Summary of Internship for Non-Profit Management Minor, Mar-Nov 2008
I was Hill's campaign volunteer chair, Events organizer, and was the campaign manager for the last month .
My Focus was on raising community awarness and excitement over key local issues.
PROVO -- No Utah County Democrat has won a seat in the state Legislature since 1994
. Utah County Democratic candidates for the Legislature have raised more than $257,000. That's five times more than the party's legislative candidates managed in the last election cycle two years ago.
This year's slate has attracted more than 1,300 donors. Fewer than 100 donated money to Democrats in 2006.
Voters often haven't even had that much choice. For example, District 62 in northeast Provo has not had a primary race since at least 1960. That means that for nearly half a century, a few dozen delegates at a convention have decided who would represent the entire district in the Legislature.
Election night often has been reduced to a coronation. Two years ago, five Utah County Republicans earned 100 percent of the vote in their legislative districts because they ran unopposed. Two others faced only token opposition from a Constitutionalist and a Libertarian.
"I'm a lifelong Utah County Republican," Covey said in a message recorded for the Democrat running in his district, "but this year I'm voting for Claralyn Hill, the Democrat for the Utah House of Representatives. In Utah County, we need to look beyond partisan labels and elect the best person for the job. That person is Claralyn Hill. Claralyn Hill is conservative, experienced, highly ethical and an effective coalition builder. "
Hill is trying to unseat Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, who has never won an election. Herrod was appointed to the District 62 seat two years ago by the chair of the Utah Republican Party at the time, Enid Greene, despite finishing second in a special election to replace Alexander.
Many of the Democrats are on unusually equal financial ground with their Republican counterparts.
Hill, an attorney and the wife of former BYU business school dean Ned Hill, has raised nearly $33,000. Herrod had $36,000.
Although Hill is not a typical democrat, Hill decided to run because there was a large public sentiment that the lack of political choice and political dialogue in UT county had begun to create corruption and a lack of representation.
Due to our campaign, Utah County district 62 had a choice between political parties and a choice between candidates. Hill did better than any democrat since 1994, winning 44% of the districts' votes.