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.

Mr. Bateman is a managing member with Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC, and has nineteen years of experience in public accounting.  He has worked primarily in litigation support and fraud investigations.  He spent the first twelve years of his career in the Forensic Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He has also acted as a Special Master and as the accountant to receivers on numerous matters.  Mr. Bateman testifies regularly in State, Federal and Bankruptcy court in both civil and criminal proceedings on issues relating to fraud, insolvency and damage calculations.  Mr. Bateman currently also serves as Treasurer for the Utah Arts Festival and has served on the Finance Committee and Audit Committee for the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera.  Mr. Bateman is a Certified Public Accountant, has been accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. 

David 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.