In this edition of the newsletter find out more about the upcoming fairs and consider getting involved! Also, get to know one of our candidates running for Utah House District 51 - Michele Weeks!
- Chair's Note
- Still Some Good Parades Left! - Don't Miss Out
- Great Candidates YOU Are Supporting
- Michele Weeks (Utah House District 51)
- Our Summer Survey
Enjoy our weekly newsletter filled with information and inspiration! This week, learn about one of our volunteers and two of our candidates. Celebrate with us as we recognize the achievement of a recent fundraising goal! Consider getting involved by volunteering or donating to some of our upcoming parades and fairs. And, if you haven't already, please take our summer survey.
We appreciate all you do to help keep our party moving forward!
Volunteer . . . or Somebody Will Do It for You
And We Do Fairs Too
These Are the Candidates YOU Are Supporting
- Mark Russell (Utah House District 49)
- Amy Martz (Utah House District 42)
Our Summer SurveyRead more
For folks who already receive our newsletter via e-mail, here is a chance for more people to read and enjoy its contents. Filled with inspiration, updates, and valuable information -- it's definitely worth the read!
- Chair's Note
During the recent special convention, "it was heartening to listen to the three candidates for the position explain why the United Utah Party was so important, how they could contribute to making the party a political force in the state, and what they would do as a Congressional candidate. Their words inspired me to keep going."
- . . . and the Parades Just Keep on Marching
Enjoy recent parade pictures and see which parades are coming up! It's a really fun way to get the word out about our party.
See What the Candidates YOU are supporting have been up to lately!
- Eric Eliason (1st District)
- Tim Zeidner (3rd District)
- Break the Gridlock
A big part of the problem circles around rules of the House of Representatives. In bygone days, bipartisan bills came to the floor to be debated. Amendments were introduced and debated. No more. The rules, and those who know how to use them, prevent that. The House is now a place where good bipartisan solutions go to die.
- We Made It!
- Our Summer Survey
Great news! We have successfully raised $20,000 for our advertising campaign, and we couldn't have done it without you!
Thank you all for your donations and for supporting our silent auction. Because of your willingness to support, we'll be able to reach hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the lead-up to this election.
We encourage you to keep supporting this effort. If you can, we invite you to become a recurring, monthly donor, that we might be able to continue to get the word out, hold events, and ensure that all voters in Utah know that they have a practical choice.
Thank you all again!
Thank you so much to those who have helped us with our fundraising blitz. We are nearly 3/4 of the way there. Our goal is $20,000 by July 24. Then, we can launch a social media blitz that will raise awareness of the United Utah Party among your friends, co-workers, and neighbors. If you haven't already, please donate!
Recently, well-meaning people have been telling us that we should join a major party (primarily the Republicans) where we can moderate one of the two major parties. In fact, they say the Republican Party already is moderating. So, we would be welcome.
Actually, we should be flattered. That means they are worried about what kind of impact we will have on policy. That means they fear our candidates will do well. They worry we will draw people away from the extremist parties by our practical, common sense approach. And that might mean they would lose.Read more
Do people ask you what the United Utah Party is? They ask me often. They ask our candidates all the time. They do that because they just don't know. In fact, most people still don't know who we are.
Yet, when we have told them in polls who we are and then asked if them if they are more or less likely to support our candidates after hearing about us, a majority say they are more likely. That is good news. It just means we need to get word out about who we are. The sooner we do that, the greater our support will be, and the more likely we can elect these new kinds of candidates who do not have to follow a strict party line as Republicans and Democrats do.
Can UUP candidates win this year? This is a question that I ponder. Can we move from a new party barely a year old to one gaining a majority, or even a plurality, in any district?
The short answer is yes. It is possible that we can win THIS YEAR one or more of the races we are competing in. Polls we and others have conducted over the past 20 months or so have shown that voters are not closely tied to the existing two major parties, are willing to consider an alternative, and, when they hear what we stand for, are willing to vote for a United Utah Party candidate.
That is all the good news. However, the bad news is that a majority of Utahns still do not know much, if anything, about the United Utah Party. We have made a dent through social media, our court fight last year, some traditional media coverage (although not much), and our current candidates' efforts. Yet, entering the public consciousness when people are focused on so many other things in life is not easy. We are working on it.
UUP candidates pledge to propose law to prevent future self-appointments
Seven United Utah Party candidates for the state legislature - Michele Weeks (HD 54), Stephen Walston (HD 41), Mark Russell (HD 49), Eric Chase (HD 61), Hillary Stirling (HD 57), Alex Castagno (SD 9), and Lee Houghton (SD 15) – have prepared a joint statement calling on Greg Hughes to resign from the board of Utah’s planned Inland Port. Hughes appointed himself the board as one of his final official acts as Utah’s Speaker of the House.
The statement reads as follows:
As candidates of the United Utah Party, we are committed to common-sense reform to restore the public’s faith in the integrity our state government. That faith was severely undermined by Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes’s self-appointment to the board of Utah’s Inland Port.
Beyond that self-appointment issue, Speaker Hughes now is declining to submit a conflict of interest form required by law because he claims that the law on conflict of interest regarding board members is ambiguous. He also admits that, as a real estate developer, he may have a conflict of interest.