Local Democratic Party delegates prepare for state organizing convention

Washington County Democratic Party chairman Chuck Goode speaks at a delegate training session at Washington City Library, Washington, Utah, June 1, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Adele Park, Washington County Democratic Party, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — Washington County Democrats are beginning to get ready for the party’s state organizing convention, which will include caucus meetings and the election of statewide officers.

Some 22 delegates attended an informal preparation meeting June 1 at the Washington City Library, and a second group about that size is expected to meet at that same location Saturday, June 8, at 4 p.m.

Washington County Democratic Party chairman Chuck Goode said the training meetings are meant to give the delegates a better idea of what to expect at the Utah Democratic Party’s state organizing convention, which is scheduled to be held at Park City High School June 21-22.

“We’ve never had this before,” Goode said as the hourlong session drew to a close. “They’ll be much more effective and do a better job. This is really the kickoff to 2020.”

During Saturday’s short meeting, the  group touched on several of the topics that had been addressed during the party’s county convention held in March, also discussing recent successes and outlining future goals.

Although Goode acknowledged Saturday that Democrats face an uphill battle in political races in many areas of the state, he did point out that Democrats occupy more than one fifth of the seats in the Utah Legislature.

Currently, six of the 29 seats in the Utah Senate and 16 of the 75 in the Utah House are held by Democrats, or roughly 21 percent of each.

Democrats have seen local and statewide improvements in recent elections, especially in 2018, Goode said.

Attendees at a Washington County Democratic Party delegate training session at Washington City Library, Washington, Utah, June 1, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

He also noted there’s plenty of common ground to be found between Democrats and Republicans.

“We have to take away this divisiveness and take the 70 percent that we are in agreement and move forward.”

The Democratic Party needs the involvement and support of young and old alike, whether they be moderate or progressive, he added.

In the race for Utah Democratic Party chairperson, incumbent Daisy Thomas is up against three challengers vying for her seat, namely Robert Comstock, Jeff Merchant and Becky Moss. They are scheduled to face off in a public debate in Salt Lake City on Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m., with the proceedings scheduled to be streamed online.

Iron County and Washington County Democrats are planning to meet in the Cedar City Library’s east room to watch the debate live in a “watch party,” which other members of the public are also welcome to attend. Other state party executive officers to be decided on by delegate vote at the upcoming convention in Park City include vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer.

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