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Democrats Signal Utah Not “Off-Limits”

GRAPHIC: Maryann Martindale with the Alliance for a Better Utah says record low turnout in the presidential election is a sign that Utah voters are being turned off by one-party rule.
GRAPHIC: Maryann Martindale with the Alliance for a Better Utah says record low turnout in the presidential election is a sign that Utah voters are being turned off by one-party rule.
November 30, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY – The "blues" are wading deep into the "red" today (Friday) in Salt Lake City.

Democrats are in town for their party chair meeting, a decision that had some scratching their heads.

But Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, says that no matter which party you identify with, she believes there's always room for improvement.

"It's great that they are coming here. It's great that they are acknowledging that Utah isn't just a lost cause for anyone other than an extreme Republican Party; but there's a long way to go. It's certainly not going to be fixed with one meeting, with national leaders."

Martindale says record low turnout in the presidential election is a sign that Utah voters are being turned off by one-party rule. Nearly 200 Democratic Party leaders from across the nation are expected to attend the meetings, which run through Sunday.

Martindale says wide-ranging input is particularly important when states are making decisions about what she calls equality issues.

"Educational reform and funding, immigration reform – those are issues that benefit from a full, diverse, robust discussion. Whenever you have a single party speaking on behalf of an entire state – you don't have any balance to those discussions."

Martindale points out that Utah is ripe for balancing the political scales because currently more voters identify themselves as Independents rather than with either party.



Mike Clifford, Public News Service - UT