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Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson easily win nomination of the Democratic Party

Brett Bolander, Features and News Editor

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The Utah Democratic Convention convened on April 28th to nominate candidates for national races and to approve a new party platform.  Candidates for the Senate and Congressional Districts 2, 3, and 4 were selected at convention, while the candidate for Congressional District 1 will be decided by a primary vote.

Ben McAdams, the current mayor of Salt Lake County, won the nomination for Congressional District 4 with 72 percent of the vote and will face a general election against Mia Love.

Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Council, won the Senate nomination with 81 percent of the vote, well beyond the 60 percent required to avoid a primary.  Her Republican opponent will be decided in a primary between Mike Kennedy and Mitt Romney held on June 26th.

James Singer won the nomination for Congressional District 3 and will face John Curtis, the incumbent, in the general election in November.

Shireen Ghorbani won the nomination for Congressional District 2.  Her opponent in the general election will be the incumbent Chris Stewart.

No candidate for Congressional District 1 reached the 60 percent threshold to obtain the nomination, so a primary will be held on June 26th between the top 2 candidates, Lee Castillo and Kurt Weiland, to determine the nominee.

When asked how much they knew about the convention process and events, both Sadee Butikofer and Cade Wartman, both students at Riverton High, said, “I don’t know much” followed by a chuckle.

Sadee expanded by saying, “I can’t do much about it so I don’t worry about it.”

This reaction is to be expected of most people, especially high school students that have less experience in politics.  Only around half of the voting age population participates in most elections and an even smaller portion participate in caucuses, conventions, and primaries.

 

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