2016 Election

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Nine candidates are vying to become the first mayor of the newly incorporated Millcreek City. That pool will be whittled down to two after Tuesday night’s primary election.

Jonathan Johnson Campaign

Jonathan Johnson, Republican Challenger to Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced Thursday the actions he plans to take in his first 100 days in office should he be elected governor.

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Salt Lake City business owner Dave Robinson says he would do a better job of running Salt Lake County Government than current Democratic Mayor Ben McAdams. 

Utah Voters Begin to Consider Third-Party Candidates

Jun 22, 2016

  As Utahns weigh their options for President, many are beginning to consider third-party candidates.

A recent UtahPolicy.com survey found that if the election were today, only about 36% of Utahns would vote for Donald Trump. In comparison, thirty percent would vote for a third-party or write-in candidate.  

About a dozen people are crowded into a living room in Holladay to hear Ty Markham. She's a Democrat running for Utah House District 73. It spans six downstate counties that include voters from Beaver to Monticello and Kanab. Its been represented by Republican Mike Noel for over a decade.

This year’s election is the first time candidates have been able to gain access to the primary ballot by gathering signatures. And while only a few candidates took advantage of the alternative path, that choice has not gone over well with some Republican leaders.

Brian Grimmett

The Republican candidate challenging Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is alleging that the lawmaker is using a government website as a campaign tool.

KUER Conversations: Unlock the Vote

Jun 10, 2016

2016 is arguably one of the most important election cycles in recent memory and Utahns are responding. A record number of state residents have registered to vote this year. In a state that has had a historically low voter turnout, tens of thousands of new voters participated in the Republican and Democratic caucuses in March this year.  But will that enthusiasm carry over to the general election in November? Listen to the 2nd installment in our KUER Conversations series, Unlock the Vote, recorded on June 8th, 2016 at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Sara Leseberg Ralston

Green issues are capturing more attention in politics these days. It’s true in community elections and in the national vote, according to the author of a new book on energy politics. And the creator of a new political action committee in Utah agrees.

KUER Conversations: Unlock the Vote

May 24, 2016

KUER Conversations: Unlock the Vote

Navigating the 2016 election process in Utah

June 8th, 2016 at 7pm at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library

Admission is free

The number of registered voters in Utah has increased by more than 45 thousand since the beginning of this year. While political parties and county clerks welcome the increase, it does make their jobs more complicated.

Brian Grimmett

 Congressman Jason Chaffetz’ Republican challenger has requested an investigation into the incumbent’s campaign spending.

In a letter sent this week to the Federal Election Commission, Republican challenger Chia-Chi Teng contends that Chaffetz has been using campaign funds for personal use.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert will face Republican Challenger Jonathan Johnson in a primary. Johnson received more delegate votes than Herbert at Saturday’s GOP State Convention.

Brian Grimmett

Congressman Jason Chaffetz has two challengers to his seat in Utah’s Third Congressional District.

Bob Nelson

In the days leading up to state political conventions, a new report shows how closely delegates align with the voters they represent.

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Two democratic candidates for Utah governor faced off in a debate this morning. Both Mike Weinholtz and Vaughn Cooke say Utah’s majority republican political system isn’t serving the needs of everyday Utahns.

Brian Grimmett

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson has chosen Robyn Bagley to be his running mate and choice for Lt. Governor.

Whittney Evans

The Utah Democratic Party saw record turnout at this years’ caucus meetings, largely due to a wave of Bernie Sanders supporters. The enthusiasm for his candidacy also led several people to jump into local races to challenge incumbent Democratic state representatives. But it’s not easy turning enthusiasm into a viable campaign.

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The non-partisan Utah Foundation has published a report that takes a closer look at the priorities of seven candidates running for Governor.

Whittney Evans

After counting and verifying all the ballots from last week’s caucuses, Utah Democrats have released their party’s official results. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came away with 77.19% of the votes and Hillary Clinton had 19.80%.

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Every four years, ahead of a gubernatorial election, the nonprofit Utah Foundation surveys Utahns about what issues they are most concerned about. In a panel discussion put on by the foundation on Thursday, candidates for the governor’s race were given a chance to respond to those concerns.

Andrea Smardon

The latest numbers show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders eclipsed Hillary Clinton in Utah’s Democratic Presidential Caucus with almost 80 percent of the vote.  The party saw record turnout despite hiccups at the polls.

Whittney Evans

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders drew thousands of supporters to West High School Monday for his second campaign stop in Utah.  He’s trying to pick up as many delegates as possible during Utah Caucuses Tuesday night.

Utah Democrats will caucus tomorrow night to choose state delegates and divide national delegates among presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. 

Brian Grimmett

Capping off recent visits from almost all of the presidential candidates, Republican Ted Cruz spent time with voters in Utah over the weekend. 

Cruz made two stops in the state on Saturday. Between rallies in Draper and Provo he responded to reporters’ questions.  Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said last week that he would vote for Cruz in the Utah caucuses on Tuesday, but fell short of endorsing the candidate. Cruz told the press that he appreciates Romney’s support in helping defeat Donald Trump.

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Democrat Charlene Albarran has officially filed for candidacy to run for Congress in Utah’s Second District. As a resident of Park City, Charlene Albarran doesn’t actually live in the district she's hoping to represent.

Brian Grimmett

Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

Jonathan Johnson Campaign

Democratic state Senator Jim Dabakis will debate Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson Tuesday afternoon, even though Dabakis has no plans to run for governor.

Utah’s 2016 Primary elections will be different than they’ve been in the past, and the Lt. Governor’s office is beginning their campaign to tell parties, voters, and candidates what they need to know. 

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