Peter Corroon to succeed Jim Dabakis as Democratic Party chair

Posted at 8:00 AM, Apr 27, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Democrats met at the Salt Palace Saturday where they had to choose a new state party chair.

Peter Corroon will lead Utah Democrats through the coming election. He won the seat in a race against Richard Davis, political science professor from Brigham Young University.

“Let’s focus on what’s mattered. Good jobs, reasonable pay, decent health care, a decent place to live. The ability to live our lives without discrimination and a helping where we need it,” Corroon, former Salt Lake County mayor said.

Former party chairman Jim Dabakis resigned in March citing health reasons and the desire to spend more time with family.

The Democrats are in the familiar underdog role in all of Utah’s major races with their only sitting congressman, Jim Matheson, stepping down from the fourth congressional district.

Their slate of candidates spoke about middle class issues like jobs and health care.