After nearly four and one-half years with the Utah State Democratic Party, Deputy Director Craig Axford has taken a position as the Executive Director for the Citizens Education Project (CEP). Axford came to the Utah Democratic Party as party of then DNC Chairman Howard Dean’s 50-state program in September of 2005.Over the course of Axford’s time with the State Party he has organized state conventions and caucus meetings, worked with local county parties and traveled much of the state for county conventions and other events. “We are sorry to see Craig go,” said Chair Wayne Holland. “We wish Craig all the best in his new job and are confident he will do a great job.” CEP co-founder and board member Steve Erickson welcomed Axford as the organization’s new executive director saying, “Craig will bring new energy, a new perspective and focus, and a strong set of skills and experience to the organization and its mission. Craig’s leadership can take CEP to a new level, marshal new resources, and engage younger people.” The CEP has been in existence since 1997 operating as a grassroots volunteer organization. Since its founding it has worked on water resource issues, fought the possible resumption of nuclear testing during the George W. Bush administration, and blocked prison privatization in Utah. “The Citizens Education Project has done phenomenal work over the years” says Craig Axford. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful board and activists that have brought the CEP so far. We look forward to building the CEP into a stronger organization that will provide a progressive policy alternative to the Sutherland Institute that is needed in Utah and the region.” For questions regarding the Citizens Education Project (CEP), please contact Craig Axford at 801/634-7319.