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Unlike Tribune’s liberal activist, Utah’s caucus and convention system is a pillar of pride

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jason Preston, left, candidate for the 3rd congressional district, and Republican consultant Roger Stone at the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Sandy.

Robert Gehrke, the liberal activist, is back. Attacking Utah’s caucus and convention system. The very system that made Utah the place to be. With a Republican supermajority for decades, it’s no wonder Utah has experienced booming population growth and unparalleled economic prosperity. Conservative policies work.

The caucus and convention system is a mainstay of Utah pride. Many states across the country have moved to a direct primary system, based on expensive television ads, sophisticated mailings to every home that end up in the trash, newspaper headlines that drive a narrative, and signature collectors at doors without knowing their candidates or cause.

Our system in Utah promotes a process where ordinary people have the opportunity to show up at offices that would otherwise be cost prohibitive. Instead, the system allows candidates to focus and reach a more manageable number of people whom their neighbors have assigned to represent them. Delegates are at the heart of the process.

Delegates are ordinary people like you and me. People who are willing to serve and work to vet applicants. The delegates are far from having the credit they deserve. The six short weeks between caucus and convention are filled with cabin meetings, meet-and-greet events, live debates, Zoom calls, emails, text messages, phone calls and the day of the agreement itself. Each event allows people to have one-on-one interaction with their elected reelection candidates and the candidates who challenge them. The American republic exposed, as it was conceived.

Last weekend showed once again that the system works with many races ending with the main advancement of two candidates. Not the so-called “right-wing extremist takeover” that Gehrke likes to sell.

Skyler Beltran, Utah County Republican Party Chairman

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