Utah State Democratic Party holding annual organizing convention

The <a href=”http://utahdemocrats.org/” target=”_blank”>Utah State Democratic Party</a> is holding its <a href=”http://utahdemocrats.org/event/2017-state-organizing-convention/” target=”_blank”>2017 organizing convention</a> on Saturday, June 17, and new Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Danny Beus is hoping a lot of local delegates and other residents will attend. He said the event will take place on the Weber State University (WSU) campus in Ogden, and new state leaders—a state chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer will be elected.

“They will lead our party in the future,” Beus said. “It’s very important for Cache Democrats and delegates to show up.”

On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, Beus said Rob Miller had filed for the office of Utah State Democratic Party chair, but he has withdrawn his candidacy and will not be seeking the position. Beus said eight candidates remain.

“It’s quite the process,” he said. “We have a lot of people to look at and a lot of people who are qualified and who would do a good job running the party and directing the party, and so it’s really important for us to show up, to listen to what they have to say—to do our homework, to visit their websites, look at their Facebook pages, whatever it may be. This is a big deal.”

Beus said Democrats have the opportunity to gain a lot of room in Utah. He said the role of chair is very important because whoever is elected will lead the Democratic Party in that direction.

“This is an important time for Utah Democrats,” he said. “We invite the delegates to be there to cast their votes, but also we invite people who want to go and be part of the process and get involved. Issue caucuses are big in the Democratic Party, and they will be meeting and electing their officials as well. If you’re passionate about Latino rights or you’re passionate about the environment, you can go and meet likeminded people and enjoy being with them and see the progress we’re making as Democrats.”

Beus said doors open at 8 a.m., but the actual convention will begin at noon in WSU’s Shepard Union Building. The Utah State Republican Party is also holding its nominating convention this weekend. 

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