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Former Salt Lake Co. mayor to run for Utah State Democratic Party Chair

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-04 19:30:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Peter Corroon, who served as the Salt Lake County mayor for eight years, announced Friday he will run to become the next Chair of the Utah State Democratic Party.

Utah Senator Jim Dabakis, the previous chair, announced his resignation from the position in March, citing health reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Corroon said in a press release he is honored to seek the position, and he thanked Dabakis for his leadership over the years and said that leadership strengthened the party.

Corroon said in the release that if he is elected he plans to implement a “29 County Plan” to increase Democratic Party influence statewide.

“A one party system is not healthy for government,” he stated in the release. “It limits the exchange of ideas and leads to complacency and corruption. My goal is to move the political pendulum in our state back to the center by strengthening our Democratic Party-county by county. “

Corroon was the Salt Lake County mayor for eight years, and in 2010 he was the Democratic candidate for Utah Governor.