Utah Democrats form task force to plan their future path

democrat2The Utah Democratic party has chosen 14 people who will chart the path forward for Utah’s minority party.

Following the 2016 election where Democrats only gained one net seat in the Utah Legislature, while losing their only seat outside of Salt Lake County, the party launched a “listening tour” around the state to try and find ways to get more Utahns to vote for them.

In conjunction with that, the party selected 14 people as part of a “Reorganizing Task Force” that would make changes to the party’s bylaws and constitution to make the party “a more open and welcoming organization.”

Current Chair Peter Corroon, who is not seeking another term at the head of the party, said in a December interview with UtahPolicy.com that this effort is an effort to set the table for the next chair of the party to have success going forward.

“We need to make inroads outside of the Wasatch Front. We can’t be the Salt Lake County Democratic Party or the Summit County Democratic Party or the Grand County. We need to be the Democratic Party for the entire state. It’s important to get out there and listen and figure out why people aren’t voting for Democrats,” he said.

The party says they had more than 100 people apply to sit on the task force. The 14 selected are:

Chair, Marcus Stevenson
Utah DNC Member, Jenny Wilson
Utah DNC Member, Charles Stormont
Danny Beus
Page Checketts
Bob Huefner
James Gonzales
Michael Burton
Sunita Pargrass
Clare Collard
Randy Thompson
Derek Hoff
Sharon Rivera
Chelsey Alberico