The annual Davis County Democratic Convention is scheduled Saturday at noon at Farmington Junior High School, 150 S. 200 West.
Although there's only one contested race that will be decided at the convention, a variety of timely resolutions are expected to be adopted.Davis County Democratic chairman Larry Barusch said the meeting is open to the public and that all candidates will be given a chance to speak.
"Anyone who would like to attend is welcome," he stressed.
The lone race to be decided at the convention is in State House District 14 - Clearfield area - where Charmalee Blakeley and Robert Regan, both of Clearfield, are Democrats seeking the same office.
Only delegates living in that district will be able to vote on that race.
Republicans have traditionally dominated Davis County and Barusch is philosophical about another reason for a Democratic convention here.
"The message of the convention is a two-party system works better with two parties," he said. "What Democrats offer, what we stand for is a workable two-party system."
Barusch said the party will not adopt a formal platform at the meeting, but it will consider various resolutions. These include support for a further increase in the tobacco tax, favoring planned vs. unplanned growth and addressing a dissatisfaction over the new automobile taxation system.
Resolutions regarding the proposed Legacy Highway and public education in Utah will also be considered.
Barusch said the party would also consider adding more state delegates to its membership - if anyone sincerely wants to serve.
He said such candidates must be registered voters in Davis County and at least be willing to declare they lean toward the Democratic party.
Besides hearing from Blakeley and Regan, other legislative candidates expected to speak at the convention include: Howard Stoddard of West Point; Beatrice R. Espinoza of Layton; Todd B. Nilsen of Layton; George L. Miles of Kaysville; Julie Clay Pollock of Bountiful; Lew E. Jeppson of North Salt Lake and Gregory J. Sanders of Kaysville.
J. Dell Holbrook, county commission candidate, and Pat Herrera, clerk/auditor candidate, will also speak at the convention.
Barusch expects the meeting to last about two hours and said in even years like this one, candidates are selected. During odd years, the party's leadership is decided.
Anyone desiring more information on the convention or regarding service as state delegates should contact Barusch at his work number during the daytime, 532-1234.