West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announced today that he will not run for re-election later this year. Despite problems plaguing the city’s police force and a scandal where Winder admitted writing articles under a pen-name praising his city, he says he’s proud of his tenure as Mayor.
Winder says the $35K annual salary he receives as Mayor is not enough to provide for his family and he’ll be looking for a better paying job when his term ends next January. He says West Valley City’s economy blossomed on his watch.
Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees. A proposal to raise the percentage of votes needed to avoid a primary sparked heated debate about how best to give lesser-known candidates a fair shot.
A bill that would allow citizens to register to vote in Utah on election-day was approved by a House Committee today. HB 91 would allow voters to register at the polls on and require county clerks to count those votes. Democrat Rebecca Chavez Houck of Salt Lake County is the sponsor of the bill. She hopes the legislation would increase voter turnout.
Utah students and families battle the rising cost of higher education, a bill to fund preschool programs for at-risk children fails in the Utah Senate, and Representative Jim Matheson introduces legislation to end straight ticket voting.
Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.
A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.
Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.
Utah's six presidential electors met today at the state capitol and cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The electors are all Republicans who were chosen at the party's state convention. They're required to vote for the Republican candidate, since he won the popular vote in Utah. Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the results, which were not a surprise to anyone.
"We declare that Utah casts all its ballots for president for Mitt Romney and all its ballots for vice-president for Paul Ryan," he told a crowd made up mostly of media and school children.