Tooele County Democrats met last Thursday to nominate their candidates for county offices and rallied support for the upcoming November general election.
“We don’t need to change the party; it’s time to change things for Tooele County,” said Gillian Young, Tooele County Democratic party chairman. “It is our turn to educate the people, to educate our neighbors, to get Tooele County out of the mud it is in.”
The 2008 county general election left Tooele County, once a Democratic stronghold, with only one Democrat — Sheriff Frank Park — holding an elected position in the county.
“We have a slate of candidates that are educated, knowledgeable, and credentialed,” Young said.
She encouraged the crowd of around 50 delegates that gathered at Tooele Applied Technology College to invite neighbors, including Republicans, to their home for a soiree or a barbecue and educate them about the Democratic candidates.
Democratic candidates for Tooele County elected offices are Jerry Edwards of Grantsville for County Commission seat A; Kendall Thomas of Stockton for County Commission seat B; Sam Woodruff of Tooele for Clerk/Auditor; Rachel Hester of Tooele for Treasurer; and Andy Oblad of Stansbury Park for Sheriff.
Rick Pollock of Stansbury Park, is running as a Democrat for state House district 21. No Democrat filed to run against Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, for House district 68.
The state Senate seats that represent Tooele County also include parts of other counties and require state delegates to select the Democratic candidates.
Democratic candidates for state Senate representing Tooele County include LeGrand Peeples and Clare Collard, both from Magna, for Senate district 12, and Scott Totman of Stansbury Park for Senate district 17.
The state Democratic Convention will be held April 26 at the City Creek Marriott in Salt Lake City.