.)

In odd numbered years county and state delegates gather at county organizing conventions and the state organizing convention respectively to determine their county and state party leadership. Positions up for election at these conventions are party chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Together these offices make up the executive officers of the respective county parties and the Utah Democratic Party. A simple majority is sufficient to elect someone to each of these positions, though it may take up to two ballots in order to receive a majority of the delegates' votes. All county party chairs and vice chairs are automatically assigned to the Utah Democratic Party's central committee. Counties may have additional representatives in this body depending upon population.

Current Democratic office holders

Federal

State

County

Salt Lake County

  • Mayor Peter Corroon
  • Councilman Randy Horiuchi
  • Councilwoman Jenny Wilson
  • Councilman Jim Bradley
  • Council Chairman Joe Hatch
  • Councilwoman Jani Iwamoto

City

Salt Lake City

Prominent Utah Democrats of the Past

Governors

Senators

Representatives

See also

References

  1. ^ The Utah Democrats - Community, Values, Reform
  2. ^ a b Utah Democratic Party Website

External links

County party websites
County Party Website
Cache http://www.cachedemocrats.org
Davis http://www.daviscountydemocrats.org
Iron http://www.ironcountydemocrats.com
Salt Lake http://www.slcountydems.com
Summit http://www.summitcountyutdems.org
Tooele http://www.tooeledemocrats.org
Utah http://www.utahcountydemocrats.org
Weber http://www.weberdemocrats.org

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