HILDALE, Utah (AP) — A polygamous group that has controlled a remote community on the Utah-Arizona border is slowly losing its grip on power.
For more than a century, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has made its home among the red rocks in tiny Hildale, Utah. But changes are weakening the group's influence. In elections scheduled for Tuesday, non-sect members could take control of the mayor's office and town council.
Some former sect members hail the changes as long-overdue progress that will help the community break free from the reign of sect leader Warren Jeffs. He is serving life in prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered brides.
But sect members complaint that the town they built is being destroyed in "a cultural cleansing."