Democratic National Convention

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina, organizers didn’t expect any congressional candidates from Utah to come. But, Senate candidate Scott Howell is participating after a last minute invitation.

Howell wasn’t planning on attending the convention because of campaign issues back home. But when he was asked last weekend to be a panelist at the DNC’s Faith Council meeting, he felt compelled to attend.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 5, 2012

Sep 5, 2012

A last minute invitation allows Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell to become Utah’s only congressional candidate at the Democratic National Convention, celebrated attorney and advocate Brian Barnard dies, and Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance reassures the public that the Gateway Shopping Center is going to survive.

Matheson For congress

Utah’s lone Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson is not participating in his party’s national convention this week.

Last week Matheson’s opponent, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but Congressman Matheson will be home this week when his party meets in Charlotte to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for re-election. Matheson says it’s more important for him to stay in Utah.