Reminder: Voting Members Meeting on April 3rd to Vote on Candidate Support

Dear Utah Women & Politics Members,
This email is a reminder of our meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm at Evolutionary Healthcare, 461 East 200 South, Suite #100.  If you want to bring a "snack" and or wine, it would be appreciated. The purpose of this meeting will be to vote on the candidates that the Candidate Vetting Committee is recommending for UWP-PAC support.  As additional candidates request our support, we will continue to review their applications and present them to our membership for PAC support.
The Agenda for the meeting:
Civics 101
Crystal Young-Otterstrom will be giving us a civics lesson on candidate eligibility, the caucus process, the conventions, primaries and (once elected) the legislative process.  Many of you have requested this information and I know Crystal will do a thorough and complete overview.  
Candidate Voting
The last 2-3 candidates in the first round will be interviewed by the Candidate Vetting Committee on Monday.  After the interviews on Monday, you will be notified, and candidates and their applications will be posted on a secure part of the website.  Note that different candidates have different needs; the ranking will be clear in Monday’s message.  The names you get on Monday are the candidates who are recommended for consideration and will be voted on Tuesday.  Once you have the candidate information, please review BEFORE we meet on Tuesday.  Copies will not be available at the meeting.  Please note: you need to have made your minimum donation to be admitted to the voting meeting.  A simple majority of votes of members in attendance at the Tuesday meeting will be required to move candidates forward to the Candidate Support Committee.
After candidates are approved by the membership, the names will be forwarded to the Candidate Support Committee.  Some Candidate Vetting Committee Members may attend the Candidate Support Committee meeting to provide additional information based on the in-person discussions with the candidates, and to ensure a smooth transition. The Candidate Support Committee will consider which support activities will be needed to help candidates win in the identified districts.
In addition, the Program & Events Committee will be setting up programs to provide members with the opportunity to meet the supported candidates to find out more about their campaigns, platforms and strategy.  
New Business
We still have about $20,000 to raise to meet our $100,000 PAC funding goal.  If you are willing or have friends who might be willing, we would appreciate it if you would host a fundraising event so that we can tell more people about our PAC and hopefully raise the additional $20,000.  Please let me or Marguerite Henderson (margueriteh100 (at), chair of the Program & Events Committee, know of your or others’ interest in hosting a fundraising party.
We are excited about the candidates that we have identified for PAC consideration.  We believe with the right amount of money and womanpower, they can win and we can begin to move the needle.  Thank you for all that you do and your support of this important undertaking.



Update and Upcoming Meeting

Dear Utah Women & Politics Members and Friends,

General Meeting
This is a reminder to save the date for our next meeting on April 3rd, when we will meet to review the recommendations of the Vetting Committee for preliminary candidates that we will consider supporting.  We don't anticipate that this will include all candidates that we might support, but will include a discussion of the candidates the committee has been able to review applications from and meet with thus far.  We anticipate more applications will be submitted as additional viable candidates are identified.  

Date & Time:  Tuesday, April 3rd at 6pm
Location:  Evolutionary Healthcare at 461 E 200 S #100, in Salt Lake City

Committee Updates
Once candidates are approved for support, the Candidate Support Committee will determine the level of funding support along with other support that candidates might need from the PAC.  

The Program & Events Committee has also begun meeting and planning for upcoming events.  This committee will help arrange for candidates to attend our meetings so that we can meet them in person, hear about their platforms and plans, and ask questions.  In addition, the Program & Events Committee will help organize a series of small fundraising receptions in Salt Lake City and Park City to introduce new people to UWP-PAC and to help raise the final $20,000 to get us to our $100,000 goal.  Any member who might be interested in hosting a party or assisting us in this endeavor, we could use your support along with your network of friends to invite.   

If you are interested in volunteering to be on one of these committees or others, please go to the Committee Volunteer Form on our website and register.  We'd love to have you. 

