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Darlene McDonald

About Darlene McDonald

Darlene McDonald is a bestselling author, technology professional and political-thought leader. In 2022, Darlene ran as the Democratic nominee for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. Although unsuccessful, Darlene remain committed to the issues she ran on and immediately resumed her role as Director of 1Utah Project.

McDonald is also the Democratic National Committeewoman for Utah and continues her role as a member of the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing Commission and remains an outspoken advocate in the state of Utah regarding issues related to economics justice, health care, the spread of disinformation and misinformation, civil rights, voting rights, and social issues at both the state and national levels.

She became particularly interested in truth in politics after the Economic Collapse of 2007 and listening to the misleading information lawmakers reported to constituents.

She has been a speaker at the Salt Lake City’s Woman’s March, the Solidarity Rally following the Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina as well as several rallies statewide as an advocate for healthcare and police reform.

She is a current Board member of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). McDonald has also written four novels under the name Darlene Johnson, and currently working on several new writing projects. 

McDonald received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governors University. The youngest of six, she was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. McDonald, her two sons and a nephew moved to Utah in 2002.

What We Do

Inform Voters

Being an informed voter means to be knowledgeable about the issues and positions of candidates when voting. It also means you are able to make decisions without influence from outside factors intended to persuade those who may not fully understand a candidate’s platform or ideas.

Track Legislation

1UTP is an independent website tracking the status of legislation in the Utah Legislature and the United States Congress and helping you participate in your government.

Support Candidates

How do you choose candidates to support? Do you support candidates who align with a political party or with your ideals? It is important to learn who are your representatives.

Score representatives

This voting record lets you know where your lawmakers stand on issues important to you.

With Your Help, We will Make Utah a Better Place for Everyone

For many Americans, the right to vote was hard earned. It is also a right many Americans often take for granted. Too many people in our society today believe voting doesn’t matter or that their votes don’t matter. Both of these cannot be further from the truth. One of the most important reason to vote is the ability to have your voice heard. Elected officials pay attention to people and communities that vote. The best way to influence appointed government officials is to vote and to encourage others in your community to do the same.

Our Mission & Approach

1Utah Project aims to:

  • Counter the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation on social media
  • Increase voter participation
  • Boost civic engagement for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and all disaffected voters in Utah.

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