The Count My Vote Initiative website says, "The time has come to include all voters in picking candidates, not just an elite few." Well, I am a state delegate and you know what? I liked it. I liked that my senator and representatives and governor were interested in me and the people I represent.
I'm a stay-at-home mom and we have one income; we are a squarely middle-class family. There is not a lot of extra money to donate to campaigns and initiatives, certainly not enough to capture the interest of political leaders or to impress anybody. How can I compete with Gail Miller's $100,000 donation or Mike Leavitt's $25,000 donation or the $16,000 average donation to the Count My Vote Initiative?
But I am a state delegate elected at a neighborhood caucus meeting by my friends and neighbors, and that gets their attention. The caucus system ensures that our political leaders and candidates sit down face-to-face with ordinary people and discuss their platforms and/or voting records. Some of the meetings and discussions I had were one-on-one. I had to pay nothing for this opportunity and it's available to anyone who learns about the caucus system and wins the trust of their neighbors. So I ask, who really are Utah's political elite?
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