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Summit County’s Democratic Convention will feature first contested slate in 10 years

Roster includes one incumbent and three contested races

Cheryl Butler and Jeff Stern are running against each other for the Summit County Democratic Chair position. The Democratic convention will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church.

When Ginger Tolman learned there had not been a contested race for a spot on the Summit County Democrats executive committee in nearly a decade, she felt obligated to recruit new candidates for the upcoming convention.

"I heard that the slate had not been contested for years and it really inspired me to do my best to rally other people to run," Tolman said. "I really wanted to see what we could do to re-energize the Summit County Democratic Party."

Tolman, who is responsible for the party's marketing and social media accounts, said this election is "incredibly important" to her because the roster will now feature three contested races and only one incumbent.

"Having those races contested is really important because it brings new people and fresh ideas," Tolman said. "The fact that these people have new perspectives and they haven't heard the same stories is important because they can really champion our party to become much more relevant than it has been. They are enthused and excited."

The Summit County Democratic Convention will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Drive, in Park City. Anyone can attend, however, only the county's 107 delegates will have voting rights. Committee members are elected to serve two-year terms.

The fourth and final term for Democratic Party Chair Glenn Wright, who was officially sworn in as a member of the Summit County Council in January, will end on Saturday.

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Jeff Stern, who lives in Park City, and Cheryl Butler, who lives in Promontory, are vying for Wright's position. Stern has lived in Park City for six years and has owned a part-time home in the area since 1992. Last year, Butler attended the Democratic National Convention as one of two Democratic delegates selected from Summit County to represent Congressional District 1.

Rob Weyher, who is 54 years old, and Liliama Woods, who is 20 years old, are going head-to-head for the North Summit Vice Chair position. The race for the state committeeman also features two candidates: Leonard McGee and Judd Werner.

The following committee positions are uncontested:

  • South Summit Vice Chair: Pamela Longley
  • West Summit Vice Chair: Bob Jasper
  • Secretary: Josh Hobson
  • Treasurer: incumbent Corrie Forsling
  • Summit County Sate Committeewoman: Deanna Rhodes

The candidates will be available for a meet-and-greet event at the J GO Gallery, 408 Main Street in Park City, between 5 and 7 p.m. Tolman said the event will feature beverages and snacks. She said it is free and open to the public.

"Even though it's only the county delegates that have an actual vote, I think it is important for the community to see what is going on," Tolman said. "We have huge respect for the people who have carried this banner for a decade now, but it is time for these newer people to reinvent the party."

Wright, who has been involved with the committee for nearly a decade, said there has not been a contested race during that time. He added, "It's a real treat and says there is a lot of enthusiasm for Democratic politics."

Wright said there are more than 20 people running for four positions on the state's executive committee, before adding "they have all been invited to attend our convention." Peter Corroon, the Democratic state party chair, and Charles Stormont, national committeeman for the state party, are expected to attend.

"I would encourage everyone to come, especially anyone interested in politics," Wright said. "Politics are a way to make a change in society. The convention is a way to connect with the Democratic Party and get involved."

The Summit County Democratic Convention will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Drive, in Park City. For questions, contact Glenn Wright at wright.glenn@gmail.com or at 435-640-9284.