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Utah Democratic Party hires new executive director

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, shows the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Democratic Party named Alex Cragun as its new executive director Friday.
FILE - This Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, shows the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Democratic Party named Alex Cragun as its new executive director Friday.
Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Democratic Party has a new executive director.

Alex Cragun, a Utah County native who has worked in Democratic politics since 2008, was named to the job Friday.

"The Utah Democratic Party is focused on finding and empowering local leaders and building communities. Alex’s experience in issue-based organizing and his campaign experience in rural Utah makes him a great fit for the executive director position,” said party Chairwoman Daisy Thomas.

Cragun has worked on campaigns for former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon as well as congressional and Utah legislative candidates. He has served as vice chairman for the Young Democrats of Utah and southwest regional director for the Young Democrats of America.

A longtime proponent and user of public transportation, Cragun helped found the advocacy group Utah Transit Riders Union. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski recently selected him to represent the city on the Utah Transit Authority board.

"We have some hard work ahead of us,” Cragun said. "Utah stands at a moment of change, and I hope we can turn that moment into a larger Democratic movement."

Cragun replaces Lauren Littlefield, who stepped down at the end of Corroon's term as party chairman.