Tim Roper Joins the UUP

Tim Roper, currently serving on the Clearfield City Council, has announced his change in party affiliation from the Republican Party to the United Utah Party. This decision comes after his recent run for Davis County Commissioner.  Roper’s announcement comes on the first day in which Utah citizens are permitted to switch political parties following primary elections under the new restrictive laws imposed by the Utah Republican Party. 


"The decision to change my affiliation reflects my commitment to transparent, fair, and effective governance," Roper stated. "The United Utah Party's emphasis on good government, inclusiveness, and pragmatic solutions aligns with my values and vision for our community and state."


The United Utah Party’s platform and objectives are focused on the “5 E’s”: ethical governance, economic growth, educational opportunities, environmental stewardship, and equality. The party emphasizes transparency, reduced partisan influence, increased voter participation, and government accountability.


Ladd Johnson, Chair of the United Utah Party, added, "We are thrilled to welcome Tim Roper to our party. His dedication to ethical governance and community service aligns perfectly with our values."


Roper's move highlights his dedication to a political process that encourages civil debate, respects diverse viewpoints, and seeks common ground. The United Utah Party does not impose rigid stances on its members and candidates but fosters an environment where ideas can be freely explored from all perspectives and optimal solutions crafted through collaboration.


"By joining the United Utah Party, I am reaffirming my belief in the power of collective problem-solving and the importance of engaging all voices in the democratic process," Roper said. "I am excited to work with my new colleagues to address the pressing issues facing our community and to promote policies that benefit all citizens."


Ladd Johnson commented further, "Tim's experience and commitment to public service will be invaluable as we continue to grow and advocate for pragmatic solutions to Utah's challenges.  He joins an ever increasing number of Utahns who recognize that the two-party system is dysfunctional and incapable of correcting itself.  The changes our society needs will come as more and more common sense citizens follow Tim’s example and start working for real political solutions outside of the two-party system."


 For more information about the United Utah Party and its platform, please visit https://www.unitedutah.org).

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The United Utah Party Condemns Political Violence

We are heartsick to hear the news coming out of Pennsylvania about the shooting at the campaign rally for former President Donald Trump. We are grateful for the Secret Service agents for their quick action in keeping the former president safe and we offer our condolences to the families of the yet unnamed attendees - one of whom was reportedly killed and another seriously injured.

Political violence has no place in the United States of America. We have the right to disagree with our political leaders and government actions, but we express those disagreements with words and with ballots.

We encourage us all to use this event as an opportunity to take a step back from the hate-filled rhetoric and recognize that we are all Americans.

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United Utah Party Statement on Utah Supreme Court Decision

The United Utah Party celebrates today’s historic decision from the Utah Supreme Court in the case of League of Women Voters of Utah v. Utah State Legislature.

We believe today’s ruling is significant for two important reasons. First, it allows the continuation of the lawsuit that is at the forefront of fighting Utah’s gerrymandered voting districts. Second, it will protect future voter passed initiatives from being overruled by the legislature. Today’s decision means that Utah citizens have regained their voice in government.

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United Utah Party Statement on Conviction of Former President Trump

The conviction of former President Donald Trump brought predictable responses from the two major parties.  Republicans claim that the trial and our entire justice system are “shams,”[1] but of course the justice system is not a sham to Republicans when the 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court (that they engineered by denying a hearing to President Obama’s nominee) rules in their favor.  Democrats are gleefully plotting how they can use this conviction to campaign against their arch nemesis[2] while glossing over the fact that the prosecuting attorney appears to have campaigned for election on the idea that he would prosecute Donald Trump[3] and used novel legal theories to raise the charges from misdemeanors to felonies[4].  Recent rhetoric from both parties, and particularly from prominent Republicans under former President Trump's influence, has been to undermine the historic and sacred institutions that form the bedrock of our democracy - a fair and impartial judicial system, free and fair elections, and the peaceful transfer of power. 

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Why a third-party candidate is best for Utah attorney general

The United Utah Party is thrilled to have Michelle Quist running as our candidate for Attorney General! Her resume is second to none. Michelle recently published an article in the Deseret News explaining why Utah needs an Attorney General who is not tied to the major political parties. Click here to read it.

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Ladd Johnson in the news

Click here to see Ladd Johnson, Party chair, explaining to Brien McElhatten what the United Utah Party stands for, and the challenges and opportunities we face.

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2024 Proposed Platform Revisions

The preamble of the United Utah Party platform reads, in part, “This platform is a statement of the principles that unite us, not necessarily an enumeration of policy positions.” As a party, our goal has always been to bring people together in “good will and good faith.” Our platform should serve that same purpose.

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A Successful 2024 Caucus Night

Thank you to all of the Uniters and friends who helped us make the 2024 United Utah Caucus so successful. Between our virtual caucus and our eight in-person locations, we had hundreds of people join us to learn more about how we can work together to promote positive change in Utah politics.

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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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