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Derek Kitchen: Utah Democrats need to become a true opposition party
This past weekend, the Utah Democratic Party decided not to nominate a Democrat for this year’s U.S. Senate election. Instead, a majority of the delegates believe that an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, has a better chance to beat Sen. Mike Lee this November. Much ink will be spilled, air time filled, and hands wrung. Earnestly, I hope McMullin wins.

But I am not here to write about this. I am here to talk about the Utah State School Board races, in which nearly half of the conservative candidates are running unopposed.

I am here to talk about the Salt Lake County clerk’s race, where the choice is quite literally between a qualified, common sense public servant or a “Stop the Steal” supporter who wants to dismantle fair election laws.

I’m here to talk about the fact that Democrats are only running in 56% of the state House seats this year, all of which are up for re-election.

Apr 28, 2022

Derek Kitchen

The Salt Lake Tribune

Time to ditch the Utah political convention circus. Robert Gehrke explains why.
Utah’s caucus-convention doesn’t lead to a candidate who represents you, the voter.

" …. in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Let’s go, Brandon!”

No joke. That’s how the Republican state convention got underway Saturday and it didn’t really get much better from there.

We had convicted seven-time felon, Nixon hatchet man and noted swinger Roger Stone vamping for congressional candidate Jason Preston and offering a plug to Mike Lee as a pillar of the party of family values.

Apr 27, 2022

Robert Gehrke

The Salt Lake Tribune

To defeat Mike Lee, Democrats need to support Evan McMullin for U.S. Senate, Robert Gehrke explains
Democrats need to change their strategy if they are actually trying to stop Sen. Mike Lee from having a third term in the Senate.

Democrats, this message is specifically for you, particularly the delegates to Saturday’s state convention: If you want to beat Mike Lee in November, the only option is backing Evan McMullin.

That sentiment isn’t going to win me any friends in the party — particularly with Kael Weston, who is a very smart, hard-working, accomplished guy. He’s also a former college classmate.

Without question, if I got to pick Utah’s next senator from any of the declared candidates in the field, Weston would be my first choice. Unfortunately (for me and, I suppose, for Kael) that’s not how elections work.

Apr 22, 2022

Robert Gehrke

The Salt Lake Tribune