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Who is Charles?

  • OVERVIEW: Charles Alan Stormont is an experienced trial lawyer and civil litigator who has been practicing law since 2001 and serving the public in the Attorney General's Office since 2008. He is running for Utah Attorney General to restore public service and fidelity to the law as bedrock principles of the Office.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION: Charles graduated from Davidson College cum laude with a double major in mathematics and political science in 1998. He attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. After graduating from law school in 2001, Charles joined Vinson & Elkins LLP in their Washington, DC office, where he worked on complex, multi-billion dollar mergers and patent litigation. In 2006, Charles joined the Salt Lake City office of Howrey LLP. In 2008, Charles joined the Attorney General's Office, where his practice has focused on eminent domain litigation for UDOT. Charles serves on the Utah State Bar's Third District Pro Bono Committee. Charles spear-heads the Committee's Debt Collection Volunteer Attorney Program, which has served more than a hundred pro bono clients since its inception. Charles is also a Bar Examiner, mentors young attorneys, and is a regular speaker at local and national conferences in his fields of expertise. He has also contributed to numerous publications in the antitrust field.
  • FAMILY & PERSONAL HISTORY: Charles was born in Houston, Texas. His father passed away when Charles was 3, shortly after Charles was diagnosed with type I diabetes. Charles is incredibly grateful for the strength of his mother, Lana, who made sure Charles had access to the best care while managing a busy house with 3 children all by herself. When Charles was 10, his family moved to Blacksburg, Virginia so his mother could advance her career as a civilian computer programmer for the Army. While living in Washington, DC, Charles met his wife and best friend, Valerie. Valerie’s family was in Utah, so when the chance came to move closer to family they jumped on it and have never looked back. They love the incredible quality of life Utah has to offer. From their home in Salt Lake, they have traveled across the State - from Logan to Kanab to Moab to Myton (where one of Charles' grandfathers was born). They even talked Charles' mom into moving to Salt Lake. Charles and Valerie have two wonderful children - Claire and Charlie. But be careful if you ask Charles about his kids - once he starts talking about them, he is hard to stop. He enjoys coaching his daughter's recreational soccer team, and is looking forward to coaching her first t-ball season this summer. In his spare time, Charles can be found fixing something around the house (he is quite handy...for a lawyer), spending time with his family, or somewhat obsessively cheering on Real Salt Lake. Charles also enjoys softball and running slowly, though he did manage to win the stroller division of the 2013 YWCA Utah/Salt Lake Police Foundation Race Against Violence 5K.
  • BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Charles comes into this candidacy with a wealth of business experience. Charles manages his family's farm and ranch operation, and is the fourth generation to manage the approximately 6,000 acre property. This has given Charles a direct understanding of the back-breaking work farmers and ranchers endure to maintain sustainable and efficient operations. Charles also understands how broad political issues play out on the ground - transportation, tax, energy, and environmental policies all affect the cost of production. Charles proudly serves on the board of trustees of the C.O. and Kittie Fenner Charitable Foundation, which manages and distributes scholarships and was established in honor of his great-grandparents and their farming and ranching legacy in Texas. Charles and Valerie also owned Three Forks Cafe (which they reluctantly closed when their executive chef was wooed away by one of Salt Lake’s most notable restaurants). Three Forks Cafe was recognized by the Salt Lake Tribune as a "hidden dining gem" and by City Weekly as the 2013 Best Reward for a Workout. Charles' restaurant experience comes in handy when he serves as a line cook at the annual Lower East Avenues Neighborhood Breakfast.
  • CANDIDACY: During his time in the Attorney General's Office, Charles has come to appreciate the value of public service and what a committed group of professional lawyers can accomplish for the State. Unfortunately, Charles has also seen how the Office's leaders have lost sight of their Constitutional duties. The Utah Constitution says that the Attorney General shall, first and foremost, "be the legal adviser of the State officers" - but recent leaders have lost sight of this duty by politicizing the Office. Charles will see that this duty is fulfilled. Utah deserves a strong legal adviser as Attorney General, not a political adviser. Service. Leadership. Integrity. That is what Charles will bring back to the Attorney General's Office.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:40
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 19:48

During our debate on October 1st one of the questions asked wasabout office morale within the Utah Attorney General's office. During the debate, my opponent said morale in the office was "sky high".

