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Nils Bergeson has been elected by the United Utah Party’s Executive Committee as State Party Vice Chair. He will replace Aaron Aizad, who recently resigned from the position.
Bergeson has been serving as the UUP’s Executive Director since February of 2018. He will be replaced in that post by Hillary Stirling, who recently ran as the UUP candidate in Utah House District 57 (Pleasant Grove and American Fork).
“We are sorry to lose Aaron, but we are happy to have Nils as the Vice Chair and Hillary as our new Executive Director,” said United Utah Party Chair Richard Davis. “Both of them have been active in helping build the party over the past year.”
Bergeson, a native of Cache County, served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) prior to his appointment as the UUP Executive Director. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Relations in 2006 and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children in Providence, Utah.
Stirling has a BA in English from BYU and an AS in Paralegal Studies from UVU, where she was also valedictorian of her program. She was raised in Montana, but she has lived in Utah for almost all of her adult life and considers it her home. In addition to her professional work as a paralegal and her political involvement, Stirling serves on the Pleasant Grove's Historic Preservation Commission. She lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and two teenage children.
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We have three upcoming events, inspired by the significant inroads gained by this year's election!
United Utah is so very proud of their candidates as results are calculated for this year's election. Participating in a full election for the first time, it is awe-inspiring to see just how many Utahns have found the courage to support something new. We share that common desire to come together to find real and practical solutions to our shared problems. And this is only the beginning.
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Candidates perform well throughout the state
The new moderate party in the state defied expectations in its share of the vote in 2018. The United Utah Party didn’t win any elections in 2018, but several of its candidates far exceeded the typical performance by third parties.
“Tens of thousands of Utah voters cast a vote for a brand new party,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party chair. “We’ve gone from a party that didn’t exist two years ago to a party that outperformed every other party in the state other than the Democrats and Republicans. These results show genuine momentum that will carry us to victory in 2020.”
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Salt Lake City Library gathering to host a number of UUP candidates
On October 10th, 2018, from 3 - 5 pm, candidates for the United Utah Party will gather at the Salt Lake City Library to meet voters and discuss their legislative agenda. This event is open to both the press and the public.
“We have more candidates running in Utah races than any party other than the Republicans or Democrats,” said Richard Davis, the United Utah Party Chair. “This is a great opportunity for voters to learn more about them and discover a party that reflects the mainstream of Utah voters.”
Davis said the event will include an opportunity for the candidates to discuss the UUP’s recently announced legislative agenda, along with other issues that are important to voters. “We’ve gotten very specific in terms of establishing our priorities,” Davis said. “When voters discover they have a real choice, they get very excited.”
The UUP Legislative Agenda focuses on education, clean air, housing affordability, lower healthcare costs, term limits, campaign finance reform, open primaries, open meetings, and an a independent redistricting commission. “We’re a reform-oriented party,” Davis said. “Our candidates believe that it’s time to make government more responsive to the voters, not to party leadership.”
Nils Bergeson, the Exective Director of the UUP, agreed with Davis.
"The fact that we have so many candidates - and not just names on ballots but candidates putting in significant time and resources into reaching out to potential voters - is very heartening for a brand new party like ours,” Bergeson said. "In fact, it's unprecedented. It shows how strong the demand for change from the status quo truly is. I'm glad that we'll have the chance to show many in the state what high-quality individuals we attract to run under our unifying banner.”
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Community and government leaders discussed options to improve housing options for Utah residents
MIDVALE, UT… This past Saturday, the United Utah Party hosted a Housing Affordability Summit. Kent Norton, a former KSL personality, served as the moderator, and panelists at the summit included Dejan Eskic from the Kem Gardner Institute at the University of Utah, Urban Planning Professor Michael Clark from Brigham Young University, Tara Rollins of the Utah Housing Coalition, Jeff Southard of the Utah Homebuilders Association, and Zach Schofield, a research analyst with the Sutherland Institute. Their presentations focused on different public and private efforts to make housing affordable in the state of Utah.
Also in attendance were Rep. Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake) and Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake City) of the Utah House of Representatives.
“To tell the story of who we’re talking about, who are these folks [who need affordable housing], they’re our children. They’re our grandchildren. They’re our neighbors who simply want to have a place to live,” Rep. Edwards said in her presentation. “And if we want the type of economic expansion in our state that we know we’re in position for, we know that we’re going to need to do this, but we’re going to need to do this in a responsible way.”
Rep. Briscoe agreed, and he discussed proposed legislation he and Rep. Edwards were sponsoring for a $100 million bond to create more affordable housing opportunities. He quoted House Speaker Greg Hughes’s comments about how affordable housing was a huge challenge coming to Utah.
“My only quibble with [Speaker] Hughes is that it's not something that’s coming,” Rep. Briscoe said. “It’s here now."
“It was really encouraging to see so many people spend a lovely Saturday afternoon coming to a discussion like this,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair. “It shows that this is an issue that is important to Utah voters and to our candidates.” The United Utah Party has fifteen candidates running for the State Legislature, many of whom were in attendance at Saturday’s summit.