Like Kentucky Equality Federation, Equality Utah has been around for about 5 years, has a large following, and is use to spinning major defeats into mini-victories. Utah is as conservative as Kentucky, and every inch of victory is hard fought; but after 4 years as the head of the successful non-profit, their executive director is leaving.
Teary-eyed mourning and a black countdown paper chain hang over the nonprofit group's office. Each day, Keri Jones, programs and administration manager, dons her campaign pin with the slogan "We want Mike to stay."
Mike Thompson, Equality Utah's executive director is leaving the 5-year-old organization after four years at the helm. His last day is Friday.
The Oklahoma native is heading west to San Francisco -- a city he has wanted to live in for a long time -- to do what he does best: Build up fledgling nonprofits.
The nonprofit's board has launched a national search for a candidate "with heart."