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About Emily Olsen

Emily Olsen, interim director, is a professional writer, journalist, graphic designer, and political activist. Her career goals are to create bridges through her communication skills — her efforts to understand problems and then to identify solutions. She is presently the chair of the Utah Progressive Caucus. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

From the time she was in grade school, Emily has been fascinated with cultures other than hers and has always befriended classmates who spoke different languages or who looked different than her. When she was 12, her family moved from rural Indiana to California and she had the experience of being a minority for a time.

In 2008, Emily also spent four months working in Ahmedabad, India, an invaluable experience that changed her life forever. (See her blog about India.) Emily is passionate about race equality and wholeheartedly supports the effort of providing better Congressional representation of communities of color in Utah. Emily and her husband Paul live in Ogden, Utah.

About Darlene McDonald

Darlene McDonald is a bestselling author, technology professional and political-thought leader. In 2017, she was a Democratic congressional candidate for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. She also ran for the Democratic nomination for Salt Lake County Council District 4. Although unsuccessful in her attempts for public office, she remained engaged political, joining the Boards of the Utah Women’s Democratic Club and Executive Committee of the Utah Democratic Party. She is also a Board member of Alliance for a Better Utah. In 2019, she was elected as Chair of the Utah Black Roundtable and served in that role for a one year term.

After the call for police reform from activist communities around the country following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, McDonald was one of 6 community leaders appointed to the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing Commission by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Ms. McDonald has been an outspoken voice 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. In 2020 McDonald was elected to a four year term of Democratic National Committeewoman for Utah. 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 an anthology Protest in Prose which will be available for sell in March 2021. She is also the curator of the The — an online repository for books by African American and Black writers.

McDonald received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governors University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Data Analytics. 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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