elections

WVC Mayor Mike Winder Won't Seek Re-Election

May 22, 2013
West Valley City

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announced today that he will not run for re-election later this year. Despite problems plaguing the city’s police force and a scandal where Winder admitted writing articles under a pen-name praising his city, he says he’s proud of his tenure as Mayor.

Winder says the $35K annual salary he receives as Mayor is not enough to provide for his family and he’ll be looking for a better paying job when his term ends next January. He says West Valley City’s economy blossomed on his watch.

Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees. A proposal to raise the percentage of votes needed to avoid a primary sparked heated debate about how best to give lesser-known candidates a fair shot. 

The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell will seek special counsel to investigate three of the 12 allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow that he violated election law.

A bill that would allow citizens to register to vote in Utah on election-day was approved by a House Committee today.  HB 91 would allow voters to register at the polls on and require county clerks to count those votes.  Democrat Rebecca Chavez Houck of Salt Lake County is the sponsor of the bill.  She hopes the legislation would increase voter turnout.

Utah students and families battle the rising cost of higher education, a bill to fund preschool programs for at-risk children fails in the Utah Senate, and Representative Jim Matheson introduces legislation to end straight ticket voting.

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes

Dec 17, 2012
Dan Bammes

Utah's six presidential electors met today at the state capitol and cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The electors are all Republicans who were chosen at the party's state convention. They're required to vote for the Republican candidate, since he won the popular vote in Utah. Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the results, which were not a surprise to anyone.

"We declare that Utah casts all its ballots for president for Mitt Romney and all its ballots for vice-president for Paul Ryan," he told a crowd made up mostly of media and school children. 

Brian Grimmett

With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012

Nov 28, 2012

Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.

U.S. House of Representatives

Official results from county canvasses released today show that Jim Matheson maintained his victory over Mia Love in the Utah 4th congressional district race.

Election 2012 Slideshow

Nov 6, 2012
Brian Grimmett

Take a look at some of the sights from the Utah Republican and Democratic election night HQ's. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments.

Utah Governor

Republican Gary Herbert secured his second term in office last night, breezing past Democrat Peter Cooke by more than 36,000 votes.

Just before 11 pm, General Peter Cooke arrived unexpectedly at GOP headquarters to congratulate Governor Gary Herbert on his win. Cooke said he tried calling the governor first but he didn’t pick up. Cooke later returned to the Democratic headquarters to concede, saying Utahns need to continue fighting for education.

Courtesy of the Utah Attorney General's Office

Next week voters will choose the next chief law enforcement officer for the state of Utah. The Attorney General is part criminal prosecutor – part political adviser and the two candidates vying for the job have very different ideas on how to do it right. 

Inside his office on the second floor of the state capitol, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he’s ready to move on.  The 55-year-old Republican has held the job of the state’s chief legal advisor for 12 years and he’s proud of his efforts to protect Utahn’s while also navigating the political pitfalls of the job.

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon endorsed the Regional Park and Trails bond today during an open house at the Northwest Recreation center. If approved, The Regional Park and Trails bond, or Proposition #1, authorizes the county to issue a $47 million dollar bond. The money would be used to help finish the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Parley’s Trail, and build three new regional parks. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says the benefits of approving the proposition far outweigh the property tax increase.

KUER News Pod: Thursday November 1, 2012

Nov 1, 2012

Redistricting adds to the intrigue of Utah’s 68th district race, Lieutenant Governor candidates debate about the economy and education, and the 4th Congressional race breaks a Utah record.

District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah

Nov 1, 2012
House District 68
vote.utah.gov

It’s been 20 years since Merrill Nelson served one term in the Utah House of Representatives, but this year’s legislative redistricting has given him the opportunity to seek another.  He’s a Republican who lives in Grantsville, and the new boundaries of District 68 divide Tooele County and extend all the way to Milford in Beaver County.  Most of Juab County, including Eureka, is also now in District 68, and that’s where the Democratic candidate, Tom Nedreberg, comes from.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Utah’s 8th Senate district candidates vie for votes in one of the states few contested races, Candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district try to get noticed, and the Millcreek incorporation debate gets even hotter.

Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs

Oct 30, 2012
Brian Grimmett

Within the boundaries of Utah’s 8th Senate district are the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, most of Murray, and a sliver of Holladay. Unlike most districts in the state the demographics of the 8th district essentially make it a toss-up between Republicans and Democrats and both candidates feel they have a shot at victory. 

Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads

Oct 26, 2012
Alliance for a Better Utah

Two Democratic State Lawmakers joined progressive watchdog group Alliance For a Better Utah this morning to condemn what they call a barrage of negative campaign ads leading up to this year’s election. 

Senator Patricia Jones says voters should not ignore the onslaught of negative political mailers and television ads being employed during this election season.

“If we feel offended or if we have questions about something that’s been said in the campaign, we owe it to ourselves and to our democratic society to call them on it and that’s what we’re doing today," Jones said.

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is once again attacking opponent Mia Love’s proposed budget cuts and this time it’s over special education grants.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 24, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

Salt Lake area Hispanic organizations are making it easier for Latinos to vote, Westminster College launches a new center for the arts, and an 11-year-old-boy proposes “In God We Trust” licence plates.

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 23, 2012

Oct 23, 2012

Utah businesses learn about expanding to global markets, dozens of locations open their doors up for early voting, and Salt Lake County begins a curbside glass recycling program.

Salt Lake area Hispanic organizations want to make sure that Latino voters have a voice in this year’s election and a couple of taxi companies are helping to turn that desire into reality.

Some residents in Millcreek township say they lack a voice in many policy decisions and pay Salt Lake County too much for police and fire services. But others say the county is doing a good job of keeping taxes low and providing adequate representation. In the last two decades residents of Cottonwood Heights and Holladay decided to incororate. Now voters in Millcreek will decide if their community should do the same.

KUER News Pod: Thursday October 18, 2012

Oct 18, 2012

Utah’s Senate candidates face-off in their first televised debate, Millcreek residents consider the pros and cons of incorporation, and the Utah Legislature discusses Sex-Ed.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 17, 2012

Oct 17, 2012

Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ben McAdams lays out his economic development plan, the Utah legislature is looking at making changes to the building code, and Rocky Mountain Power is shutting down the Carbon power plant.

KUER News Pod: Thursday October 11, 2012

Oct 11, 2012

We reach number two on the list of Utah voters’ priorities, State School Superintendent Larry Shumway gives his last speech, and the legal battle over Utah’s immigration enforcement law could soon come to an end.

Andrea Smardon

Republican candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Chris Stewart was endorsed Friday by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Stewart staged his press conference at Utah Metal Works – a small business that repurposes scrap materials.  Behind him, a mini excavator fed a pile of insulated wires into a machine that chops them into small pieces, so the valuable copper can be separated.  Stewart told KUER that as a small business owner, he understands what businesses like Utah Metal Works need to thrive. 

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