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Congressman, facing challenge from the right, plans stop in Park City

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop has scheduled a stop in Park City next week, a visit that will come as the state’s political season begins in earnest and as he tries to beat back a challenge from within the GOP.

Bishop, a five-term representative whose district includes Summit County, is expected to appear at an event at Wasatch Bagel Café, 1300 Snow Creek Drive, on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and it is not a fundraiser.

The Summit County Republican Party organized the appearance.

Henry Glasheen, the chairman of the local Republican Party, said he anticipates upward of 100 people will attend. He expects the event will last 90 minutes.

"We’ve made a lot of strides in the county. Our Republican participation is up significantly," Glasheen said, describing that Republicans are "charged up" as the political season approaches. "This is an acknowledgement that Summit County is important, growing."

Glasheen said Bishop will address the crowd and he anticipates the congressman will field questions. He said topics that Bishop might discuss include the economy, job creation, public lands and Iran.

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The Wasatch Bagel Café event is scheduled the day before Republicans will gather at caucus meetings throughout the state to choose delegates to the upcoming GOP conventions. If a candidate has enough delegate support, they could advance to Election Day without facing a primary contest with another party member.

An arch conservative from Wanship, Jacqueline Smith, is challenging Bishop for the Republican nomination. She is a strict constitutionalist. She has predicted she will win enough support from the delegates to force Bishop into a primary if not beat him at the state convention outright.

For more information about the event on Wednesday, contact Glasheen at 513-0440.