Saturday, April 28, 2007

Salt Lake County Democratic Convention, 2007


The 2007 Salt Lake County Democratic Convention was held today at Highland High School in Salt Lake City. The event began at 8:00 AM so that county caucuses could hold their business meetings, and to allow the Salt Lake City mayoral candidates and the SL County Party candidates the opportunity to interact with caucus members.

Mayoral candidates that participated where Nancy Saxton, Keith Christensen, Jenny Wilson, and Ralph Becker who had Senator Scott McCoy and Rep. Christine Johnson pitch hit for him due to a flight delay that made it unable for Ralph to attend.

After caucus everyone went to the auditorium to listen to a great slate of speakers which included Megan Risbon, Congressman Jim Matheson, Mayor Peter Corroon, SL County Council Members Randy Horiuchi, Jenny Wilson, Jim Bradley, and Joe Hatch, and Sheriff Jim Winder. County Clerk Sherrie Swenson who was attending a family wedding was well represented by her chief deputy, Jason Yocum.

After being inspired by our SL County elected officials we had the opportunity to hear from the candidates for county office where three races were uncontested. Suzie McHugh was nominated by former State Party Chair Donald Dunn and will serve for another term as the SL County Party Treasurer. Angela Romero (no relation to Senator Ross Romero) was nominated for Party Secretary by Archie Arculleta. Weston Clark who was the only candidate for 1st vice chair was nominated by former SL County Chair Nichole Adams Dunn, and by former State Party executive director, Arlyn Bradshaw. 3rd District Congressional Candidate Christian Burridge was nominated for SL County Chair by yours truly, and Mayor Corroon seconded the nomination from the floor. It wasn't a great nomination due to the fact that I was already late for the Davis County Convention, but in the end I guess my job was more of a formality. As he does everywhere he goes Christian lit up the room from the podium and reminded the SL County Democrats why the Tribune endorsed Christian over Chris Cannon.

The only contested race of the day was for the 2ND vice chair position. After listening to each candidate speak it was obvious that all three candidates, Clair Collard, Laurie Noda, and Lisa Johnson were qualified to serve, but after two rounds of ballots Laurie Noda squeaked by with the win by three votes. I want to thank all three candidates for running and I want to be the first one on the blogosphere to congratulate Laurie on a great campaign.

I want to thank former SL County Chair Megan Risbon for her service over the last two years, and I want to congratulate the SL County Democratic Executive Committee for their diligent work, and for putting on another great county convention.

Enjoy the photos.

Rob Miller with newly elected SL County Chair, Christian Burridge

The Party is getting BIG!

Rep. Johnson and Senator McCoy address the Stonewall Caucus

SL County Hero and Mayor, Peter Corroon

SLC Mayoral candidates Nancy Saxton and Keith Christensen

Working hard for Jenny

Bob, the guy in Bob's basement (Sean), and DFU advocate Sheryl Ginsburgh

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

As one who served as a delegate, there wasn’t much new to report from this years convention, it was more a rah-rah session.

Yes…Anonymous was there

JM Bell said...

ob has a time machine, you see. Hey Rob, while you're in 2008, can you tell me who won the President Race?

old fashioned democrat who votes said...

I was there too

Rob said...

WHOoPS!

Rob said...

The Winner is...


A Democrat!

A single Mom said...

I was there too, although I kept my mouth shut.

It was nauseating to hear the union reps (union thugs) for the UEA moan and belly ache about how they are being persecuted for opposing vouchers.

These people are the problem, preventing a new and pro-active form of education to take place and to let Utah be the model for it.

Democratic Ma said...

Ma, There is no reason to keep your mouth shut at a Democratic convention.

I don't think you are a Democrat single mom, there were no "union thugs" at yesterdays event.

Only Republicans are scared to express their opinions to other Republicans.

Emily said...

I'd like Old Dem and Single mom to stand up and be counted the next time we're all at an event together. It'd be nice to know who keeps picking fights with me.

Anonymous said...

not fights Emily, spirted debates, don't take it personally, you'll just wind up getting hurt emotionally.

Anonymous said...

spirited debate...maybe. seems like attacks to me. Emily is a trooper, though -- she takes it in good stride.

Anonymous said...

I like the pictures, Rob.

And you all should go to the other County Conventions: a strong band of die hards who are keeping the Party alive in the outlying communities. Appreciate all the work the demos are doing all over the state.

I'd rather have the UEA complain instead of blaming satan. Damnit Satan, will you knock it off with immigration difficulties! Areyou behind the vouchers, too???

DemDiva said...

I'm a differnt anonymous. How do I show that???

Emily said...

anonymous - the one right before DemDiva -

Here here! Rural Democrats are a fun crowd. Everyone should take a weekend and come to Southern Utah and stay for our Southern Utah Dems luncheon in St. George (3rd Monday of every month) - you would not believe the size of the crowd at that event.

DemDiva said...

By the way, did anyone besides me and Megan notice that Keith Christiansen left his signs up way after the convention was through?
And that his minions, I mean, representatives, screwed his big sign into the outside of the school wall???

Isn't he the guy who was endorsed by Rocky for his environmental stance? Okay, maybe I don't have enough information...don't want to jumpt to conclusions...

DemDiva said...

By the way, did anyone besides me and Megan notice that Keith Christiansen left his signs up way after the convention was through?
And that his minions, I mean, representatives, screwed his big sign into the outside of the school wall???

Isn't he the guy who was endorsed by Rocky for his environmental stance? Okay, maybe I don't have enough information...don't want to jumpt to conclusions...

Anonymous said...

Luke Garrott, candidate for council 4, was also present at the county convention. He was the only Salt Lake City Council Candidate not only present, but he addressed several caucuses also.
Go Luke!

Emily said...

Single mom -

According to your post, you were disgusted by what the UEA had to say.

Funny, since according to Bob Aagard, the UEA wasn't even THERE.

Read what Bob had to say about it

A single mom said...

I was talking about all the reps who are teachers who are belly aching