We also want to know more about your skills, talents, etc. so we can tap into it and help the candidates with the needs they will require to build a strong campaign and win an election.  Will you please take just a minute to complete this survey?  Member Survey

We had a wonderful evening at the McCune Mansion to introduce women under 40 to UWP-PAC.  We had a crowd of over 100 attend.  We certainly raised awareness for our group and our goals, and are hoping additional donations come in from women who attended this event.  If you know women who attended, please encourage them to make a donation to UWP - PAC.

While the UWP-PAC only supports candidates for the Utah State Legislature at this time, one of our members (Bev Cooper) is actively involved in the Rosie Rivera for County Sheriff campaign and wanted you all to know about it.  Rosie is the first woman sheriff Chief in Utah and the first Hispanic Womena sheriff in the nation.  Click to read more about Bev's request for support on the UWP-PAC website blog. 

Things are happening.  We're excited and optimistic as we hope you are.  We are eager to share our findings with the entire membership and hope you will all plan on attending our April 3rd meeting.



Upcoming Event for Rosie Rivera, re-election for Salt Lake County Sheriff

Dear Friends,

I agreed to help Rosie Rivera, Salt Lake County Sheriff, in her re-election campaign and I want you to join me.

Rosie is the first woman elected to this office in Utah and there is more. She has spent the last 25 years in law enforcement, watching, listening, learning and thinking about how to improve the Sheriff's department, the United Police Department and the jail. Here is the Tribune article about her election: .

I know that you will agree that given the challenges we are facing with immigration, homelessness and the opioid epidemic (just to name a few), we need someone like Rosie who has demonstrated a commitment to compassionate, wise and professional leadership. 

Here's how you can help. We are planning a fundraiser at Frida Bistro on April 7th from 7 - 9:00 pm that is generously donated by Jorge Fiero. The official invitation will be ready in a minute. You could:

  • Attend a short planning meeting on Saturday, March 17th, 8:30 am
  • Lend your name to the invitation as a host ($100 contribution)
  • Spread the word through your network
  • Attend the event
  • Donate to Rosie at

Please let me know ASAP how you want to help (email Bev at brc211 (at) We are finalizing the invitation in the next couple of days. Thank you. Bev


Beverley Cooper

Utah Women & Politics PAC - Updates and Save the Date

Dear Utah Women & Politics Members and Friends,

We wanted to give you an update and date for the next meeting.

We had two very successful fundraisers this month.  Nancy Garbett hosted a lovely evening on Thursday, February 15, in her beautiful home in Park City.  The group was very interested and small enough that we could have a very informative conversation about Utah Women & Politics, our PAC and politics in Utah.  We raised almost $3,000 that evening.

Our younger members put together an amazing evening on Wednesday, February 21 for over 100 women under 40 at the McCune Mansion, graciously donated by Mary McCarthey.  What a beautiful venue and an enthusiastic and energetic evening.  We still don't have a bottom line of that fundraising event.
Remember that you can donate online and we urge you to consider a donation to our PAC if you haven't already done so.  We have about another $20,000 that we need to raise in order to meet our goal of $100,000 and becoming the highest funded state PAC ever in Utah.

The Candidate Vetting Committee is well under way and has been meeting almost weekly. The Committee continues to meet with candidates who have declared in those districts where we believe we have a good chance of winning. And where strong candidates haven't emerged, the group is working to recruit good candidates for those races.  We should have a pretty good idea of the candidates in each district by the candidate declaration filing deadline of March 15.  We hope to have finished most of the candidate vetting and be able to present a slate of candidates for our support by our next UWP meeting on Tuesday, April 3.  Hopefully we will be able to get the candidates themselves to the meeting so that you have a chance to hear why they are running and how they plan on winning.

If you have not yet signed up for a committee, please go to and sign up.  As we're moving into the election very soon, we know there will be a lot of work to do with the PAC and with the candidates.  Let us know your interests and how you'd like to work on the PAC or the campaigns.

Next Meeting
Please HOLD THE DATE of Tuesday, April 3 for our next meeting to learn about the candidates the Vetting Committee is recommending and to vote on our support for those candidates.  We will send a follow up reminder closer to the date.

