Equality Utah Announces Favorable Candidate Recommendations

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The Equality Utah Political Action Committee has announced their list of recommended candidates in a number of municipal elections across the state to be held this fall.

“These candidates will be fair-minded in their approach to policy-making and we hope to see them all come out of the primary successfully,” said Brandie Balken, the organization’s interim director, “We encourage Utahns to support these candidates by volunteering for their campaigns, requesting a lawn sign, and becoming a part of this important campaign season.”

All recommended candidates previously met with a number of individuals from Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and all support equal protections under the law based on sexual orientation and gender identity. One recommended candidate is Salt Lake City Councilmember Jill Remington Love, the first (and only) candidate to receive Equality Utah’s (then called Unity Utah) endorsement in 2001.

In the 2008 election, Equality Utah endorsed 38 such candidates, 20 of whom won their elections.

“I feel a genuine commitment to Equality Utah, and give them much of the credit of my first victory eight years ago,” said love. “They supported me with dollars, volunteers, and an intern. They found voters who cared about human rights issues and they helped me get them out to vote.  I had a partner in Equality Utah.”

Equality Utah will issue endorsements of candidates after the Sept. 15 primary. The general election will be held Nov. 3.

The PAC’s recommendations are as follows:

American Fork Mayor: Ed Cameron

Mayor: Jeff Jones

Mayor: Dave Sakrison and Janet Marie Miller
City Council: Norm Boyd and Kyle Bailey

Park City
Mayor: Dana Williams and Brad Olch

Ogden City Council At-Large B: Roan Poulter and Angelo Roma
City Council Ward 1: Jesse Garcia
City Council Ward 3: David Wolfgraham and Trevor Hansen

Salt Lake City City Council District 1: Carlton Christensen and Leslie Reynolds-Benns
City Council District 3: Lisa Alcott, Stan Penfold and Jennifer Johnson
City Council District 5: Jill Remington Love
City Council District 7: Soren Simonsen and Lisa Adams

South Jordan City Council District 3: Joe Ross

Taylorsville Mayor: Russ Wall

West Jordan City Council: Mike Withers

West Valley City Mayor: Kevin Fayles
City Council: Devin Heaps            


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