WASHINGTON TERRACE -- The Utah Democratic Party is the political party of public education, transparency in government and people before profit.
That was the tone of the campaign messages delivered to about 60 people Saturday at the Weber County Democratic Party Organizing Convention at the Pleasant Valley Library.
County Chairman Steve Olsen, of Plain City, was re-elected to a second two-year term, with John Miles to return as party vice chairman. Lou Shurtliff will serve as the county party treasurer, and Jenica Jacobsen will serve as county party secretary.
The Republicans had a strong 2010 election, Olsen said. The only Democrat currently holding a partisan office in Weber County is County Attorney Dee Smith.
But the Democratic Party will return in 2012 as a result of an improving national economy, the Obama administration's success in finding and killing Osama bin Laden and those Republicans capturing office having to get into the details of how they are going to accomplish what they promise voters, Olsen said.
At the state level, Olsen said, Republicans have also "sowed the seeds" of their own downfall as a result of action by the heavily Republican Legislature and its decision to attempt changing the state's open records laws with House Bill 477.
Olsen said he senses some buyer's remorse among many who voted for Republicans.
Other Democrats agree that 2012 could be a rebound year for the party.
Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, served as convention keynote speaker and said Democrats have to stop allowing the Republican Party to define them.
"For years we have allowed that dominating party to determine who we are."
And with some, she said, the GOP has been successful in stereotyping all Democrats as "cookie-cutter, in the shape of a donkey."
It is Democrats who make the country work, who are patriots and veterans, and who call for funding for higher education and try to provide a livable wage to families, Mayne said. That is the message Democrats must share.
"We believe in people before profit."