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Salt Lake Democratic Convention 2012

by dav.d

I am a radical moderate. In fact I am register independent for years. I can’t remember when I was last affiliated with one party or the other. However, photographing the convention at Murray High School for the Salt Lake County Democrats showed me a side of politics I have really never witnessed. I really haven’t been the person to walk door to door asking for people to vote for a candidate. I hate going door to door.

Conventioneers line up to cast their ballots for Salt Lake County Mayor

Conventioneers line up to cast their ballots for Salt Lake County Mayor

The people who become delegates at conventions are hardcore, for whatever party they are respresenting. They know their beliefs and they like their people. It really becomes a team sport atmosphere. People will vote for their party because that is their team. It is really fun to watch.

Policitcal lawn signs are outside of Murray High School

Policitcal lawn signs are outside of Murray High School

This convention was important because they big job they were looking to fill was Salt Lake County Mayor. Ben McAdams eventually defeated Ross Romero to become the candidate.

Ross Romero speaks to the Convention

Ross Romero speaks to the Convention

I know that I have attended a lot of political protests, I might have to look at becoming more involved politically. It was rather fun, even if I was just the photographer. Capturing history and change is a lot of fun.

The booth for Ashdown for U.S. Senate

The booth for Ashdown for U.S. Senate

I can only imagine that these kind of conventions have been happening for a few hundred years now in the United States. Grass root politics begins locally, and in many cases stays locally. I suppose photographing events like this really is photographing history.

Jim Dabakis and friends

Jim Dabakis and friends

Angela Romero for House

Angela Romero for House

Long line of delegates to vote for Salt Lake County Mayor

Long line of delegates to vote for Salt Lake County Mayor

Helping delegates vote

Helping delegates vote

Democrats do exist in Utah apparently

Democrats do exist in Utah apparently

A delegate casts her ballot

A delegate casts her ballot

Democrat delegate

Democrat delegate

Candidates give last minute speeches before balloting

Candidates give last minute speeches before balloting

Howell speaks to the convention

Howell speaks to the convention

Balloons and signs are everywhere

Balloons and signs are everywhere

Delegates gather to discuss politics

Delegates gather to discuss politics

Ben McAdams later wins the convention vote to be the Democrat nominee

Ben McAdams later wins the convention vote to be the Democrat nominee

Delegates ready to arm wrestle, or I don't understand politics

Delegates ready to arm wrestle, or I don’t understand politics

Voting delegates waited hours to vote

Voting delegates waited hours to vote

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