SALT LAKE CITY—May 25, 2016—Utah Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson signed the Keep Our Caucus pledge to repeal Senate Bill 54.
“After calling for a repeal of the law earlier in the year, Johnson signed the “Keep Our Caucus” pledge to do just that if elected governor. The pledge is being offered to both gubernatorial candidates and those running for the state legislature. Gary Herbert is on record saying he should have vetoed SB54 but has yet to sign the pledge.
The text of the pledge reads as follows: “Whereas Senate Bill 54 oversteps the right of free association and diminishes the voice of all Utahns, I pledge to support and sign legislation to repeal the law during the first legislative session of 2017 and thereafter, if elected governor of Utah.”
During the signing, Johnson said, “I am honored to sign this pledge stating I will work to repeal SB 54. As it stands now, the Count My Vote compromise seeks to gut the caucus-convention system. It insulates incumbents and favors candidates with the most money, and it diminishes the voice of rural Utah. SB 54 has created a process that allows candidates to buy a secure spot on the ballot. A ballot position should never be for sale.”
Keep Our Caucus Director Brandon Beckham said the grassroots of Utah are pleased that Johnson has led out on the issue. “We are excited that someone running for governor is actually listening to Utah citizens and following through with actions. The current governor has given us lip service while appealing to his big-cash lobbyists. Average Utahns can’t compete with that. Jonathan has demonstrated he’s not playing that game.”