Utah Democratic Party
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis
Jim Judd, Vice Chair
Senate leader Ross I. Romero House leader David Litvack Headquarters 825 N 300 W, Suite C400, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 Ideology American Liberalism
National affiliation Democratic Party Official colors Blue Website Official website Politics of the United States
The Utah State Democratic Party works to elect Democrats to office in the state of Utah. The Utah Democratic Party, like other national, state, and county parties, maintains a party platform that lists general principles or issues of importance to members of the Utah Democratic Party and maintains a party organization at the state level.
- 1 History
- 2 State party organization
- 3 County party organization
- 4 Current elected officials
- 5 Prominent Utah Democrats of the past
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Utah Democrats suffered during the 1970s and 1980s because of splits over such issues as the Equal Rights Amendment and the stands taken by the national Democratic party which seemed far too liberal for many Utah Democrats. Additionally, the national Democratic party, in the face of strong Republican activity, had written off Utah as a potential area of support for presidential campaigns. While the party gained some traction in the 1990's, it remains a clear minority in state politics.
State party organization
Party executive officers
Office Office-holder Chair Jim Dabakis Vice Chair Jim Judd Treasurer Rob Miller Secretary Paul Pugmire Executive Director Matt Lyon
State party caucuses
The Utah Democratic Party recognizes 14 state-wide caucuses. Each caucus focuses on promoting issues related to their mission.
Caucus Website African American Caucus Disabilities Caucus Educators Caucus Environmental Caucus Healthcare Caucus Hispanic Caucus http://www.ushdc.org/ Labor Caucus Pacific Islander Caucus Progressive Caucus http://www.udpc.org/ Rural Caucus Stonewall Caucus Utah Public Employees Caucus Women's Caucus Young Democrats of Utah http://www.youngdemsofutah.org/
County party organization
Each of Utah's 29 Counties has a party organization, which operates within that county and sends state delegates to the Utah Democratic Party's  state convention each year. County delegates are selected at caucus meetings held on the third Tuesday of March in election years (even numbered years) and serve two year terms. In April, county delegates selected at the March caucus meetings gather at their respective county conventions to select state delegates and nominate county candidates or state legislative candidates where the legislative district is entirely within their county.
The Utah Democratic Party's  state convention is typically held within the first two weeks of May following these county conventions in election years, but may be held later in odd numbered years. At state conventions state delegates vote to determine the party's nominees in federal races or in state races where the district crosses county lines in what is referred to as a "nominating convention." A candidate must receive at least 60% of the vote at the nominating convention to become the party's nominee. If he/she falls short of this goal the nominee is determined through a primary. In Utah, Democratic primaries are open to all registered voters, but a registered voter may only participate in one party's primary. The Republican primary is closed to all but registered Republicans (Unaffiliated registered voters may change their affiliation on election day to vote in a Republican primary.)
In odd numbered years county and state delegates gather at county organizing conventions and the state organizing convention respectively to determine their county and state party leadership. Positions up for election at these conventions are party chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Together these offices make up the executive officers of the respective county parties and the Utah Democratic Party. A simple majority is sufficient to elect someone to each of these positions, though it may take up to two ballots in order to receive a majority of the delegates' votes. All county party chairs and vice chairs are automatically assigned to the Utah Democratic Party's central committee. Counties may have additional representatives in this body depending upon population.
Current elected officials
The Utah Democratic Party holds one of the state's three U.S. House seats.
Members of Congress
Prominent Utah Democrats of the past
- Simon Bamberger
- George Henry Dern
- Henry Hooper Blood
- Herbert Brown Maw
- Calvin Lewellyn Rampton
- Scott Milne Matheson
- ^ The Utah Democrats - Community, Values, Reform
- ^ http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/d/DEMOCRATIC.html
- ^ a b Utah Democratic Party Website
- County party websites
County Party Website Cache http://www.cachedemocrats.org Davis http://www.davisdems.org Iron http://www.ironcountydemocrats.com Salt Lake http://www.slcountydems.com Summit http://www.summitcountyutdems.org Tooele http://www.tooeledemocrats.org Utah http://www.utahcountydemocrats.org Weber http://www.weberdemocrats.org
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Democratic Party (United States) — Democratic Party … Wikipedia
Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2004 — Democratic presidential primaries, 2004 2000 ← January 14 to June 8, 2004 → 2008 … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Hawaii — Chairman Dante Carpenter Senate leader Shan S. Tsutsui (President) Brickwood Galuteria (Majority Leader) … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Oregon — Chairman Meredith Wood Smith Senate leader Peter Courtney House leader [[Tina Kotek| … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Georgia — Chairman Mike Berlon Senate leader Steve Henson House leader Stacey Abrams Headquarters 1100 Spring Street, NW Suite 408 Atlanta, GA 30309 … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Virginia — Chairman Brian J. Moran House leader Ward Armstrong Minority leader, Kenneth R. Plum Caucus leader … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Illinois — Chairman Michael Madigan Senate Leader Senate President John Cullerton House Leader Speaker of the House Michael Madigan … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Wisconsin — Chairman Mike Tate Senate leader Mark Miller Assembly leader Peter W. Barca Headquarters … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of Arkansas — Chairman Will Bond Senate leader Paul Bookout House leader Robert Moore Headquarters 1300 W. Capitol Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201 … Wikipedia
Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi — Chairman Jamie Franks of Lee County Headquarters 832 North Congress Street, Jackson, Mississippi Ideology Centrism, American Conservatism, Populism … Wikipedia