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Utah Dems Plan Second Convention To Finish Party Platform

Aug 28, 2017


Utah Democrats will hold a second convention next week to address unfinished business from their previous gathering.

The convention will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Timpview High School.

Credit Utah Democratic Party

Utah Democratic Party Chair Daisy Thomas says they ran out of time at their convention earlier this summer when they were selecting new party leaders and updating their platform.

“We have to vote on constitution and bylaw changes, and then adopting the rest of the platform, that’s where we left off,” she says.

Thomas says there were more than 100 amendments to the platform in June, leading to long debates and many tired delegates leaving before they could adopt a final version.

State delegates will vote up or down on the platform, which includes sections on immigration reform, legalization of marijuana, animal rights and opposition to a proposed food tax hike.

“It's going to be a pretty interesting conversation no matter what,” says Thomas. “But I mean there’s some stuff in there that I hope the delegates take a good strong look at.”

Thomas says it’s been a number of years since the platform was last updated and she hopes delegates can agree to vote on a finished version at the convention.