About Us


Bringing more representative and fair elections to Utah through well-researched and common-sense policies.

Who We Are

Founded in 2020, we saw the growing national dysfunction and polarization seeping into state and local politics and knew we needed a course correction. We know that Utahns deserve accurate representation and transparent and responsive government so we set off to research the most effective policies to produce these outcomes. We believe this country has a powerful foundation in the constitution and the powers and freedoms it gives to the people. We’re ready to return your voice and help bring a government that represents you again.

Meet the Team

Nate Allen – Executive Director, President - Utah Approves & EF

Since graduating from The University of Utah, Nate founded Utah Approves after witnessing how the election process doesn’t allow for people to express their true preferences leading to disproportionate representation in our government. Nate is also a board member for Equal Vote and has served as a volunteer leader and later an employee for the Forward Party.

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Ammon Gruwell – Director of Advocacy - Utah Approves; Vice President - Utah Approves & EF

Ammon is a native Utahn, born in Provo, and is a candidate for state house district 15 as a member of the United Utah Party. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University in 2015 and 2017. Ammon is an Electrical Engineer, a husband, and a father of 4 boys.

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Andrea Denault – Secretary - Utah Approves & EF

Andrea Denault is a political activist who’s worked across the country for more than ten years. In 2018, she ran a landmark campaign for electoral reform, organizing the first city in America to adopt Approval Voting. After leading the historic victory in Fargo, she went on to help usher in a second win in St. Louis, spearhead similar efforts in Denver, and continues to work with electoral reform advocates throughout the U.S.

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Justice Byard – Online Presence Manager - EF

Justice is a young marketing entrepreneur and co-founder of the successful startup Auxopro Marketing born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He specializes in Meta and Tik Tok growth and marketing. Justice performed as a Meta Analyst for companies such as Nike and Optic Outfitters. Justice also served as the Advertising Producer and Social Media Manager for Auxopro Marketing.

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Trevor Fielding – Community Engagement Coordinator - EF

Trevor Fielding is a senior at UVU and pursuing a career in social impact strategy, peacebuilding, and business consulting. After being trained in communication by Crucial Learning, lobbying by Libertas Leadership Academy, and working for The United Utah Party and The Other Side Village, Trevor is excited to bring everything he’s learned about driving social impact and community building to Utah Approves.

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Mark Midgley – Board Member - Utah Approves

Mark, a dedicated citizen of Utah County is a passionate advocate for positive change and empowerment. As a Mechanical Engineer in the Building Industry, he brings forth a wealth of knowledge and experience in business leadership. For more than three years, Mark has actively volunteered with Utah Approves, contributing to electoral reforms such as Approval Voting, STAR Voting, Fusion Voting, and Proportional Representation, all aimed at fostering healthier multi-party systems that genuinely serve the people. As a devoted husband and father, he and his wife actively engage in homeschooling their four children, embodying a commitment to holistic education and family values.

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