End the Partisanship of the Utah County Change of Government Advisory Board

End the Partisanship of the Utah County Change of Government Advisory Board

Utah County is growing, and there is general consensus that a three-person county commission is no longer sufficient to meet future growth. The Utah County Commission recently appointed an advisory board to research changing the county's form of government. The board consists of 13 members, most of whom are elected officials, academics, and business leaders. However, the board also includes Heidi Balderree, whose qualification to be on the board was her status as "secretary for the Utah County Republican Party." She is the only partisan representative on the board. 

 

It is likely any new form of county government will include partisan elections, although the United Utah Party favors non-partisan elections for county offices.  Since all qualified parties (Republican, Democratic, United Utah, Libertarian, and Constitution) will be affected by the change, all parties should be represented on an advisory board and not just one.

We, the undersigned, request that the Utah County Commission appoint to the advisory board a representative of the United Utah Party and a representative of any other parties who are registered as qualified political parties in the state of Utah.

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