Bid to change Utah’s nominating system considered

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of Utah Republicans says it will decide in mid-December whether to launch an initiative petition drive to change the state’s system of nominating candidates for major statewide and congressional offices. Political consultant and lobbyist LaVarr Webb told the Deseret News that the newly formed Alliance for Good Government is assessing how much financial support there would be for a statewide petition drive. He says the group that includes former Gov. Michael Leavitt agreed at a recent meeting to wait until the middle of next month to make a final decision on the initiative. The group is believed to be considering a plan that would allow candidates to get on a primary election ballot through a petition process instead of going through the caucus system controlled by party delegates.

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