Member Skills Database
We are also hoping to assemble a member database of the skills, places, talents, services, and networks that this amazing group has, so we can tap into it and help the candidates with the needs they will require to build a strong campaign and win an election.  Will you please take just a minute to complete this survey and let us know your talents and skills? (

We're excited by the enthusiasm and level of support we are receiving from all of you and others in the community.  If any of you would like to host a small group in your home to introduce them to the PAC and our purpose - and to raise funds - let me know.

And, let me know if you have any other ideas and suggestions for Utah Women & Politics and the PAC.


Article from Democracy Journal: Middle America Reboots Democracy

Middle America Reboots Democracy

We spent months talking with anti-Trump forces—and they’re not who pundits say they are.


FROM FEBRUARY 20, 2018, 2:26 PM

Nancy Reynolds looks like no one’s idea of a revolutionary, least of all her own. She has a quick and contagious smile, shiny coiffed hair, a bad knee, and four grandchildren. Heartbroken after the defeat of Hillary Clinton—for whom Reynolds had spent long hours canvassing in the fall of 2016—she marched in protest in January 2017. When the 2018 anniversary march rolled around, she made sure to fit it in, but it wasn’t easy. These days Nancy Reynolds has campaigns to run: as Hampton Township coordinator for one friend’s Pennsylvania state senate campaign; as a canvass organizer for the slate of first-time candidates she helped elect to Hampton town council in November 2017, breaking long decades of Republican dominance; and now as signature-gatherer for her own campaign for election to her local Democratic Party committee as well. A retired children’s librarian, Nancy has long been a powerhouse within her local community, which is nestled in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs. Prior to 2016, local and state politics were not on her radar screen. Now they dominate her to-do list every day. 

Click to continue reading:

UWP-PAC New Member Events In February

Friends & Supporters,

We have two important events coming up in the next few weeks to help introduce the UWP-PAC to new members and help raise funds for the PAC.  Please feel free to forward to your friends and anyone else you think may be interested.  It's a great opportunity to introduce them to the PAC in a fun, casual event where they can learn more and get to know each other.

Park City Reception:  Nancy Wastcoat Garbett, working with Cheryl Butler, Chair of the Summit County Democratic Party, will be hosting this fundraiser event focused on Park City residents in her lovely home to support our goal of raising $100,000 for our Utah Women & Politics - Political Action Committee.  The Park City reception is Thursday, February 15th from 5:30-8:00pm at the home of Nancy Wastcoat Garbett in Park City.  There is limited space so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.  

Under 40ish Reception:   Several of our younger members of the PAC are planning a fundraising event on Wednesday, February 21st from 7-9pm at the McCune Mansion in SLC.  If you know younger people who you think would like to be involved in the Utah Women & Politics - Political Action Committee, please invite them to this event.  We will help this group bundle donations, so that they can donate a lower amount (say 10 people donating $100 each).  

Facebook invite:

Lucinda L Kindred

Notes from Jan 16, 2018 Meeting

The Utah Women and Politics group met on Tuesday, Jan 16th to review materials for the UWP - PAC.  

Crystal Young-Otterstrom reviewed the Criteria and Rules by which the UWP-PAC will support and endorse legislative candidates. With a few changes, the Criteria presented were approved unanimously by the members. Updated version here:

Marilyn Paine reviewed the initial vetting application that candidates will be required to complete if they wish to be considered for PAC funding support. Again, with a few changes the application was approved.  Revised application form here:

Cindy Kindred reviewed the committee structure and the roles and responsibilities for each committee.  The committee descriptions and committee sign-ups are on the website at:  PLEASE GO ON LINE AND SIGN UP FOR THE COMMITTEE YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN.  If you indicated a preference in an email, this will not be considered an assignment to a committee.  You need to go online and register to a committee for it to be official. Committee leaders will be convening committee meetings within the next month.  If you can indicate your committee choice in the next two weeks (by Feb 2nd), we will send out a schedule of when and where committee meeting will take place.

