Democrats decline to endorse House hopeful
October 19, 2010
Local Democrats decided against endorsing state House candidate David Spring in the race against Republican incumbent Glenn Anderson, after Spring beat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in the primary.
The chosen candidate, Dean Willard, received 17 percent of the vote in the Aug. 17 primary election. Spring pulled in 25 percent; Anderson took 58 percent.
Willard campaigned as a moderate. Spring pushed a more progressive message focused on education.
Under state election rules, candidates can declare a preference for a party — even if the party prefers someone else.
Only 35 of 73 members of the 5th Legislative Democrats voted to endorse Spring at a Sept. 23 meeting. Endorsements from the organization require two-thirds support.
“I’ve been very critical of Democrats and Republicans for failing to fund schools,” Spring said.
The decision has not stopped the candidate.
“We’re simply going to move forward and do the best we can in the general election,” he said.
Spring and Anderson last faced off in the 2008 election. Though the House Democratic Campaign Committee attempted to work with Spring during the ’08 race, “we didn’t communicate very well,” committee Executive Director Tony Yuchasz said.