Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

How Will The Office Seek The Man?

on December 6, 2012

Question:
The Church now has a political neutrality policy that indicates that the Church does not endorse political candidates. Surely none of those who have been sustained as prophets, seers and revelators now days will tell you whom your candidates should be. So how will the office seek the man rather than the man seek the office?

Answer:

Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil. (Doctrine and Covenants 98:10)

The party members elect a candidate nominating committee. The committee searches for the persons with the qualities that Government officials should have. For each government office that will be up for election, the committee chooses one person to recommend to the party members. Finally the party members decide to follow the committee recommendation or to do something else.

The committee finds potential candidates that are talented and virtuous but typically not famous. The members of the People’s Party can reject the committee recommendation and choose another candidate if they wish. This process makes it possible for the party to place candidates in many races for many years at a time without any self appointed candidates for public office. If any rivals do enter a particular race, as often happens in the major parties, the People’s Party members decide which candidate the party will endorse, so the committee will not really be able to impose its will on the party members. The committee members can be chosen so that their will tends to match the will of the party members so that the party members will be likely to accept the committee recommendations. Of course, neither our Candidate Nominating Committee nor our party members can install a person into government office. Only the general citizenry can do that. More details about our candidate selection process can be found by visiting our Candidates page.

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