Who’s running for office in 2018?

April 20th, 2018|Issue Update|0 Comments

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The GOP state convention was held Saturday to nominate the final GOP candidates for primary elections. Now all GOP nominating conventions have been completed. Democratic conventions will finish up next weekend.

Candidates who have successfully collected enough qualified petition signatures and/or received a nomination from their party will advance to a primary or general election. This includes candidates for federal offices (members of congress and senators) and state offices (state House representatives and state senators). Find a complete listing of candidate filings for theses offices here.

You’ll see on that the candidate filings list also includes nonpartisan candidates running for seats on the state school board, which are elected positions as well.

The 2018 elections will also fill positions of county government (like county council, county assessor, county attorney and county sheriff) and local district school board seats. Check in with your county clerk or visit your county’s election website to find out what seats are up for election and who is running.

Lastly, justices and judges will be voted on in the 2018 election. Candidates for these positions have not yet filed, with a filing period coming up this summer of July 2 through July 16. To see what positions will be filled this election cycle, check out the Lieutenant Governor’s Notice of Election.

Become an educated voter

Knowing what seats are up for election on your ballot is key to being an educated voter. Go one step further and find out more about the candidates. Once you know who is running in the primary and general election, look the candidates up. Most will have a website detailing their positions on the issues and a bit of their background experience and history.

NOTE: It is easy to overlook local county elections. But these can be some of the most important elections to vote in. Why?

  • Low voter turnout – When fewer people vote, your vote counts MORE.
  • Big local impact – Local elected officials make decisions that can impact your communities the most. County Attorneys, for instance, wield an enormous amount of power that goes relatively unchecked, as they often hold office for decades once they are voted in and are accountable only to the voters. County commissioners, county mayors and county executives (all similar roles within different county  government structures) too have big responsibilities and wield great influence over state and federal leaders.

Find out who’s running from your county clerk’s office or county elections website. Find out more about the structure and function of your county government by finding your county on our new County Information page.

Election Resources

Action Utah helps you understand our election system and how to get the information you need to register to vote and cast a ballot every year in nonpartisan, municipal (odd year) and partisan (even year) elections alike. Use these links to help you become a more educated voter and prepare you to vote in our Primary Election on June 26th and General Election on November 7th.

 

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