Thank you for serving
I want to thank those who have stepped up recently to serve as county officers—as county chair, vice chair, secretary/treasurer, and legislative district chair. There is not a higher calling in life than to serve others. Those who serve in these positions are serving not only the party members in their county and district, but also the voters in those areas.
Many voters in Utah are looking for an alternative to the Republicans and the Democrats. This will be especially true in 2020. If we provide an alternative, many will vote for our candidates.
But these things need to happen first, and the county officers are instrumental in doing so:
- Raise awareness of the party in their county or district.
- Recruit more members to support the party—those looking for a political home.
- Get party members to work on behalf of the party's candidates, as well as the term limits initiative.
- Recruit candidates who voters will want to support—moderate, reasonable, practical individuals who want government that isn't governed by an extremist ideology.
Those are tall orders. And those who undertake them are to be commended and supported. They know that these tasks take time and will not be rewarded financially.
Yet, they do them anyway. Thank you very much for stepping up to make a difference!
Go to unitedutah.org to volunteer and donate. And share this message with others who you know are dissatisfied with politics as usual and want an alternative!
UUP Fundraiser Honoring Evan McMullin
The UUP will hold its 1st Annual Uniter Golden Spike Award Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 6th, from 12-1:30 pm, at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City.
The United Utah Party’s Golden Spike Award honors Utahns who have worked hard to build bridges on the state and/or federal level. Recipients are notable for their exceptional work in three different categories: uniter, unifier, and promoter. As uniters, Golden Spike Award honorees are well-known for getting people involved in the political process and bringing people together. As unifiers, they demonstrate leadership in identifying and addressing the concerns with our government and how it functions. As promoters, they have modeled and inspired in others patriotism, civic duty, and good character.
The 2019 Honoree is Evan McMullin, former 2016 independent presidential candidate. Evan is an Utah native, former CIA officer, investment banker and House Foreign Affairs Senior policy analyst. Evan and his 2016 vice presidential running mate, Mindy Finn, co-founded the Stand Up Republic Foundation. The Foundation makes a non-partisan effort to hold government leaders of all parties, and at all levels, accountable for their protection of our rights and freedoms.
The UUP will be honoring Mr. McMullin for his work "to grow a community of Americans to defend democratic ideals, norms and institutions," as the Stand Up Republic website states. We are excited to dine with Mr. McMullin and our fundraiser donors at the exclusive Alta Club in Salt Lake City. The cost of the event is $100 per person, or $700 for a table of 8 people. A full, delicious buffet lunch will be served by the Alta Club's award-winning chefs. Money raised by the fundraiser this year will further our effort to change the political landscape of Utah.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 27st, at this link should you choose to attend. If you are unable to join us, please consider donating to the United Utah Party or sharing your time with us by volunteering.
Unite 4 Term Limits Initiative!
When you first start climbing a mountain, you and those around you feel a surge of excitement to get started. Likewise, as you approach the summit and the goal comes into view, your excitement grows with every step. We are now in the middle of the Term Limits hike, and we are in for the long haul. It's going to be a huge climb to get to our summit—about 116,000 signatures. And we only have about 110 days left before all signatures must be gathered.
If we want to crest this mountain, we need to keep up our energy and effort!
And for that, we need you—both to sign the petition, and to help all the enthusiastic supporters of term limits to have a chance to sign as well! Term limits enjoy huge support. Most people, when asked if they support term limits, are nearly grabbing the petitions out of our hands. They can't sign fast enough!
We have started to see signatures trickle in across the state. Thank you to those who are finding time to go out and gather signatures from family, friends, and strangers!
Whether we are able to get enough signatures in time to get on the ballot depends on you—yes, you. We need the help of everyone reading this newsletter!
First, please spread the word. Go to our Unite 4 Term Limits Facebook page and share, share, share! Invite your friends to like the page. Share our links and posts.
If you can, please share this link on your social media, or email to friends: https://unite4termlimits.nationbuilder.com/sign_the_petition
Unfortunately, signing electronically doesn't count toward getting the 116,000 signatures needed (we wish! we could be done tomorrow!), but it still helps as we can then get those who sign electronically in touch with signature-gatherers in their area so that they can actually get their signatures on the petition.
