The Citizens' Candidate is pleased to announce a grassroots effort to elect a new Congressperson for Utah's Second District. This is a citizen-led initiative that seeks a representative who is answerable to the people; the initiative is being introduced by a coalition comprised of citizens who have committed themselves to working for justice on climate change, healthcare, LGBT, labor, immigration, peace, and environmental issues.
The Citizens' Candidate initiative began with a Craigslist help-wanted ad for a "Courageous Congressperson." We have received several applications and will continue accepting applications until January 15th. A final candidate will be chosen through public interviews at the Salt Lake City Library on January 30th.
Many Utahns are concerned that Congressman Jim Matheson has sold out every progressive constituency to corporate interests. The Citizens' Candidate is about taking our political system out of the hands of corporations and putting citizens back in control. The candidate elected through answering a Craigslist ad will always remember he or she is accountable to the public interest.
Matheson is a truly awful excuse for a Democrat, and this effort to oust him and replace him with a halfway decent candidate - especially one vetted and selected by a grassroots coalition of voters - sounds fantastic. Here's how things are going down on Saturday at the Downtown Salt Lake Library's main auditorium from 10:00am - 12:30pm:
Applicants to be interviewed will be pre-selected by a panel of seven representatives speaking on behalf of Climate Change, Peace, Health Care, GLBT, Labor, Immigration, and Environmental communities. Utah voters of the 2nd district to attend and vote.
Public interviews of the top Citizens' Candidate applicants will take place on Saturday the 30th at 10:00 am in the Downtown Salt Lake City Library Auditorium. Following interviews, ballots will be distributed to district 2 voters in attendance, counted, and the Citizen's Candidate announced.
Since the Citizens' Candidate is about voting your hopes rather than your fears, the voting on January 30th will be done through instant runoff voting to guarantee a majority winner.
As a proud resident of the Fighting Second, I am jazzed about this opportunity to kick Jimbo to the curb. Will we succeed? Maybe not. Is it worth trying like hell? Absolutely.