Utah Democrats hold statewide caucus meetings

By Brian Carlson

Published 03/18 2014 11:16PM

Updated 04/22 2014 04:16PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Utah’s 2014 Election season has officially begun. Tuesday night Utah democrats held caucus meetings across the state.

“This is really the time when campaign season starts. Candidates are here making their debut and introducing themselves to voters for the first time,” said Ben McAdams, (D) Salt Lake County Mayor.

In caucus meetings just like one at Ensign Elementary in Salt Lake City, voters chose delegates and precinct officers. Some voters feel compelled to be a part of it.

“It’s a fantastic way to actually become engaged in the micro aspect of politics,” said David LaCheminant, attended caucus meeting.

“This is our civic responsibility,” said Trudy Henderson, attended caucus meeting.

“I think it’s important for people to meet their candidates and know their candidates in a personal way,” said John Kateel, attended caucus meeting.

One of those candidates is Charles A. Stormont. He’s running as a democratic candidate for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

“These are my neighbors, these are lot of my friends, even some colleagues are here, this is a way for them to know who I am,” said Charles A. Stormont, (D) Candidate for Utah Attorney General.

Some politicians claim the process really works.

“People can leave their home and come in and talk to politicians and have a say and we listen to them,” said Jim Dabakis, Utah Democratic Party Chair.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the initiative from Count My Vote which is expected to change Utah’s caucus system and allow candidates another path to get on the ballot. Those changes won’t affect the system until 2016. In just two days State republicans will hold their caucus night.

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