The outcome of political conventions can be very hard to predict.
Last Saturday’s Davis County get-together that brought together nearly 900 delegates is a good case in point.
Who could’ve guessed some of the outcomes?
In the county assessor’s race, I know both men involved. Dennis Yarrington was seeking re-election. I’ve known him since the days when I used to attend the Bountiful Breakfast Exchange Club.
I found him to be a very enthusiastic, passionate man who is also very personable and patriotic.
I don’t know Dale Peterson as well, but have had a chance to get to know him since he was appointed as director of the county’s Tax Administration Department.
He also seems to be very dedicated to his job, pleasant, and always has been willing to talk to me, explaining issues to someone who certainly is no expert on property taxes.
When candidates go to convention, they know in the back of their minds that one person may not “make it out” of convention. That’s if neither candidate (or more if there are additional) gets more than 60 percent of the vote.
Armed with that 60 percent a candidate moves on the primary where he or she may face an opponent from another party. Next year, 70 percent vote of support minimum is required, by law, for the same thing to happen.
I was also surprised at the strong support received by Sheriff Todd Richardson, who got more than 68 percent of the vote.
Again, I’ve always had a cordial relationship with him, but I thought perhaps his opponent, Bob Yeaman, might fare better. Yeaman is a retired chief deputy from the department. He oversaw the jail for many years.
But again, the delegates voted their feelings.
Whether you like the delegates having so much power or not, that’s the way it currently works here in Utah.
I’m not going to voice feelings about that here. I’m writing more with a thought as to what can, and in this case, did happen.
On Saturday morning, Davis County Democrats will gather at Kaysville Junior High School for their convention.
Admittedly, the impact of that meeting will probably be less on this county, which currently has only Republican office-holders.
But it will involve the same process.
As an aside, I want to give a loud shout-out to the delegates, to the candidates, to others deeply involved in this political process.
In some cases, it means putting in a lot of time and effort. I admire those who are willing to do it, and appreciate the sacrifices families often have to make.
Davis County has a tradition of good, solid candidates and elected office-holders. I commend those who are willing to take the risk, to put themselves out there to public scrutiny.
As with most things in life, some make it through and others don’t.
Thanks to all who give it a try. Having a strong pool of candidates theoretically, at least, makes for a better end result.