Howard Dean, a former governor of Vermont who competed for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, is scheduled to visit Park City on Tuesday to raise money for the Summit County and state Democratic parties.
The event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Organizers suggest a donation of between $25 and $250 to attend. He will appear at a private residence in Park Meadows. Glenn Wright, the chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party, said a voter-registration drive will be launched at the event in anticipation of the 2014 elections.
Dean is now a Washington, D.C.-based consultant. Wright said Dean, who once served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, remains an important figure in the party.
He praised Dean's efforts while leading the national party, saying that Dean crafted a 50-state strategy for the Democratic National Committee for success in elections. Wright credited the strategy with helping Congressman Jim Matheson, the lone Democrat in Utah's congressional delegation, win re-election in 2012.
"It's been extremely valuable for Utah. The precedent has been continued over the last four, six years," Wright said about the 50-state strategy.
Wright is anticipating at least 75 people at the event.
Dean visited the Park City area in early 2005 for a party fundraiser, months after ending his bid for the 2004 presidential nomination. During that appearance, Dean sharply criticized President George W. Bush. He said the Bush administration employed the "same kind of accounting Enron uses" and said the nation was running up large deficits with "phony, funny money."