Political parties hold conventions
Ryan Summerlin April 9, 2013
Both the Summit County Democratic and Republican Conventions will be held this week.
The Republican Convention will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Park City High School, located at 1750 Kearns Boulevard in Park City.
The Summit County Republican Party chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and four regional chairs will be elected.
In the past, the county party has had three regional chairs, including Park City, North Summit and South Summit, but this year a fourth chair for Snyderville Basin is being added.
A county representative for the State Central Committee will also be elected.
"We will be taking nominations at the door, so you declare if you are running right away," said Summit County Republican Party Chair Henry Glasheen. "We had originally suggested we have a deadline prior to the date, where someone would have to notice their intention to file. We decided not to do that and so we’re letting people just show up."
Glasheen added that it will be his last party meeting as chair, as he is now running for the State Republican Party Chairman. (Please see story on A-1)
"It’s been very enjoyable and I think it’s been a great success," he said. "We’re ready to get new leadership in place. Of the people I know are running, I’m very confident that we’ll have somebody that can do as good of a job or better job than I’ve done."
Local legislators are expected to attend, such as Rep. Mel Brown, Rep. Kraig Powell, Sen. Van Tassell and Sen. Allen Christensen.
"I’m going to give a very short introductory speech and then we’re going to get right into the elections of our party officials," Glasheen said. "We also have a lot of party business to get through. We have a slight rules change that needs to take place and that’s going to take a lot of time."
Glasheen added that the public is welcome to attend, though the county delegates and precinct chairs can vote.
The Summit County Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
The Summit County Democratic Executive Committee will be nominated during the convention, which includes about a dozen open positions, including chair and vice chair. The precinct officers will also be replaced.
The election will be conducted by a vocal vote, as no one has filed to challenge the current committee members.
"The reality is, in smaller counties hardly anyone ever runs," Summit County Democratic Chair Glenn Wright said. "This will be my fourth county convention, and we have yet to have any challengers that require a ballot. You are volunteering to do work for the party, and we have a tough time finding people to do the jobs that have to be done."
Members serve two years, and chairs can serve four terms. Wright is beginning his third term.
Speeches will be made my State Democratic Party candidates, who will be elected in June.
"We encourage everyone to come," Wright said. "We’d like to have a big attendance."
Prior to the convention, on Thursday, April 11, the Summit County Democratic Party will be holding a fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, located 444 Main Street in Park City.
Utah State Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis will be the keynote speaker, and Summit County Councilmembers Roger Armstrong, Kim Carson, Chris Robinson and Claudia McMullin will also be in attendance.
The suggested minimum donation is $30 per person and $50 per couple. Donations can also be made through www.scdems.org.