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United Utah Party

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United Utah Party
ChairpersonRichard Davis
Membership (May 2018)591
Open government
Electoral Reform
Campaign finance reform
Political positionCenter [1]
U.S. House of Representatives (Utah Seats)
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Seats in the State Senate
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Seats in the State House
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Other elected offices0 (2017)

The United Utah Party (UUP) is a political party in the United States. It was founded in 2017 and is active only in the state of Utah. The party identifies itself as politically moderate, and was created out of frustration with the Republican and Democratic parties.

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Nevada and Utah Both are states in these United States, and other than the obvious similarities such as the fact that the official language in both states is English, here are a few other similarities Both are right next to each other Both have about the same population, the same amount of electoral votes, and are growing very quickly, at similar rates In both states, the population density remains low Both have similar climates Both are mostly made up of desert, although Nevada is definitely is drier Residents of Nevada and Utah have similar incomes and similar cost of living Both are not dramatically different in size, and both have lots and lots of public land. Both states have more public land than all other states. But... other than that, it doesn’t seem like there is much in common between the bordering states, which is a bit surprising. First of all, Utah is younger. There are more kids there. In fact, a higher percentage of babies are born in Utah each year compared to all other states, not just Nevada. It also has the largest family sizes in the country. 57% of Utah residents are married, compared to 47% of Nevada residents. Utah is more Caucasian. It has few minorities. Nevada, on the other hand, is much more diverse. Nevada’s Hispanic population is quickly approaching 30 percent of the state. Utah is more educated. Whatever that means, right? Well, for the purposes of this video, that means they have a higher percentage of people who graduated from college and high school. 41% have a college education in Utah, compared to 32% in Nevada. Related to this, Nevada has a much higher poverty rate, which is around 21 percent. Utah’s is just 11 percent. Utah’s unemployment rate has been significantly lower than Nevada’s since 2003. Utah appears to have a much better health care system than Nevada. According to US News, Utah ranks #15 out of the 50 states for health care while Nevada ranks #37. By most standards, Utah residents are much healthier than Nevada residents. Nevada has the worst ranking in the United States for immunizations and mothers receiving poor prenatal care. Its suicide rate is the second highest in the country. Meanwhile, Utah has the lowest infant mortality rate in the country, the lowest cancer death rate in the country, and the lowest percentage of adults who smoke in the country. During the Cold War, the United States conducted 928 nuclear tests in Nevada, and 0 in Utah. However, Utah had plenty of “downwinders,” or people exposed to the nuclear fallout from these tests. Politically speaking, Nevada residents generally lean to the left and Utah residents generally lean to the right. Nevada has voted for the Democratic candidate the last three presidential elections, while Utah has voted for the Republican candidate the last 13. If you dig deeper, you’ll find Nevada is extremely more libertarian compared to Utah. More on that in a bit. Both states have very different histories. Utah was founded by Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religion founded in the United States in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The Mormons had fled west to escape persecution back east. Today, Mormon influence is evident no matter where you go in Utah. The church has a huge influence on the state’s culture and traditions. This explains much of the strong family ties in the state, the outlawing of alcohol and tobacco, and the fairly boring nightlife. Nevada, on the other hand, has the most exciting nightlife in the country. Las Vegas truly is the city that never sleeps, and The Strip is iconic today as a go-to destination for tourists around the world wanting to party it up and have some fun. Las Vegas is also widely known as THE “Sin City.” While Nevada originally was settled by Mormons, and used to be a part of Utah Territory, many early outsiders came to Nevada to work in the mining industry after the discovery of silver there. With the mining towns, came the casinos and later the mob, who seemed to get away with more out in Nevada than they did back East. In Utah, strict laws control personal behavior, while in Nevada, also known as “America’s Playground,” strip clubs and casinos are everywhere. Nevada is probably the easiest place to get both married and divorced in the country, sometimes on the same night. Gambling, prostitution, and marijuana are all legal in Nevada, Utah would likely be the LAST state to legalize those things. Utah’s economy is fairly similar to most of the rest of the country, meaning retail, manufacturing, and healthcare are in its top five industries. In Nevada, tourism dominates. Entertainment and Hospitality are in its top five. Between 50 and 60 million tourists travel to Nevada each year. In Utah, that number is around 20 million, which is actually still quite impressive. Most of Utah’s tourists come for the natural beauty of the state or to ski, whereas most of Nevada’s tourists come to, you know, well...what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, alright? In conclusion, comparing Nevada and Utah is a great example of how powerful seemingly arbitrary lines on a map, aka borders are. Borders can dramatically alter the economic, political, and cultural landscapes of societies. Sure, the two states have a lot in common, but many of the differences are stark, even though they are right next to each other. Where’s all my Nevada and Utah viewers at? If you are from one of these two states, let me know in the comments what I got right and, of course, what I got wrong. If you like this video, I’m thinking about turning this into a series. You know, comparing states, provinces, countries etc. If you actually think that's a good idea, let me know in the comments below. And finally, a shout out to my friend Cypher who runs a YouTube channel called Cynical Historian. He is a Nevada native who has an amazing history of Las Vegas video you should check out. I’ve linked it below. And thank you for watching. We'll see you next week.