Today, Alliance for a Better Utah released the results of a survey they recently did of my colleagues, and it shows that morale might not be as high as was originally stated.

You can read the report here: http://goo.gl/cYRpBi

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:55

This morning KSL NewsRadio highlighted another aspect of the Utah Attorney Generals race. Give it a listen here and let me know what you think.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:19

This morning I was able to participate in a debate with the libertarian candidate for Attorney General in Utah. On KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright show. 

We discussed many different issues including

  • Public land management Marriage equality
  • Ensuring religious freedoms
  • Potential Changes to Utah's drug policies and much more.

You can listen to the Audio here, and give us your thoughts on the debate on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 15:35

Charles on the RadioTomorrow I will be participating in a debate on the Doug Wright Show on KSL Newsradio 1160 AM /102.7 FM. The Debate will occur from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. 

You can submit questions in three different ways

1. Via Telephone during Doug's Show tomorrow: 801-575-8255

2. Via Text Message during the show by sending a text to 57500 as the number

3. On The Doug Wright Show's Facebook Page

You can listen on your radio, or by streaming the show online 

I hope you can tune in. 

Charles on the Radio

 

 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 18:20

Ethan Millard from KSL News Radio talks about the differences between my campaign and my opponent when it comes to our approach of fundraising in this segment from October 16th 2014 at 8:55am.


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Substance and Service over Politics and Ideology

The Utah Constitution says that the Attorney General shall, first and foremost, "be the legal adviser of the State officers.” Recent leaders have lost sight of this duty by politicizing the Office for personal gain, and the Office suffered for it.

By contrast, Charles is a public servant who has worked on the front-lines of the Attorney General’s Office for six years. Charles decided to run for Attorney General because he was fed up with the stories being reported about abuses in the Office. He is not running to make a name for himself or to position himself for higher office. Charles is different - he is not a politician. He is passionate about public service and the law. He will put those principles first, not a personal or political agenda. Charles has refused to take money from pay-day lenders and other businesses that receive hundreds of consumer complaints because those complaints should be scrutinized by the Attorney General’s Office. These businesses should not get a free pass because of campaign contributions. Charles puts his commitment to protecting consumers to work when he volunteers his time and legal skills to defend consumers against debt collectors in court through a program that he helped create at the Utah State Bar. It is that dedication to public service that makes Charles different. According to the Deseret News, Charles’ opponent was surprised by the breadth of the work the AG’s Office does. Having worked at the AG’s Office for six years, Charles knows not only what the Office does, but also why it does not work the way it should. Why should we entrust a troubled office with another politician who does not understand it? It is time to put the law ahead of political aspirations.

Ending Abuse of the Public’s Trust

It is time to make real changes to prevent future abuses of the public trust. Charles has worked in the AG’s Office for six years. He does not have a learning curve when it comes to making real changes for the better to make sure Utah never has to worry about whose interests the Attorney General is serving.

Charles will create a State Ethics Office to train government officials on their legal obligations to the public.  The State Ethics Office will also investigate and (if necessary) prosecute violations of laws at every level of government in Utah.  Similar offices exist in major corporations around the world, and it is something that is long overdue in Utah government.  The State Ethics Office will have a hotline so that whistleblowers will have a place to voice their concerns and so that investigators can get to work when issues are raised.  Never again will government employees be able to claim ignorance for their failure to comply with their legal obligations.  

Charles will also modernize the AG’s Office to make it like other large law firms by assigning cases to teams of attorneys.  With more eyes are on more cases, Charles’ reforms will have two positive impacts.  First, it will eliminate the opportunity for a few bad apples to isolate and intimidate public servants as has been reported under prior administrations.  Second, our tax dollars will go further because work product and office morale will improve.  These changes are long overdue.

None of these changes will cost the taxpayers a dime.  Charles will fund his reforms by cutting his opponent’s bloated executive management team.

Charles will get to work immediately. He will not waste months traveling to party fundraisers or cavorting with Washington lobbyists.  And he certainly isn’t worried about his bid for another office.

