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Charles A. Stormont
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Former candidate for
Utah Attorney General
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Member, Utah State Bar's Third District Pro Bono Committee
Member, Board of Trustees of C.O. and Kittie Fenner Charitable Foundation
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDavidson College (1998)
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law (2001)
Personal
Professionattorney, ranch owner and former restauranteur
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Charles A. Stormont was a Democratic candidate for Utah Attorney General in the 2014 elections.[1] Charles Stormont lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Stormont has worked in the Utah Attorney General's office since 2008 and has practiced law since 2001.[1] Stormont is active within the Utah State Bar, serving as a bar examiner and helping pro bono clients as a member of the Utah State Bar's Third District Pro Bono Committee.[2]

In addition to his legal work, Stormont manages his family's ranch in Texas and operated a restaurant in Salt Lake City. He also sits on the board of a charitable foundation that gives out scholarships in honor of his great-grandparents' legacy.[2]

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1998

Elections

2014

See also: Utah attorney general special election, 2014

Stormont ran for election to the office of Utah Attorney General. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Stormont won the Democratic primary on June 24 without opposition.

Results

General election
Attorney General of Utah, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Reyes Incumbent 63.1% 355,275
     Democratic Charles Stormont 27% 151,967
     Libertarian Andrew McCullough 4% 22,333
     Constitution Gregory Hansen 3.3% 18,722
     Independent Leslie Curtis 2.7% 15,108
Total Votes 563,405
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor.

Race background

Special election circumstances
See also: John Swallow's controversies

In 2012, then-Chief Deputy Attorney General John Swallow was elected as Attorney General. Almost immediately Swallow was beset by scandal and controversy, leading to ethics and elections law investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Utah State Legislature. These events eventually caused Swallow to resign on December 3, 2013.

In his place, Utah Governor appointed current incumbent Republican Sean Reyes, who took office on December 30, 2014. Reyes came second in the heated 2012 Republican primary won by Swallow. Reyes ran to retain the office in a special election on November 4, 2014. He did not face any contentious campaigning in the primary in 2014 as he run unopposed for the nomination.

Reyes's major-party opposition in November was Democrat Charles Stormont, a lawyer in the Attorney General's office. Three other candidates faced Reyes and Stormont in November: Libertarian Andrew McCullough, Constitution Party candidate Gregory Hansen and American Independent Party candidate Leslie Curtis. Reyes won election to the remaining two years of Swallow's term.

Debates

October 1 debate

Sean Reyes (R) and Charles Stormont (D) discussed the office's recent past, same-sex marriage and polygamy during a debate in Provo. Reyes noted that when he was appointed to the attorney general's office, he "inherited an office racked with scandal and controversy." His solutions to these issues included improving salaries and requiring supervisors to participate in detailed evaluations to ensure integrity. Stormont countered that the office remained largely the same as when John Swallow held the office and promoted an ethics hotline that would allow citizens to blow the whistle on corrupt elected officials. Both candidates agreed on campaign finance limits and that they would not take campaign donations from sources that could create conflicts of interest.[3]

Reyes and Stormont heatedly discussed their stances on defending the state's anti-polygamy law and same-sex marriage ban. Reyes argued that the state needed to appeal a federal court's decision to strike down part of an anti-polygamy law, while Stormont called an appeal a waste of money over a law that is largely unenforced. Stormont also argued that the state should not waste time appealing higher court decisions on same-sex marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court will likely reject any appeal. Reyes stated that the attorney general has a duty to defend the state's laws in higher court.[3]

Issues

Stormont feels that the office of the Utah State Auditor has recently been politicized and should return to its constitutional role as a legal adviser to the state's officers.[2]

Personal

Charles A. Stormont was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Virginia. He moved to Utah in 2006 to be near his wife, Valerie's, family. They have two children:Clair and Charlie.[2]


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