BKAS Recommendations for the Primaries in Oklahoma and Utah (Primaries on June 26, but early voting starts soon)

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Oklahoma primary

Note that Oklahoma has partially closed primaries, which means the parties can decide whether or not to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primaries. The Democratic party in Oklahoma has decided to allow independents as well as registered Democrats to vote in their primary (but if you’re a registered Republican, you won’t be able to vote in the Democratic primary). Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. Note also that Oklahoma has runoff elections if no candidate receives 50% of the vote.


Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Oklahoma – Oklahoma, but note that they were written way back in mid-April of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since those original Florida posts were made.


Governor:

Connie Johnson

US Senator:

There is no US Senate race in Oklahoma this year.

US Representatives:

OK-01: Gwendolyn Fields

OK-02: Jason Nichols seems the best candidate, though he does not mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage. But he does mention Net Neutrality, infrastructure spending and gun background checks.

OK-03: Murray Thibodeaux

OK-04: Roxann Klutts

OK-05: Eddie Porter or Tom Guild


Secretary of State:

The Secretary of State is an appointed position in Oklahoma (appointed by the Governor). But elections are overseen by the Oklahoma State Election Board, a three member board, also appointed by the Governor.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Oklahoma State House and State Senate races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Oklahoma_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Here are some candidates endorsed by Our Revolution:

Angela Graham, State House District 66 is endorsed by Our Revolution

Shay White, State House District 77 is endorsed by Our Revolution


Utah Primary

Note that Utah also has partially closed primaries, which means the parties can decide whether or not to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primaries. If you are unaffiliated, you can affiliate with a party at the polling location on the day of voting. The Democratic party in Utah has decided to allow independents as well as registered Democrats to vote in their primary (but if you’re a registered Republican, you won’t be able to vote in the Democratic primary). Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.


Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate or Ballotpedia for US House. There is no Governor’s election this year in Utah. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Utah – Utah, but note it was written way back in late-July of 2017 and candidates will have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since those original Florida posts were made.


I did not realize this, but Utah has a convention prior to the primary. At the convention, they choose candidates and a primary is needed only if no candidate receives 60% or more of the votes. Here is a link describing the convention process and outcome. If I had realized this in advance, I would have posted recommendations for voting prior to the convention (which was in late April). But I unfortunately missed that. So, for many of the races, the Democratic party nominee has already been chosen and is the only candidate left in the race. In Congressional District 1 is there a primary race between Lee Castillo and Kurt Weiland (I recommend Weiland). Some of the state-level races also have primaries with multiple candidates, so be sure to vote, even if the Dem candidate for Congress has already been chosen in your district.


US Senator:

There is only one Democratic candidate on the ballot Jenny Wilson. She doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage on her website.


US Representatives:

UT-01: Kurt WeilandNote this is the only US Congressional race in Utah with a Democratic primary. Weiland is facing Lee Castillo and Weiland has a much stronger progressive Berniecrat platform!! There is also a Green Party candidate Adam Davis

UT-02: Shireen Ghorbani won at the convention, so she is the only Dem running; she supports raising the minimum wage and free college tuition, but didn’t mention Medicare-for-All (though she would protect Medicare and Medicaid)

UT-03: James Singer won at the convention and is a strong Berniecrat

UT-04: Ben McAdams won at the convention and is an establishment Dem who doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All on his website.


Secretary of State: Utah does not have a Secretary of State position. Elections are overseen by the Lt. Governor’s Office. There is no Lt. Governor election this year in Utah. The next one will take place in 2020.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Utah State House and State Senate races. Some of them have only one candidate on the Democratic side, but some have challengers. Be sure to read up on the candidates in your district (I didn’t have time to research all the state-level races myself). I’ve also listed the races where there will be a Green Party candidate in the November general election.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Utah_State_Senate_elections,_2018

One Green Party Candidate for Utah State Senate

Abrian Velarde, District 12


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Utah_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Two Green Party Candidates for Utah House

Edward Bodily, District 33

Matt Styles, District 61


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.

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