Kris Hendricksen tried to earn the Republican nomination for Summit County Sheriff in 2010, only to be roundly defeated by current Sheriff Dave Edmunds. This year, Hendricksen faced and defeated Edmunds' old Democratic opponent, Dax Shane, who sought the GOP nomination this year.
At the Summit County Republican Party convention, which took place Thursday at South Summit High School in Kamas, delegates only had two races within the party to decide - sheriff and recorder. With 81 delegates casting their votes, Hendricksen garnered 57 votes to Shane's 24, a solid 70 percent of delegates.
Both candidates have extensive law enforcement experience. Hendricksen, a Kamas resident, works for the Utah Valley University Police Department, while Shane, a Francis resident, works for the Salt Lake City Police Department.
The results of the vote came after Shane listed his qualifications, experience and vision for the Sheriff's Office during his three-minute speech to delegates. Although Hendricksen mentioned that he had been in talks with delegates for several weeks on his platform, his speech was more general.
"I have been able to answer [delegates'] questions with understanding, truth and conviction," Hendricksen said, adding that he hopes to bring trust, accountability and integrity to the Sheriff's Office.
Shane stressed that he would focus on two things if elected - fiscal responsibility within the office and "community-oriented policing."
"Community-oriented policing creates a bond between deputies and citizens, taking a proactive response to prevent crime," Shane said.
Shane added that he has been able to analyze the Sheriff's Office's budget from 2006 to 2014 and would know which areas he could create efficiencies. He said he would be able to successfully run the office until 2016 without having to ask for additional funding.
Hendricksen will face current Sheriff's Office Capt. Justin Martinez, the Democratic candidate, in the November election. Edmunds previously announced he is not seeking re-election.
June primary for recorder
The two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for county recorder were forced into a primary by the slimmest of margins on Thursday. Wanship resident Vicki Richards (48 votes) narrowly missed becoming the Republican nominee. Park City resident Elizabeth Gwilliam received 33 votes.
Candidates must secure 60 percent of the delegate vote in the Summit County Republican Party to go to the November election without facing a party primary. Richards' 59 percent means the two will face off in June.
Before the vote, Gwilliam addressed delegates, emphasizing her 13 years of experience in the real estate industry, where she worked with the recorder's office on an "almost daily basis."
"I believe I have the experience and the knowledge and qualifications to enter the Recorder's Office and do a very good job of keeping a stewardship over historical documents, land documents, plat maps and working with the Assessor's Office to make sure that ownership records are appreciated and well-documented," Gwilliam said.
Richards, who said she has years of experience working for local and county governments, said she would not be "dabbling real estate or running a family business" while serving as recorder, but would solely dedicate herself to the office. She added that the party needs the best candidate to run against Democrat Mary Ann Trussell.
"Any time an organization is run by the same people for many, many years, it needs a fresh set of eyes," Richards said. "I will keep fees for accessing records at a reasonable rate and protect the rights of private property owners."
Early voting for the primary election is June 10-20 with Primary Election Day set for June 24. As well as the Republican recorder's race, the lone county Democratic primary will be for auditor. Alex Butwinski and Michael Howard are competing for a spot on the Democratic ballot. The winner will face Republican Gary Shumway in November.