How to run for party office in Utah

Party office elections are held in odd years, primarily at party state and county organizing conventions. Executive Offices include Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretaries, and Treasurers. Other positions include Central Committee Members, Caucus Leaders and Leg Chairs.

Party Executive Officer Positions

Chair

Chair positions are the officials elected to oversee precincts (Republican Party) or Caucuses (Democratic Party). Their job is to engage directly with voters on a local level. Each party elects a precinct chair every odd year at Organizing Conventions.

Vice Chair(s)

The Vice Chair assists the Chair in his or her duties and perform the Chair’s duties in the Chair’s absence. 

Secretary

The Secretary provides required notice, minutes and attendance records of the Central Committee, Executive Committee, and Convention.

Treasurer

The Treasurer keeps and maintains financial records of the Central Committee.

Other Party Positions

State Central Committee 

The State Central Committee (SCC) is the governing body of the party. The (SCC) has representatives from every county in Utah. Along with the automatic and appointed members, each county chair and vice-chair, counties are allocated elected representatives based on the number of affiliated voters in that county.

County Central Committee 

The County Central Committee is the governing body of the party within each County. In some political parties, these groups of elected leaders may be called County Councils. Each County Committee elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and/or Treasurer at county organizing conventions.

Issue Caucus Leaders  (Democratic Party only)

The Democratic Party is organized into Issue Caucuses, each with leaders and representatives. The Issue Caucuses include:

Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus, Black Caucus, Disability Caucus, Education Caucus, Environmental Caucus, Healthcare Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Labor Caucus, LDS Dems, Native American Caucus, Outdoor Caucus, Progressive Caucus, Rural Caucus, Senior Citizens Caucus, Stonewall Caucus, Veterans Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and Young Democrats of Utah

Legislative Chairs (also known has “Leg Chairs”) 

House district chairs organize volunteer support for candidates in their legislative house district and serve as a contact for precinct officers, candidates, and volunteers. 

Eligibility

    1. For Republican party candidates, candidates must be
      1. A registered affiliated Republican voter
      2. Be at least 25 years of age
      3. Resident of Utah for 3 years; 6 months living in the district prior to the last day of filing
      4. A U.S. citizen
    2. For Democratic party candidates, candidates must follow the above eligibility requirements, with the exception that there is no political affiliation requirement.
    3. For Democratic Issue Caucus, eligibility requirements vary by caucus. 

Filing Deadlines

March: File for Declaration of Candidacy in March, typically right after the end of the legislative session and prior to the organizing convention (see individual party websites, emails and social media for exact party deadlines).

Election Procedures

  1. File for party executive leadership and central committee candidacy directly with your party before the filing deadline. Filing forms are generally due to the party county or state secretary.
  2. File for issue caucus leadership directly with the caucus, per individual caucus procedures and requirements.
  3. Executive officer candidates will be voted on by county and state delegates at your party’s county and state organizing conventions. Caucus leaders will be voted on by the members of the caucus. County organizing conventions are generally held on odd years soon after precinct caucus meetings, which are held in March after the state legislative session — though some county conventions occur after the state organizing convention. State organizing conventions are held thereafter, generally in May or June. Caucus meeting and election times are determined by the individual caucus.

Resources

Find more information at your state party offices.

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