Fiery former lawmaker named GOP boss |

Fiery former lawmaker named GOP boss

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A smattering of GOP faithful chose a former state lawmaker from Kamas as their newest chairman at the Summit County Republican Party organizing convention Thursday night.

David Ure, who served for almost two decades in the Utah House of Representatives, says under his leadership the party will reach out to rank-and-file Republicans in Park City and the Latino community who are not currently in the political fold.

"The Utah Republican Party is probably quite a bit right of the national party and there are many national Republicans living in Park City who maybe don’t feel at ease because of the platform that the Utah Republican has," Ure said in an interview after the convention. "Republicans are still Republicans and there are still some basic philosophies that we all believe in."

Latino immigrants who own small businesses in Summit County should also consider registering Republican, he advised.

"I’ll have some eye-to-eye contact and dialogue with the Latino community," said Ure, who was a powerful advocate for immigrants on Capitol Hill. "They have the same family values as we do [and] they want less government."

As demographics in Summit County change, the GOP must embrace Republicans from outside the state who "think outside the box," Ure explained.

"The move-ins here are so fast that we’re a conglomeration any more, but there are still principles that we all have in common," he said. "Let’s start to enlarge upon them and make the party stronger."

Ure says he’ll tap deep-pocketed Parkites in his efforts to raise money for the local GOP.

"I believe we have some work to be done," he told delegates. "We need their votes and their money (and) I’m going to make them put their money where their mouth is."

Meanwhile, with voters in Summit County preparing to elect five county councilors in 2008 after voting last year to disband the current three-person Summit County Commission, Ure insists "we will field a good group of Republican candidates for the county."

People have already expressed interest in campaigning for county offices next year, said Ure, who refused to disclose names of potential candidates.

"We are going to work very hard in making sure in ’08 that we are successful," he added.

Other newly elected GOP officers chosen at this week’s convention included: Vice Chairwoman Diane Walker, Secretary JoDe Miles and Treasurer Alison Pitt.

"The main business of this convention is organization of the county party," said Walker, a past GOP chairwoman.

Jabbing at legal woes experienced last year by Summit County Democratic Party Chairman Robert Weyher, a state GOP official praised local officers who retired this week.

"They haven’t been arrested for drunk driving or anything like that," Utah Republican Party Vice Chairman Todd Weiler joked.

Delegates are expected to replace Weyher as their leader during the Summit County Democratic Party organizing convention scheduled today at 4 p.m. at the Legacy Lodge at Park City Mountain Resort.

"The convention is open to anybody," said Patrick Cone, a spokesman for local Democrats.

Bylaws will likely be approved at the convention that allow for the ousting of future party officers like Weyher who misbehave, he explained.

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