Replacing Ure will be tall order for Summit County Republicans
As the lone Republican and only East Sider on the Summit County Council Dave Ure is used to being the odd man out. So it wouldn’t be hard to imagine him scowling through work sessions and berating his Democratic counterparts. But, while partisan politics has become a contact sport almost everywhere else, Ure didn’t get that memo.
After more than 20 years of public service in Summit County, 14 in the state Legislature and seven on the Council, Ure’s trademark smile, with reading glasses pushed up on his forehead, still disarms constituents on both sides of the aisle.
Unfortunately, though, Ure will not serve out his term. Last week, Governor Gary R. Herbert asked Ure to take over as director of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and he will soon be stepping down.
SITLA manages mineral leases and real estate transactions of land parcels set aside by Congress for the benefit of various state institutions, especially schools. It is a plum position for the veteran public servant whose wife is a teacher in the South Summit School District.
But Ure’s departure will leave a hard-to-fill hole here in Summit County. As a native son, a rancher and a past leader of the state House of Representatives, Ure has added a unique and much-needed perspective to a variety of local issues. Often couched in cowboy metaphors, Ure has a habit of leaning into the conversation to offer decades worth of firsthand data on water rights, wildlife migration, snowfall patterns, capitol protocol and other local lore. And his colleagues learned to listen.
The Republican Party is now tasked with finding a replacement, one who can sit comfortably in the saddle on both sides of the county, who can muster a regional perspective while also maintaining a deep understanding of local traditions and, most of all, who can laugh when the trail gets rocky, and keep everyone moving forward together.
If you know of someone who fits the bill, the Summit County Republican Party would like to hear from you. The party will forward a nomination to the County Council for someone to fill one of the three years left on Ure’s term and then will seek candidates to run for the final two years on the next county ballot.
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