It seems less likely Park City will see Trump, Rubio, Cruz or Kasich
March 15, 2016
It seems less likely Donald Trump will lead a rally on Main Street.
Or Marco Rubio, John Kasich or Ted Cruz will stump at Kimball Junction.
As the Republican debate in Salt Lake City on Monday nears, there has been little chatter in political circles in Park City and Summit County about the candidates making a local appearance. When the debate was announced in February, there was hope among Republicans that the candidates would stop in Park City or surrounding Summit County in the days before the debate.
But with less than a week until the gathering in Salt Lake City, figures who would be involved in the planning or would have knowledge of an event say they have not been informed of one. A campaign swing through Park City and Summit County by one of the Republican presidential candidates would likely draw intense interest even in an area that leans Democratic, particularly if there was any sort of public event.
The Utah Republican Party on Tuesday said it was not aware of any planned events in Park City or Summit County in the days surrounding the debate. Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez, who would be involved in the law-enforcement planning whether an event was in unincorporated Summit County or inside the Park City limits, said Tuesday he had not been contacted by one of the campaigns. Tal Adair, who is the chair of the Summit County Republican Party, also said nobody from any of the campaigns had contacted him.
Kraig Powell, a Republican legislator from Heber City who is the Utah campaign chair for Kasich, said the Ohio governor plans to campaign along the Wasatch Front and in Southern Utah. Powell said there are no events in the Park City area scheduled, noting that the campaign will stick to more heavily populated areas of the state.
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The Trump campaign website on Tuesday morning did not list an event in the Park City area. The Rubio campaign did not immediately respond to an email inquiry. The Park Record was unable to contact a Utah representative for the Cruz campaign.
The debate is expected to be one of the top events in the state’s political history, giving Utah a national stage as the Republican nominating contest continues. The debate is scheduled the day before the state holds presidential caucuses.
After the February announcement of the debate, Adair said there was the possibility of candidates stopping in Park City or surrounding Summit County. He said at that time the Cruz campaign had contacted him about the possibility of a local event, but there were few details then.
A roster of presidential campaigns have visited Park City during recent election cycles, typically early in the season for fundraisers. Some of the figures who have stopped in the Park City area include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.