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Former Presidential Candidate Governor Howard Dean joins Utah Democratic Party to kick off voter registration

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and DNC Chairman joins the Utah Democratic Party for a two-day voter registration kick-off rally.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and DNC Chairman joins the Utah Democratic Party for a two-day voter registration kick-off rally.

Governor Dean visited the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Campus Monday afternoon but before the speeches even began, it seemed, many in the crowd already knew the message that would be coming from behind the podium.

Democrat Susan Bracken told ABC 4 Utah, "I think that's our challenge to get more people who are democrats to come out and say ‘I’m a democrat and I’m not afraid to say I’m a democrat.’"

So when Governor Dean walked through the door the crowd knew what to expect, but they got more than they bargained for.

Dean said, "We have to stop being intimidated because of the stereotypes on both sides and cast aside those stereotypes."

In Utah almost 90 percent of active LDS members identify as Republicans.

"We're known as the red state and so some people don't want their neighbors to know that they're not red,” explained Bracken. “It’s a hard place to be in."

Maybe even bigger than winning over their Mormon neighbors the Utah Democratic Party says they're looking to go after the more than 300,000 unregistered voters. Dean says that happens the old fashioned way.

“The internet is an organizing tool it is not a substitute for talking to other human beings,” said Dean.

Getting boots on the streets and knocking on doors, Dean says, is the best way for democrats to gain numbers.

“We have to talk to people in Utah as Democrats because we can't trust Rush Limbaugh to give the democratic message,” said Dean.

Much like the Obama campaigns, the Utah Democrats are going to focus their energies on neighborhood teams and grassroots efforts.

"This is hard work and maintaining democracy is hard work and they need to get out on the street, knocking on doors and talking to people,” said Dean.

If you missed Howard Dean Monday you can catch him in Park City Tuesday. Log on to: http://deanparkcity.eventbrite.com/ to register.

For more information on the Utah Democratic Party log on to: http://www.utahdemocrats.org/
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