Who’s running for office in 2018?
The GOP state convention was held last weekend to nominate GOP candidates for primary elections. Now all GOP nominating conventions have been completed. Democratic conventions will finish up on Saturday. We’ve heard about some of the big players running for office this year, but who else is running and how can you become an educated voter? Read more HERE.
GOP State Convention last weekend
- Democratic State Convention – Saturday, April 28th, Salt Palace in SLC.
- Voter Registration Training – Saturday, May 12th, 12:30-2:00p at the Marmalade Library, Learn how to register others to vote. Hosted by Salt Lake Indivisible and Voterise.
- People’s Energy Summit – May 12, 9:30a-5:00p at Library Square in SLC. Uniting diverse communities across Utah and the broader Southwest to create a just transition towards a renewable and regenerative future.
- Governor’s Energy Summit – May 14-15 at the Grand America Hotel in SLC. Annual conference and trade show dedicated to knitting together diverse perspectives to build key relationships and to chart new paths for the responsible growth of the energy and minerals sector at home and abroad. Registration required.
- May Interim Session Tour of the State Capitol – May 16, all day. This monthly gathering of our state legislature includes public committee meetings in the morning and afternoon on current issues elected officials are studying that impact our state. Join Action Utah for an introduction to Interim and tour of the Capitol and plan to sit in on a public meeting of your choice. NOTE: This session may include a Special Session to vote on jurisdiction issues around the Inland Port. Stay tuned for details.
1. Get ready for Interim Sessions and Special Sessions – starting May 16th! Our part-time state legislature meets at the State Capitol once a month between legislative sessions from May through November. Action Utah will always be there, and we invite members of the community to join us for an introduction and tour of Interim and the Capitol Campus. Note that there may be a special session called in May to address jurisdiction issues around the Inland Port. Stay tuned for details! You can track meeting schedules on the legislative calendar.
2. Ask your city council to pass an idle-free ordinance! Did you know that turning off your car engine even for 30 seconds can reduce air pollution? That’s why schools across the state have created idle-free zones for decades. But it is up to cities to pass ordinances that educate drivers about the importance of cutting their engines when idling. The city of Sandy just passed an idling ordinance, making it the 7th city in the state and the only in Salt Lake County with a 1-minute idling limit.
- If you live in Sandy, thank your city council members!
- Spread the word by passing around this article and asking your friends and neighbors to practice idle-free driving.
- If you live in a city that does NOT yet have an idle-free ordinance (those that do include SLC, South Salt Lake, Murray, Holladay, Park City and Logan), contact your city council members and ask them to pass an ordinance like Sandy’s.
3. Ask AG Reyes to stand with other AGs in calling for an accurate 2020 Census. It is widely believed that adding a proposed citizenship question to the 2020 Census could intimidate ethnic and immigrant populations into refusing to participate, leading to inaccurate and undercounted results. Accuracy of the 2020 Census is not a partisan issue, as it impacts people in both parties and is required by the Constitution. If immigrants shun the census and fail to be counted, political ramifications could include reducing the number of congressional representatives in red and blue states alike and skewing academic and government research for a decade.
- Ask Utah State Attorney General Sean Reyes to join other states in calling for removal of the citizenship question in order to ensure an accurate 2020 Census.
4. Become an educated voter for 2018 primary elections. Primaries are critical elections in Utah where the final winner of the race is often determined in districts where one party holds a strong majority. Learn who is running and how to find out what you need to know to participate in 2018 primary elections by clicking HERE.
1. Ask your congressional representative to push for debate on Dreamer legislation. Last week a bipartisan House majority of 240 members of Congress asked Speaker Ryan to bring Dreamer legislation to the floor for debate, agreeing to support the winner of any of four current proposals to resolve the dissolution of the DACA program.
- Read this article to learn the latest about Dreamer legislation and what the holdup on debate is all about.
- Ask your US Rep to push for debate on Dreamer bills. Be sure to leave your name and full address with zip code. Don’t know who represents you? Find out here.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Let spring rejuvenate you!
Spring is in the air, with snow melting and flowers in full bloom across the state. Take a moment this week to enjoy and appreciate the spring season and let its energy restore your strength.
Have a good week!
Andrea & Katie
Co-Founders, Action Utah
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