Congressional District 3 remix: John Curtis and Chris Herrod

  After an interesting race last year to replace Jason Chaffetz we are back at it again with John Curtis running for reelection and Chris Herrod challenging him again.   John Curtis Congressman Curtis said he is quite pleased with his first five months. He just had a bill pass 392 to 6, which allows for people to work on federal waterways if they do an offset project to help with conversation. Curtis is also working on a bill to better allow broadband cables to go through federal lands so…

The Utah GOP Civil War: dual path or duel path?

I insist on accuracy. I have opened this up for both sides to review and offer corrections before publishing. With that said, some of this is my own personal experience and opinion. There is often some level of drama in politics. You have those in power and those who want to be in power and usually, they aren’t that different. When I lived in Cache County there was a lot less animosity. There has been a lot more since I moved south though, perhaps from the added diversity. Because Republicans…

The candidates that could win the race for Utah County Commissioner A

With Greg Graves engrossed in controversy and not seeking reelection, the race for Utah County Commission Seat A is wide open for these candidates. Tanner Ainge http://www.voteainge.com/ https://www.facebook.com/voteainge/ Tanner has a law degree from Northwestern University. He is a business advisor. He has enjoyed his time in Utah County and sees the potential for tremendous success. There is a highly educated workforce and a powerful private sector, which conservative policies allow for. Strong families and churches have to lead to strong upward mobility. He wants to enable the private sector…

A look at the race for Utah County Attorney, 2018

With the current Utah county attorney not seeking another term, the field is open between Chad Grunander and David Leavitt. Chad Grunander https://www.facebook.com/electchadgrunander/ Chad has been at the Utah County Attorney’s office for fourteen years and has held all of the positions except working with juveniles. He has supervised and is now criminal division chief in the office. The most famous case he has worked on was the Pleasant Grove doctor that murdered his wife. The trial was broadcast life and it was even on the Nancy Grace show. Beyond…

A look at the candidates for Utah County Sheriff 2018

With the current Utah County Sheriff not seeking reelection, the field is open for these four candidates. Jim Phelps https://www.facebook.com/SheriffJimPhelps/ Jim is a lifelong resident of Utah County and has served 25 years as a US Marshal. He started working in Salt Lake City and has been able to stay in Utah throughout his career. He has performed many roles, including the coordinator for the FBI’s violent crime task, he created a violent fugitive task force, oversaw the federal inmate program, and served on the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit.…

The candidates who might become Utah County Commissioner B 2018

Bill Lee is up for reelection as Utah County Commissioner and has two challengers. Issues such as traffic, pollution, and economic development are all important issues, especially with the massive expected growth.   Bill Lee http://www.electbilllee.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BillLeeCountyCommissioner/ Bill is up for reelection. He has already served one term and would like to serve another. He says that it is a demanding job with many 60 hour weeks but is glad that Utah County has many good things going for it. He has said that many other counties in the state…

A look at the race for Utah County Clerk/Auditor 2018

There has been some controversy in the clerk/auditor office over incorrect ballots being sent out. Bryan is running for a fourth tell with Amelia challenging him. Amelia Powers https://www.amelia4utah.com/ https://www.facebook.com/theameliapowers Amelia Powers loves process. She has lived and worked both in the US and Canada for Caterpillar. This included 3 years of continuous process improvements and then as a field rep and helping dealers become more efficient. She is Six Sigma certified. When given the choice between Seattle and Illinois, she chose to leave Caterpillar and come back to Utah…

Does the Utah Republican Party have a runaway central committee problem?

On February 24, a small group of members from the Utah Republican Party’s governing body, the State Central Committee (SCC), called an emergency meeting at a time when many members of the body were unable to attend. During the meeting, they made some drastic changes to the Utah GOP’s bylaws, including rules that would disqualify candidates who take the state-supplied signature path to the ballot instead of seeking the party’s nomination through the Republican Party’s state convention. What is the State Central Committee? The State Central Committee is the governing…

Problems with the caucus

If we are going to be able to keep the caucus system relevant then we need to have an honest discussion as to what needs to be modified. While there probably isn’t a perfect system, there are some definite improvements that can be made. It is really interesting to consider just how many of the problems listed here can also apply to actual elected officials, not just delegates. I see far fewer of these problems with actual elected officials though. I have seen too many caucus supporters claim that the…

Keep the caucus

With two recent events, it is time to reevaluate the caucus system. Chris Herrod, the winner of the Republican Special Convention, lost by almost 11% in the GOP primary to replace Jason Chaffetz. Count My Vote has announced that they will seek a ballot initiative to completely get rid of the caucus system in 2018. We must examine how to keep the caucus system alive and relevant or we will lose it. Many are trying to find ways to close any other path to the GOP nomination with Herrod’s defeat.…