The primary election for the 2020-2021 second vice president began Dec. 15 and ran through Jan.15. Out of the 868 votes cast, the top two candidates moving forward to the general election are Desmond Lomax and Christie Workman.
Within UPEA, the second vice president’s responsibilities include:
- Serving as chairman of the Resolutions Committee, which reviews resolutions and makes recommendations to the General Council and proposes a platform for the coming year
- Representing the State Board as a voting member of the Citizen Action by Public Employees’ (CAPE) Committee.
General election ballots will be accepted from February 1 – March 1, 2020. Please become familiar with the remaining candidates and cast your vote online via ballot survey, or by mail via certified ballot. An electronic ballot will be sent to all members by default; if there is no email attached to the membership, a certified ballot and return envelope will be sent to the address on file.
All votes must be cast or postmarked by March 1, 2020.
Hi, my name is Desmond Lomax. I have been employed by state of Utah and Utah for the past 20 years, and I’ve been a member of the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) for five years. I have spent the past several years as an active member of UPEA in the Law Enforcement District. I am currently on the Advisory Council and I love it! I hope to expand my role with UPEA by helping to support the following initiatives:
I want to reach out to all facets of government to encourage UPEA membership. I believe in using technology and providing future members with a better understanding of the benefits UPEA offers. I believe sharing our personal stories of the benefits of UPEA on our online newsletter for current and incoming members would be a powerful start.
I have a degree in political science with an emphasis in American government. I believe I have the tools to add new ideals to our representation at the Capitol. We need to be seen as a whole body or collective of people with a desire to change and improve our government for the benefits of our membership. We can and will do this!
With enhanced representation, I believe better compensation and benefits will be accomplished. We need to improve the benefits for our retired people. (I soon will be one of you.) We also need to improve the day-to-day salaries of all employees. While the growth of the state is evident, the state has fewer employees. We are doing more with less and we need to be compensated for this.
I invite you to vote for me. I can be reached via email, email@example.com. I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
My name is Christie Workman and I am thrilled to be running for UPEA second vice president. I have worked for the state of Utah with the Office of Rehabilitation for 23 years. I joined UPEA during my first year with the state and I’ve been participating and supporting ever since. Currently, I serve on the UPEA State Board of Directors and am chairwoman of the General Council Committee. I truly believe in the Association and its ability to enact positive changes for public employees, and I feel proud to be involved.
If elected as second vice president, I would prioritize educating employees about UPEA’s importance. There are several employees who are unaware of what UPEA does to protect the workforce and enhance all aspects of our jobs. We are stronger in numbers and I want all individuals to know that their membership is important to UPEA’s success. I will work to increase awareness and support for the Association.
Additionally, I will support the legislative goals of the Association, especially increasing total compensation. In my 23 years with the state, I’ve seen a lot of changes when it comes to employee compensation. During the recession and all of the benefit changes that followed, employees were promised increased compensation when the state recovered. Now is the time to make good on that promise. Compensation should not take a back seat during the legislative session and I intend do everything I can to increase legislators’ awareness.
I’m humbled to be a candidate for UPEA second vice president. Thank you.