UUP Announces 2024 Candidates

United Utah Party Announces 2024 Candidates
11 candidates have filed with the UUP, more than any other third-party in Utah
 
The United Utah Party is proud to announce that 11 candidates have filed to run for office across the state. "The UUP and our candidates are excited to give voters a choice for citizen-focused government in Utah," says Ladd Johnson, United Utah Party Chair.
 
UUP candidates in 2024 include Michelle Quist for Attorney General, Vaughn Cook for CD4, Alan Wessman for Utah County Commission, and Tori Broughton for Wasatch City Council District D, in addition to seven other candidates for the Utah House of Representatives. The UUP is running more candidates than any other third-party in the state.
 
"We're bringing accountability back to Utah politics. Too many races are uncontested, or just a choice between two extremes that most voters don't actually want," says Johnson. "Our candidates give voters real options. We focus on principles over partisanship, and we want practical solutions instead of political grandstanding."
 
The UUP party platform emphasizes every-day, pocketbook issues that matter to ordinary citizens with the UUP's legislative priorities focused on "the 5 E's:" 
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Equality
  • Ethical Government 
 
"Our candidates are hardworking, dedicated citizens who are more interested in making government work for our citizens than building up the power of political parties.  We're thrilled to have so many great people running for office with our party."
 
For more information about the United Utah Party, please visit www.unitedutah.org.
 
The full list of UUP candidates is below:
 
Vaughn Cook - US House District 4
Michelle Quist - Utah Attorney General
Alan Wessman - Utah County Commision Seat C
Tori Broughton - Wasatch City Council District D
Cabot Nelson - HD 23
Adam Bean - HD 32
Dennis Roach - HD 34
John Jackson - HD 40
Dave Lundgren - HD 47
Alex Day - HD 53
Zeno Parry - HD 70
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An Open Letter to UUP Supporters From Wayne Woodfield, Former Vice Chair

This coming year is likely to be a growth year for the United Utah Party as we expect to welcome a large number of new party members that are looking for a change. Those in power know this, they don't like being held accountable, and they would love for our party to fail, but each year we keep coming back stronger. This year, however, our political opponents in positions of power have found a new way to attack small parties, including the UUP, threatening our ballot access and our ability to run candidates. We need your help to make sure that they do not succeed!

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Lessons from Running for Office

Friend,

In February 2022, I filed to run as the United Utah Party candidate for Utah Senate 28, a sprawling district that covers all of Iron and Beaver Counties, as well as parts of Juab, Millard, and Washington Counties. There are a lot of reasons that I made that decision. But for the purposes of today, I want to share three things I learned from the experience. 

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Dear Women Uniters

It’s time to start preparing for your 2024 candidacy!

Last month I called for Uniters to start thinking about and preparing to be candidates in 2024. Today I especially want to encourage our Women Uniters to give serious thought to being a candidate.

Women make up half the population of Utah and yet only make up less than 25% of elected officials in the State of Utah. The United Utah Party stands for fair and equal representation in government and we would love to see more women candidates and elected officials to provide more proportionate representation of our population. We have a ways to go as a State—but things can only improve if more women are willing to step-up and let their voices be heard.

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JANUARY WALKER IS OUR NOMINEE FOR CD2

The United Utah Party nominated January Walker as the party's candidate for CD2 at a special nominating convention on June 27th. "We're thrilled to have January as our nominee. She's a great candidate, has already organized a great campaign team, and will be able to hit the ground running" said Ladd Johnson, United Utah Party Chair.

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UNITED UTAH PARTY APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT DECISION ON STATE LEGISLATURE AUTHORITY

Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that state legislatures do not have unchecked authority to control elections and that state supreme courts have the authority to overturn congressional districting plans for being overly partisan.

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UUP Elects New Leadership

The United Utah Party elected new party leadership at its State Convention on April 29th. "This is an exciting time for the UUP and the moderate movement in Utah, and we're grateful for the chance to help build even more momentum going forward," says Ladd Johnson, new party chair.

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2023 UUP State Convention

United Utah Party Announces State Convention on April 29th, 2023
Salt Lake City, UT - The United Utah Party is excited to announce its State Organizing Convention on April 29th, 2023. This year's convention will be held in person at Lehi High School, as well as broadcast virtually via Zoom. The theme for this year's convention is "Uniting for the Future," where party leadership and fellow Uniters will discuss and vote on important decisions, including the party platform for the next two years.
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We Persist

Politics can be discouraging, but the alternative is to give up and, as passionate moderates, that’s just not an option for us. Persistence is woven into Utah’s social fabric, and we’re good at playing the long game.

It can work both ways. In 2018, four initiatives made it to the ballot and three passed; in the intervening years, the legislature has gutted each one. In 2019, the legislature passed an unpopular tax reform bill in a December special session that was repealed under threat of referendum. The legislature passed it piecemeal instead.

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Platform Input Request

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On April 29th, we’ll be voting on the party platform at the UUP convention. Ahead of that, we’re deliberating on possible edits and updates. To make this process transparent and responsive, we are requesting input from all those interested in the future of the party. If there are questions or issues you think the platform should address, please send that feedback to [email protected].

As you consider input you’d like to give please keep in mind the following guidelines:

The UUP is focused on the process by which our laws are made. We believe that good government requires transparency, fairness, and a robust and civil debate. We believe that public policy should ultimately reflect the will of the people. We don’t require candidates or members to agree on all important issues. That’s why we don’t, as a party, take rigid sides on most issues. Candidates can take sides, members should too, but the party doesn’t have a litmus test.

The UUP is not ideological. We ask instead that people come to the political process with good will and good faith. Being a Uniter means doing the listening and the hard work required to find common ground. We persuade when we can, extend a hand of friendship when we cannot, and we respect the voice of the people either way.

That is what sets us apart from all other political parties. Edits and updates to our platform must reflect this focus.



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