Utah House Democrats Gain Seats, Encouraged by Election Results

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2018

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov
 

Utah House Democrats Gain Seats, Encouraged by Election Results


SALT LAKE CITY – 
Today House Democrats released the following statement following the most current results of the 2018 General Election. 

“The Utah House Democratic Caucus is energized by the election results showing we have grown our numbers and strengthened Utahns’ Democratic voice in the House. On Tuesday all incumbent House Democratic members who sought reelection retained their seats by comfortable margins. In addition, the most current vote counts shows Suzanne Harrison (District 32), Andrew Stoddard (District 44), Jen Dailey-Provost (District 24), Stephanie Pitcher (District 40), and LaWanna "Lou" Shurtliff (District 10) as all having likely won seats in the House.

Other races, including Democrat challenger Deana Froerer’s race for House District 8, were still too close to call.

By electing more Democrats, Utahns voted for civility, collaboration and more balance on Capitol Hill. Utahns voted for protecting access to affordable, quality healthcare for hardworking families. They voted for cleaner air and a healthier environment. They voted for high-quality jobs, a competitive workforce, and fairer pay.  And they voted for a more transparent government that works for everyone.

We are thrilled that so many Utahns of all ages and backgrounds came out in record numbers to vote. Although vote counts are not final, a majority of Utahns appeared to have approved legalizing medical cannabis, creating safeguards against partisan gerrymandering and, crucially, expanding Medicaid to 150,000 Utahns in need. For far too long the Legislature has been tone deaf on these critical issues. Yesterday voters’ expressed their preference for compassion.

 As our national politics have grown alarmingly more divisive, we are energized that so many local Democrats ran for a record number of races. This past year of debates, dialogue and door-to-door conversations has served to unite Utahns and strengthen our democracy.  House Democrats look forward to working closely with our Republican colleagues to keep Utah thriving and accountable to all of its citizens.”

The House Democrats plan to hold its leadership elections on November 20, 2018, following the certification of the final election results.

 

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