The November ballot is now set for the Summit County recorder race, with the withdrawal of Republican candidate and Park City resident Elizabeth Gwilliam from the campaign. Gwilliam would have faced a June primary election against Wanship resident Vicki Richards, who will now run against Democrat Mary Ann Trussell.
Gwilliam said she has an important event coming in June that she has been planning for the last two years and does not believe she would be able to balance that commitment with the time it would take to run a primary campaign.
"I'm very, very disappointed about it. When I signed up for the recorder position, I didn't realize how close to the primary this event was," Gwilliam said. "I don't think I'd be able to give the attention that it would require and that I would want to give to effectively run a primary campaign."
During the Summit County Republican Party convention on April 3, Gwilliam just barely forced a June primary against Richards, who garnered 48 delegate votes to Gwilliam's 33. Gwilliam had touted her 13 years of experience in the real estate industry, where she worked on an almost daily basis with the recorder's office.
"[This campaign] would be something I'd want to have my focus [for], I wouldn't want to just put it on the back burner," Gwilliam said. "I don't feel like I would be able to run the way I want to run."
With Gwilliam's withdrawal from the county recorder's race, no county GOP race will feature a primary election. Kris Hendricksen avoided a primary against Dax Shane by earning his party's nomination at the April 3 convention.