Who gets to be a politician?
Becoming a politician in Utah takes more than just waking up one day and deciding you want to run for office. Surprising? Probably not. But for those bold few who DO wake up with a bee in their bonnet, the path is a lot easier if you a) have a lot of free time and b) have a lot of money, which leaves out a pretty big chunk of the population. Some groups are working to help clear the path for women and people of color, though, so that the people who represent Utah might look a bit more like Utah.
- Priscilla Martinez, Ogden City Council District 3 candidate
- Holly Richardson, former Republican State Representative and a member of the Real Women Run organizing committee
Recommended Reading and Listening:
- Real Women Run kicks off: Training Aims to Reverse Declining Numbers of Utah Women in Politics
- Lack of Republican women in the Utah Legislature: ‘We Certainly Have Work To Do’ — Utah Republican Women Lawmakers Look To Change The Party’s Dismal Record On Electing Women
- Utah Women and Leadership Project’s analysis of women in politics: The Status of Women in Utah Politics: A 2021 Update
- Profile of Holly Richardson: Legislature's new member Holly Richardson is family-driven