KRCL - Cindy Kindred, Carol Osborn and Diane Stewart were interviewed Thursday, January 18 on KRCL.  The interview covered the Women’s March and what’s happened since.  Listen in here:

Town Club - Several members who went back to Washington, D. C. for the Women’s March last January will be making a presentation to the Town Club at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 24.  If you are interested in attending, please let Sally Ware (sallyware -at- know so that we can find a sponsor for your attendance.  Lunch is $15.00.

Fundraising Receptions
Under 40 Reception:   Wendy Evans and Crystal Young-Otterstrom are planning a fundraising event at the McCune Mansion for Wednesday, February 21.  If you know younger people who you think would like to be involved, please send their names to Wendy (wendykevans -at- and/or Crystal (cyo -at-

Park City Reception:  Nancy Garbett is hosting a fundraising reception in her beautiful home for Park City residents to introduce them to Utah Women & Politics and raise funds for our PAC.  The Park City reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 15.

Capitol Tours
ActionUtah is hosting weekly tours of the capitol along with instructions on how the legislature works every Tuesday during the legislative session.  If you are interested in participating in one of these tours, either just show up on Tuesday at 12:30pm or visit their Facebook event page for more information

San Juan County Commission Race
Heidi Redd is working with the Navajo tribe to get a Navajo elected to fill out the seat of a re-districted county commission seat.  If anyone is interested in helping with voter registrations sometime this Spring, contact Carol Osborn (cosborn -at- and/or Heidi Redd.  Good “boots on the ground” training.

Look for committee meeting dates and locations in a few weeks. Announcements will be mailed to everyone who signs on to work on a committee.  Get involved.  This is your time

Next Meeting on Tues Jan 16th

Dear Friends and Supporters of Utah Women and Politics,
This is a note to remind you that we have an important meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm at Evolutionary Healthcare, 461 East 200 South, Suite 100.  

We want to share with the group our preliminary thinking on criteria for candidate support, a draft questionnaire we’ve developed for candidates to request support from the Utah Women & Politics PAC and finally, we hope to begin to form committees to help us vet and support candidates and move forward our agenda for creating more balance in the Utah legislature beginning with the 2018 elections.
DRAFT copies of these materials are included here:
Candidate application:
PAC criteria:

Below is a list of some of the committees we’d like you to consider signing up for at the meeting:
Candidate Vetting Committee
This committee will have the responsibility for reviewing requests for support from candidates and recommending which candidates they think should receive support from the Utah Women & Politics PAC. This might also require identifying viable candidates in targeted districts.  Most of this work will happen between now and June.
Candidate Support Committee
This committee will work with those candidates we’ve elected to support to be sure that they have the funds, boots on the ground, phone trees, help in identifying house parties, voter registration - whatever it takes to be sure the candidate has the support, money and manpower, to get elected.
Programs and Events Committee
This committee would be charged with planning monthly meetings for Utah Women & Politics, including candidate meet and greets, background information on voter registrations, what’s happening at the legislature and any informational topic that would help us to be more effective in supporting our candidates.  Additionally, the committee would be charged with occasional social get togethers of the Utah Women and Politics membership.
Communications Committee
This committee will oversee the Utah Women and Politics web site, internal communications, and support UWP in social marketing and community outreach and awareness.
Finance Committee
This committee will support the fundraising for the UWP - PAC, financial reporting to the Lt. Governor’s office, acknowledgement of receipt of funds, etc.
We hope to see  as many of you as can attend the meeting. This is the time to get our boots on the ground and make the difference in our local legislative leadership we’ve pledged to do.

Thank you!

Dear Friends and Supporters of Utah Women and Politics,
What an amazing gathering we had a Diane Stewart’s lovely home to kick off our Women & Politics PAC.  Thank you to Diane for hosting us. Thank you to those who could attend and a huge thank you to all of your who made a donation.  We so appreciate your support which we hope eventually will begin the change we all want to see in the Utah State legislature.  We will MOVE THE NEEDLE!
If you could not attend last night or forgot your checkbook, please go to our new website and make a donation.  
We also want to know how you want to be involved with the group.  We need volunteers and we need people to help us organize, identify, interview and vet candidates, help with fundraising, etc.  Let us know if you can devote some time to the organization, if you can serve on a committee or head up one and what your interests are. 

