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Why municipal elections are critical for our county

The 2023 elections are five weeks from now, and there's still plenty of work to accomplish in the lead-up to it. Don't forget that election dates have changed due to the special election for Congressional District 2. Municipal elections are held for local offices, such as the mayor, city council members, and school board members. Learn about the candidates running in your area.

Make sure to mark your calendar:

  • October 31st ballots will be released

  • November 21st is Election Day

How can you help and get involved during this election season? Sign up to volunteer here. It's an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and make a positive impact on your community. After completing the form, we will pass your contact info along to the Democrats running in your neighborhood!


“We’ve all heard the term – all politics are local. Well, this is so true when it comes to progressive decisions being made at the city level. When it comes to inclusive city culture, smart economic development, and safe streets for our families, it’s clear that Democrats are leading the charge when it comes to the future of Salt Lake County.”

- Jade Velazquez, Chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party


Why are municipal elections important?

Both municipal and federal elections are important because they give citizens the opportunity to choose their leaders and decide on important issues. Municipal elections are important because they determine who will make decisions that directly affect our daily lives, such as the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, and the quality of our parks and recreation facilities. Federal elections are important because they determine who will make national policy decisions on issues such as healthcare, education, and the economy.

Here are some of the reasons why municipal elections are so important:

  • Municipal officials make decisions that directly affect our daily lives. They are responsible for a wide range of issues, including education, public safety, infrastructure, planning and development, and parks and recreation.

  • Municipal elections are often low-turnout elections. This means that a relatively small number of people vote in these elections, which gives each vote more weight. As a result, it is important for everyone to vote in municipal elections, even if they feel like their vote doesn't matter. Every vote counts, especially in local elections.

  • Municipal officials are more accountable to the people they serve. They are closer to the people they represent than federal officials, and they are more likely to hear from their constituents and address their concerns.

  • Municipal elections are a great way to get involved in your community. By voting in municipal elections, you can help to choose leaders who will make your community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Here are some specific examples of how municipal elections can make a difference in our lives:

  • A mayor who supports public education can invest in new schools, hire more teachers, and raise teacher salaries.

  • A city council that is committed to public safety can hire more police officers, invest in new crime prevention programs, and work to build trust between the police and the community.

  • A municipal government that prioritizes infrastructure can improve roads and bridges, invest in public transportation, and update water and sewer systems.

  • A planning and zoning board that is committed to equity can work to create communities that are affordable and accessible to everyone.

  • A parks and recreation department that is well-funded can provide a variety of programs and activities for people of all ages and abilities.

If you want to make a difference in your community, it is important to vote in municipal elections. By voting, you can choose leaders who will make your community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Here are some tips for getting involved in municipal elections:

Every vote counts, especially in local elections. By voting in municipal elections, you can help to shape the future of our community. Get involved or learn more by volunteering to support Salt Lake County candidates.


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