A HUGE way that you can help is by making a donation. Click HERE to support us financially today. Every dollar counts! And every dollar will be used to help get more signatures on the petition.
Finally, we'd love your help in gathering signatures too. Would you be willing to take a packet around your neighborhood? Spend a couple of hours in front of a post office gathering? Then visit our volunteer page today. We'll get you hooked up with a leader in your area who can get packets to you. Again, every signature gathered gets us one step closer to our goal.
Thanks so much for your support on this great initiative!
Last County Convention Coming Up!
There is only one more county convention this year! If you haven't made it to one yet, be sure to bring your energy to this last convention! Salt Lake County's convention will be November 2, at 10:30 am. (Please note, the time has changed from previous announcements!) Come show your support of bipartisan values and help make a difference in your community!
The purpose of these conventions is to elect county officers, help party supporters get to know each other, and work together to build the party in the county. We invite to our county conventions anyone interested in a new alternative to the dysfunctional Republicans and Democrats.
Come join us in building a new political system built on moderation, common sense, and practicality. You will find other like-minded people who want to end the partisan gridlock that dominates today's politics.
United Utah county conventions are open to the public. However, only those who are registered members of the party can vote on party business at the convention. For those not already UUP members, voter registration can be done in advance at vote.utah.gov or at the door.
Mark your calendars!
Sa, 2 Nov
|Midvale Middle School, 7852 S. Pioneer Street, Midvale|
A Personal Invite to the Salt Lake County Convention
From Josh Gregg, Interim Salt Lake County Chair
Fall is in the air. Leaves are changing color, school is in session, and voting season is upon us. November is not only the month for elections in government, but in Salt Lake County, it is the month for elections in the United Utah Party's county leadership as well.
Join us Saturday, November 2, at 10:30 am (please note the time change from former announcements) for the Salt Lake County convention. At the convention you can rub shoulders with your new local party leaders—or even volunteer to serve as a county leader yourself. We need your voices, your passion, your commitment to a better way of governing. We will hold elections for a new county chair, and several new county vice chairs, among other positions at this convention.
Additionally, the United Utah Party is sponsoring a ballot initiative for term-limits. There will be an opportunity to sign the initiative at the convention as well. The majority of Utahns agree that term limits are a good idea—if you are one of those that supports extinguishing "career politician" as a job, please come and add your name to the cause.
The convention will be at the Midvale Middle School, located at 7852 S. Pioneer Street, Midvale.
Utah County Convention Recap
On Thursday, October 17th, Uniters in Utah County gathered for the 2019 County Organizing Convention.
Christine Heath, Utah County's Interim County Chair, welcomed those in attendance and informed the audience that she would not seek to continue her position as county chair because she hopes to run in 2020 as a UUP candidate for Utah House District 60. Lynn Sorensen led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Linda Walton of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church offered an invocation.
The UUP Utah County leaders then presented the “Golden Spark Awards,” recognizing three party volunteers who had gone above and beyond. Nils Bergeson spoke in depth about the Unite 4 Term Limits ballot initiative and encouraged those in attendance to take packets and spread the word.
Richard Davis, State Party Chair, told the story of the UUP, from its beginnings, in which the founders had to sue to get on the ballot, all the way up through the 2018 successes which he described as a proverbial “start-up that gained 10% of the market-share in just two years.” He also shared a new, promotional video for the party that will soon be released. Catherine Eslinger, who hopes to run in 2020 as a UUP candidate for Utah House District 59, and Christine Heath, acting in her new role as candidate for public office, then addressed the convention.
Following their remarks, the convention was opened to nominations for county party chair, vice-chair, and secretary-treasurer. Lora Beth Brown was nominated for chair, Emily Bergeson for vice-chair, and Wayne Woodfield for secretary-treasurer. As there were no other nominations, they were accepted by vote of acclamation, and the convention was adjourned.
Want to Endorse the Party?
Want to help the cause, but don't know how to start? Dip your toes into supporting the UUP by sending your name and hometown to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do, you'll be helping us flesh out the party for those considering their options! We will include your name and hometown on a list of endorsements in a fundraising letter and on our website. We want to let people know who some of our members are.
Thanks so much for your help!
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