Dave Ure deserves primary support
Summit County Democrats have two hotly contested local races to weigh in on this Tuesday, but local Republicans have an equally important task at hand.
Summit County native and long-time state Representative David Ure is in the throes of a life-or-death Republican primary against Uintah Basin resident Kevin Van Tassell to represent state Senate District 26.
The winner will face Democratic and Constitution Party challengers in November, but because of the overwhelming dominance of Utah’s Republican Party, Tuesday’s primary will likely determine the district’s next senator.
Based on his seven terms in the House, Ure has proven to be an effective supporter of the tourism industry, education and many other issues of particular interest to Park City and Summit County.
Throughout his tenure, Ure has also demonstrated an energetic willingness to meet with Summit County business and government leaders. He is on a first-name basis with area school district officials, chamber of commerce members and city councilors.
He has also become a respected leader at the state capitol and has made valuable inroads on many legislative committees.
His opponent is a virtual unknown in our area and has yet to demonstrate an equal measure of support for the issues that impact our community.
District 26 is one of the state’s most diverse constituencies. In addition to Summit, the district includes Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah and Wasatch counties whose economies are more heavily based on agriculture, oil and gas and mining. As a result those counties have very different priorities when the legislature is in session.
Senator Beverly Evans, who is stepping down from that seat, did an admirable job of trying to balance the needs of her schizophrenic district but Van Tassell has yet to demonstrate the same interest or insight in Park City/Summit County issues.
Therefore it is important for registered Summit County Republicans to shake off their usual complacency about local elections and to vote on Tuesday.
Only registered Republicans can cast ballots on the Republican primary ticket and it is fairly certain that Duchesene, Daggett and Uintah Republicans will be heeding the call to take over that senate seat.
Ure has supported Summit County residents for almost 14 years. Now it is time to support him.
The primary election is this Tuesday, June 27. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a list of Summit County polling locations please see page A15.
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