We’ve also received a lot of feedback about reaching out to younger women and we will be working on this very soon.  If you’re interested in helping, we would appreciate your support.
We still have another $30,000 to raise to reach our $100,000 goal, so please, please step forward and give as generously as you are able – and ask your friends to give as well.  We have a pledge form on line.  You can spread out your giving if that makes it easier.
Thank you all for your energy, your enthusiasm, and your wonderful support. 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed “women” can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

Invitation to Nov 29th Event

Hi all,

Our first Utah Women & Politics social event is coming up! We hope you will join us for our first fundraiser event for the Utah Women & Politics Political Action Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, November 29th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the home of Diane Stewart, xxx in Salt Lake City.  RSVP to lucinkin (at)

Our goal is to raise a total of $100,000 for the PAC, and we are asking for each member to donate $1,000+ either directly or by bundling the funds of several people together to make the $1,000+ contribution.  

Please help us get a good turnout at the event by forwarding this invitation to any others you think would be interested in supporting the Utah Women & Politics PAC. 

As background on the Utah Women & Politics group:
Utah Women & Politics (UWP) began with a group of 40 women who marched in Washington on January 21.  It has since grown to include over 100 women.  Our initial goal was to capture the momentum, excitement and urgency achieved at the March, and to determine how make a meaningful difference in future elections. The effort has evolved such that we are currently fund-raising to form a Political Action Committee focused on supporting candidates for the Utah State Legislature.  Specifically, we are seeking a more balanced, moderate and diverse legislature. The candidates we decide to support will be moderates from either party, and the race they are in must, with the appropriate support, be seen as winnable.  Candidates do not have to be women.  We are eager to have candidates who are willing to work across the aisle and to listen to all of their constituents.  UWP support could be in the form of dollar contributions, “boots on the ground” / going door to door, or hosting events to support the candidate(s). In addition to specific candidate support, UWP is committed to improving voter turnout, fair redistricting (including the Better Boundaries Utah efforts), and actively engaging younger people in the political process.

Upcoming Event: Nov 29th

Utah Women & Politics - We Need Your Help!!!

We hope that many of you will plan on attending our meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 pm at Evolutionary Healthcare.  We will be hearing from the Action Utah group as well as VOTERIZE, a successful voter recruitment project operating in Utah. 

We also need your help in getting us your mailing and phone information.  Invitations to the Utah Women & Politics social at Diane Stewart’s home on November 29 are going out this week.  We need you to send us your mailing addresses and phone numbers so that you can receive the invitation.  We also would urge you to invite others who you think might want to support our new UWP - PAC.  The social is a fundraiser and we hope that everyone who attends will plan to write a check to the new PAC.  For our current members we are asking everyone to give or get $1,000 - this is a two year contribution, so you can pay out over time or bundle donations from friends and family to reach the goal.  We don’t want individuals to feel guilty if you feel you can’t make that suggested donation amount.  We do however, want you to contribute at the level you feel most comfortable.  For some that may be more than $1,000 for others it may be less.  And, we hope that you will encourage others to join the PAC as well.  Our goal is $100,000 and we believe that we can reach that by year’s end. 

If you’re not able to attend tomorrow night’s meeting, please email us your contact information ASAP.  Thank you for your help and we hope to see many of you at tomorrow night’s Utah Women & Politics meeting.  It should be informative and we have news about the PAC to report.


Next Meeting Nov 14th

We are planning a meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at Evolutionary Healthcare.  Our guests will be ACTION UTAH and VOTERIZE talking about their respective organizations and how we might collaborate.  Please let us know if you plan to attend. 

ALSO, be sure that you have calendared our PAC Kick-off Social at Diane Stewart's home on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm.  I'll send out another reminder.  Please invite guests who you think would be interested in supporting our PAC.

See you all soon.