|Utah State Senate, District 2|
|December 2012 - present|
|December 31, 2018|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$95/day (lodging) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
On May 6, 2015, Dabakis announced he would seek the Salt Lake City mayorship in 2015. He told reporters that he was seeking the position because he felt he could make a larger impact as the city's mayor than in the largely Republican Utah State Senate.
He previously served as the chairman of the Utah Democratic Party.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Dabakis served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Revenue and Taxation|
|• Administrative Rules Review|
|• Legislative Management|
|• Rural Development Legislative Liaison|
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Dabakis served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment|
|• Revenue and Taxation|
|• Administrative Rules Review|
Dabakis's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Increase the severance tax - Utah’s is the lowest in the region at 3.3%. North Dakota is 11.5%. Wyoming is 11.4%. This is a gift from Utah school children directly to the pockets of the oil companies. (Numbers according to Montana's Headwaters Economics. Includes sales and property tax)."
- Excerpt: "Repeal The Flat Tax - I would repeal the flat state income tax (Utah seemed to work just fine before 2006) and I would work to change the constitution back to where the founders wanted it--with all the state income tax going to Utah schoolchildren. That would bring billions of dollars into Utah classrooms."
- Excerpt: "We need to change the emphasis of state government from the dying 20th century fossil fuels industry to the budding 21st century recreational tourist industry. Let's make Utah synonymous OUTDOOR RECREATION. We should be the world leader, everything is there--except the vision!"
- Excerpt: "Equality in pay between men and woman--lifting Utah off the embarrassing bottom of the pay discrepancy between the sexes."
- Excerpt: "Utah must seek wages that allow our citizens to work full time and have enough money to meet basic necessities. It means a minimum wage of at least $10 an hour."
- Excerpt: "Utah should hold its public officials to the highest ethical standards. The recent situation involving our statewide officers has been an embarrassment. It is simple. We must strengthen our ethics laws, limit campaign contributions and expect the highest standards from our elected officials."
- See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Utah State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Incumbent Jim Dabakis was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Jacquie Nielson defeated George Chapman in the Republican primary. Dwight Barrett was eliminated in the Republican convention. Dabakis defeated Nielson in the general election.
|Utah State Senate District 2, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Jim Dabakis Incumbent||74.2%||16,446|
|Utah State Senate, District 2 Republican Primary, 2014|
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Jim Dabakis received an index rating of 19%.
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- Deseret News, "Jim Dabakis elected to McAdams' Utah Senate seat," December 1, 2012. accessed January 5, 2013
- Kelly Catalfamo, HeraldExtra.com, "State Sen. Jim Dabakis to run for Salt Lake City mayor," May 6, 2015
- The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jim Dabakis, citing health issues, resigns as Utah's top Dem," March 25, 2014
- Senator Dabakis campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 30, 2014
- Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed March 21, 2014
- Utah Lieutenant Governor, "Utah Election Preliminary Results," accessed July 9, 2014
- Libertas Institute: "Legislator Indexes," accessed January 21, 2014