This is one giant step backwards that definitely does not need to be taken.
We need to stop the election of Judges in this country, not enable or encourage it.
Currently Utah uses Judicial Nominating Commissions which recommend three to five candidates for any vacant judicial post. The Governor makes his choice from those, but that choice must still be confirmed by the State Senate. A successful appointee then faces a yes/no retention election every 6 to 10 years until he reaches mandatory retirement age.
I would eliminate the Senate confirmation requirement, but otherwise Utah has a fine system that does not need any major change.
But this bozo wants to throw all that out and introduce the stupidity of judicial elections.
Hopefully, the Utah Legislature will send this proposal to the circular file where it belongs.