Incumbent Republicans unopposed in November
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds still isn’t sure why his opponent, Francis Democrat Scott Mark, withdrew from the race to lead the Sheriff’s Office for the next four years.
"I’m mystified like a lot of people," Edmunds said. "I was surprised [Mark] entered at all."
Mark’s campaign seemed to collapse in the wake of a nominating convention convened by the Summit County Democratic Party April 19. Mark claims he couldn’t speak at the convention because he was called to respond to a fight in his role as a police officer in Kamas.
He was on duty during the convention, which was held at South Summit High School.
"I really screwed up, I admit it," Mark said during a telephone interview last week. He withdrew from the political contest on Monday.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatches 911 calls for the Kamas Police Department and reportedly received no reports from the area around the time of the convention.
Mark did not return several telephone calls seeking comment for this story. His early exit, however, leaves all three of Summit County’s Republican elected officials unopposed in their races for additional terms.
GOP faithful praised Edmunds, Summit County Treasurer Glen Thompson and Summit County Attorney David Brickey during a nominating convention conducted by the Summit County Republican Party Tuesday at Treasure Mountain International School in Park City.
GOP brass also took a few shots at local Democrats.
"Last week, I went to the Summit County Democratic convention and they started 40 minutes late," County GOP chairwoman Diane Walker said while opening the meeting on time.
Later, GOP vice chairman Bruce Hough jabbed at Pinebrook Democrat Ron Perry, a former Summit County commissioner who has lost several elections.
"Ron runs for something every two years, doesn’t he?" Hough said.
A Democratic primary is slated June 27 between Perry and incumbent Summit County Assessor Barbara Kresser. Western Summit County Republican Gene Lambert expects to oppose the winner of that race in November.
However, Lambert endorsed Kresser while speaking to GOP delegates this week.
Had Perry not challenged Kresser, "I would not have run," Lambert said.
"I wanted to be on board to oppose Ron Perry and that’s what I intend to do," said Lambert, who is currently employed in the Summit County Assessor’s Office. "In the event that [Kresser] doesn’t get through the primary, I would be willing to fill her role."
During a telephone interview Friday, Lambert stopped short of declaring he would withdraw from the race if Kresser defeats Perry in June.
"I’m not planning on that," Lambert said. "I haven’t really made a final decision, but I would probably leave my name on the ballot."
Perry says he hired Lambert while serving as Summit County’s elected tax assessor more than a decade ago.
"I hired Gene as an appraiser when he was looking for a job," Perry said Friday. "I’m surprised by his comments I don’t understand his motive behind his statements."
Meanwhile, Republican delegates heard this week from Woodland resident Bill Miles, who is opposing incumbent Democratic Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer on the GOP ticket.
"[Commissioners] should carry out what the people who elected them decide," said Miles, adding that he is "someone with integrity, someone who won’t bow to special interest who won’t shy away from difficult choices."
Republicans seeking state and federal offices also addressed delegates Tuesday.
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