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02/28/2008 04:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Utah Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Wayne Holland, Jr.
Utah DNC Chair

Basic Bio
*Was born in Magna, UT - a copper mining town near Salt Lake City - in 1958. He attended Utah State University, University of Utah and Antioch University with a major in Labor Economics and Labor Law.
wikipedia
*Headed Utah's local United Steelworker's of America when he was elected Utah's Democratic Chair in 2005.
Western Democrat

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Elected as Utah DNC Chair in 2005
Western Democrat
*Known as a labor leader in Utah
Western Democrat
*Contributes occasional guest editorials and blog posts in Utah media
blognetnews.com
*Has chastised Paul Begala for differences of opinion on DNC spending in Utah
DemocraticUnderground

Personal Political interests and issues
*Has organized fundraisers for the Polish Union organization Solidarnosc, and for anti-Apartheid movements in South Africa.
wikipedia
*Has negotiated for USW (United Steel Workers), 117 bargaining agreements and arbitrations.

*Is a lifelong labor union leader
Deseret Morning News

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
*Has said he has a definite opinion at this point - February 23 - but doesn't plan to reveal his choice until the party's push to recruit candidates for offices statewide wraps up.
Deseret Morning
*Says his vote as a delegate was not necessarily his personal preference. "I've always been pragmatic," he said. "I'll vote for what I think is best for the party."
Salt Lake

Contributions to Candiates
*Gave $500 to John Edwards for President campaign on 1/15/08
Huffington Post

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
*Yes - Holland's grandfather was an activist in the Democratic Farmers Party of Minnesota and his father was an engineer and union organizer.
wikipedia

Previous Campaign Work
*Worked in 2004 as a Rocky Mountain regional organizer for the John Kerry presidential campaign. http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600132238,00.html

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Karen Hale

Utah DNC member

Basic Bio
* Age 50
* Native of Utah, currently lives in Salt Lake City
* Married: Jon Hale
* Five Children (college-age daughter Chelsea was killed in ATV accident 2001)
* Religion: unknown, most likely Latter-Day Saints
* Education: BS, Mass Communication, University of Utah
* Employment: Director of Communications for Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, inaugurated January 07, 2008
* Previous Jobs:
o State Senator (1998-2006)
o Editor & Publisher of "Parent Express" - magazine for UT families
* Notable: As the mayor's director of communications, she is presently the boss of Utah's other super-delegate also committed to Clinton

Information for this section comes from:
http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Accn2336.xml/Bioghist
http://media.www.dailyutahchronicle.com/media/storage/paper244/news/2001/01/29/
News/Student.Chelsea.Hale.Perishes.In.Accident-22685.shtml
http://www.slcgov.com/mayor/pages/commun.htm

Involvement in Democratic Party
* Utah State Senator (1998-2006)
* Former candidate for state Lt. Governor
* Utah State Democratic Party member, executive committee
* Democratic National Committee member
* National Press: Extensive articles recently concerning her continued commitment to Clinton despite Utah Democratic voters turning out heavily in favor of Obama. Still listed as a Clinton supporter & Utah steering committee member for the Clinton campaign

The information for this section comes from:
http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Accn2336.xml/Bioghist
http://utahamicus.blogspot.com/2007/10/head-of-democratic-national-convention.html
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8349824
http://www.kansascity.com/449/story/501018.html
www.ohio.com/news/nation/15899177.html

Personal political interests and issues
* Public Education - very active voice for adequate funding, arts programs & tobacco use prevention; co-founder of Coalition for Quality Public Education
* Seatbelt Laws - was member of the legislative transportation & public safety committee
* Honored by state Democrats in October 2007 at Eleanor Roosevelt luncheon for her "exceptional dedication and commitment" to the community and Democratic Party
* Joined University of Utah Alumni Board in June 2006
* Also served on boards of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center; Coalition for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation; Utah Museum of Natural History; Utah Three Rs state advisory board; Junior League of Salt Lake Community Advisory Board; KUED Friends Board; This Is the Place Foundation; and the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Information for this section came from
http://db3-sql.staff.library.utah.edu/lucene/Manuscripts/null/Accn2336.xml/Bioghist
http://www.billorton.com/lieu.html
http://utahamicus.blogspot.com/2007/10/head-of-democratic-national-convention.html
http://unews.utah.edu/p/?r=062906-3

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* A member of Hillary Clinton's Utah Steering Committee. The Clinton campaign announced her support in November 2007 and again in December 2007.
* Numerous recent news articles include quotes from her about being pressured to change her support to Obama in order to reflect the will of Utah's Democrats

Information for this section came from:
www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/%3Fid%3D4109+%22helen+langan%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=67&gl=us&ie=UTF-8
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=4841http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8349824

Contributions to Candidates
* $250 to Bill Richardson reported in 03/07 (according to Huffington Post fundrace)

Previous Campaign Work
* Her own, of course, and possibly that of Ralph Becker, successor to the colorful & outspoken liberal, Rocky Anderson, as mayor of Salt Lake City.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Currently Director of Communications for the Office of Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker

This profile was produced through HuffPost"s OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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Helen Langan
Utah

Basic Bio
* Age 31
* Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
* Engaged: Jared Conger (wedding date ~ June 07, 2008)
* Religion: Catholic
* Employment: Spokesperson for Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City (inaugurated January 07, 2008)
* Previously Press aide in Clinton Administration
* Associate Director of Communications, Westminster College (private liberal arts college in Salt Lake City)
* Notoriety: Appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" to reveal how Langen racked up $22,000 in credit card debt during time with the Clinton Administration in her early 20's. As of the May 2006 story, paid off $15,000

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=324575093
http://www.westminstercollege.edu/review/index.cfm?parent=1607&detail=2394&content=2398
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8349824
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=1918417&page=1


Involvment in the Democratic Party
* Utah State Democratic Party member
* Democratic National Committee member
* Extensive articles recently concerning her continued commitment to Clinton despite Utah Democratic voters turning out heavily in favor of Obama. Most recent news story quotes Langen as saying she feels an obligation that her super-d vote reflect the will of Utah Democratic voters.
* Still listed as a Clinton supporter.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2008-02-22-535125231_x.htm
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8349824
http://www.kansascity.com/449/story/501018.html
http://www.ohio.com/news/nation/15899177.html
http://www.kutv.com/content/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=c5c4c20f-b04a-470d-929d-06b37613e1bd

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Worked as a press aide in the Clinton administration and is reportedly a member of Hillary Clinton's Utah Steering Committee
* The Clinton campaign announced Langen's support in November 2007.
* Numerous recent news articles include quotes Langen about being pressured to change her support to Obama in order to reflect the will of Utah's Democrats

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/%3Fid%3D4109+%22helen+langan%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=67&gl=us&ie=UTF-8

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8349824

Previous Campaign Work
* Press aide to Clinton White House
* Election campaign of Ralph Becker, successor to Rocky Anderson as mayor of Salt Lake City.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Currently a spokesperson for the Office of Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker

This profile was produced through HuffPost"s OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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