Background and formation

Prior to the formation of the United Utah Party, Brigham Young University (BYU) political science professor Richard Davis had considered forming a political party for years. According to Davis, he found people were open to an alternative political party during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[2] He announced the formation of the party on May 22, 2017.[3] Davis became a chairperson for the party. Jim Bennett, the son of former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, was the party's executive director until he stepped down to run as the UUP's candidate in a special congressional election to replace Jason Chaffetz.[1] Nils Bergeson, a former U.S. foreign service officer, became the party's second executive director in 2018.[4]

2017 Utah congressional election

On May 26, 2017, Jim Bennett attempted to apply as an affiliated candidate in Utah's 3rd congressional district special election, 2017, but the lieutenant governor's office rejected the application because the elections office had not had 30 days to finish certifying the new party.[5][6] Bennett refused to register as an unaffiliated candidate.[7] Utah's elections office certified the party on June 27, 2017.[8]

On June 21, 2017, the UUP filed a lawsuit against Utah state officials to get Bennett's name on the ballot.[9] In court, a Utah state attorney argued that the UUP could have formed earlier to meet the application deadline. A party lawyer argued that only a "soothsayer" could have predicted that Jason Chaffetz would resign from the U.S. House of Representatives.[10] On August 2, 2017, a federal judge in charge of the case ordered Utah election officials to allow Bennett on the ballot under the United Utah Party.[11]

In late September 2017, Bennett narrowly qualified to participate in the Utah Debate Commission's selective debate, along with the election's Republican and Democratic candidates, John Curtis and Kathie Allen.[12] The special election was held on November 7, 2017, and Bennett conceded the race hours after the polls closed and initial results showed Curtis winning and Allen getting second place.[13] Bennett got third place with 9.3% of the popular vote.[14]

2018 House of Representatives elections

In February 2018, two UUP candidates announced they would run for the United States House of Representatives: Jan Garbett and Eric Eliason, who will challenge Republicans Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop respectively.[15] On March 20, 2018, the United Utah Party held caucuses at 19 locations with attendance of just over 900 people, when the party had just over 400 registered members.[16] Garbett later withdrew from the race. Eliason was defeated; Eliason received 11.6% of the vote as Ron Bishop was reelected.


According to UUP chairman Richard Davis, the party's platform is mostly based on laws and principles, rather than specific social positions.[2] He told The Salt Lake Tribune that the party supports term limits, stricter campaign-finance laws, efforts to stop gerrymandering, and increased school funding. The party's platform also includes enforcing immigration laws "with compassion," and generally opposes abortion with specific exceptions.[1] The party believes that public lands can be preserved while still allowing economic development.[2] The UUP supports the right of responsible gun owners to possess firearms.[17]

The UUP supports efforts to stop using taxpayer money in the Utah Republican Party's closed primary elections.[18] On December 1, 2017, the party called for greater transparency regarding sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill.[19] In January 2018, the UUP announced support for the "Our Schools Now" initiative, a proposed progressive tax meant to increase funding for education.[20]


  1. ^ a b c "New centrist party forms in Utah to attract disaffected Republicans, Democrats". The Salt Lake Tribune. May 22, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Jarman, Sara (August 10, 2017). "What is the United Utah Party?". KSL-TV. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Romboy, Dennis (May 22, 2017). "Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats form new centrist political party". Deseret News. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
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  5. ^ Tanner, Courtney; Harrie, Dan (May 25, 2017). "Jim Bennett tries to jump into race for Congress, but state won't let him under new party's banner". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Harris, Dylan Woolf (May 27, 2017). "Hot for Chaffetz' Seat". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Roche, Lisa Riley (June 17, 2017). "Backers of new Utah political party say they'll sue to get candidate in congressional race". KSL-TV. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Ritchey, Julia (June 27, 2017). "New Centrist Party Recognized By State Amid Lawsuit". KUER 90.1. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "New Utah party sues to get onto ballot to replace Chaffetz". Fox News. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Romboy, Dennis (July 14, 2017). "State, United Utah Party argue over access to 3rd District special election ballot". KSL-TV. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Price, Michelle L. (August 2, 2017). "Judge: Bennett's Son Can Join Utah Race to Replace Chaffetz". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Tanner, Courtney (September 22, 2017). "United Utah hopeful Jim Bennett qualifies for 3rd District debate in race to fill seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Tanner, Courtney (November 7, 2018). "Republican John Curtis easily beats Democrat Kathie Allen, even in Salt Lake County". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Utah Election Preliminary Results". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Cathcart, Preston (February 13, 2018). "United Utah Party candidates to challenge 2 congressmen". Deseret News. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Klopfenstein, Jacob (March 22, 2018). "United Utah Party caucuses exceed expectations with 900 attendees". KSL-TV. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ "Platform". United Utah Party. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  18. ^ Davidson, Lee (August 10, 2017). "New party seeks to end state funding for closed Republican primaries". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  19. ^ Romboy, Dennis (December 2, 2017). "Utah Rep. Mia Love proposes to end taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Wood, Benjamin (January 18, 2018). "United Utah party backs $715 million-a-year school funding initiative, but state's Democrats and GOP aren't choosing sides". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 19, 2018.

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