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Candidate For Utah Democratic Chair Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Several female members of the Utah Democratic party are accusing a candidate for chairman of sexual misconduct. 

In a letter dated May 25 to current party chair Peter Corroon and executive committee, the women allege Rob Miller kissed, grabbed and propositioned women without consent.

Miller is the party's former vice chairman and treasurer and is running for state chair.

In a Facebook post, Miller denied the allegations and suggested the letter was released in an effort to undermine his candidacy ahead of the Democratic organizing convention on June 17.

The letter was signed by seven current and former female Democratic party officials, volunteers and delegates and distributed widely to news media and social media channels on Friday.

The women said in their letter that Miller’s conduct was “unbecoming of party leadership, and inappropriate for any person who seeks a position of power over others.” 

In a statement, state chair Peter Corroon said Democrats are fully committed to a safe environment for their members. He said per party rules, complaints are referred to their Judicial Standing Committee.

Letter to Utah Democratic Party Executive Committee

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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