Candidates for Salt Lake County GOP leadership (2019)

Salt Lake County chair is running unopposed but there are three good candidates for vice-chair. Their convention will be held April 13, 2019, starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:00 am at Cottonwood High School. More information can be found at https://www.slcogop.com/convention.html Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. FOR VICE-CHAIR Scott Rosenbush Scott is a relative newcomer to Utah, only living here for four years but brings a wealth of experience being an elected Republican in New Jersey for 19 years, including 5 years a mayor. He…

Candidates for Davis County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for Davis County. The Davis County Republican Party has competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, to be held April 13 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm MDT at Northridge High School. More information can be found at http://davisgop.org/event/2019-organizing-convention-updated/. Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. For Chair: Daniela Harding https://www.danielaharding.com/ Daniela loves the being in the Republican Party. She currently serves as a planning commissioner for Layton and as…

Candidates for Cache County GOP leadership (2019)

It is that time of the election cycle again to choose leadership for the Cache County Republican Party. There are competitive races for both chair and vice-chair and a new location for the organizing convention, held this April 12 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Cache County Fairgrounds and Event Center. More information can be found at https://cachegop.com/event/2019-cache-county-organizing-convention/ Here’s just a little information on the folks running for party leadership. For Chair:   Chris Booth Chris currently serves as the party chair up in Cache County. He said that…

6 things to consider when selecting candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee

As Utah Republicans start their 2019 county conventions, it is important to make wise decisions about who will represent you on State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party.  This is especially important given the problems of the last couple of years. Now that the US Supreme Court has declined to hear the SB54 lawsuit, what direction will the party take? Here are six key points to consider as county delegates evaluate candidates for the GOP’s State Central Committee (or SCC): Transparency The SCC rarely has roll…

Even politicians need sleep

At a public meeting, a state legislator appeared almost drunk. His speech was slightly slurred and you could tell he was just giving automatic responses. He hadn’t been drinking but was exhausted from a lack of sleep. Utah has a part-time legislature with a 45-day legislative session. During that time, the legislature is extremely busy with committee meetings, general sessions, and reading through bills. Curious as to how big of an issue this was, I asked a group of legislators at another public meeting if they were getting enough sleep…

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.…