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State delegates set the stage for midterm elections in November

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Democrats and republicans hosted state conventions Saturday, to put the final stamp of approval on the candidates that will represent them in the midterm elections.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Democrats and republicans hosted state conventions Saturday, to put the final stamp of approval on the candidates that will represent them in the midterm elections.

State delegates come from near and far.

For democrats the Salt Palace Convention Center is the place, for republicans it's the South Towne Expo Center.

It's a time to energize the base, conduct party business and hold the candidates accountable.

"This is a time when you have to come out and justify yourself. You talk to real people, not just run television ads and shoot things through the mail, you actually have to justify your existence and answer tough questions," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, ( R ) Ut.

Some of the questions answered on the democratic side include a new party chair. Former Salt Lake County Mayor, Peter Corroon came out on top. He wants to strengthen his party's status in the state.

"I believe we need a two party system in the state of Utah. Right now we have one party that runs the state and it's not good. It's not good for government, it's not good for our citizens, it's not good for our pocket books," said Corroon.

Democrats are hoping to hold onto the seat in the 4th Congressional District being vacated by Jim Matheson.

Doug Owens is the nominee.

"The middle class is under a lot of stress and has been for a number of years. Middle class jobs have been disappearing and we need to make sure to do something with the economy in a way that benefits the middle class," said Owens.

Republicans will counter with Mia Love, who is no stranger to the district.

She pushed Matheson to the limits in the last go around and is ready for another shot.

"When I've listened to the delegates and listen to the things that are really bothering people it's government overreach, Obamacare, national debt. All of those things are really affecting people’s lives," said Love.

The delegates have spoken, now the races will be decided by Utah voters.

"It's one of the greatest things about our country. Listen, if we don't take activity in our respective parties this country could lose some of the resilience that it really has," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, ( R ) Ut.

On the republican side all three congressional incumbents reclaimed the party nomination.

Rob Bishop in Congressional District 1, Chris Stewart in 2 and Jason Chaffetz in 3.

Democratic challengers include Donna McAleer in the 1st Congressional District, current State Senator, Luz Robles in the 2nd and Brian Wannacot in the 3rd.

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