Republican Party, making strides, rally at Park City High School
A new team will be running the Summit County Republican Party as Chairman Henry Glasheen and Vice Chair Lisa Kirchenheiter step down.
Tal Adair, the new chairman and Sue Pollard the vice chair, easily won their posts over two other candidates during the Republican Convention Thursday night.
Adair, from Kamas, says he will continue his predecessor’s work.
"I’ve tutored under him," Adair said. "He’s been great. You don’t know how many hours Henry has put in. He’ll call me in the middle of the day, in the middle of the work week, and we’ll talk politics. He worked tirelessly and I’ll do the same."
Adair said the Republican Party has made great strides over the last several years, and it has a voice in the county.
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"Our values as Republicans matter," he said.
As chair, Adair said he wants to make involve more people.
"Someone was telling me this week that they were tired, so I’m going to ask each one of you to be involved in the political process," he said. "That’s what matters. That’s where the rubber hits the road. This is ground-roots politics, and I want you all involved. I’ll listen to what you have to say."
Pollard, from the Snyderville Basin, ran for Summit County Council seat B against incumbent Claudia McMullin in the 2012 General Election, and lost the race by fewer than 200 votes.
"This is déjà vu," Pollard said as she addressed the convention attendees as a vice chair nominee. "When I ran for County Council, it was because of all the support from you especially, that even though we didn’t win, we came very close. So I thank you all for the support you gave me."
Pollard said she was running for vice chair so she could continue to support others running for the Republican Party.
"I want to keep the momentum going," she said. "I know how much support they need and how much time it takes. I hope I can do that."
Upon Glasheen’s announcement he will not be running as chair this year, Councilmember Dave Ure quipped that he was officially firing Glasheen as the chair of the Republican Party.
"But I do so with the greatest amount of respect and reverence for the job that you have done," he said. "Henry has been a mover and a shaker throughout the entire county. He has made a lot of friends and he has made a lot of enemies. But he has made them standing up for Republican principles, and that you cannot hold against anybody, when they fight for the standards in which they believe in."
Ure added that Glasheen took time away from his job and family to help the party during the election, and "also in trying to make Summit County a Republican county instead of a Democratic county. And we’re making great headway because of Henry."
Glasheen’s days as a party leader may not be over, however, as he is now running for State Republican Party vice chair.
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