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GOP hopefuls take on Davis County convention
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks during 2014 Davis County GOP convention - Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks during 2014 Davis County GOP convention - Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper

KAYSVILLE - If brightly colored signs couldn’t convince delegates to vote for one candidate over another, perhaps a cookie or popcorn, a T-shirt, singing family members or talkative friends would.

Maybe a flyer with all the right bullet points or a convincing five-minute speech would bring votes.

Delegates to the Davis County Republican Convention were faced with all of the above during the campaigning at last Saturday’s gathering at Davis High.

The commons area of the Kaysville school was transformed for the evening, with signs blanketing the entry and filling the halls just below signs created by high school students in the midst of their own elections.

Many delegates had already received numerous emails and calls outlining the platforms of various candidates, and came ready to ask their own questions.

Some questions related to experience, some related to a candidate’s plans for office.

Scott Smith answered questions in support of his father’s campaign for county commissioner.

“He’s got the experience in business and banking for it,” he said of his father, Jim Smith, who is currently president of the Davis Chamber of Commerce.

“He knows every business on the street and has been on about every commitee in town,” said Scott Smith. “He’s good and he’s got the resume for it.”

Former Weber State University president Ann Millner is running for the Senate District 18 seat vacated by Stuart Reid, which includes asection of Davis County.

“She is the most fair and honest person I know,” said Chris Millard, a friend.

“WSU’s Davis Campus was her idea and it has a full nursing program and a full MBA program,” said Millard.

“I think I know the people, I think I understand the process and how to get things done,” said Millner, adding that she will focus on economic development, education and quality of life.

Bob Yeaman talked of his desire to build cohesian at the county sheriff’s office.

Larry Wright, a candidate for House District 18, said he was opposed to Common Core and the “federal lands grab.”

Rob Bishop, First District Congressman running for re-election, said there is a good chance he could be Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House, a position of significance to Utah, where 70 percent of the land is federally owned.

Things got off to a slow start for the annual convention.

Due to a backlog getting delegates credentialed, caucuses were delayed an hour or more and the main convention began almost 90 minutes late, by which time Governor Gary Herbert had to leave for another speaking commitment.

Sean Reyes, Utah’s newly appointed Attorney General, spoke to the crowd in his stead.

The new position “humbles me,” said Reyes, adding it’s one he takes very seriously.

“We’re doing everything we have to do to win back the trust (of Utah citizens),” he said, and have made integrity a priority.

After listing the accomplishments of his office over the past 90 days, Reyes got a large cheer when he said states have a solemn right to be able to decide laws for their own people.

He referred to Utah’s Amendment 3 relating to marriage, which he recently defended before a federal appeals court in Colorado, and said he would take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary, and “defend all the laws you and the state of Utah have passed.”

Of the 900 delegates nominated to represent their neighbors during caucuses last month, 97.2 percent were in attendance at the conference, a high percentage when compared to previous conventions and those held in other counties, according to party officials.

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