Large Turnout at the Emery County Republican Convention


By Julie Johansen

A crowded room at the Emery Country Recreation Center was the venue for the Emery County Republican Nominating Convention on March 31. Following the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, the convention was called to order by Central Committee Vice Chairman Jesse Sloan.

A prayer was offered by former Chairman Bill Deloss, after which the crowd sang the National Anthem. The previous meeting’s minutes and agenda for the convention were then adopted along with the treasurer’s report. The business of the convention then shifted to the speeches from county-wide candidates.

Those seeking support for election spoke for five minutes each. Commissioner A candidates Jordan Leonard and Kent Wilson each described their platforms. Commissioner B hopefuls, including Doug Stilson, Keven Jensen and Gil Conover, also asked for support from county delegates, as did county sheriff candidates Shaun Bell and Tyson Huntington. There are 125 county voting delegates and all were present to vote, ranking the offices with more than two candidates at this time.

“I was so excited about the turnout,” said county chair Tom Hansen. “I was excited about the many candidates we got to hear from. And, most importantly, I was excited about our local commission and sheriff races.”

Uncontested county officials then thanked the party members for their continued support in their elected positions. Speaking were Emery County Attorney Michael Olsen and Emery County Clerk/Auditor Brenda Tuttle.

Convention attendees then heard from candidates for statewide offices. U.S. Senator candidates speaking were Becky Edwards and Loy Brunson while Representative Brunson spoke for Mike Lee, who was in Washington DC.

Congressional District #3 U.S. Representative candidates Chris Herrod, Tim Aalders, Jason Preston and John Curtis also spoke to the audience.   Phil Lyman, district 69, and Christine Watkins and Tom Hansen, candidates for district 67, addressed the convention.

Representative Carl Albrecht then explained that recent redistricting meant that in nine months, he would not be a representative for Emery County. However, he thanked Emery County residents for their prior support and promised to continue to seek their best interest. Senator David Hinkins then spoke as did Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson.

Following this, the results of the delegate voting was announced, stating that only one candidate, Doug Stilson, had received the required 60% of votes to receive the party’s endorsement. This endorsement earned Stilson a $500 donation to his primary campaign.

Results were as follows:

Shaun Bell – 59.2%, 74 delegate votes
Tyson Huntington – 40.8%, 51 delegate votes
(No candidate is endorsed by the county party)
Commissioner A
Jordan Leonard – 58.4%, 73 delegate votes
Kent Wilson – 41.6%, 52 delegate votes
(No candidate is endorsed by the county party)
Commissioner B
Round 1
Doug Stilson – 44.8%, 56 delegate votes
Gil Conover – 31.2%, 39 delegate votes
Keven Jensen – 24%, 30 delegate votes
Round 2
Doug Stilson – 64.8%, 81 delegate votes
Gil Conover – 35.2%, 44 delegate votes

To conclude, delegates were reminded of the Utah State Republican Convention on April 23 at the South Town Center in Salt Lake City. The convention then adjourned.

“The delegate turnout and community turnout showed how important our county is to the people who live here,” Hansen said. “It also showed how important republican values are to our way of life. Thank you all.”

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