The endorsement process by the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the most comprehensive things that we do. Votes are requested to be cast by each lodge, and votes are requested to be cast by each member. In a time where most organizations have a small board that makes the decision for all with no available input from their members, the FOP is truely guided by member vote.
2012 Endorsements of the Utah FOP
The Utah State Lodge would like to thank all the candidates that came in for an interview. Although we can only select one person to endorse, it was an honor to have met each candidate to discuss those issues pressing in the law enforcement community. Each candidate was very positive towards law enforcment and of the FOP and each candidate, whether endorsed or not, left a very postive impression with the members and we hope to continue the interaction even after the election.
Governor – Gov. Gary Herbert (R)
1st Congressional District – No endorsement sought
2nd Congressional District – No Endorsement sought
3rd Congressional District – Jason Chaffetz (R)
4th Congressional District – Jim Matheson (D)
Attorney General – John Swallow (R)
Key points of policy will be posted online and is for information purposes only. While the Utah State FOP will make every effort to keep the listed points current, the official written policy is held by the Utah State FOP Executive Board in the State Lodge Office.
- The State FOP holds endorsement rights in all state office races
- The State FOP also holds endorsement rights in district races, such as District Attorney races
- Local Lodges hold endorsement rights in their respective jurisdictions
- Unless otherwise approved by the Board, candidates will not receive endorsements until after the primary elections. This is not in cases where the FOP seeks out a candidate to run for a particular office.
- FOP PAC Funds are for use in races that the State FOP is involved in. As a general rule, these funds will be used for specific items, and not just general contributions to a campaign. Our funds are limited and we need to be careful how they are used.
- Each local lodge is asked to participate in endorsement interviews. Each lodge representative will be able to poll their members to determine their lodge’s vote. Endorsements are made through this process. Members are encouraged to learn as much about the candidates and their views on law enforcement.