04.30.19: Kingmaker

Updated: Jul 15, 2019

This week, JCP discusses the Weber County Forward initiative with kingmaker and ardent Democrat, Oscar Mata. We, also, talk 2020 and who might run for Rep. Rob Bishop's seemingly open seat.

Listen to it here:


Weber County Democrats Elect New Leadership

As we mentioned in the pod, the Weber County Democrats held their annual convention this weekend and elected new leadership for the next two years. They are:

- Zach Thomas, chair

- Aubrey Allen, vice chair

- Linda Mitchell, treasurer

- Jaden Priest, secretary

Afterward, the Standard-Examiner did a brief story on the election, with some comments from Zach about what the county party is planning for the future.

Link: https://www.standard.net/news/government/weber-county-democrats-pick-new-leaders-plan-to-take-part/article_6ed887a1-932d-51b0-b094-5fd362022e88.html

If you want to be a part of what's happening in politics at the county level, follow the link below to sign up for a precinct captain or other volunteer position. Or, just email the county party at weberdemocrats@gmail.com

Link: https://www.weberdemocrats.org/volunteer

Bishop Has No Money.... So Far

It looks like Rep. Rob Bishop is sticking to his guns and not running for re-election in 2020. According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune chronicling fundraising reports from Q1 of 2019, Bishop raised no money.

We wondered, if that's true, who might be eyeing the open seat on both the Republican and Democratic side of the aisle.

Link: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/04/16/utahs-bishop-raises-no/

Weber County Forward w/ Kingmaker Oscar Mata

Our guest for this episode is former Weber Dems executive director and current CEO of M3 Strategies, a political consultancy here in Weber county.Oscar shared the genesis of Weber County Forward, an initiative to change the form of county government from a three-person commission to something more representative.

Below are a couple of links to articles that speak more about what the initiative is:

Link: https://www.standard.net/news/government/weber-county-leaders-to-debate-plan-seeking-study-into-changing/article_95fb4919-7b6d-52e6-982f-72aa3d999fce.html

Link: https://www.standard.net/news/government/weber-county-leaders-put-notion-of-studying-change-to-county/article_7fa8155b-ab47-5c55-90fb-b9954979de9f.html

Upcoming Events This Week:

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Infamous Ogden On the Menu: Railroad Edition

Host: Weber State Stewart Library Special Collections & Alleged

Location: Alleged (201 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401)

Time: 7 PM - 8 PM

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/611120989327113/

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 (Star Wars Day)

Revolutionary Movies: Return of the Jedi

Host: Weber Young Democrats & Brewvies Ogden

Location: Brewvies Ogden (2293 Grant Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401)

Time: 1 PM - 4 PM

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/420173981886324/

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Community Conversation w/ Angel Castillo for Ogden Mayor

Host: Angel Castillo and Booked on 25th

Location: Booked on 25th (147 25th Street, Ogden, UT 844010)

Time: 6 PM - 7 PM

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/345451326100388/