Turner C. Bitton for Ogden City Council

Who am I?

I am a progressive activist that believes municipal government is a way to rekindle the spirit of progressivism in the United States. When progressives organized in the Guilded Age, they began in the cities, towns, and communities that dot our nation. I want to rekindle that flame and my city. Below is a list of my proudly held titles:

Vice-Chair - Weber County Democratic Party
Board Member - Utah Stonewall Democrats
Certified HIV Counselor - Northern Utah Coalition
Former Secretary - Utah Democratic Progressive Caucus
Former Secretary - Weber County Democratic Party

Why am I running?

I'm a progressive with a passion for the city I live in. I look forward to being a voice for my neighbors. My city is much like every other in the nation, struggling under austerity-like budgets and sapped of energy for a bold progressive future. I want to rekindle the spirit of investment and innovation that built the schools, bridges, and homes that each of us occupy and in doing so elevate the status of those like my neighbors and I. Empowering youth and underrepresented populations in municipal government is an absolute must if we are to make our cities reflect the diversity of our great nation.

My Goals

I have a set of five goals. The two most important are initiating pilot programs for a Pre-K program at the 3 worst performing schools in my district and second is to push for a municipal bond to upgrade infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods to invest in infrastructure safe for all ages and abilities. Our communities are a reflection of our priorities and we must begin to explore ways of creating wealth in communities rather than gentrifying and eliminating those who need empowerment the most.

My DFA Values

I have a history of working with diverse populations and would like to see those populations empowered. Upon assuming office I will be a constant advocate for the empowerment of those who may feel they lack the power to change their communities. By being an advocate and pushing concrete proposals like advisory committees and funding grants to diversity-related programs, I will work to build the bonds of community with all those who reside in my city.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Since I have an activist background I am overwhelmed by the amount of people offering to support my bid for city council. Working with the great connections I've made in my work is a great privilege and honor. Being a non-traditional candidate means I can work with non-traditional people to empower them to transform our community. I'm organizing on a precinct model and attempting to change the turnout demographics in my district to represent the diversity of my community.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Angela Fairchild
  • Ryan Curtis
  • Tj Ellerbeck, UT
  • Craig Janis
  • Tyler Frey
  • Ryan Combe
  • Kristine Zobell
  • Jerry Rinke
  • Lisa Diarte
  • Tyler Needham
...and 9 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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