Utah Women & Politics began with a group of 40 women from Utah who were frustrated after the 2016 elections and travelled to Washington DC together to be a part of the Women's March on Washington.
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 have grown to a group of 100+ women who have formed a Political Action Committee focused on supporting candidates for the Utah State Legislature. Specifically, we are seeking a more balanced, moderate/ progressive 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, actively engaging younger people in the political process, and supporting redistricting work.
Women and Politics Political Action Committee (PAC)
The purpose of the PAC is to assist in selected campaigns, including fundraising, for viable candidates from either party who are running for the State Legislature. Endorsements will be determined after the primary elections. The two major criteria for selection are:
· Electability and
· Moderate political/progressive views in line with their districts.
The PAC will support candidates who are willing to work across the aisle. While the PAC has no gender requirements for candidates it selects, it is seeking to achieve a balanced and diverse legislature.