Protecting Children

As a father of two, keeping our kids safe from predators is personal to Charles.  That’s why Charles will work to bring back administrative subpoenas that his opponent thoughtlessly eliminated.  These important law enforcement tools stop child predators and are critical to protecting our children in certain situations.  Checks need to be put in place to ensure we also respect the rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches, but we must restore those tools that are needed to protect our children.  

Charles will also work to resolve a budgeting crisis in the AG’s Office.  When the Office spends hundreds of thousands of dollars litigating politically motivated cases, other parts of the Office suffer.  That is why the attorneys in the Child Protection Department are currently overloaded, handling two to three times as many cases as recommended by outside experts.  Charles will focus the Office on real priorities that actually protect children.

Protecting Consumers

For too long, politics has had a hand in how laws are enforced in Utah.  We need to make it clear that the rules apply to everyone, and provide our law enforcement officers with the support they need to do their jobs.

As your Attorney General, Charles will not shy away from investigating and, if appropriate, prosecuting companies that are misleading consumers.  And Charles will not take money from them to help his campaign.  The AG’s Office will not be for sale on Charles’ watch.

Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights

Charles will not hesitate to protect every Utahns’ rights — from the right to marry who you love to your right to bear arms — whether or not those rights are popular with the Legislature or the Governor.  The Attorney General’s job is not to pick and choose which rights to defend based on how it polls, but to protect every Utahns’ constitutional rights.  

As Attorney General, Charles will take his oath of office seriously by advising the Legislature and Governor when proposed lawsuits have little chance of success and are certain to be a waste of taxpayers’ money.  

Marriage

The institution of marriage is sacred, and incredibly personal.  One of the brilliant things our Founding Fathers did was to recognize that there are certain areas of our lives where the state has no business telling anyone what to do.  Although the Tenth Amendment reserves many powers to the states, it also recognizes that states cannot intrude on our fundamental rights.  Thankfully, the Fourteenth Amendment protects each of us from state intrusion into intimate family decisions. Charles will stand up for marriage — for everyone. He will not advocate for laws or legal interpretations that would empower the state to tell him or anyone how they should structure their families. And he will not waste taxpayer dollars fighting against marriage.

It has been suggested that it would be “a very dangerous precedent to allow an attorney general…to pick and choose which laws to defend.” Fox 13 News. This reflects a profound misunderstanding of the AG’s job.

"An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed. . . . If the legislative enactment under which he is required to act is in conflict with the Constitution, the Constitution and not the enactment prevails, and the officer must obey the Constitution or violate his oath of office.” State v. Candland, 36 Utah 406,104 P. 285, 290 (1909) (internal quotation marks omitted).

“[I]f the attorney general conceives that a statute involving the general public interests is unconstitutional, it is not only his right, but his duty to institute ex officio appropriate proceedings to settle the v[a]lidity of the legislative act.”  Hansen v. Barlow, 456 P.2d 177, 180 (Utah 1969).

Utah needs an Attorney General who knows what his duty is, not someone who thinks performing his duty is “dangerous precedent.”  We need someone with the backbone to stand up and fight for our constitutional rights when they are being infringed, irrespective of how popular a particular issue may be politically. 

Public Lands

Utah is blessed with some of the world’s most spectacular lands that we all share. The Attorney General’s job is not to pander to ideologues and their lobbyists to score political points at the expense of our state’s natural beauty. Charles will bring common sense leadership back to the AG’s Office.

Should we pursue protection of public rights-of-way on federal land?  Of course, there are legitimate laws that provide for these actions.  But Charles will also exercise judgment and stop wasting taxpayer resources on litigation that has no legitimate chance of succeeding. Instead, Charles will focus on valid cases and work with local stakeholders to ensure that Utah’s interests are protected and our public lands remain an incredible resource for future generations.

The Right to Bear Arms

The right to bear arms as provided for in the Second Amendment is personal to Charles.  When Charles was a boy, there was a man stalking his mom, but no laws existed at the time to keep the man away from his family.  The local Sheriff took it upon himself to teach Charles and his family how to shoot and how to safely keep their guns for personal protection.  To this day, Charles enjoys going to the gun range.  Charles will protect responsible gun-owners’ constitutional rights.

