Utah Democratic Party

26th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon

Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon 2019

Please join us at our 26th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon to honor Mayor Jenny Wilson and pay tribute to Norma Matheson.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is the recipient of the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Award. Prior to her election as mayor, Mayor Wilson served for 10 years on the Salt Lake County Council and was the first woman elected to the County Council. In 2018, she ran for US Senate against Mitt Romney and currently serves as Utah’s Democratic National Committeewoman. Throughout her service to the State, County, and Utah Democratic Party, she has personified courage, compassion and dedication

We will also pay to tribute to past Eleanor Roosevelt Award recipient, former first lady, and stalwart of the Utah Democratic Party, Norma Matheson, who passed away in July.

Monday, November 18, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST
The Little America Hotel
500 Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Democratic Unity

DNC Announces New General Election Unity Program

The Utah Democratic Party is proud to participate in the DNC’s new initiative unify Democrats behind our eventual nominee in 2020.

“It’s smart for the DNC, together with state parties, to begin the work of unification now,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “We know that in order to be successful we’ll need every Democrat rallying behind our eventual nominee, and this work will help put our party in the strongest possible position for victory in 2020.”

Read the DNC announcement on Democratic Unity.

Norma Matheson, 1929 – 2019

The Utah Democratic Party and Utahns of all political stripes mourn the passing of Norma Warenski Matheson, the Matriarch of the Matheson family. Here at the Democratic Party, Norma will be remembered for her kindness, her sharp political insight, and love for the Democratic Community. She has been deeply involved in the Women’s Democratic Club, an advocate for seniors, a community volunteer, philanthropist and board member for many of Utah’s most prominent non-profits. She was also the spouse of the late Governor Scott Matheson Sr., and the mother of four children, including former Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson and Democratic gubernatorial candidate and federal judge Scott Matheson Jr.

Utah Democratic Chair, Jeff Merchant, said in a statement that “Norma was one of the classiest women I have met. I first got to know her in 1999 as she supported Jim Matheson in his first race for Congress. What impressed me most was Norma’s love for all her family—Scott, Robin, Lu, Jim, and Tom—and her willingness to sacrifice so much for the State of Utah. She had a remarkable quality to make everyone around her feel important and heard. These very attributes translated into her many efforts to improve the quality of life for all Utahns.”

She was truly an exemplar of the kind of Democrat we all strive to be. She will be sorely missed, and the Party offers its condolences to her family.

Executive Appointments 2019

With the new administration of the Utah Democratic Party comes dozens of vacancies for appointed positions for which we are now soliciting applications (due July 18 at 5 pm). These positions include:

2 members of the Executive Committee: Expected to attend Executive Committee meetings twice a month and perform other duties as assigned.

4 Regional Coordinators: One person from each of the four regions to serve as a liaison between the county parties and the Executive Committee and assist county party officers, as described in the bylaws (lines 72-92), and are also expected to attend executive meetings twice a month.

29 members of the Rules Standing Committee: Duties include drafting convention rules, monitoring compliance with rules, and other duties as described in the bylaws (lines 105-124 and 729-755). Preference is given to former National Delegates, members of the State Central Committee, or state delegates. This Committee meets as necessary.

7 members of the Judicial Standing Committee: Duties include resolving intra-party disputes, recommending resolutions for failures to comply with rules, and other duties as described in the bylaws (lines 757-776). Preference is given to members of the Utah State Bar Association and members of the state central committee.

8 appointed at-large members of the State Central Committee: To increase diversity and representation and are expected to attend quarterly meetings throughout the state.

Complete descriptions can be found in the Bylaws: https://utahdemocrats.org/constitution-bylaws/.

Apply now. Applications are due July 18 at 5 pm.

2019 – 2021 Executive Committee

Congratulations to our new Executive Committee!

Utah Democratic Party Executive Committee
Left to right: Charles Stormont, National Committeeman; Michael Bryant, Secretary; Jeff Merchant, Chair; Nadia Mahallati, Vice Chair; and Sheila Srivastava, Treasurer.

At the Utah Democratic Party Annual Convention on June 22, 2019, in Park City, Utah, state delegates elected new officers and representatives of county parties and issue caucuses.

Chair: Jeff Merchant
Vice Chair: Nadia Mahallati
Secretary: Michael Bryant
Treasurer: Sheila Srivastava
National Committeman: Charles Stormont
National Committewoman: Jenny Wilson
Utah House Representative: Jen Dailey-Provost
Chair of Caucus Chairs: Jennifer Miller-Smith
Chair of County Chairs: Zach Thomas