Colonel William A. Phillips

The Utah Republican Party works to nominate and support the election of Republican candidates in partisan races for public office in the state of Utah; promote the principles of the State Party Platform; and abide by the elections laws, constitution, and bylaws of the Party.[clarification needed]

History

The state of Utah politics was reorganized after the 1890 Manifesto led by Wilford Woodruff. The 1890 Manifesto officially ended the traditionally Mormon practice of Polygamy. Many prominent polygamist Mormons were imprisoned, punished and harassed since the 1890 Manifesto prohibited plural marriage. This action granted the Utah Territory statehood in 1896 on the condition that polygamy was banned in the state constitution. The Republican Frank J. Cannon was the first delegate elected to congress by the state of Utah in 1894.[citation needed]

The state of Utah rapidly gained overwhelming support for the Republican Party. Although the Republican Party had played a major part in abolishing polygamy, the Republican U.S. Senator Reed Smoot rose to political power. Smoot led a political alliance of Mormons and non-Mormons that created a strong Republican party in many parts of the state.[1][not specific enough to verify][non-primary source needed]

The Republican Party is currently dominant in Utah politics: no Democrat has won statewide office since 1996, when Jan Graham was elected attorney general;[2] and when Mia Love replaced Jim Matheson in congress in 2014, Utah's congressional delegation became all-Republican. When Love lost her seat to Ben McAdams in the 2018 election, Democrats regained one of Utah's four seats.

Constitution

The Members of the Utah Republican Party are grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty. The members desire the perpetuation of the free government principles and the blessings of liberty. The Party is governed by the Utah State Constitution, Party By-laws, and Robert's Rules of Order Current Edition.[3][not specific enough to verify][non-primary source needed]

Current elected officials

The Utah Republican Party controls all five statewide offices and holds a supermajority in the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate. Republicans also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and three of the state's U.S. House seats.[citation needed]

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide offices

State Legislature

State party organization

Office Office-holder
Chair Derek Brown
Vice Chair Robert Axson
Secretary Kendra Seeley
Treasurer Mike Bird

In off-election years the Utah Republican Party holds organizing conventions where state delegate elect a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. The state party officers are elected for a term of two (2) years.

Central Committee

The State Central Committee (SCC) has representatives from every county in Utah. Along with the automatic members, each county chair and vice-chair, counties are allocated representative based on the number of voting republicans in that county. These representatives are chosen in elections which take place in the Republican county conventions held in odd-numbered years.

Right of Association Legal Appeal

The State Central Committee (SCC) is the governing body of the party. In 2014 the state legislature passed SB54 which created a pathway by which candidates from all parties in Utah could bypass the nominating conventions and qualify directly for the primary ballot by collecting a required number of signatures.

SB54 forced the parties in Utah to have open primaries, among other demands. The SCC directed its party chairman, James Evans, to file a lawsuit, which sought, among other things, to overturn the use of open primaries. The Utah Republican Party prevailed on this point, which required the state elections office to defer to the Utah Republican Party as to whether the primary would be open or closed and whether unaffiliated voters would be eligible to sign ballot-access petitions for Republican candidates.

The party filed two more lawsuits to try to overturn SB54's signature path to the ballot, but lost those cases. They appealed to the 10th Circuit Court which upheld the lower courts ruling and a subsequent appeal to the US Supreme Court was denied.

State Party Caucuses

Party Caucuses are held every two years in Utah.

County party organizations

Each of Utah's 29 counties has a party organization, which operates within that county and sends delegates to the State Central Committee.

County Party Website
Cache http://cachegop.com/
Davis http://www.davisgop.org/
Morgan http://www.morganutahgop.org/
Salt Lake http://www.slcogop.com
Sanpete http://www.sanpetecountyrepublicans.com
Summit http://www.summitcountygop.org
Utah http://ucrp.org
Weber http://www.wcrgop.org

See also

References

  1. ^ Utah Republican Party. "Utah Republican Party". Utgop.org. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Money-burning Dems pamper neglected reds," The Salt Lake Tribune, June 12, 2006
  3. ^ Utah Republican Party. "Utah Republican Party". Utgop.org. Retrieved 13 December 2014.

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