Pictured: Kendra Seeley addresses the Carbon County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner. ETV 10 News Stock photo.
With the primary elections behind us, all of the political focus is now aimed at November 8, 2016. But a few important things need to happen before we cast our ballots. Both major parties have yet to officially nominate a candidate for the presidential race. For the republicans, this will take place in Cleveland, Ohio in mid-July.
Carbon County local, Kendra Seeley, Chair of the Carbon County Republican Party, was elected by State Republican delegates to represent Utah at the National Republican Convention. “I am grateful for the opportunity to not only represent Utah, but rural Utah as well,” stated Seeley. “There were lots of qualified candidates that ran, so I am very lucky to be one of the few selected to go to the convention.”
Seeley has been actively leading the Carbon County Republican Party since she was put in as Chair in 2015 and has been working hard to help local candidates and promote rural Utah. Most recently she put together a fundraiser dinner with speakers that included Governor Gary Herbert, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Jason Chaffetz and many more.
“Rural Utah often gets overlooked when it comes to state politics,” Seeley state. “We have 90% of the land in Utah but only 10% of the population. But rural Utah is where we grow our food, produce our energy and where we vacation. The issues that rural Utah face are often ignored by many of the Wasatch front politicians. That is why I am so involved and work to represent our community on a state level and now at the national convention.”
The most important event at the national convention will be voting for a presidential nominee. Donald Trump is expected to win this vote to become the party’s official candidate for president. Seeley is an alternate delegate, which means that she will only get to vote if something happens to a main delegate, which is not expected. Even if she did get the opportunity to vote, she would not vote for Donald Trump.
“All of the Utah delegates are bound to vote for Ted Cruz in the first round of voting,” explained Seeley. This is because Utah voters overwhelming voted for Ted Cruz in the caucus on March 22.
“If a nominee is not selected in the first round of voting,” continued Seeley, “the delegates are no longer bound and can select a candidate according to their conscience. Right now, Donald Trump is expected to receive the majority of votes and become the 2016 nominee; so there most likely won’t be a second round of voting.”