Party Leadership

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Richard Davis is a longtime resident of Orem.  He is a professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, where he also directs the Office of Civic Engagement Leadership.  He has served on the Orem Recreation Commission and on the Orem Cultural Arts Advisory Commission.  He has sought to be a moderate influence in both major parties, but decided that neither major party would abandon their extremist views and that a new political party was necessary to reform politics.  Richard Davis currently serves as the party chair. 

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Aaron Aizad has long been involved in local and national politics. He volunteered for Gore’s presidential bid in 2000. He has served as a campaign advisor for a United States senate candidate during the 2016 election. He has devoted time to several non-profit organizations. Aaron is currently the vice-chair of the United Utah Party.

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Deon Turley has lived in Utah most of her life and raised a family of seven children here. Her degree from Brigham Young University is in mathematics and trained her to be a good problem solver. Over the years she has volunteered at schools and youth organizations of her children, including Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol; education organizations, including PTA at the school, Council, and State levels; Utah Public Education Coalition; and the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Most recently, she has served on the Provo City Transportation and Mobility Committee and as a member of the Provo City Planning Commission.

Deon’s political affiliation has changed from Republican, to independent, to Democrat, back to Republican, and, after much frustration, to United Utah. Deon served as secretary with the exploratory committee considering the organization of a new political party. She has continued, being elected the first party secretary to United Utah in 2017.

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Vaughn grew up in Cache County and is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in political science. His interest in everything political has continued throughout his life and has lead to many opportunities in civic involvement. 

Vaughn has an advanced degree in Oriental Medicine (OMD – Oriental Medical Doctor) and is the founder and CEO of ZYTO Corp, a Utah-based software company specializing in health and wellness applications. For the last four years, ZYTO has been recognized as one of the best companies in Utah to work for.  Vaughn and Kathryn are parents to five children and have fifteen grandchildren. They live in Mapleton.

He and his wife Kathryn are among the founders of the United Utah Party.  Vaughn currently serves as the party's treasurer. 

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Nils Bergeson is executive director for the United Utah Party and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, including overseeing party staff, managing media relations, working with candidates and campaigns in the upcoming elections, and supporting county-based organizations. Nils is a native of Cache County.

Since 2008, he has represented the U.S. government abroad, first as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As a diplomat, Nils focused on democratic and good-government support programs, which he helped institute in Romania, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and most recently, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, covering ten countries of Southeast Asia while headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Nils graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Relations, and later earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

In addition to his political and development work, he is a published children's author of the MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE series. He lives with his wife and three children in Providence, Utah.