Claralyn Hill is a local candidate--running for Utah State House of Representatives, as moderate, fiscally conservative, pro-life Democrat. She actually switched parties to run--partly because the Republican party has become so dominant it doesn't really allow the democratic process to work. Many races are uncontested, and in this case, her opponent was appointed (basically chosen by the Republican party) to fill a slot when the incumbent Republican resigned.
She's remarkably well informed, experienced, capable, energetic, and intelligent. She's worked for over 20 years on various community issues. She has sensible and well informed positions and is especially strong on ethics reform, education, and health care. She's an attorney by profession, specializing in family law. She's been on the board of United Way, the Utah Community Credit Union, and the Provo School Foundation. In my opinion, she is clearly 3 to 4--maybe 5 to 6 or more--times as qualified as her opponent.
But he's a Republican, which means he's guaranteed the election unless people really pay attention and vote for the person and not the party.
Here's a link to her campaign site: http://www.voteforhill.org
And here's a fine letter she wrote to the local paper (the Provo Herald): http://english2.byu.edu/faculty/youngb/being-a-democrat.htm