I have great respect for former Govs. Mike Leavitt and Norm Bangerter, former Utah first lady Norma Matheson and businesswomen and philanthropist Gail Miller; co-chairs of the Count My Vote initiative (CMV). Although we differ in approach, we all have the same goal of wanting as many of our fellow Utahns as possible to be engaged in electing our state leaders and of having the best possible government.
Although our current caucus/convention system is not perfect and we are working to improve it, it has done a good job electing state leaders who have produced the best-managed state in the nation. Recently Utah finished the budget year with a $242 million surplus to add to our growing rainy day fund, while so many states are having record deficits.
The CMV initiative initially stated that we had a good system that just needed to be improved; however, now they want to completely do away with this system and go to a direct primary system similar to states like New York, California, Illinois, Florida some of the states with some of the highest debt in our nation.