Utah and the Presidential Election - Scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. MT!

Utah State CapitolPlease join former Utah legislators Rep. Jim Nielson, Rep. Holly Richardson, Alliance for a Better Utah founder Josh Kanter and GOP activist Cherilyn Eagar at the Utah Breakfast Club event, "Utah and the Presidential Election."

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol Building. The event will be hosted by Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. Please help spread the word for this FREE event - and RSVP BELOW!

Utah is in a unique position with this presidential election. In previous presidential elections, the state has been the most Republican in the country. But Election 2016 may be an exception. We'll gather business, political and thought leaders in Utah to discuss the unique circumstances of the presidential contest, and how the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and independent candidates might fare.

Please register to attend this FREE event and webcast live from the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The event will be streamed live at 10 a.m. MT (Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT). If you are attending in person, please arrive at the Auditorium of the State Capitol Office Complex by 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. MT.

Featured Panelists:

  • Cherilyn Eagar

Cherilyn EagerCherilyn has served on political boards, as a state/county delegate and a campaign manager and a citizen lobbyist from the local school board, state legislature, Washington DC and at the U.N. She serves on the late Phyllis Schlafly’s national committee on a variety of national projects including leadership development and candidate recruitment, and constitutional studies.

She directed a state fund, the American Leadership Fund, to support conservative causes, campaigns and candidates that promote limited government, fiscal restraint and principled leadership.  In 2013 she raised nearly $100,000 to defend Marriage between a man and a woman with amicus briefs in the 4th, 10th Circuit Courts and at the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is  a media relations consultant for ranchers who are fighting for their constitutional rights against the federal land grabs forcing them off their property.

Since 1989, she has been among the nation’s top researchers on education reforms and, along with Charlotte Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor – U.S. Department of Education (Reagan Administration), in 1992 she established World Class Education Research, exposing Utah’s primary role in establishing the first pilot program of Outcome Based Education, currently called “Common Core.”

  • Josh Kanter

Josh KanterJosh is chair of the board of the Alliance for a Better Utah, which he founded in 2011. Professionally, he is President of Chicago Investments, Inc. and Vice-President of Windy City, Inc., closely held investment management firms, and counsel to the Chicago law firm Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg, specializing in securities, corporate and real estate law. He is also Vice‑President and a Director of the Kanter Family Foundation, a not-for-profit private charitable foundation and President and Director of Art Enterprises, Ltd., owner of a contemporary art collection.

Josh moved to Salt Lake City in 2002, and he served on Governor Huntsman’s Utah Methamphetamine Joint Task Force Subcommittee on Public Awareness. He is a member of the Salt Lake County Justice Court Nominating Commission. In 2010, Josh co-chaired the Corroon for Governor finance committee, and in 2012, he was elected as a Representative of the Granite Community Council. Josh has received a Heart and Hands Award from the Utah Nonprofits Association, and in 2011, was named to the Community Foundation of Utah’s E-5-0, an annual selection of 50 “enlightened entrepreneurs.”

Josh received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in 1984. Thereafter, Mr. Kanter received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987. He has been a board or council member of numerous non-profit groups, including the Temple Har Shalom art committee, the University of Chicago Law School Campaign Planning Group, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.Methamphetamine Joint Task Force Subcommittee on Public Awareness. He is a member of the Salt Lake County Justice Court Nominating Commission. In 2010, Josh co-chaired the Corroon for Governor finance committee, and in 2012, he was elected as a Representative of the Granite Community Council. Josh has received a Heart and Hands Award from the Utah Nonprofits Association, and in 2011, was named to the Community Foundation of Utah’s E-5-0, an annual selection of 50 “enlightened entrepreneurs.” He and his wife Catherine live in Sandy with their two children.

  • Jim Nielson

Jim Nielson

Jim served for two terms in the Utah State Legislature, five years on Utah’s Architect Licensing Board, and two years on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s program development task force. In 2015 he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, a select group of about 3,000 architects nationally on the basic of service to society and the profession with national impact. 

He spent the first twenty-five years of his career as project manager at GSBS and principal architect at CRSA and Dixon + Associates. He joined Axis Architects as principal in March 2016. His most significant projects have included the Utah State University Agriculture Building, the Utah Valley University Library, the University of Utah Sutton Geology and Geophysics Building, the Utah State Capitol east parking structure, the new Utah Valley University Wasatch Campus, the 21,000 seat Conference Center and parking structure for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Central 9 Lofts Transit-Oriented Development (currently finishing design) and the Utah Department of Natural Resources Office Building. 

In both of his successful campaigns for the legislature, in 2010 and 2012, he was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the professional association of small businesses. He is an advocate for 2nd Amendment rights, and received the endorsement of the NRA Political Victory Fund for both campaigns. He was named one of Utah's Top 30 business-friendly legislators by the Utah Business Coalition. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Envision Utah, a nationally recognized non-profit planning and visioning organization. He and his wife Marilyn live in Bountiful, and are the parents of five children.

  • Holly Richardson

Holly RichardsonKnown affectionately as “Holly on the Hill,” Holly writes a blog by the same name.  She is a common-sense conservative who has been active in Utah politics for 13 years. She has been active in the Republican Party, including: precinct chair, legislative district chair, county and state delegate, State Central Committee member,  and as a member of the Utah House of Representatives. In May 2013, GOP state party chairman Thomas Wright recognized her dedication with the “Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service.”

She lives in Pleasant Grove, which she has chosen to raise her large, diverse family because of shared community values. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Holly believes that service improves lives and has been an active volunteer in her community and her church for many years.

She served on the Pleasant Grove Beautification Commission, volunteered with the county as a master gardener and food preserver, served on the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and presided as chair of a professional licensing board. Governor Gary Herbert nominated Holly for her appointment on the State Records Committee. She was also awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America.

She graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from Brigham Young University and subsequently obtained a degree in Midwifery.  She was one of Utah’s first Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives, and has been an adjunct professor in BYU’s College of Nursing and was the president of the Midwives’ College of Utah.  She is an unparalleled advocated for families; she and her husband Greg are the parents of 24 children.

  • Drew Clark, Moderator:

Drew ClarkDrew is the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly gathering that aims to  enhance advantages and confront challenges of life in Utah. A Utah attorney specializing in telecommunications and technology, he is currently also serving as a consultant to the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld presidential campaign. He is on leave from writing his weekly column for the Deseret Newsand he previously served as Opinion Editor of the publication.

He has led efforts nationally to promote progress in broadband communications. As a journalist, has written widely for Ars Technica, GigaOm, National Journal, Slate, the Washington Post, and for UtahBreakfast.com and BroadbandBreakfast.com. He is also the founder of the Broadband Breakfast Club in Washington, D.C. Drew has been involved in community service in McLean, Virginia (as a member of the McLean Community Center governing board); Springfield, Illinois (where Executive Director of Broadband Illinois, and a board member of the Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra); and Orem, Utah, where he is a currently a member of the City's Public Works Advisory Commission.

(Photos courtesy panelists; photo of Utah State Capitol courtesy Garrett.)


October 26, 2016 at 10am - 11am


Utah State Capitol Office Complex - Auditorium
450 N State St
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
United States
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