Saturday was the Salt Lake County Republican Party’s organizing convention. I attended as a delegate and also ran for one of thirty spots on the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party.
As conventions go, this one was pretty blase. We were electing leadership, but none of the races were expected to be close, and expectations were not exceeded.
Leadership Election Results:
Chad Bennion replaces outgoing County Party Chair Julie Dole over energetic newcomer Mike Livesy, who I am sure we’ll continue to see in Republican politics. He’s young, financially independent, articulate, and has time, a great combination for the politically interested.
Suzanne Mulet is number two at the county party at vice chair, while Michelle Hunt was elected Secretary in the closest race of the day. While Bennion and Mulet each won with over 70% of the vote, Hunt’s margin over Gary Welch was smaller with only 58% of the vote.
Also selected, as I mentioned earlier, were thirty State Central Committee members. Delegates voted thirty of fifty-five candidates to the State Central Committee, including the following:
Sean D. Reyes Julie Dole Chad Bennion Gary Ott Richard Snelgrove James Evans Marco Diaz Cherilyn Eagar Ben Soholt Janene Gourley Tifanie Pulley Fred Cox Rob Anderson Merlynn Newbold Alan Crooks Daniel Thatcher Rick Votaw Christy Achziger Michelle Hunt Barbara Stallone Mike Livsey Lyle Decker Gary Welch Melvin Nimer Phil Conder Austin Linford David Pyne Daniel Burton Steve Harmsen Julie Warburton Helen Redd
Because Bennion, one of the thirty elected to the State Central Committee, as chair gets an automatic seat on the State Central Committee, Helen Redd and Michelle Mumford flipped a coin for the last spot. Redd won the toss.
Publius Online is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, a month-long quest to post every day (I know…I’ve missed a few days). Each day should match a letter of the alphabet. Today is the letter R, as in Republican.
- Thomas Wright will not seek reelection as Utah Republican Party Chair (publiusonline.com)
- Utah Republican Party chairman presents changes to caucus system (fox13now.com)