The United Utah Party voted to endorse Candace Jacobson, an independent write-in candidate for Utah County Clerk. The vote took place at a special convention of party members on Saturday, October 8. "Candace is giving voters a moderate choice that they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Hillary Stirling, United Utah Party Chair. “Utah County voters don’t have to settle for picking the lesser of two extremists."
The vote was held at a special virtual convention for Utah County members of the party. All registered party members are eligible to vote as delegates at UUP conventions. In an extraordinary indication of her qualifications and mainstream appeal, the vote was 100% in favor of Jacobson’s endorsement.
Candace's opponents are Aaron Davidson of the Republican Party and Jake Oaks from the Independent American Party. Both have expressed opposition to vote by mail. Oaks has said that if elected, he will decline to certify same-sex marriages. In July, Davidson was convicted of disorderly conduct for inciting a crowd to attempt to disrupt a 2021 school board meeting. Speaking about these two choices, Candace Jacobson said, "neither choice is going to be particularly good for the county."
Candace has been a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties and has broad support from moderate members of both parties. "We believe that Candace Jacobson exemplifies the values of the United Party," says Stirling. "Candace is a long-time volunteer at the Utah County Clerk's office, so she knows the job well. Those that have worked with Candace describe her as cool and collected, civil in working across the aisle, moderate, thoughtful, and well-informed." One of Jacobson's campaign issues is to make the office of County Clerk non-partisan, which aligns with a UUP key reform around governance. "Since Candace is a write-in candidate, she cannot run for office with any specific political party and must run as an independent," said Stirling. "But we believe that her views and positions are most closely aligned with those of the United Utah Party, and this endorsement will allow our party to officially support her campaign."
The UUP’s endorsement of Jacobson is only the second time that the UUP has endorsed a candidate. The United Utah Party previously voted to endorse Evan McMullin at its State Convention last April. "The United Utah Party is not an advocacy group, and endorsement is an extraordinary measure for our party to take," said Stirling. "But this is an extraordinary race. One candidate has already publicly stated that he would not uphold the law. Another candidate has a history of uncivil behavior and subscribes to falsehoods about election security that undermine the founding principles and institutions of our state and nation. Utah County deserves better."