Jon Huntsman schedules fundraising stop in Park Meadows |

Jon Huntsman schedules fundraising stop in Park Meadows

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor with longtime ties to Park City, is scheduled to make a fundraising stop in Park Meadows next week.

The Dec. 16 event is set to start at 6 p.m. at the house of Jeff Wright and Vanessa DiPalma-Wright. A VIP reception is priced at $2,500 per person while a general reception costs $1,000, according to an invitation to the event. Jeff Wright is the national finance chairman of Huntsman’s campaign.

Thomas Wright, the chairman of the state Republican Party, said Huntsman remains popular in Park City from his time as the governor. Park City is one of Utah’s Democratic strongholds, but Huntsman won support in the community with his moderate stands.

"Jon Huntsman’s one of the first Republicans they voted for," Thomas Wright said about people in Park City, adding, "They were pleased with his leadership. I think Jon Huntsman’s very popular in that area."

Henry Glasheen, the chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, said Huntsman appeals to GOP centrists. He said he is a "huge fan" of Huntsman. Glasheen estimated Huntsman could raise at least $100,000 during the stop in Park City.

"He was always well received. He’s a moderate guy . . . very pragmatic, intelligent guy," Glasheen said.