Utah's Democratic Party looks ahead, celebrates at largest fundraiser in its history

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26 2013 10:01 p.m. MST

Davis pointed to other differences between Utah and Washington. Though Democrats represent a minority in Utah's Legislature, he said the five Democratic state senators represent one-third of the state population and are given consideration by the state's Republicans.

"Fortunately in the state of Utah, unlike the federal government, we in the Legislature, even on our side of the aisle, have not been totally shut out of the entire discussion," he said.

Dabakis said it's time for a change, calling the Republicans who have carried a majority in the state for more than 27 years "visionless." He estimated they would raise between $300,000 and $400,000 in funds by night's end and would have begun "to set a vision for where the state needs to go in education, in air pollution, in public lands."

The Legislature, what Seelig called the "45-day marathon," would wait for them come Monday. Saturday night was about keeping to the theme of 'Believe' and looking forward.

"Democrats have a vision for the future of Utah… education, jobs, working men and women and families," Davis said. "We believe in Utah. We believe in our future."

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