Skeletons in the Closet: failing to vet candidates

Lately, Utah has seen a rash of candidates win public office while concealing a trouble past. First, John Swallow led the Utah Legislature on the most expensive legislative investigation in Utah history, bringing down both his and Mark Shurtleff’s political career before it was over. The criminal trial is ongoing. In Utah County, Greg Graves earned the Republican nomination before he was discovered to have filed multiple bankruptcies (and much later was implicated in the Ashley Madison scandal). Utah County is still reeling. Then, Utah Democrats watched in horror as Justin Miller, a…

Major changes proposed for Utah County Republican Party

On Saturday, the Utah County Republican Party will consider changes to the organization’s bylaws. John Mulholland weighs in on the changes. As the Education officer for LD 56, I feel my duty to provide share my opinion regarding the proposed changes to the Utah County Republican Party (URCP) bylaws. These changes will be discussed this coming Saturday and the quarterly central committee meeting. I have served on the central committee in Cache County before moving here. There was a huge difference between how meetings were run and especially how much time…

Utah Democrats don’t want to win

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It was a little jarring to review my ballot for Iron County and see so many unopposed races. My state senator didn’t have any opponent. My representative had a third-party opponent which is almost the same thing. Aside from a couple of write-in candidates (neither of whom broke 20%), all of the county races were unopposed. After having to make a lot of careful choices and analysis from living in major metro areas like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, it didn’t sit well with me to have so few…