Donate

Checks can be mailed to:

Friends of Charles A Stormont, P.O. Box 3505, Salt Lake City, UT 84110

 

Contributions to Friends of Charles A. Stormont are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. (See IRC sections 527, 6113.)

Utah does not impose any limits on contributions from individuals, but we are required to disclose the amount of all contributions received, as well as the name and address of each contributor.  See Utah Code 20A-11-101 et seq.

Volunteer

There will be a plethora of ways to help with Charles' campaign.  E-mail us at volunteer@stormont4ag.com and we will add you to our list of volunteers. 

You can also host a House Party.  You invite some friends over, Charles shows up, and we have a great grassroots way to get our message out and grow our campaign.

 

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10/28/2014 - 07:00: La Societe Deux Magots Breakfast

Charles will be speaking to LSDM members at the Wasatch Bagel Cafe (1300 Snow Creek Drive) in Park City about his vision for structural reforms of the office.  


10/27/2014 - 19:00: Meet the Wasatch County Candidates Event

Meet Charles and other candidates on the Wasatch County ballot at Spin Cafe (200 North Main Street) in Heber.


10/23/2014 - 18:30: Meet the Candidates at Central Davis Jr. High

Meet Charles and other candidates on the Davis County ballot at Central Davis Junior High School (663 Norht Church Street) in Layton.


10/21/2014 - 10:45: Meet the Candidates at Midvale Senior Center

Come meet Charles at the Midvale Senior Center (350 West Park Street [7610 South]) in Midvale.


10/20/2014 - 19:00: Tooele Meet the Candidates Night

If you live in Tooele County and want to learn more about Charles and what he will do as Utah's next Attorney General, come down to Saint Marguerite Catholic School (510 East Vine Street) in Tooele.


10/18/2014 - 14:00: Canvasing in Tooele

Join Charles and Utah House candidate Clare Collard at Tooele High School (301 West Vine Street) in Tooele.  We will be introducing Charles to voters in Tooele. 


10/18/2014 - 10:00: Canvasing in Sandy

Meet up with Charles and Utah House caniddate Zach Robinson at the Alta Canyon Sports Center parking lot (9565 Highland Drive) in Sandy.  We will be knocking on doors and meeting voters.  


10/17/2014 - 10:15: Meet the Candidates at Taylorsville Senior Center

Charles will introduce himself to Seniors in Taylorsville (4743 South Plymouth View Drive) from 11:00 am to noon.  


10/16/2014 - 12:15: Utah Education Association Conference Meet the Candidates
 

10/16/2014 - 10:15: UEA Convention

10/14/2014 - 18:00: Meet the Candidates - Donna McAlleer (UT-01) and Charles Stormont

10/14/2014 - 16:30: Salt Lake County Democrats "TalkTober"

We are just 21 days away from the Election. We need your help getting out the vote.


10/14/2014 - 10:15: Meet & Greet in Kamas
 

10/14/2014 - 09:00: River's Bend Senior Center

10/14/2014 - 09:00: River's Bend Senior Center

10/11/2014 - 21:45: Aggie Homecoming Parade

Today Charles marched with Donna McAleer, Jeff Turley and the Cache County Democrats in the Utah State University Homecoming Parade in Logan.  


10/09/2014 - 21:45: Trib Talk and meet the candidates nights

Today Charles spoke with Jennifer Napier-Pierce for the Salt Lake Tribune's podcast Trib Talk at lunch time, then the campaign split up for two meet the candidates events at Granger and Jordan High Schools. 


10/08/2014 - 21:30: Meet the Candidates Morning and Night

In the morning, Charles visited the Sunday Anderson Senior Center and spoke to voters.  That evening, Charles attended a meet the candidates event at Olympus High School. 


10/07/2014 - 21:30: Meet the Candidates in Kaysville

Charles visited Centennial High School for their meet the candidates night while his campaign manager attended a Westside community council meet the candidates night as his surrogate.  


10/06/2014 - 21:30: X96 and Carbon County visits

This morning, Charles dropped by X96's studios to talk to the Radio from Hell crew.  That evening, Charles traveled to Price for the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce's Meet the Candidates Night.  


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